Marty vs. Herm

The 6-1 Chargers face off against the 2-5 Jets this Sunday and it marks the first time Marty Schottenheimer will meet Herm Edwards as Head Coaches of their respective teams. They have a history together, but this year face each other under vastly different circumstances. Marty is winning, Herm isn't.

Marty Schottenheimer worked with current Jets head coach Herman Edwards from 1990-95. Edwards was both a defensive backs coach and a scout during his tenure with Schottenheimer. Jets offensive coordinator Paul Hackett was Schottenheimer's offensive coordinator from 1993-97, and the time Edwards and Hackett spent together during that time forged the relationship they have now with the Jets.

Schottenheimer commented, "We have a familiarity with one another, but I don't think it has any effect on the outcome of the game."

"I got into it with Marty. Our philosophies didn't match," Edwards once said. "If there's something I don't like and I don't agree, I'm gone. That's how it works with me. I don't make a fuss. I'm one of those guys, when I believe in something and I'm dealing with somebody who doesn't believe in it. ... I won't change for anybody."

"I always thought Herman had a good pulse of the players and did an excellent job of teaching,'' Schottenheimer said. "I know Herman is as tough-minded and strong-willed as any coach I've been around. He is a great communicator. Herman knows what works and will continue to be patient.''

Edwards Irked

Edwards showed his agitated side for the first time ever as coach of the Jets. After disparaging remarks were made by both Damien Robinson and John Abraham in recent weeks, he was swarmed with questions on the possibility of his team quitting on him.

"Oh no, they're not going to do that, no,'' Edwards said Wednesday when asked whether he was concerned that his 2-5 team will give up. "Not on my watch, they won't do that.

"It's inexcusable. Don't even think about it. It's called being a professional. That's part of the deal. If they're going to do that -- that's coaches, players, management, anybody, then they need to go somewhere else.

"They're going to be professional, they're going to conduct themselves that way, they're going to play that way. That's the deal. When I see they don't, everyone will know about it. I'll make that decision, no one else. That's where that sits with me. That's unthinkable for me to even think that.''

"I don't need to relay it to them,'' he said. "They know who their coach is, they know they ain't got no choice. Those players ain't going to do that.

"See, the problem is this is what happens when you lose, people start assuming they quit. Well, this team ain't doing that. It's not an option. Retirement, yeah. Quitting, no. You don't do that in sports. It's ridiculous. That's crazy.''

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