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Don't believe mere rumors

Discussion in 'Latest Chargers News & Headlines' started by robdog, Jan 11, 2006.

  1. robdog

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    Source: <a href="http://www.nctimes.com/articles/2006/01/11/sports/scholfield/23_36_291_10_06.txt" target="_blank">North County Times</a>

    By: STEVE SCHOLFIELD

    SAN DIEGO ---- If you believe everything you read or hear, the local sports landscape will look like this in the near future:

    < Marty Schottenheimer will be named head coach of the New York Jets.

    < Wade Phillips will replace Schottenheimer in San Diego.

    < Antwaan Randle El, Pittsburgh's versatile wide receiver who is an unrestricted free agent at the end of the playoffs, will be a Charger next year.

    < David Wells will become a Padre for the second time in a trade that sends Woody Williams and Dave Roberts to the Boston Red Sox.

    Pretty juicy stuff, right?

    You might agree with a couple of these moves but there is one small detail: Not one of them is accurate.

    At least for now.

    Rumors are easy to come up with. All you have to do is connect a few dots of information that closely resemble the truth and use your imagination.

    The Chargers make it easy for fans to speculate about their future because general manager A.J. Smith proclaims often, "We don't discuss our football business." That is his prerogative, but one would think an organization would like to clarify where it stands, especially when it's trying to get a new stadium built in Mission Valley.

    It's no secret among NFL folks that Schottenheimer and Smith are not exactly bonded buddies.

    For example, Schottenheimer was not consulted when Smith traded quarterback Cleo Lemon to Miami for a sixth-round draft pick and Miami's backup quarterback A.J. Feeley.

    The two disagreed over who should play in the final game of the season, a meaningless exercise that resulted in Drew Brees tearing his labrum.

    Smith wanted Schottenheimer to start Philip Rivers and rest other veterans as well. One rumor had Schottenheimer playing the regulars because of a clause in his contract that would give him a bonus for 10 wins. I can tell you that is false.

    The Jets-Schottenheimer rumor began after New York allowed Herm Edwards to go to Kansas City to replace Dick Vermeil.

    Jets general manager Terry Bradway worked with Schottenheimer for seven seasons when both of them were in Kansas City. Bradway told the New York media "I'm looking for a disciplinarian with head coaching experience."

    He could have been talking about Schottenheimer.

    Add in the fact the Chargers lost three of their last four games, failing to make the playoffs, and Smith could easily surmise the club underachieved.

    Smith has voiced his admiration for Phillips, the club's defensive coordinator, who has interviewed for the head coaching position in Green Bay. Smith and Phillips worked together in Buffalo when Phillips was the head coach there, and Smith wants him to stay on in San Diego.

    What better way to keep him than to make him head coach? That sounds logical, but it is not plausible.

    Team president Dean Spanos, who writes the checks for both Smith and Schottenheimer, made it very clear on Tuesday Schottenheimer is staying put.

    "I don't know where all the rumors come from but he's our coach and he isn't going anywhere," Spanos said.

    While we all assume that Smith has the power to hire and fire the head coach, that is not the case here.

    Smith would have to convince Spanos.

    I've known Dean Spanos for more than 20 years and he is very involved in all parts of the family business that includes ---- besides football ---- construction, financial and management enterprises. He hired Schottenheimer and if anyone were going to let him go, it would be him.

    As for the Randle El rumor, that one is easy to explain. His head coach at Indiana University was Cam Cameron, the Chargers' offensive coordinator. That's assuming, of course, Cameron is not hired elsewhere as a head coach.

    Wells, meanwhile, has been the main topic around the ever-changing Padres this offseason.

    He wants to finish out his career in San Diego ---- didn't we hear that before? ---- and Boston wants a veteran starter (Williams) and the sparkplug who got them into the 2004 World Series (Roberts).

    Wells' situation is closer to being fact than fiction.

    But until it happens, it is only a rumor.
     

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