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The Mount Rushmore of LA Chargers head coaches

BALTIMORE, MD ? OCTOBER 1: Head coach Marty Schottenheimer of the San Diego Chargers reacts to the game against the Baltimore Ravens on October 1, 2006 at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore, Maryland. The Ravens won 16-13. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
BALTIMORE, MD ? OCTOBER 1: Head coach Marty Schottenheimer of the San Diego Chargers reacts to the game against the Baltimore Ravens on October 1, 2006 at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore, Maryland. The Ravens won 16-13. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
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(Photo by Mark Konezny/NFLPhotoLibrary) – LA Chargers
(Photo by Mark Konezny/NFLPhotoLibrary) – LA Chargers

The LA Chargers do not have a long list of great head coaches in franchise history. Quite frankly, the team lacks that one iconic head coach that is known throughout the game of football. There are good coaches in franchise history, but they lack the Bill Belichick, Bill Parcells, John Madden.

To be fair, though, those head coaches are few and far between. There are many teams in the league without that one iconic head coach.

There have been some really solid coaches to lead the LA Chargers, albeit none of them were able to add a Super Bowl to their resume. Regardless, with the head coaching job in the limelight due to Anthony Lynn‘s firing, we decided to bring you the Mount Rushmore of LA Chargers head coaches.

Mount Rushmore of LA Chargers head coaches: 4. Marty Schottenheimer

Marty Schottenheimer checks in at number four in the Mount Rushmore, edging out Norv Turner. It might sound insane to read that, but Turner was actually able to win some playoff games. The biggest knock against Schottenheimer is that he could not win in either of his postseason trips despite coaching some really talented Charger teams.

However, he gets into the Mount Rushmore as he was the head coach during the team’s best run. The Chargers were consistently one of the best teams in the league in the mid-to-late 2000s and it was in large part due to Schottenheimer’s coaching and his hand in the roster construction.

He was the head coach of the greatest Chargers team of all-time — the 2006 Chargers that went 14-2 and saw LaDainian Tomlinson break the all-time rushing touchdown record and all-time total touchdown record. Both of which still stand.

He has the third-best winning percentage in franchise history and is tied for the fourth-most wins. The ceiling was higher with Schottenheimer, hence why he makes it over Turner.

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