“That is absolutely unfair in my view,” Schottenheimer told The Associated Press in a telephone interview. “We had no control over two guys who became head coaches in this league. We gave two guys an opportunity to be coordinators in this league. We’ve added a couple of guys that people should be very pleased with. The future coach will be very pleased, as well.” Schottenheimer did praise Spanos for making a difficult decision. “I don’t disagree with it,” the coach said. “I always put the team first.” Asked if Smith should share the blame, Schottenheimer said: “Uh, I’ll leave that judgment to others.” Schottenheimer added: “There is and has been no relationship” with Smith. Schottenheimer is due more than $3 million for the final year left on his contract. While confirming he had no working relationship with Smith, Schottenheimer seemed puzzled that Spanos made the coach take the fall for his assistants leaving. Since when? “How long’s he been here?” Schottenheimer said. Smith was promoted in April 2003 after John Butler died of cancer. Schottenheimer tightened up the time frame a bit, saying: “In the last couple of years, there has been very little, if any, dialogue.” It’s believed that the Smith-Schottenheimer stems from personnel moves by the GM, including allowing Drew Brees to leave as a free agent a year ago after the quarterback hurt his shoulder in the 2005 season finale. “I have no idea,” Schottenheimer said. “I’ve made inquiries about it on a number of occasions and he said, `I don’t want to talk about it.”‘ The firing was first reported by ESPN. Spanos said in a statement that he had expected that the core of Schottenheimer’s coaching staff would remain intact. “Events of the last month have now convinced me that it is not possible for our organization to function at a championship level under the current structure,” Spanos said in a statement. “On the contrary, and in the plainest possible language, we have a dysfunctional situation here. Today I am resolving that situation once and for all.” Defensive coordinator Wade Phillips was hired as head coach of the Dallas Cowboys on Thursday. Offensive coordinator Cam Cameron was hired as head coach of the Miami Dolphins on Jan. 19. Tight ends coach Rob Chudzinski became Cleveland’s offensive coordinator, and linebackers coach Greg Manusky was hired as San Francisco’s defensive coordinator. Although Schottenheimer said last week that change was inevitable, Smith sounded concerned, saying, “Both in the same year – Wow.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SAN DIEGO – Chargers coach Marty Schottenheimer was fired Monday night in a shocking move by team president Dean Spanos, who cited a “dysfunctional situation” between the coach and general manager A.J. Smith. Less than a month after San Diego’s NFL-best 14-2 season was wrecked in a home playoff loss to New England, Spanos said the exodus of assistant coaches – the two coordinators became NFL head coaches and two assistants became coordinators – contributed to an “untenable” situation that resulted in the coach being fired.