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Jet Should Take a Schott

Discussion in 'San Diego Chargers Hall of Champions' started by robdog, Jan 8, 2006.

  1. robdog

    robdog Code Monkey Staff Member Administrator

    Jun 29, 2009
    Source: <a href="http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/story/380982p-323506c.html" target="_blank">New York Daily News</a>

    By Gary Meyers

    <img src="http://www.bolttalk.com/images/marty01.jpg" class="right" alt="Merty Schottenheimer" />Is Marty Ball coming to the Jets? Terry Bradway used his Kansas City connection five years ago when he hired Herm Edwards. There was speculation yesterday he could use it again to try bringing his old friend Marty Schottenheimer in to replace Edwards.

    Schottenheimer signed a two-year extension with the Chargers after last season but has a chilly relationship with GM A.J. Smith. His deal runs through 2007. The Chargers, one of the most talented teams in the NFL, had a disappointing 9-7 season, even though they stopped the Colts' undefeated bid at 13-0 and also won on the road at New England and Washington. They had a brutal schedule and in their first five defeats, they lost by a combined total of 14 points.

    Schottenheimer may not be the most exciting choice, but he would bring credibility to a chaotic situation. He has more regular-season wins than any active coach and is tied for seventh on the all-time list. His playoff record, however, is pathetic: 5-12 with no Super Bowl visits.

    The Chargers are clearly closer to a championship than the Jets. Thus, at age 62, Schottenheimer, already in his fourth head coaching job, may be reluctant to take over a rebuilding project with the intense scrutiny of New York. But it's common knowledge around the NFL that Schottenheimer and Smith don't get along, which potentially could lead to an opening for Bradway to exploit - if he calls the Chargers. He could just send that fourth-round pick he got for Edwards over to San Diego.

    Smith, when asked yesterday if there was any truth to Schottenheimer-to-the-Jets, said on the phone from San Diego, "I don't discuss our football business."

    That certainly leaves things open to interpretation.

    Schottenheimer coached the Chiefs from 1989-98. Bradway worked in the Chiefs' personnel department from 1992-2000. While they are not necessarily as close as Edwards and Chiefs president Carl Peterson, there is a strong relationship. In fact, if Bradway had not been hired as Jets GM in 2001, he might have gone to Washington with Schottenheimer.

    The grind-it-out Marty Ball has been put in storage the last couple of years. The Chargers have an explosive offense with Drew Brees, LaDainian Tomlinson and Antonio Gates. Brees, however, underwent surgery on his right shoulder last week to fix a torn labrum suffered in the final game of the season. a game in which Schottenheimer should have started Philip Rivers to showcase him for a trade. Now they can't trade Rivers - he's their insurance - although they expect Brees to start throwing in four months and be ready for training camp. The injury confuses the Brees situation. Do they franchise him again or sign him to a long-term deal? Nobody will trade for him until they see him throw in training camp.

    There are two things Schottenheimer has going against him. Hiring him would add another layer to the Kansas City Jets. Enough with Kansas City, right? The Chiefs haven't won the Super Bowl in 36 years. And, last January, Schottenheimer was outcoached by Edwards, his former assistant, in the playoffs. That's doesn't look good on the resume.

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