Arnsparger Returns to Chargers
Feb. 16, 2002
SAN DIEGO (AP) _ Bill Arnsparger, who gave Marty Schottenheimer his first NFL coaching job, was hired by Schottenheimer on Friday as the San Diego Chargers' associate head coach for defense.
Arnsparger, 75, was San Diego's defensive coordinator from 1992-94. He retired shortly after the Chargers' only Super Bowl appearance, an embarrassing 49-26 loss to San Francisco in which Steve Young burned San Diego for a record six touchdown passes.
Arnsparger returned to the NFL in 1999 as a defensive assistant at Washington, sat out 2000 and then returned to the Redskins under Schottenheimer last year.
Schottenheimer was fired by the Redskins on Jan. 13 and hired by the Chargers on Jan. 29.
``The thing about Bill is, when he starts talking, everybody listens,'' Schottenheimer said. ``Bill will have an active role in everything we do.''
Chargers defensive coordinator Dale Lindsey, who was San Diego's linebackers coach from 1992-96, said Arnsparger ``has forgotten more football than any of us know. We'll see if he has any magic left like he did last time.''
Arnsparger was head coach of the New York Giants for two-plus seasons, from 1974-76, and hired Schottenheimer as linebackers coach in 1975.
Arnsparger had two stints as Miami's defensive coordinator, where he was credited with assembling the ``No-Name Defense'' in the 1970s and the ``Killer B's'' in the early 1980s.
His defenses ranked either first or second in the NFL for fewest points allowed in nine out of his 11 full seasons with Miami.
Arnsparger also has been head coach at LSU and athletic director at Florida.