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Relationship between coach, GM just couldn't last

Updated: February 13, 2007, 10:39 AM ET
By John Clayton | ESPN.com

Everyone around San Diego and the NFL knew the Marty Schottenheimer-A.J. Smith relationship was destined to explode. The Chargers had a ticking time bomb of discontent that finally blew up Monday night when the coach was fired.

Schottenheimer couldn't get along with general manager Smith and vice versa. Such problems exist in the NFL, but these situations are usually not as well publicized as this spat. Smith and Schottenheimer coexisted in the coach's first year in San Diego ...

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