Chargers, At Least So Far, Paying Price for Schottenheimer Firing
It's looking more and more like the worst move of the offseason was the decision by San Diego Chargers President Dean Spanos to fire Marty Schottenheimer as the team's coach because Schottenheimer couldn't coexist peacefully with General Manager A.J. Smith.
The Chargers initially decided to retain Schottenheimer on the heels of a second-round playoff defeat at home to the New England Patriots that followed a 14-2 regular season. But after Schottenheimer lost several members of his coaching staff, including offensive coordinator Cam Cameron and defensive coordinator Wade Phillips, and wanted to interview his brother Kurt as a possible replacement for Phillips, the tensions resurfaced and Spanos sided with Smith, ousting Schottenheimer.
Smith and Spanos hired Norv Turner as Schottenheimer's replacement, believing there would be a seamless transition because Turner formerly had been the club's offensive coordinator and Cameron was running the same system. The Chargers thought they had a Super Bowl-ready team and Turner's previous shortcomings as a head coach while with the Washington Redskins and Oakland Raiders wouldn't matter.
It appears they were wrong.
Today's loss at home to the Kansas City Chiefs dropped their record to 1-3. The Chargers are in disarray, and ridding themselves of a head coach with a history of postseason failure (Schottenheimer) in favor of a head coach with a history of all-around failure (Turner) isn't exactly looking inspired.
Is it too late to ask Schottenheimer to return?
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