Despite the late firing of Marty Schottenheimer, the San Diego Chargers seem to have a solid grip on those that could take his place, and that decision could come sometime this week. The team has already gone the route of interviewing those that have gotten passed over for jobs this offseason. Inlcuded in that list are: San Francisco 49ers assistant head coach Mike Singletary, Chicago defensive coordinator Ron Rivera, Baltimore defensive coordinator Rex Ryan, and Norv Turner, a two-time Super Bowl winner as Dallas’ offensive coordinator in the early 1990s, and the latest interview went to Mike Zimmer, who recently left the Cowboys after Bill Parcells retired to join the Falcons as their defenisve coortdinator.
Another interview is set for Monday, that being the current defensive coordinator of the New Orleans Saints – Gary Gibbs. Gibbs is a former Oklahoma head coach who says that a change with coaches should not mean a change in systems. The Chargers seemed to have things right last season – going 14-2 but falling in the AFC Divisional round to the New England Patriots. The decision to let Marty go was a puzzling one at the time. Most of the problems seemed to stem from a major fallout with GM A.J. Smith, who reportedly had not been a big fan of Schottenheimer and the two were also reportedly on non-speaking terms, which is hard to believe how you could run a football team like that.
The decision also came just 18 days before the start of free agency, meaning that the team had better get a decision made soon, so that way the new coach and his staff can somewhat be in place for the start of free agency. It is not going to set a good trend if you have a GM and owner going out and making moves on players without a head coach and staff in place. What player is going to want to come to San Diego without a head coach? Sure money talks, but what commitment to winning can be there if they just let go of a coach that won 14 games?
The team needs to move, move fast, and get the bad taste out of their mouth from last seasons playoff loss. If they continue to be haunted by bad decisions and letdowns, this talented team will quickly fall back in the pack from their outstanding 14 win season just a month ago.