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Rivera could be staying in San Diego

Posted by ESPN.com's Bill Williamson

With Detroit hiring Jim Schwartz as its new coach, it may mean Ron Rivera will stay in San Diego as defensive coordinator at least another year.

As of now, there has been no news of Rivera getting interest from any other current openings.

Rivera may have gotten into the head-coaching picture a tad late. He didn't want to talk about jobs until the Chargers' playoff run was complete. San Diego lost at Pittsburgh in the AFC divisional playoffs Sunday. Rivera interviewed with the Lions on Wednesday. The Lions hired Schwartz, Tennessee's defensive coordinator, Thursday.

While the Chargers clearly want the best for Rivera, the team hopes he comes back. San Diego's season turned around after he took over for the fired Ted Cottrell. There are indications that Rivera is working ahead with plans on staying in San Diego.

He is believed to be compiling names to help coach Norv Turner make additions to the staff. The team is looking for a new secondary coach and it will likely hire an inside linebackers coach to replace Rivera. That was his duty when Cottrell was on the staff.