Schottenheimer on the hot seat

The biggest story in San Diego this season may actually have nothing to do with the players on the field. Much attention will be paid to the relationship between head coach Marty Schottenheimer and general manager A.J. Smith.

It is no secret that these two are not friends, but they should be capable of coexisting without becoming a distraction for an organization with high hopes for the upcoming season.

Schottenheimer is a veteran coach with 186 career regular-season victories, placing him seventh on the all-time list. However, he is 5-12 in the playoffs and has yet to reach a Super Bowl, despite having Super Bowl-caliber teams in Cleveland, Kansas City and now San Diego.