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By PFW staff

The Chargers have tabbed former 49ers defensive coordinator Greg Manusky to fill the same role in San Diego, replacing Ron Rivera, who took the head-coaching job with the Panthers.

Manusky led the San Francisco defense from 2007-10 and has experience running the 3-4 scheme that the Chargers excel at. The coach also had offers from the Cowboys and Cardinals to run their defenses but ultimately chose Norv Turner's club. He was San Diego's linebackers coach from 2002-06.

Before coaching, Manusky was an NFL linebacker for 12 years with the Redskins, Vikings and Chiefs.

The way we see it

After losing a top-notch coordinator in Rivera, the Chargers did well for themselves by hiring Manusky. Not only does he have experience on their staff, but he runs a 3-4 scheme that should make a seamless transition with the Bolts' current defensive personnel.

Having one of the league's most potent offenses — and a legitimate QB in Philip Rivers — should also help Manusky, as he'll be able to be more aggressive playing with leads than he was in San Francisco. He inherits a unit stacked with playmakers, so the San Diego "D," which ranked No. 1 in 2010, should experience little drop-off next season.

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