If your team goes 14-2 in the regular season, you would think that your job is secure. Well this is not the case as the San Diego Chargers have fired their head coach, Marty Schottenheimer. Rumors are that Schottenheimer was not happy about losing his top assistants to other teams. The most recent one to leave was Wade Phillips, defensive coordinator, who took the head coaching job with the Dallas Cowboys. Cam Cameron, his offensive coordinator, left to take the head coaching job of the Miami Dolphins. His Tight ends coach Rob Chudzinski became the Cleveland Browns’ offensive coordinator, and linebackers coach Greg Manusky was hired by the San Francisco 49ers as their defensive coordinator. Schottenheimer recently turned down a 1 year extension for 2008, leaving him under contract for only the 2007 season. Read the statement from San Diego Chargers president Dean Spanos after the jump TechnoratiTechnorati: , ,

“Today I made an extremely difficult decision: Marty Schottenheimer is no longer the head coach of the San Diego Chargers. “This decision was so hard because Marty has been both a friend and valued coach of our team. But my first obligation is always to do what is in the best interest of our fans and the entire Charger organization. I must take whatever steps are necessary to deliver a Super Bowl trophy to San Diego. Events of the last month have now convinced me that it is not possible for our organization to function at a championship level under the current structure. On the contrary, and in the plainest possible language, we have a dysfunctional situation here. Today I am resolving that situation once and for all. “My decision means that our organization will be obligated to pay the last year of Marty Schottenheimer’s contract and will begin an intense search for a new head coach at this relatively late date, but these are sacrifices that I believe are necessary to give the Chargers the best possible chance to win on the field this season. “Our fans deserve to know what changed for me over the last month. When I decided to move ahead with Marty Schottenheimer in mid-January, I did so with the expectation that the core of his fine coaching staff would remain intact. Unfortunately, that did not prove to be the case, and the process of dealing with these coaching changes convinced me that we simply could not move forward with such dysfunction between our head coach and general manager. In short, this entire process over the last month convinced me beyond any doubt that I had to act to change this untenable situation and create an environment where everyone at Charger Park would be pulling in the same direction and working at a championship level. I expect exactly that from our entire Charger organization in 2007.” Taken from SignonSanDiego.com