SAN DIEGO -- Marty Schottenheimer, a one-time NFL
linebacker, was in a fighting mood on Monday.
The San Diego Chargers coach went off during his weekly news
conference when he was asked what he thought about nose tackle
Jamal Williams punching Jacksonville center Brad Meester at the end
of a play in the second quarter of the Chargers' 34-21 win on
Schottenheimer wasn't happy with Williams, because he drew an
unnecessary roughness penalty that added 15 yards to Jacksonville's
first scoring drive.
"It was unnecessary. I saw what happened to him -- a guy
cheap-shotted him, frankly. But there's no place for that,"
He had even sharper words for Meester, who apparently hit
Williams from behind near his knees.
"Had I been the player, I probably would have responded in a
little different fashion, at another time, when I was the first one
in, not the second one in," Schottenheimer said.
If he were a player, he would have told Meester: "Don't do that
crap to me."
Schottenheimer then used a harsher term to describe Meester's
"I apologize for the vulgarity, but I tell you what, there's no
place in this business for what happened there," Schottenheimer
said. "You've got to have respect for people that play in this
game, on your team as well as the other team."
Schottenheimer indicated that Meester's actions had been
reported to the league office.
Schottenheimer gave his players Monday off. They'll return to
practice Wednesday to start getting ready for Sunday's game at
Falcons quarterback Michael Vick and Chargers running back
LaDainian Tomlinson will always be linked because Atlanta took Vick
with the top pick in the 2001 draft after obtaining it from San
Diego for the fifth pick, which San Diego used on Tomlinson, along
with receiver Tim Dwight and other picks.
Schottenheimer joked that he might have the diminutive Dwight
emulate Vick during practice.
"But we don't have anybody who throws it left-handed,"
"We all recognize the great athletic skills that he has. It
certainly creates another dimension that you have to address."
Schottenheimer planned to sit down with his defensive
coordinator, Wade Phillips, who held the same job with the Falcons
the last two seasons, and was interim head coach the final three
games last year after Dan Reeves was fired.
"I'm sure he has some thoughts, having been there,"
Tomlinson sat out the fourth quarter Sunday after reaggravating
a groin injury but is expected to play against the Falcons.