Lindsey, Holmes Gone

Dale Lindsey and Jerry Holmes won't be returning to the San Diego Chargers in 2004. Marty Schottenheimer said today that their contracts will not be renewed for the 2004 season. Lindsey was the defensive coordinator, while Holmes coached the secondary. Schottenheimer had originally put a 48 hour window in place to talk to his staff.

Dale Lindsey, the defensive coordinator, and Jerry Holmes, the secondary coach, will not return to the Chargers in 2004 after their contracts were not extended.

Lindsey's defense finished no higher than 27th in the two years orchestrating the Chargers. His approach on defense was more sit back and react than the attacking style Marty Schottenheimer has commonly used in the past.

DALE'S DEFENSE 2002 2003
*Yards per game 30th (377.1) ouch! 27th (349.6)
*points per game 22nd (22.9) 31st (27.6) ouch!
*Rush yards per game 11th (108.7) 25th (138.6)
*Pass yards per game 32nd (268.4) ouch! 21st (210.9)

Lindesy was in his first gig as a defensive coordinator after coaching the linebackers for the Bears from 1999-2001, the Redskins linebackers from 1997-1998 and the Chargers linebackers from 1992-1996.

The top replacements on the short list to take over as defensive coordinator include Dave McGinnis, Greg Williams (rumored to be coveted by the Jets) and Ted Cottrell.

Holmes led a young secondary that allowed less yards per game than a year ago with veterans in place, but allowed 36 touchdown passes against in 2003.

Holmes had been with Schottenheimer since 2001 in Washington. It is unclear who the top secondary coaches would be at this time.

New hires are likely to be in place by the time the Senior Bowl hits in two weeks, likely eliminating any coach in the playoffs at the current time.

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