Coach is Only One Working

Beat the San Francisco 49ers tomorrow and victory Monday awaits. Now that is a message that will motivate players.

"It's something I do periodically, and I thought the time was appropriate," Schottenheimer said. "I do it whenever the mood strikes me."

The team responded with a hard fought battle for more than the usual 60 minutes winning 20-17 in overtime on Steve Christie's 40-yard field goal in overtime.

Coming back from being 10 points down made it all the sweeter. Just a week ago St. Louis did the same thing to them, beating the Bolts in regulation after being down 10 points. It was the Chargers turn this time.

Schottenheimer worked his real magic at a team meeting the night before the 49ers game. He showed the team highlight clips of plays that the Chargers had been making all season. This was to reinforce the confidence he had in his players. The players already knew they had winnable games that they let get away, this was just working with that team chemistry.

"It's a feeling, it's an instinct," he said. "And, you know, you're not always right. But you just do what you think is best, and the bottom line to all of it is that it has to continue on a daily basis to be teach and learn. That's what it has to be, attention to details."

The sorce of his motivational techniques, Lou Saban, the coach he played for in 1965, his rookie season with the AFL's Buffalo Bills.

"I was petrified of Saban," he said. "He was on you every step of the way, and I never knew when I did anything right because anything he said to me I was probably paralyzed with fear of the guy.

"But we had won six or seven games in a row, and after every game it was a tirade, raising the devil and one time he picked up a projector and threw it across the room. It was crazy, and I'm thinking, 'What in the world is this?'

"So we finally lost a game, and in those days you didn't go in until Tuesday. Monday was your day off. And we talked about it, some of the players, 'We may not survive this meeting.' And he walked in and said, 'Hey, we didn't play as well as we're capable of playing. We need to understand that. We need to go fix it, but we're capable of getting it fixed and let's go do it.' We were absolutely dumbfounded."

"I'm not being cavalier," he said, "but that's the way we approach it. It's one game at a time."

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