On October 28th, 2008, Cottrell was fired from his position as San Diego’s defensive coordinator. This is shocking for all the football fans but some would say it was coming.
Without a sack or interception in the last nine quarters, the San Diego Chargers on Tuesday fired defensive coordinator Ted Cottrell and replaced him with inside linebackers coach Ron Rivera.
Cottrell had become a popular target of fan ire as the Chargers (3-5) lost three of their past four games, including a 37-32 loss to former teammate Drew Brees and the New Orleans Saints in London on Sunday.
That game was indicative of the Chargers’ defensive shortcomings, with no pressure on the quarterback and a lot of passing yards.
Ted Cottrell is a former NFL defensive coordinator, most recently of the San Diego Chargers. Previously, he worked in the NFL football offices. Before that, he was the defensive coordinator for the Buffalo Bills, New York Jets, and the Minnesota Vikings. He coached for a total of 22 years in the NFL before retiring briefly in February 2006.
Cottrell starred at Delaware Valley College from 1965 to 1968. He was a seventh-round draft pick of the Atlanta Falcons in 1969 and played linebacker for two seasons. He ended his career with the Canadian Football Leagueâ€™s Winnipeg Blue Bombers, where he played for two more years.