John Pagano: San Diego Chargers Defensive Coordinator a Wanted Man

By Anthony Blake
John Pagano - San Diego Chargers
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Clearly the San Diego Chargers have some important decisions to make over the course of the next week and naming a new head coach tops that list. There is one man, however, that they are neglecting in this process and he is almost being held hostage as the Bolts continue their search for a new commander. That man is defensive coordinator John Pagano.

Pagano is a wanted man at the moment, with Rob Chudzinski, the new head coach for the Cleveland Browns, reportedly interested in adding him to his staff at DC in Cleveland. Given the fact that Norv Turner signed on to be the offensive coordinator with the Browns, Pagano to Cleveland would make a lot of sense. He also passed up the chance to land with the Kansas City Chiefs and Andy Reid on his new staff due to his loyalty to the San Diego organization.

What this basically boils down to is that the Chargers should show Pagano the same sort of respect that he has given to them and let him know what direction they are leaning as far as a head coach is concerned. If Indianapolis Colts offensive coordinator and interim head coach Bruce Arians is the hire, Pagano would most likely stay due to Arians’ ties to his brother Chuck Pagano. If the team is thinking of a new direction however, maybe it would be best for Pagano to consider his other options in the meantime.

The problem is that the San Diego organization is not letting Pagano out of his deal. Pagano has been with the Chargers for 11 years and his loyalty is admirable, but he needs to do what is best for him at this point and the Bolts are making that impossible.

While Pagano won’t do the Bolts any good if they decide to go with a coach that wants to bring in his own guys anyway, it’s still somewhat baffling that after more than a decade of service to the organization, they can’t give him any courtesy in return. Come on Chargers, make things right and give John Pagano the chance to find a new job if he isn’t in your plans for the future.

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