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Numbers don't lie: Cottrell struggled

Posted by ESPN.com's Bill Williamson

Want some cold, hard numbers on why the Chargers fired defensive coordinator Ted Cottrell on Tuesday and replaced him with inside linebackers coach Ron Rivera?

Thanks to ESPN Stats & Analysis, here are some charts illustrating the difference in the Chargers' defensive statistics under former coordinator Wade Phillips from 2004-06 and under Cottrell the last two seasons.