Here’s food for thought. Suppose we won this year’s Super Bowl. It’s entirely likely that the same coordinators would have left for the exact same jobs. Phillips to Dallas. Cameron to Miami. Chudzinski to Cleveland. Manusky to San Francisco. The success of the Super Bowl would have given coordinators plenty of opportunities to move on and seek promotions. Would that success be enough to melt the animosity between General Manager AJ Smith and Head Coach Schottenheimer for another year or two or three?
They would still be in a situation where they would have to replace several coordinators. Everything that has happened before would have happened again, and Dean Spanos would have had to deal with the power struggle between AJ Smith and Marty. If they were going to fire him, they should have done it at the end of their meltdown to the Patriots four weeks ago, not now.
What’s going to happen now? Will the new coach want to install a new defensive or offensive scheme? Will they clean house and bring in all of their own coordinators and assistant coaches? Will the players be too strung up to be able to play effectively next season? With this move, Smith and Spanos are effectively saying, “It’s Super Bowl or Bust!” It might have worked for Tampa Bay a few years ago, but will it work for my beloved Chargers?
People have been calling for Pete Carroll to take over the head coaching job. The only way this is going to happen is if he had complete control over personnel. Thus, the only way that Carroll is going to be the Chargers head coach is if Spanos fires AJ Smith!