The WWL is reporting that Chargers DC Greg Manusky has been fired and is promoting Pagano to the position. With our apparent top choice at DC now off the table, who should Mora now consider? I would hope that he has a list of backup candidates given the situation in San Diego was a bit rocky, but who is (should) be included on that list? I am personally in the mindset that our new DC should have experience in the college ranks, both for experience and recruiting purposes. Having a HC with no college coaching experience is one thing. Having a DC also with no experience in the college game may not be reassuring to our current players, nor to recruits.
One candidate whom I think should get serious consideration is Chuck Heater. Heater is currently the DC at Temple, and arrived there this season after 5 years at Florida. His first year at Temple resulted in a defense ranked #13 nationally in Total Defense. He was Co-Defensive Coordinator and Assistant DC on 2 national championship teams with Urban Meyer in Florida, and served as a defensive coach there between 2005-2010. In the years he served as Assistant DC and Co-DC, Florida ranked #9, #4 and #9 nationally in Total Defense. Almost as importantly, he served as Recruiting Coordinator at Florida during a time when they brought in top rated classes (#1, #2, #13 by Rivals), and previously served as Recruiting Coordinator at Utah, Washington, and Colorado. His knowledge of the recruiting scenes in both SEC and Pac-12 countries is extensive and would be a huge boon for us. Plus, bringing him to Westwood would give him a chance to coach again in a BCS conference. On top of all that, he's the father of former UCLA TE Adam Heater. Hiring Heater makes perfect sense, which is probably why we won't even consider him. .
Again, I would rather see a proven DC from the college ranks versus an NFL position coach with little to no coordinating experience. Chime in with your thoughts or other suggestions for our next DC.