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Old 01-07-2011, 05:11 PM   #1
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Ron Rivera took over as the Chargers’ defensive coordinator at the midpoint of the 2008 season. In his first full season in ’09, the Chargers ranked 16th in total defense and 11th against the pass. One of the unit’s strengths was buckling down after turnovers, yielding only 44 points, a figured that tied New England for the second-lowest in the NFL.

A former Super Bowl Champion linebacker with the Chicago Bears in 1985, this is Rivera’s second stint as a defensive coordinator. From 2004-06, he held the same position with the Bears, and in his last season Chicago led the NFL in takeaways and won the NFC title en route to Super Bowl XLI in Miami. In 2005 and ’06, Rivera’s units ranked second and fifth in the NFL in total defense, respectively. Several Bears, including Brian Urlacher, Lance Briggs, Mike Brown, Nathan Vasher and Tommie Harris all went to Pro Bowls while playing in Rivera’s defense.
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In 1999, Rivera was named linebackers coach for the Philadelphia Eagles. During his tenure the Eagles advanced to the NFC Championship for three consecutive seasons. He is credited with developing linebacker Jeremiah Trotter into a two-time Pro Bowl performer.
[edit]Back in Chicago
On January 23, 2004, Rivera was named the Chicago Bears Defensive Coordinator. In 2005, the Chicago Bears defense was rated second-best in the NFL.[3] The Bears qualified for the NFC playoffs losing in the 2nd Round to the Carolina Panthers 29-21. The 2005 performance of the Chicago Bears earned him consideration for Head Coach assignments from several NFL teams.
In 2006, the Bears’ defensive efforts failed to match the success of their 2005 season. Nevertheless, the team was still a notable presence in league, finishing with the league’s third ranked and conference’s top-ranked points allowed category.[3] The defense’s success earned Rivera recognition among franchises looking for new head coaches. The Arizona Cardinals and Pittsburgh Steelers interviewed him in January 2007. He was a candidate for the vacant Dallas Cowboys head coaching position, a job that ultimately went to San Diego Chargers defensive coordinator Wade Phillips. Rivera was named as a potential candidate to replace the fired Marty Schottenheimer in San Diego, but the job was filled by Norv Turner, the brother of fellow offensive coordinator, Ron Turner, Rivera's offensive counterpart in Chicago.[4][5][6] After the announcement, ESPN reported that the Bears were considering letting Rivera go. This came after several other teams interviewed him, and the negotiations between his representatives and the Bears were making little progress.[7] On February 19, 2007, it was announced that Ron Rivera's contract with the Bears would not be renewed.[8]
[edit]San Diego Chargers
The San Diego Chargers hired Rivera as team's inside linebackers coach after he left the Bears.[9] On October 28, 2008, Rivera was promoted to defensive coordinator with the Chargers after the team released former defensive coordinator Ted Cottrell.[10]
Chargers had the top ranked defensive unit this year in yards, allowing 271.6 ypg, (broncos allowed over 390)
Allowed 20.1 ppg, good for 10th in the NFL.

3-4 Defense, usually aggressive, would be great for the guys we currently have on the team. Guys like jamal williams could really use him back, and we have his old d-line coach (Nunnelly) on staff already.

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Rivera's believes his experience with the Chargers has made him a better head coaching candidate. He was red hot following a 2006 season in which he helped Chicago reach the Super Bowl, only to be left without a coaching position at all.
He interviewed for several jobs that offseason, including the vacancy eventually filled by Norv Turner. He couldn't return to Chicago following a long, yet ultimately heartbreaking, offseason. He was stereotyped as a 4-3 coordinator, so he took a job as the Chargers' inside linebackers coach to expand his horizons in a 3-4 scheme.
He also worked on leadership skills, which came in handy when he was promoted to coordinator in 2008.
"I think the experience helped me, and not just in terms of refining a scheme," Rivera said. "I believe I'm a better coach in general after as much adversity as this team has been through. It's exciting when you see a unit put it all together, especially when they use your teachings without prompting. That doesn't include the coaches I've had to work with, especially Norv. I've learned something from all of them."
Rivera heads into yet another offseason ready for the inevitable interview requests. He had two of them last season, and will likely have more if Carolina goes in another direction.
"If somebody calls, only then will I start working on the process," Rivera said. "Other than that, my focus remains on this defense and how to make it better. I'd like to be a head coach, but I like working here and with this group of guys. I'll be happy no matter what happens."

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Ron Rivera certainly seems to be the best candidate that I can think of. He's had elite 3-4 and 4-3 defenses, and was seen as a HC candidate back before he became the Chargers DC. Plus landing him hurts a divisional opponent. That's always a nice bonus.
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Ron Rivera certainly seems to be the best candidate that I can think of. He's had elite 3-4 and 4-3 defenses, and was seen as a HC candidate back before he became the Chargers DC. Plus landing him hurts a divisional opponent. That's always a nice bonus.
Agree. I still don't understand why he was so randomly fired from the Bears...
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Ron Rivera certainly seems to be the best candidate that I can think of. He's had elite 3-4 and 4-3 defenses, and was seen as a HC candidate back before he became the Chargers DC. Plus landing him hurts a divisional opponent. That's always a nice bonus.
All good points. Would love to kick the tires on Rivera. However, why he was never a real HC candidate a few years back is a question that I have never seen answered. Wonder how much O he really understands.
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Agree. I still don't understand why he was so randomly fired from the Bears...
Because he told Lovie Smith the truth: he's an idiot.
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He's been a top candidate so many times, he must be a bad interview. Or maybe he smells.
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He's been a top candidate so many times, he must be a bad interview. Or maybe he smells.
He can't stink any worse than our defense has the last few years
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Why? because he has no Broncos roots?

That's the only reason I can see and it's not even remotely a good one
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All good points. Would love to kick the tires on Rivera. However, why he was never a real HC candidate a few years back is a question that I have never seen answered. Wonder how much O he really understands.
If he has a great OC, that really shouldn't be an issue.
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If I remember correctly he had only been a DC 2 yrs at that point.
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Why? because he has no Broncos roots?

That's the only reason I can see and it's not even remotely a good one
I can't think of any candidates that have roots with the Broncos that I actually like to be honest.
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I'm with you on that because neither can I
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He's been a top candidate so many times, he must be a bad interview. Or maybe he smells.
Well we've all seen what happens when you hire a guy off good interview skills.
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What's not to like on that resume? Bring the Man in NOW!
Other than it looks exactly like Mike Singletary's?
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Other than it looks exactly like Mike Singletary's?
Rivera has a much more stable personality than Singletary. Much, much more...
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Why? because he has no Broncos roots?

That's the only reason I can see and it's not even remotely a good one
There may be a reason why he's taken him so long to get a shot at HC, perhaps?
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There may be a reason why he's taken him so long to get a shot at HC, perhaps?
It was noted above that at the time of his other interviews, he only had 2 years experience....I suspect that was it but that's no longer an issue now
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There may be a reason why he's taken him so long to get a shot at HC, perhaps?
That to me is a plus. I tend to think these guys that are only coordinators for a couple years are poison as HCs. Maybe I'm biased due to recent events, but it's just a feeling I have.
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Rivera has a much more stable personality than Singletary. Much, much more...
not to mention he's been a much more successful DC as well.
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Rivera has a much more stable personality than Singletary. Much, much more...
Since when does a "Stable personality" have anything to do with success in the NFL?

John Madden is one of the greatest coaches ever.

Belichek is certifiable in a Unabomber sort of way.

Shanahan would probably eat his son for another ring.

If anything, a stable personality works against you in the NFL.
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