Chargers fire Cottrell, promote LB coach
Kevin Acee (Contact)
Tuesday, October 28, 2008
The defense was passive, even confused. The mistakes were not being corrected. It was, in fact, getting worse.
After a series of meetings on another continent, following another demoralizing loss, those were the judgments of the Chargers' brain trust.
And so, less than a week after the team's president and general manager declared decisions on changes would be made at year's end, defensive coordinator Ted Cottrell was fired Tuesday and replaced by inside linebackers coach Ron Rivera.
“The same things have been our nemesis the entire year,” coach Norv Turner said. “ Ultimately, I've got to make a decision based on what's best for our football team and where we need to go.”
The decision to fire Cottrell was, in the end, Turner's. The head coach for weeks had been publicly hinting at and privately pushing for scheme changes he would like to see, particularly regarding the team's pass rush.
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