That left Manusky out of a job ... but it didn't take him long to find a new home.
Manusky has coached in the NFL for 10 years and has knowledge of the Chargers' system. He served as the team's linebackers coach from 2002-06. The Chargers will stick with their 3-4 base defense, the same scheme Manusky ran in his time with the 49ers.
Asked what his defensive philosophy will be in San Diego, Manusky -- a former NFL linebacker -- didn't hold back.
âHardcore. Relentless. Getting after people,â he said. â(The Chargers) have in the past. Shoot, they were No. 1 last year and hopefully weâll just pick up where we were last year.
He doesn't plan on overhauling the defense, and he believes the potential is there for the Chargers to get even better on his side of the ball.
âIâm going to bring some new ideas but also continue the foundation that theyâve already had and just build on it. I think with the players that we have, the skyâs the limit.â
The Chargers were drawn to Manusky in part because of his recent experience as a coordinator.
âHeâs familiar with what we do. I (like) the fact that heâs been a coordinator the last four years, heâs been making gameplan decisions and making game day decisions at a high level. That made him very attractive.â
The Chargers also interviewed linebackers coach John Pagano and secondary coach Steve Wilks before deciding on Manusky.
âThe combination of Greg and the current members of our defensive staff, (linebackers coach) John Pagano, (secondary coach) Steve Wilks and (defensive line coach) Don Johnson give us as strong a staff as Iâve been with and a chance to build on the good things weâve done as a defensive group,â Turner said.