But could there be something else in common between the two teams? This year, the Dallas Cowboys brought in Jason Garrett to be the apprentice to Wade Phillips and learn how to run a team before taking over in a couple years. Jerry Jones really liked what he saw in Garrett but figured he wasn't ready to be a head coach, and probably thought that while Garrett knew enough about the offense, he should learn about how to run a defense, and what better way to do that than with the league's best 3-4 defensive mind.
This got me to thinking; could the chargers be planning something like this themselves? For the past two offseasons, Ron Rivera has spent the first month of the offseason interviewing for head coaching positions and had missed out on over 10 head coaching jobs. Rivera felt he missed out on many of those jobs because of his lack of 3-4 experience, and so he ultimately took the Chargers Linebacker coach position to get a chance to learn about the nuances of the 34 defense.
Now why would he come to San Diego to be the Linebacker coach when he could of easily went to Dallas and became the LB coach or even defensive coordinator and learn from the best?
Here is my thought; When Rivera came to interview for the head coaching job here in San Diego, he supposedly had a great interview with AJ Smith and was said be the only candidate who interviewed that came to AJ with a "plan". Could this all be part of "the plan"?
Everything he has done the past 4 years has suggested that AJ Smith believes the old saying "Defense wins championship" and many believe that he wanted Wade Phillips to be Marty Schottenheimer's replacement. So why would he hire an Offensive coach like Norv Turner? Could it be that AJ didn't believe Rivera was ready and wanted him to learn the 3-4 defense first from a Wade Phillips understudy (Ted Cottrell)? Also could it be, that much like Jason Garrett, AJ Smith didn't think he was ready to handle the other side of the ball and wanted him to learn from one of the best in the business?
Now, there are no facts to prove this theory, but hey, its the offseason, what else is there to talk about??
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