View Full Version : San Diego to fire Marty ...???

01-27-2006, 04:31 AM

There's talk in league circles that Chargers General Manager A.J. Smith secretly is planning to fire coach Marty Schottenheimer after all head coaching vacancies are filled. The suspicion is that, after the Raiders make their hire (in April, perhaps) Smith will scuttle Schottenheimer and promote defensive coordinator Wade Phillips (after, or course, satisfying the Rooney Rule by interviewing James Lofton or Ted Cottrell or the cook from South Park).

Several weeks ago, Jay Glazer of FOX reported that Smith had discussed with ownership the possibility of dumping Marty, but that a decision was made at the time to stay the course.

Tensions gradually have been rising between Schottenheimer and Smith. Last season, Smith traded backup quarterback Cleo Lemon without consulting Schottenheimer, even though was a Marty favorite. They also butted heads sharply in the past regarding Doug Flutie, a Smith guy.

There also were rumors that Schottenheimer opted for a starter-heavy lineup in the regular season finale even though the then-9-6 Chargers were eliminated from playoff contention (and even though backup quarterback Philip Rivers has gotten precious few live reps in two seasons) because Schottenheimer's contract provides for a hefty bonus if he leads the team to ten wins. Starter Drew Brees emerged from the game with a serious shoulder injury, throwing a wrench into the team's options for managing their quarterback situation in an offseason in which Brees will hit the open market, absent a one-year tender in the neighborhood of $10 million.

It looks like Schottenheimer could be hitting the open market as well, but after all of the jobs for 2006 are filled.


That would be a raw deal for Marty ... and who would they get to replace him ..???

01-27-2006, 04:53 AM
good ole PFT. A lot of people dont like Florio, and treat him like an editor of the Weekly World News, but some of his whispers and rumors have been dead on....

01-27-2006, 05:31 AM
Yes it would be a raw deal for Marty. Replacement could very well be Phillips, and then their is always the cast of coaches currently doing NFL pre-game shows.

01-27-2006, 07:38 AM

Based on discussions with league insiders have knowledge of the application of the Rooney Rule, it appears that the San Diego Chargers could pull off a Marty-for-Wade swap if the team enters into an agreement to promote defensive coordinator Wade Phillips to the head coaching job before pulling the trigger on Marty Schottenheimer.

And since there's no deadline on the exception that permits a team to reach an agreement to elevate a current member of its staff, the Chargers could, in theory, strike a deal with Phillips and then walk down the hall and tell Marty to get the hell out.

Even if G.M. A.J. Smith plans to push the envelope in this regard, he would be wise to also interview Chargers receivers coach James Lofton, who sat for the Raiders and the Bills vacancy. If the Chargers don't, the next move by the NFL could be the elimination of this exception to the Rooney Rule -- especially since there has been no net increase in minority hires in 2006.

With all that said, we're not reporting that the Chargers will dump Schottenheimer. There is, however, a growing rumor in league circles that Smith will make his move after the Raiders hire a head coach.

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That way the Raiders don't get a chance to hire Marty ...

01-27-2006, 11:03 AM
mike martz finally had his interview with Al Davis on Thursday after Davis had said earlier he wasn't interested.Guess Davis had to hear all about Mad-mikes explosive downtown passing game.

mike martz has put up his giant house in Louie on the market and has already moved to his other home in San Diego that he also had.Mike being from San Diego would be a great move for the chargers if they want all offense and NO defense or special teams.:rolleyes:

the wild cards
01-27-2006, 11:12 AM
This is what happens when you have an IDIOT GM who thinks he knows best. This is why Green demanded total control before he would sign on with a team.

Marty turned that team around from years and years of losing and know their genius GM who only got to be GM cause the old GM died is suddenly going to fire a proven winner in Marty.

See Thompson in GB firing proven winner in GB for proven failure McCarthy.

Or lets look at what happened to KC after they fired Marty they went from yearly playoff team to missing the playoffs every year EVEN WHEN THEY ADDED A SB COACH in Vermeil. The Vikes lost Green and went from making the playoffs at an 80% clip to a 25% clip.

Now look at Cowher he kept losing in the playoffs and he had occassional losing seasons BUT THEY KEPT HIM and now it pays off.

Da Bloody Bird
01-27-2006, 09:18 PM
Chargers need to keep Marty and just play ball next season the Chargers just had some stupid loses. Kind of similar to what Cardinals were doing. Chargers will be in the playoffs next season for sure.

the wild cards
01-27-2006, 11:47 PM
Yeah they had some bad luck loses.

01-28-2006, 08:04 AM
San Diego used to have Bobby Bethard as the GM and he was good ...