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Mile High Mania
02-13-2007, 12:31 PM
Sorry if this is a repost... but, damn this is one swift kick to the groin.

http://www.nfl.com/nflnetwork/story/9994190

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(Feb. 13, 2007) -- Like few who ever coached the game, Marty Schottenheimer owned the regular season. Problem was, the postseason disowned him.
No coach suffered more misery, more misfortune, and more indigestion than poor old Marty, who watched his teams and his innards repeatedly trampled in January in Cleveland, in Kansas City and, finally, in San Diego last month, in an instant NFL classic.
Only Marty could win the NFL Coach of the Year on Jan. 8, 2005 -- and lose a wild-card game that night at home against the New York Jets in overtime. His kicker, Nate Kaeding (http://www.nfl.com/players/playerpage/492980), failed him that night against the Jets, just as former Kansas City kicker the kicker that shall go unamed did against the Colts during the 1995 season, when he missed field goals from 35, 39 and 42 yards with 42 seconds left in the fourth quarter in a game that Marty's Chiefs lost by a mere three points.
Only Marty could be beaten in games that coined catchphrases such as "The Drive" and "the Fumble."
Only Marty could take 13 teams to the playoffs and nine times, including four as a No. 1 seed, watch his teams go one and done.
But this was the year that was supposed to be different. At least everyone around San Diego thought so.

This was the year San Diego had enough firepower to overcome any flaws. This was the year the Chargers had the game's best offensive player, the game's best defensive player and home-field advantage. This was the year the Super Bowl was being played Feb. 4, which also happened to be Marty's 40-year wedding anniversary to his wife, Pat. If that wasn't a sign, what was? Good karma, like the talent on the Chargers roster, abounded. And then San Diego kicked off its postseason, and it was more Martyball.
Drayton Florence (http://www.nfl.com/players/playerpage/395957), the son of a retired Army officer of 20 years, head-butted Daniel Graham (http://www.nfl.com/players/playerpage/302195) for a key unsportsmanlike conduct penalty.
Marlon McCree (http://www.nfl.com/players/playerpage/235114) fumbled an interception that he never should have caught in the first place.
Kaeding missed a game-tying field goal. And it was another memorable postseason flameout for Marty, like the way it was in Kansas City.
For a while it seemed Marty was safe. But for a while, it seemed his last Chargers team was different.
Only Marty could go 14-2 in the regular season and lose out to his general manager, A.J. Smith, after the season.
It's another big defeat, maybe his most significant yet. A postseason defeat has taken on an entirely different meaning. Marty loses the chance to coach a Super Bowl-talented team to the one game that -- like peace with the Chargers front office -- has eluded him.
And now, done in San Diego, one more chapter added to Marty's misery.


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Posting the league's best record wasn't enough for Marty Schottenheimer to keep his job.

Taco John
02-13-2007, 12:35 PM
Marty isn't the reason they lost to the Patriots. Inexperience finally bit Philip Rivers on the ass.

StcChief
02-13-2007, 12:37 PM
Posting the league's best record wasn't enough for Marty Schottenheimer to keep his job.

Yeah. especially when the owner didn't like you.

I guess some better candidates have surfaced.

Cochise
02-13-2007, 12:38 PM
I agree with Taco. All those years you can put on Marty, but that game against New England was not his fault.

noa
02-13-2007, 12:41 PM
I guess some better candidates have surfaced.

Or at least someone who won't insist on hiring his brother. I can't believe Marty didn't capitulate after the Chargers told him they didn't want him to bring in his brother.

Chris Meck
02-13-2007, 12:44 PM
I think Marty's snake-bitten, I really do.

This was not Martyball/play to lose/ultra-conservative stuff.

In fact, there have been several play-off losses that were not, in my opinion, Marty's fault. Marty didn't throw three interceptions and miss several field goals in '95. He didn't fumble at the goalline in '86. He didn't fail to get out of bounds on several passes in the failed drive to win the game in '97 that ended on the failed Grbac pass to Dawson as time expired.

He might have been at fault for playing a prevent against Elway during 'The Drive', but to be fair, Elway hadn't really become ELWAY yet.

I feel for Marty. He finally built a well-rounded, talented team that has some shots at the big one, and someone else will try to take it all the way.

Chris

crazycoffey
02-13-2007, 01:00 PM
I think Marty's snake-bitten, I really do.

This was not Martyball/play to lose/ultra-conservative stuff.

In fact, there have been several play-off losses that were not, in my opinion, Marty's fault. Marty didn't throw three interceptions and miss several field goals in '95. He didn't fumble at the goalline in '86. He didn't fail to get out of bounds on several passes in the failed drive to win the game in '97 that ended on the failed Grbac pass to Dawson as time expired.

He might have been at fault for playing a prevent against Elway during 'The Drive', but to be fair, Elway hadn't really become ELWAY yet.

I feel for Marty. He finally built a well-rounded, talented team that has some shots at the big one, and someone else will try to take it all the way.

Chris



YUP, I agree - but I wonder if some play calling in his head is the wrong choice because of the cursed feeling. And does that cursed feeling mess with his assistant coaches heads, and his players heads, many in athletics are superstitious.

PunkinDrublic
02-13-2007, 01:26 PM
I agree with Taco. All those years you can put on Marty, but that game against New England was not his fault.

What do you call pissing away those timeouts in the second half that would have given the chargers time to set up for a closer field goal? That was a classic boneheaded postseason Marty decision.

boogblaster
02-13-2007, 01:31 PM
Damit Marty, If Id just....