August 2, 1989 |
After veteran linebacker Gary Plummer agreed to contract terms Wednesday, Steve Ortmayer said he may be taking his show, such as it is, on the road. Ortmayer is the Chargers' director of football operations. And the two most prominent unsigned players on his team are represented by attorneys in Cleveland. The players are running back Gary Anderson, the team's MVP last year, and defensive end Burt Grossman, the Chargers' No. 1 draft pick.
January 24, 1997 |
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.
February 11, 1989 |
The Chargers lost their special teams coach Friday when Wayne Sevier accepted the same position with the Washington Redskins. But before he left, Sevier defended Steve Ortmayer, the Chargers' director of football operations, against critics of Ortmayer's trades.
January 19, 1995 |
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?
July 23, 1989 |
Steve Ortmayer said late Saturday that he is "encouraged" about the negotiations with the Chargers' two second-round draft picks--quarterback Billy Joe Tolliver and center Courtney Hall. Ortmayer, the team's director of football operations, even said there was a good chance both would be in uniform today when rookies, free agents and selected veterans begin summer camp drills at UC San Diego. But Ortmayer is confused and discouraged about the bizarre turn of events surrounding No.
December 22, 1988 |
Former Charger Kellen Winslow said Wednesday that deposed Coach Al Saunders got a raw deal and that owner Alex Spanos should have fired himself instead. "As usual, somebody has to take the fall," Winslow said. "They fired the wrong man." Winslow was asked if he meant the ax should have fallen on Steve Ortmayer, the Chargers' director of football operations. "Maybe not," Winslow said. "Personally, I think it should have been the owner."
December 20, 1988 |
The Chargers issued a 7-paragraph statement Monday, confirming the worst-kept secret in the National Football League. They announced the firing of Coach Al Saunders. "We feel at this time it is necessary to make a change in the head coaching position," said owner Alex Spanos in the prepared release. Saunders' dismissal marked the second time in less than 26 months that Spanos has dumped his coach.
December 16, 1988 |
Steve Ortmayer, questioned repeatedly and point-blank Thursday, refused to deny a published report that the Chargers have decided to fire Coach Al Saunders as early as next week. Ortmayer, the team's director of football operations, left the Chargers' stadium offices early in the afternoon for a dinner engagement in Los Angeles. But before he departed, he also refused to comment on Saunders' immediate coaching future with the team.
November 8, 1988 |
The Chargers will start little-used Mark Vlasic at quarterback in place of Mark Malone Sunday in Atlanta. It appears Al Saunders will coach the Chargers in Atlanta, too. But Steve Ortmayer, the team's director of football operations, stopped considerably short of giving Saunders a vote of confidence Monday in the wake of the team's sixth consecutive loss. "I spoke to Mr. (Alex) Spanos today," Ortmayer said. "And we're all disappointed. I'm sure Al (Saunders) is, too."
October 28, 1988 |
Sunday afternoon in Seattle, the Chargers will begin an effort to piece back together a season that started with a series of contractual and personnel setbacks in training camp and now is laboring under a 4-game losing streak. Injuries, paucity of talent, lack of depth, painfully inopportune penalties and a failure by the defense to create turnovers are just a few of the reasons the Chargers are 2-6 halfway through the 1988 schedule.