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San Diego Chargers interested in Bruce Arians as coach

The San Diego Chargers did the inevitable Monday, firing coach Norv Turner and general manager A.J. Smith.

The team has hired former Green Bay Packers GM Ron Wolf as a consultant and already started to target certain coaches. NFL Network's Michael Lombardi reports the Chargers are interested in Indianapolis Colts offensive coordinator Bruce Arians. Colts coach Chuck Pagano supports the notion.

"Interest in Bruce Arians? If someone calls, he's earned any phone call," Pagano said Monday, via Mike Chappel of The Indianapolis Star. "Has earned that right. We do not want to lose Bruce Arians."

Pagano's brother, John, was the defensive coordinator in San Diego this season, but his future obviously is uncertain now. Arians figures to get a few interviews around the league and will certainly have competition in San Diego.

We've read reports that former Philadelphia Eagles coach Andy Reid was interested in the Chargers job, but all signs point toward it not being a fit for him. Kevin Acee of U-T San Diego reported that deposed Arizona Cardinals coach Ken Whisenhunt also is interested in the job.

The Chargers are an attractive job for a variety of reasons other than it's in San Diego. Although San Diego is pretty sweet. Along with Jay Cutler in Chicago, Philip Rivers is the best established quarterback on a team looking for a coach.

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