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Former Chargers coach receives gift from Jets

Jets coach Rex Ryan said Thursday that he sent a game ball to Marty Schottenheimer after Sunday's division-round victory over the Chargers, the team that fired the father of the Jets' offensive coordinator after a 14-2 regular season.

Brian Schottenheimer said he was touched when he learned of his boss' gesture and joked 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. He had 35 wins and two AFC West titles in his last three seasons in San Diego, where his son was quarterbacks coach from 2002-05.

"It felt nice to pick up the phone after the game and talk to my father," Brian Schottenheimer, a Florida quarterback in the mid '90s, said.

After Sunday's 17-14 win, the son has a chance to do something his 66-year-old father never did as a head coach: reach the Super Bowl.

Mind on Haiti: Communication has been sketchy, but from what Colts WR Pierre Garcon has been able to learn, a large portion of his family still living in Haiti is in good shape after the devastating earthquake.

Like millions of others, his relatives are homeless, but they survived a disaster that took about 200,000 lives.

That's why it was important for Garcon to express his support for them by displaying a Haitian flag after Saturday's win over the Ravens. "The people back home that saw it enjoyed it," he said. "It helped put a little smile on their face, I guess.

Jets injuries: A day after sitting out practice, DE Shaun Ellis was limited because of the broken left hand sustained Sunday. One of New York's top pass-rushers wore a cast and is expected to play. Also, S Kerry Rhodes bumped his knee and was limited during practice as were LBs Bart Scott (left ankle) and David Harris (right ankle). All are expected to play.

Former Chargers coach receives gift from Jets 01/21/10 [Last modified: Thursday, January 21, 2010 11:54pm]
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