In the two-and-half seasons he was with the San Diego Chargers Ron Rivera gained the respect of his players.
After the 2009 season, San Diego safety Eric Weddle admitted he was conflicted. He was rooting for Rivera to land a head-coaching job because he knew Rivera deserved it. Professionally, though, Weddle said he selfishly didn’t want to see Rivera leave. After last season, in which the Chargers were the No. 1 ranked defense in the NFL, Weddle saw Rivera leave when Carolina made him their new coach.
Former San Francisco defensive coordinator (and former San Diego linebackers coach) Greg Manusky has taken over as the Chargers’ defensive coordinator. Weddle is no longer worried about the thought of not playing under Rivera. He expects Rivera to have great success in Carolina, but he feels good about playing under Manusky, who is known for his aggressive approach.
"I like what I see," Weddle said of Manusky. "He gets after it and I think he has a plan for this defense. I think you will see some of coach Manusky’s wrinkles. I think we’re in good hands."