Word out of Baltimore is that Ron Rivera could be back as a defensive coordinator in 2008.
Rivera has close ties with new Ravens coach John Harbaugh from their days together in Philadelphia, and something could materialize soon.
Baltimore is reportedly hoping to keep Rex Ryan, son of Buddy Ryan, but he was passed over for the head job and may want to take his act elsewhere. The Washington Redskins have reportedly been trying to snare Ryan.
Rivera was the inside linebackers coach for the San Diego Chargers this past season after being the Bears coordinator for three years. Moving back into a play calling situation would aid him in his bid to become a head coach. Rivera interviewed for eight head coaching jobs folliowing the 2005 and 2006 seasons.
The Chargers would not have to allow Rivera to leave because it is not a head coaching position, but Rivera is believed to have a good relationship with San Diego head coach Norv Turner and that probably would not be an obstacle.
UPDATE: Jamison Hensley of the Baltimore Sun tracked down Ryan at the Senior Bowl and from the sounds of things he isn’t opposed to staying put.
If so, Rivera will likely remain with the Chargers unless something else opens up.