Potential Chargers Coaches
Currently the offensive coordinator of the Lions, Martz already lives in San Diego and would be able to do incredible things with all the offensive talent the Chargers have.
Carroll's USC program faces the possibility of NCAA discipline, which could motivate him to move elsewhere. If so, he'd have to be tempted by the opportunity to stay in Southern California. The only problem is that he would want personnel control and the Chargers likely wouldn't give it to him.
The Chargers believe they're on the brink of a Super Bowl and it makes sense to bring in a proven winner. Johnson loves his TV gig, but he has to be tempted by the thought of coaching in warm weather. And the talent on San Diego's roster resembles the great Cowboys' teams of the 1990s.
He did a great job as the Titans offensive coordinator this season and is a popular figure in California since his days as offensive coordinator at USC.
No one can quite figure out how the Bears' defensive coordinator hasn't gotten a shot yet. He's definitely head-coaching material. He could be a candidate here, although his preference for the 4-3 defense will be a problem -- the Chargers run a 3-4 right now.
The former Packers coach has a good reputation and would be a good choice to work with young Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers.
Vermeil is 70, so this is a longshot, but he's very popular in Southern California and has had success when he's come out of retirement in the past. Vermeil could do a lot with all the offensive talent in San Diego.
Mariucci is well liked around the NFL and had a lot of success in San Francisco before walking into a terrible situation in Detroit.
Lofton, currently the WRs coach for the Chargers, interviewed for the Raiders' head-coaching job this offseason and appears to be on a head-coaching track. But it may be too early for him to be promoted that high this offseason.
Cowher said he's not coaching this year, but this job has to tempt him to go back on his word. The Chargers would have to work something out with the Steelers, but philosophy-wise this hire would makes sense.