Walter Mencken 11 a.m., May 24
Will Chargers hire coach with L.A. star power?
Media speculate next team coach may have to have L.A. glamor
Yahoosports, quoting "multiple sources with an understanding of the Los Angeles and Chargers situation," says the Chargers — now that they have fired coach Norv Turner and general manager A.J. Smith — may look for a new coach that will play well in Los Angeles. The earliest the team would move would be in 2014, reports Yahoosports. A team source is quoted saying "Everybody knows that [owner Dean Spanos] wants to be in San Diego. That has always been his priority." We have heard those words from Chargers flack Mark Fabiani numerous times. The story goes on to say that new mayor Bob Filner promises there will be no "sweetheart" deal for the Chargers, thus complicating the situation. The story does not report the roadblocks in Los Angeles's attempt to build a football stadium.
Yahoosports even polls 2,614 people on what kind of new Chargers coach would fit most snugly into glitzy Los Angeles. A full 47% say "a big name with a big personality." One-fourth say a coach with "rising talent and trendsetting ideas."
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