It's amazing, the NFL. One week you're 14-2, the top seed in the power conference with the league MVP in your backfield. Blink, and half your staff is gone prompting management to kick you to the curb.
The Chargers didn't win it all under Marty Schottenheimer, true. But they're in much hotter water without him in charge. But if you look at where the blame should fall in this situation, it lands squarely on the shoulders of the man whose career playoff record looks more like a batting average.
Marty is to blame for Marty being fired.
He's been in this feud with Chargers GM A.J. Smith, which did play a big factor, but Marty could have helped put this to rest a month ago. After the Chargers' playoff loss to New England (but seriously, who does beat Tom Brady in the playoffs? It took Peyton Manning long enough to do it. I digress...) Marty turned down a contract extension, leaving him with one year left on his contract.
He became a lame-duck coach. As a result, a lot of his assistants and coordinators jumped ship and looked for new jobs, jobs likely to be there at this time next season. First offensive coordinator Cam Cameron decided to swim with the Dolphins and now defensive coordinator Wade Phillips is the big man in Big D.
I'm not saying every coach and coordinator that left the Bolts would have stuck around if he had signed the extension, but perhaps more than just the water boy would be left in San Diego.
Chargers President Dean Spanos said that when the organization decided to bring Marty back, it was under the assumption that his coaching staff would stay relatively similar. It hasn't. So Marty - like so many times in the postseason - is out.