"I don't want to get into the details on the whole situation, but I do my best with my opportunities," said Jenkins, who is averaging 20.7 yards on 15 kickoff returns after leading the NFL with a 26.6-yard average last season. "If he feels I'm not playing to his standards, it's his call."
"It's more than the return part of it," Schottenheimer said. "It's coverage kickoff, it's coverage punt, it's punt returns. There are four parts to it, and the guy in that role has got to be able to fulfill all those roles. He's got to fill more than one role as a kickoff-return specialist."
Reche Caldwell will return kicks in his place. Caldwell has had one kickoff return that went for 39 yards, the Chargers longest of the season.
In a season of successes, special teams have been dreadful. Simply put they are not doing their jobs. Two punts have been blocked, returns have been muffed or fumbled and finally in week 9 players are being held accountable. This week it is Ronney Jenkins and next week it could be Tamarick Vanover if he does not improve his play. Vanover has been put on notice by Coach Schottenheimer.
Special teams will be crucial to the ultimate success of this franchise especially down the stretch. There will come a game where the offense and defense may not do enough to win and special teams will have to come up with that game changing play. Special teams is 1/3rd of the gameplan and it best start executing or more changes will come.
Accountability. It goes all the way back to the offseason when Fred McCrary was put on notice, having been exposed in the expansion draft. That has acted as a wakeup call, and McCrary must prove his worth as a blocking back every week. The problem last year was he wore down at the end of the season. This year he does not expect any falloff. Coach Schottenheimer took McCrary off special teams duty to give him more energy.
McCrary responded by saying, "There's no question I came in with a little chip on my shoulder, but I've had to put it behind me. I know it's a business, and I've moved on. Things are going good right now, and I just want to continue to try to get better and hopefully get a rushing title for LT. That would be big, especially when there was a chance I wasn't going to be here.
"My thing is, I just want to be accountable to my teammates. I just want to show them that I can get my job done and they can count on me. My body feels good right now, better than it did last year. So we're just going to see what happens. We've still got a long way to go, but so far, so good."
Defensive end John Abraham twisted his left ankle during practice. Abraham came out and trainers put tape and a brace on it. He returned, but was limping slightly. Herm Edwards said after practice Abraham will be "fine." Linebacker Mo Lewis (ankle) did not practice yesterday, though he's listed as probable and expected to play.
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