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LT teh ghost

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Based on discussions with league insiders have knowledge of the application of the Rooney Rule, it appears that the San Diego Chargers could pull off a Marty-for-Wade swap if the team enters into an agreement to promote defensive coordinator Wade Phillips to the head coaching job before pulling the trigger on Marty Schottenheimer.

And since there's no deadline on the exception that permits a team to reach an agreement to elevate a current member of its staff, the Chargers could, in theory, strike a deal with Phillips and then walk down the hall and tell Marty to get the hell out.

Even if G.M. A.J. Smith plans to push the envelope in this regard, he would be wise to also interview Chargers receivers coach James Lofton, who sat for the Raiders and the Bills vacancy. If the Chargers don't, the next move by the NFL could be the elimination of this exception to the Rooney Rule -- especially since there has been no net increase in minority hires in 2006.

With all that said, we're not reporting that the Chargers will dump Schottenheimer. There is, however, a growing rumor in league circles that Smith will make his move after the Raiders hire a head coach.


I really don't see Wade as an upgrade in coaching. Why him, why now? I'd rather give Marty 1 more year to see if he can get us back into the playoffs. After that. if he fails, go ahead and replace him. Maybe there will be better coaching candidates available.


FU Spanos and Dundon
Staff member
LT teh ghost said:
I don't see why they don't look around first...are they afraid of losing wade?
Now, these are all rumors. AJ did come out a cpuple of weeks agao and stated that he and Marty are fine and that he wasn;t going anywhere...at least for this coming season.