Cottrell On his Way to San Diego

The San Diego Chargers could have their defensive coordinator job filled as soon as Monday. and first reported almost two weeks ago that veteran defensive coach Ted Cottrell was a solid candidate to be the San Diego Chargers defensive coordinator in 2007. It's believed that Cottrell was the first choice of executive vice president/general manager A.J. Smith who worked together with Cottrell when the two were with the Buffalo Bills several years back.

Then, last Monday, head coach Marty Schottenheimer told Smith and the rest of the front office that he planned to hire is brother Kurt to become the team's defensive coordinator and he wouldn't be interviewing Cottrell. Both sides butted heads on this issue among others which lead to Schottenheimer being fired that evening. has learned, though a league source, that Cottrell is on his way to San Diego on Monday where Smith and Cottrell are expected to discuss contract terms. It's expected that if both sides agree on the terms, he could be offered the job today. 

It's also believed that Cottrell is the real only candidate for their defensive coordinator opening which became vacant when Wade Phillips was named the head coach of the Dallas Cowboys. Cottrell has extensive work in the 3-4 scheme which the Chargers have used with Phillips coaching the defense.

Cottrell is currently the officer of arbitration for player fines for the NFL.

San Francisco 49ers offensive coordinator Norv Turner is considered to be the leading candidate for the head coaching job with San Diego. It should be noted that Turner and Cottrell have not worked together before.

Two of the reasons why Turner could wind up being named the head coach this week are because of his fine work with quarterbacks over the years (most recently with Alex Smith) and he runs a power rushing attack that is similar to what San Diego ran under Schottenheimer.

Turner would be making his second go around with the team if he gets the job as expected. He was their offensive coordinator in 2001.

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