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 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:

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


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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