The relationship between San Diego Chargers general manager A.J. Smith and coach Marty Schottenheimer reached a boiling point Monday with Schottenheimer being the one to get burned.
San Diego president Dean Spanos fired Schottenheimer, saying that the inner workings of the Chargers organization had become "dysfunctional." In January, after the AFC top-seed Chargers were beaten in their opening playoff game by New England, Spanos publicly expressed his support for Schottenheimer. Smith had advised Spanos to fire the 20-year veteran coach.
The root of the change came after Smith advised Schottenheimer on Monday to consider hiring Ted Cottrell to be the next defensive coordinator, according to a source close to the situation. Smith has a high opinion of Cottrell from their days in Buffalo and believed that Cottrell would provide continuity after the loss of defensive coordinator Wade Phillips, who became head coach in Dallas.
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