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Manusky always first choice to replace Rivera

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By Michael Blunda

When Chargers defensive coordinator Ron Rivera left the team to take the Panthers' head-coaching job, it didn't take long for San Diego to find a replacement. Just days later, head coach Norv Turner hired former 49ers defensive coodinator Greg Manusky to fill the opening, choosing him over in-house candidates John Pagano and Steven Wilks. The way we hear it, the job was always Manusky's to lose. While Turner interviewed both his linebackers coach and secondary coach, Manusky was seen as the best fit for the position all along. Not only does the 44-year-old former NFL linebacker employ a 3-4 scheme similar to the one already in place, but he has play-calling experience, having directed the Niners' defense the past four seasons. It also didn't hurt that he coached linebackers with the Bolts from 2002-06, meaning he already had relationships with some of the coaches and players there. We hear that Manusky is expected to be even more aggressive than Rivera, dictating the pace of the game with constant pressure.

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