Chargers getting defensive

Jason Cole

The San Diego Chargers are taking a long look at a number of defensive coaches for their head coaching vacancy, including a couple who have already changed jobs this offseason.

Defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer of the Atlanta Falcons and Jim Mora Jr., assistant head coach with the Seattle Seahawks, are among the seven coaches the Chargers have considered interviewing for the job left open by Marty Schottenheimer's firing on Monday. Zimmer was the defensive coordinator in Dallas before joining the Falcons. Mora was Atlanta's head coach before getting fired on Jan. 1.

Aside from Zimmer and Mora, the Chargers are expected to interview assistant head coach Mike Singletary and offensive coordinator Norv Turner of the San Francisco 49ers, defensive coordinator Ron Rivera of the Chicago Bears, Baltimore Ravens defensive coordinator Rex Ryan and New Orleans Saints defensive coordinator Gary Gibbs.

Mora is an intriguing candidate because he has extensive experience with San Diego. He was an assistant for the Chargers for six years under three different coaches (Don Coryell, Al Saunders and Dan Henning).

The Chargers confirmed they had received permission to talk with Singletary, Rivera, Turner and Ryan.