Kurt Schottenheimer the last straw?

San Diego coach denied permission to interview his brother

It appears that beleagured Green Bay Packers defensive backs coach Kurt Schottenheimer was the last straw in the decision by the San Diego Chargers to fire Marty Schottenheimer earlier this week.

Kurt Schottenheimer requested on Monday to interview his younger brother to replace defensive coordinator Wade Phillips, who left to become head coach of the Dallas Cowboys. Kurt and Marty Schottenheimer were on the same staffs in Cleveland (1986-88), Kansas City (1989-98) and Washington (2001).

"That was something we discussed, but we never got to the point that we could complete it," Marty Schottenheimer told ESPN.

Chargers team president Dean Spanos and general manager A.J. Smith, whom has had a rift with Marty Schottenheimer, 63, since he took over as head coach in 2002, objected to bringing in Kurt Schottenheimer for an interview. Spanos, who a month ago said that Marty Schottenheimer will remain as the Chargers' head coach, decided to cut the cord.

The Chargers have lost both coordinators, their linebackers and tight ends coaches, and their assistant strength and conditioning coach since the end of last season.

Kurt Schottenheimer, 57, was under fire earlier in the 2006 season by Packers fans and media for the secondary's poor performances. The secondary improved as the season progressed and Packers head coach Mike McCarthy decided to retain Kurt Schottenheimer, who will be entering his third season with the Packers. Kurt Schottenheimer coached Green Bay's defensive backs in 2004, but was fired by then-head coach and GM Mike Sherman.

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