Monday, January 14, 2008


Replacing Schottenheimer

The best NFL team during the 2006 season, as much as it pains me to say so, was the San Diego Chargers. With a 14-2 record, they were the AFC's first seed but were upset by the New England Patriots in the divisional round of the playoffs. It was a great season, but it finished well short of expectations.

There was lots of talk about head coach Marty Schottenheimer, who had turned the organization around, from a perennial loser to a powerhouse. Schottenheimer, for all of his regular season success (200-126-1; .613) has a poor record in the playoffs (5-13; .278, four AFC Championship Game losses to the Broncos), so there was a lot of talk about Schottenheimer's job security.

In the mean time, the Chargers' coordinators, offensive coordinator Cam Cameron and defensive coordinator Wade Phillips were hired away to be head coaches at Miami and Dallas respectively.

Soon after, Schottenheimer was fired by the Chargers (or forced to leave, or encouraged to leave, or whatever)and replaced with Norv Turner. I couldn't believe it. Not only did the Chargers part ways with a proven winner, they let two coaches who were good enough to get hired by other teams go and replaced Schotenheimer with Norv Turner, a sub .500 head coach (58-82;.414).

In my opinion, it wasn't a good decision. I could forgive the firing (or whatever) of Schottenheimer with his poor post-season record, but to do so after losing both coordinators? That's just stupid!

Turner's 1-3 start with the Chargers, his 11-5 final record by a team that improved, talent-wise seemed to bear out my opinion. Wade Phillips, in the mean time, took his Cowboys to a 13-3 record and a first round bye in the playoffs. Cam Cameron's 1-15 record with the Dolphins got him fired, but nobody was going to win many games with that team.

Wade Phillips is out of the playoffs, defeated by the New York Giants. Norv Turner is still in the playoffs, the Chargers 28-24 upset win over the Indianapolis Colts setting up a showdown against the Patriots, the team that upset the Schottenheimer coached Chargers in last year's playoffs.

Now Turner (3-1 in the playoffs) has two fewer playoff wins thanMarty Schottenheimer.

How stupid is the Chargers' decision now?


As a fellow "BRONCO'S FAN"
I hope the chargers LOOSE BIG TIME because the quarterback dauged OUR quarterback!!!!!!!

maybe he should date Jessica Simpson..AND LOSE!
Just wait UNTIL NEXT YEAR and see what THE BRONCO'S defence doe's to that SOB?????????? HUM??????????

At any rate I am going for the "GIANTS" because when your own fan's daugh you and you beat the FNNN cowboys OUT of the playoffs with the other teams OWNER standing by WELL...........ENOUGH SAID GO ELI!!!!!!!!!!!!! do it for the BRONCOS!!!!!

It's all about the underdaugh!!!
aint it???
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