The firing of San Diego Chargers head coach Marty Schottenheimer in 2006 brought much change to the franchise. Norv Turner eventually beat out prospective coaches Ron Rivera and Rex Ryan as head coach, but there was a rumor of Pete Carroll coming down the interstate to San Diego in 2006.
Of course, Carroll quickly shutdown the rumor and was comfortable at USC – that era of USC was Carroll’s as he was coming off national championship runs while the Reggie Bush scandal was still developing.
If Carroll had come to the Chargers, would he have had a shot at a Super Bowl?
Carroll took a 7-9 Seattle Seahawks team in his first season to the playoffs beating the New Orleans Saints in the opening round. Credit that victory to Marshawn Lynch too, though. The playoffs were short lived as they lost to the Atlanta Falcons in the NFC Divisional Game.
If Carroll had a psychic and decided to leave USC for the Chargers, not much would have really changed. Carroll has appeared in the playoffs with the Seahawks for three years, including this 2013 season. Though Turner rode his talent into the ground, his Chargers also showed up three years in the postseason from 2007-2009.
It just wouldn’t have worked out with the ownership. As the Seahawks head coach, Carroll practically assumes his USC head coach duties with play calling and personnel decisions. The Spanos family would not have given Carroll so much power, especially paired with a power-hungry GM A.J. Smith.
Realistically, Ryan would have a better shot at the Super Bowl than Carroll with those Chargers’ rosters. However, at this point in the history of the Chargers, anyone could have been better than Turner to get the most out of a talented roster.