Drew Brees led the chargers to the playoffs two years ago and came within a game or so from taking them back there last year. When was the last time SD had that much success? What's disturbing is the fact that Brees is now considered one of the hottest free agents out there and they got nothing for him. Rivers may be the next Joe Montana, but at the very least, the Chargers could have done a sign and trade so they could at least get another player or a draft pick in return. I believe AJ Smith and Spanos did this because they've got a huge investment in Rivers already and they knew that if they signed Brees, Schottenheimer would have given them trouble if they tried to trade him. If they signed him and weren't able to trade him because of Schottenheimer, the writing would be clearly on the wall. Rivers would be left sitting on the bench "earning" his millions and Brees would start because there would be no reason to put Brees on the bench after all the success he's had the past two years save for injury. It would be a PR nightmare if they tried to do that. I think AJ Smith is trying to get Marty fired because he doesn't get along with him. If Rivers starts and SD ends up with a poor record, off goes the HC. I suspect that this situation which was created by the GM and possibly the owner is exactly the reason why Eli Manning refused to sign with the Chargers, though frankly as a general rule I'm not sure I like rookies dictating where they want to play. It defeats the whole purpose of the draft (unless of course Reggie Bush decided he would play only for the PATS ). I think a team needs a solid and consistent strategy that is followed by both the GM and the HC in order to win in this tough and competitive league. SD obviously doesn't have this. If Eli did not have any reason to smile during this off season, I'm sure the Chargers just provided him with one.