Schottenheimer on the hot seat

Marty Schottenheimer and A.J. Smith must learn to coexist for the good of the Chargers, writes Gary Horton.

Originally Published: July 31, 2006
By Gary Horton | Scouts Inc.
The biggest story in San Diego this season may actually have nothing to do with the players on the field. Much attention will be paid to the relationship between head coach Marty Schottenheimer and general manager A.J. Smith.

It is no secret that these two are not friends, but they should be capable of coexisting without becoming a distraction for an organization with high hopes for the upcoming season.

Schottenheimer is a veteran coach with 186 career regular-season victories, placing him seventh on the all-time list. However, he is 5-12 in the playoffs and has yet to reach a Super Bowl, despite having Super Bowl-caliber teams in Cleveland, Kansas City and now San Diego.


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Gary Horton spent 10 years in the NFL as a scout and another 10 years at the college level as an assistant coach and recruiter. He is the founder and most seasoned member of the Scouts Inc. staff, and his extensive experience at all levels of football make him an excellent talent evaluator.

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