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Ex-Chargers offensive line coach upset by dismissal

Discussion in 'San Diego Chargers Hall of Champions' started by robdog, Jan 24, 2006.

  1. robdog

    robdog Code Monkey Staff Member Administrator

    Jun 29, 2009
    Source: <a target="_blank" href="http://www.nctimes.com/articles/2006/01/24/sports/professional/chargers/12306192407.txt">North County Times</a>
    By Jim Paris

    <img width="133" height="165" align="left" alt="Carl Mauck" id="image1862" title="Carl Mauck" src="http://bolttalk.com/wp-content/uploads/2006/01/COA_carl_mauck.jpg" />SAN DIEGO ---- Carl Mauck taught the Chargers' offensive linemen not to hold. Over the weekend, Mauck couldn't hold his tongue.

    Mauck, fired last week by the Chargers as their offensive line coach, criticized the organization for how it dismissed him and the reasons behind it.

    Mauck took exception to coach Marty Schottenheimer reversing his evaluation of him and slammed the club for making him the scapegoat for a 9-7 season which was playoff-free.
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    "That's what it looks like to me,'' said Mauck of being a scapegoat.

    While Schottenheimer praised Mauck for his contributions when he pink-slipped him, the Chargers' head coach added: "We didn't get done some of the things we needed to get done.''

    Mauck, who served half of his two-year contract, isn't buying it. He points to Schottenheimer's year-end briefing with the media to prove it.

    "He stood up before you guys and said I did a good job,'' Mauck said. "Then two weeks later all of a sudden I didn't do a good job and he just fired me. All of a sudden I went from being all right to not being all right.''

    The same could be said for the Chargers' running game. In three of the final four games, the Chargers failed to gain 100 yards on the ground; they lost all three games.

    One Chargers insider speculated that offensive coordinator Cam Cameron soured on Mauck, which led to Schottenheimer calling Mauck into his office. Mauck said Schottenheimer told him he was being let go because "some of the offensive linemen had digressed.''

    Mauck, 58, declined to comment on rumors regarding Cameron's role in him being fired. But Mauck had plenty to say about his showing ---- especially considering only one lineman, right guard Mike Goff, played all 16 games. Mauck felt his effort of keeping a patchwork line together didn't warrant being shoved out the door.

    "I was shocked,'' said Mauck, who played and coached 34 years in the NFL. "I'm aware they can do anything at any time ---- I know that part of it. But still, I was shocked. We were ninth in the NFL in rushing yards per game (129.5), sixth in rushing average per carry (4.5), fourth in rushing touchdowns ---- we had 22 rushing touchdowns.

    "I know we weren't great all the time; we had some injuries. But I tried to get them to play hard for me, and they did play hard for me.''

    What's hard is accepting a pink slip from a club he played for from 1971-75 ---- and helped direct to its lone Super Bowl during his first Chargers coaching stint (1992-95).

    "I don't like leaving this way,'' Mauck said. "There are a lot of people in the building that I like, and they like me.''

    And Mauck doesn't embrace the notion of collecting a paycheck ---- "it's a pretty good amount,'' Mauck admitted ---- without expending the sweat and lessons that usually accompany it.

    "All I want to do is coach football,'' he said. "I thought I did a pretty good job, but I guess they didn't think so.''

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