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February 11, 1989
The Chargers' search for a head coach (was) a farce. They had a fine young coach in Al Saunders . . . Ortmayer is a joke, Spanos is a bad joke and the entire organization is becoming a sick joke. I wonder how much ticket prices will increase this year? At least they can say we will be watching a real circus. JIM DE LOACH La Jolla
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January 24, 1997 | From Staff and Wire Reports
Dick Vermeil, new St. Louis Ram coach and president of football operations, has fired vice president of football operations Steve Ortmayer. Ortmayer, 52, had acted as general manager since the move to St. Louis from Anaheim two years ago and was responsible for all aspects of the Rams' football operations. * Atlanta Coach Dan Reeves added five former New York Giant assistants to his staff: Reeves named Don Blackmon, James Daniel, George Sefcik, Joe DeCamillis and Al Miller.
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April 20, 1989 | BRIAN HEWITT, Times Staff Writer
Enough of this palaver. Who will the Chargers pick Sunday with the eighth selection in the first round of the NFL draft? "We might not be picking eighth," new Charger Coach Dan Henning said Wednesday, making the picture clear as mud. Enter Steve Ortmayer, the team's director of football operations, in an attempt to clarify. Ortmayer said Wednesday he didn't consider his team's overtures to Dallas for the rights to draft UCLA quarterback Troy Aikman with the first pick to be a dead issue.
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November 23, 1996 | T.J. SIMERS
The Rams have no defense, as evidenced by their scores and record, but something should be said on behalf of Steve Ortmayer, the embattled general manager, who has been accused of making the two worst trades in NFL history. He's guilty.
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August 14, 1987 | MARC APPLEMAN, Times Staff Writer
Charger quarterback Dan Fouts says that he wants to play for the Chargers for $750,000 this season, that he is not trying to renegotiate his contract and that it was the Chargers who recently approached him about discussing his future, rather than vice versa. Fouts' comments on Thursday contradicted what Charger owner Alex Spanos said in a statement released Wednesday.
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February 13, 1990 | From Times Wire Services
Steve Ortmayer rejoined the Raiders today to work with special teams and football operations. Ortmayer, 46, spent the last three years with the San Diego Chargers as director of football operations. Before that, from 1978 to '86, he was special teams coach and director of football operations with the Raiders. "We're glad to have Steve Ortmayer back with the Raiders," Coach Art Shell said.
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March 19, 1988 | BRIAN HEWITT, Times Staff Writer
Steve Ortmayer, Charger director of operations, Friday put another spike in the heart of reports that 49er quarterback Joe Montana might become his team's next quarterback. "As far as I'm concerned, it's completely dead," Ortmayer said of week-long speculation that Montana could come to the Chargers in exchange for a package of draft picks and a player or players. "I don't know how that thing got going. I'm even uncomfortable talking about it."
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April 21, 1988 | BRIAN HEWITT
Jay Schroeder to the Chargers? "I don't think they (the Redskins) are going to trade the guy," Steve Ortmayer, the team's director of football operations, said Wednesday. Ortmayer confirmed that Washington General Manager Bobby Beathard has instructed the Chargers to make an offer for quarterback Schroeder if they are interested. But Ortmayer said, "I point-blank asked the guy (Beathard), 'Does that mean you intend to trade Jay Schroeder?' And he said the answer was, ' No.
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May 9, 1989 | BRIAN HEWITT
"No," said Steve Ortmayer, Chargers' director of football operations, he's not bothered by Charger owner Alex Spanos' interest in Washington Redskins general manager Bobby Beathard. Beathard's resignation will become official May 31. Friday night, Spanos said the Chargers would attempt to hire Beathard, who helped guide the Redskins to two Super Bowl victories in seven seasons. Beathard owns a home in Leucadia and his parents live in Oceanside. "It's inappropriate to talk about it, because Bobby's under contract to the Redskins," Ortmayer said.
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December 19, 1989 | DON PATTERSON
The San Diego Chargers announced Monday that Steve Ortmayer, director of football operations since January 1987, will not be offered a contract next season. "Steve and I met today," Charger Owner Alex Spanos said. "I want to thank him for the effort he has made to make the Chargers a stronger team. Our meeting was amicable, and we wish him well in future endeavors." Ortmayer, 44, could not be reached for comment.
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January 19, 1995 | T.J. SIMERS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Get used to it, St. Louis. The Rams signed quarterback Chris Miller to a three-year, $9-million contract before last season; benched him in favor of journeyman Chris Chandler; said Wednesday that based on last season's results Miller would have to be considered the team's starting quarterback in 1995, and then announced they were making Miller available to Jacksonville and Charlotte in next month's re-allocation draft. Confused?
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January 17, 1995 | ELLIOTT TEAFORD
In probably their last move as the Los Angeles Rams, the team hired Steve Ortmayer as vice president of football operations Monday. The Rams are expected to announce today that they're moving to St. Louis. "I feel this time in the Ram franchise history is a wonderful time to hit the ground running with some new aspects," said Ortmayer, 50, who has been the Raiders' special teams coach and director of football operations since 1990, his second tour of duty with the team.
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January 8, 1995 | T.J. SIMERS
The Rams have interviewed Steve Ortmayer, Raider special teams coach, and the team could name him vice president of football operations as early as Wednesday, sources said. Ortmayer, who has had front-office experience with the Raiders and San Diego Chargers, would oversee all personnel matters with the Rams, but his responsibilities would fall short of those held by most general managers in the NFL.
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January 8, 1995 | T.J. SIMERS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Rams have interviewed Steve Ortmayer, Raider special teams coach, and the team could name him vice president of football operations as early as Wednesday this week. Ortmayer, who has had front-office experience with the Raiders and Chargers, would oversee all personnel decisions with the Rams, but his responsibilities would fall short of those held by most general managers in the league.
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December 2, 1991
The Raiders win 9-7, and Steve Ortmayer's special teams stand tall in victory. Ouch! Ortmayer, who once was the Chargers' director of football operations, helped complete the job Sunday night. Ortmayer's special teams produced three field goals, including a career-best 53-yarder from Jeff Jaeger, and knocked down John Carney's 44-yard game-winning attempt with 1:57 to play. The Raiders (9-4) remained in first place in the AFC West Division with the tiebreaker advantage on Denver.
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October 22, 1991 | MITCH POLIN
In some respects, the University of La Verne's football program hasn't changed in its first season since the retirement of longtime Coach Roland Ortmayer. The Leopards still do not have long practices and Coach Rex Huigens' philosophy is similar to Ortmayer's, Huigens having been an assistant under Ortmayer for 21 years. But that is about where the similarity ends.
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December 22, 1988 | Dave Distel
WANTED: Blue-collar coach with experience in either the National Football League or the State Department ... preferably both. Contact Alex Spanos or Steve Ortmayer at (619) 280-2111. Al Saunders may the most irreplaceable 17-24 head coach in the history of the NFL, but not for any reasons normally associated with running a football team. Saunders, you see, was not fired because he could not coach. He was not fired because his team was not making progress.
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December 24, 1988
Dear Steve Ortmayer: Please resign as a Christmas gift to San Diego. You have continually proved in your short reign as director of football operations for the Chargers that you are in over your head. I've been attending Charger games since 1973. I have seen the rise of the blue-and-gold into a great organization, and now I'm seeing the meteoric decline that you and your partner in failure, Alex Spanos, are responsible for. The empty seats around the stadium and the yearly decline of season ticket holders are a tribute to the poor job you two are doing.
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November 8, 1990 | MITCH POLIN
It will mark the end of an era when La Verne's football team plays host to Claremont-Mudd-Scripps Saturday. After 45 years as a college coach, two at William Penn of Iowa and the past 43 at La Verne, Roland Ortmayer is calling it a career. Only to Ortmayer, 73, it will simply be another in a series of steps in his life. "The way I look at it, this is just another part of my life that I'm going to go through," Ortmayer said.
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October 21, 1990 | CHRIS DUFRESNE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Because of developments on the field and in the front office, the AFC West rivalry between the Raiders and San Diego Chargers has evolved into something especially intense. Today's game at Jack Murphy Stadium will mark the return to San Diego of Raider assistant coach Steve Ortmayer, who served as the Chargers' director of football operations for three seasons before being fired Dec. 18.
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