Coaching Buzz: Lovie Smith Interviewing With Chargers

The Eagles interviewed Lovie Smith yesterday, but the former Bears coach has other suitors.

He’s headed to San Diego to meet with the Chargers about their vacancy, according to Ian Rapoport of NFL.com. As we detailed earlier this week, Smith’s Bears teams made the playoffs three times in nine seasons. He had defense and special teams figured out, but failed to put together a top-level offense during his tenure there.

That will be the key question for Smith as he goes through the interview process: What went wrong offensively in Chicago, and how do you plan on fixing that if we hire you?

Smith will have interviewed with three different teams: the Eagles, Bills and Chargers. Buffalo, of course, has already filled its vacancy with Doug Marrone.

If Smith doesn’t get a head-coaching gig, he’d be a heavily-pursued target at defensive coordinator.

Here’s the rundown of Eagles interviews/planned interviews so far:

Coach
Position
Status
Jay GrudenBengals OCWill Interview
Gus BradleySeahawks DCWill Interview
Bruce AriansColts OCWill Interview
Lovie SmithEx-Bears CoachHas Interviewed
Mike NolanFalcons DCHas Interviewed
Keith ArmstrongFalcons ST CoachHas Interviewed
Mike McCoyBroncos OCHas Interviewed
Chip KellyOregon HCHas Interviewed
Bill O'BrienPenn State HCHas Interviewed

JIMMY JOHNSON BREAKING NEWS?

Fox analyst Jimmy  Johnson got people’s attention with this Tweet:

We know about Rob Chudzinski, but if the Bears are ready to hire Montreal Alouettes coach Marc Trestman, that’d qualify as breaking news.

Perhaps Johnson has some inside information that no one else is privy to, but his Tweet has not been confirmed.

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  • meh1988

    What about Brian Kelly? I thought he was coming in for a second interview. You left him off your chart.

  • http://www.facebook.com/bobby.wtf.reed Robert Reed

    Eagles will wait til’ superbowl, then hire Juan Castillo as HC and say it was their plan all along.

  • Johngiam

    Sheil/Tim what’s wrong? Didn’t have the heart to tell me Gus bRadley interviewed with the charges last night? Afraid I would have to be put on suicide watch? Lol