According to reports by both Ian Rapoport and Mike Garafolo, the Chargers have officially begun their second round of interviews for their head coaching vacancy as they are set to fly in 49ers defensive coordinator Robert Saleh for the first in-person interview with the team.
Saleh has been a very busy man — almost the busiest among candidates this past week — with him recently flying to New York to meet with the Jets and him landing an initial interview with the Eagles on Thursday morning.
Despite losing a ton of notable starters early in the season, including defensive end Nick Bosa, Saleh still managed to help the 49ers finish as the fifth-ranked unit in total defense.
At 41 years old, Saleh is one of the youngest candidates making the rounds. In just his third season with San Francisco, he helped take the Niners — who were 4-12 the year prior — all the way to the Super Bowl with one of the most ferocious and intimidating defenses of the past decade.
I still believe the Chargers end up hiring an offensive-minded coach, but I wouldn’t mind getting the chance to see what Saleh and his fiery, passionate coaching could do to this team.
The #Chargers are expected to bring in #49ers DC Robert Saleh for a second interview, sources tell me and @MikeGarafolo. That means Saleh will go for second interviews with LAC and the #Jets, plus he’s currently interviewing with the #Eagles for the first time.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) January 14, 2021