[quote]FLORHAM PARK, N.J. -- Jets coach Rex Ryan sent a game ball to Marty Schottenheimer after last weekend's playoff upset of the San Diego Chargers, the team that fired the father of New York's offensive coordinator following a 14-2 regular season.
Brian Schottenheimer said he was touched when he learned of his boss' gesture Tuesday -- and joked that it didn't even occur to him to do it.
Marty Schottenheimer was fired in February 2007 after the Chargers lost their first playoff game despite having the NFL's best record that season. He had 35 wins and two AFC West titles in his last three seasons in San Diego, where his son was quarterbacks coach from 2002 to 2005.
"It felt nice to pick up the phone after the game and talk to my father," Brian Schottenheimer said Thursday.
After Sunday's 17-14 win, the son has a chance to do something his famous father never did as a head coach: reach the Super Bowl. The Jets play Sunday in the AFC championship game at Indianapolis.
Marty Schottenheimer is coaching college players this week at the East-West Shrine Game in Orlando, Fla.[/quote]
How awesome is that? This is why the players love Rex and Schotty says he's finally happy for the first time in years.
[QUOTE=southside;3471003]True, I thought it was odd. But then I thought more about it. Thinking about Rex's personality, it's like he's fighting the battle for everyone... like the NFL's version of Robin Hood.[/QUOTE]
It seems like he relates to those who feel they were unjustly treated and he's on a crusade.
As long as Marty--second only to Norv as the biggest playoff mush in NFL history--is nowhere near our sideline this Sunday and the Super Bowl, I'm fine with it. Although, I agree that it does not make much sense to give him a game ball.
[QUOTE=SMC;3471049]After the game, Brian called Marty and told him, "Dad, this one's for you."
Marty and Brian are obviously bitter about Marty getting fired by AJ Smith. This was a revenge game for Brian. This gesture by Ryan was telling Brian that he has his back.
In other words, Rex is telling Brian: "Your vengeance is my vengeance."
It goes to Rex's theme of family.[/QUOTE]
The knock on Marty is that he is a great reg season coach but horrible in the playoffs. (the record kind of confirms this). So after a playoff loss with a new coach it's kind of like F U to the Chargers.
To me it makes perfect sense. It is an us versus the world attitude that makes Rex truly different. So many out here are so quick to pillor those they "claim" to lionize. At the end of the day there is no way in the world that Marty should have been fired at all!!!! If Steel Town had half as little paitence as SD Cowher would have been a gonner wel before any SB wins. As one poster it is the coaching fraternity that Rex is fighting for........