Chargers fire O-line coach Mauck

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Chargers fire O-line coach Mauck

Secondary assistant Lewis also released

By Kevin Acee
STAFF WRITER

January 19, 2006

Carl Mauck's second tenure as Chargers offensive line coach ended after just one season when he was fired yesterday.

His departure was more a result of what he brought to the team than what he lacked as a coach.

"He's a terrific guy," head coach Marty Schottenheimer said. "He worked as hard as anybody. But the approach, the philosophy, were different."

While Schottenheimer said the differences were solely between him and Mauck, there was tension elsewhere as well.

Some offensive linemen had expressed the belief that Mauck's aggressive style was not what the unit needed. Also, Mauck's loud and somewhat insolent way of communicating differed greatly from that of other offensive coaches.

Mauck, who replaced the popular Hudson Houck after the 2004 season, was forced to work with a line beset by injuries it had been fortunate to avoid in 2004. Right guard Mike Goff was the only offensive lineman to play in every game in '05.

But there was no denying the line had its troubles, especially blocking for the run. And there were times quarterback Drew Brees had precious little time to get rid of the ball.

This was Mauck's eighth coaching stop since he first started coaching offensive lines in 1985, including a previous stint with the Chargers from 1992-95. Mauck also played in the NFL for 13 seasons, four with the Chargers.

The team also announced yesterday it fired assistant secondary coach Albert Lewis. Schottenheimer said he will not replace Lewis and will rely solely on secondary coach Brian Stewart.

Lewis, a four-time Pro Bowl cornerback in his first coaching job, was popular with members of the secondary, but players acknowledged it would be beneficial to have one voice as their leader.

Schottenheimer said his only other coaching changes would come if offensive coordinator Cam Cameron is hired away. But it does not appear that will happen.

Cameron had his second interview for the St. Louis Rams' head coaching job Tuesday, but it is believed that Miami offensive coordinator Scott Linehan remains the front-runner for that position.

Cameron is one of three finalists. Chicago Bears defensive coordinator Ron Rivera had his second interview with St. Louis yesterday.

The Rams are expected to announce their new coach today or tomorrow.

Cameron, 44, also interviewed for the Houston Texans' head coaching vacancy. The Texans are expected to announce the hiring of Denver Broncos offensive coordinator Gary Kubiak once the Broncos' playoff run is finished.

http://www.signonsandiego.com/uniontrib/20060119/news_1s19chargers.html
 
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