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A Game Ball for Marty

The Jets sent Marty Schottenheimer a game ball after their win over San Diego Sunday. Schottenheimer is the son of Jets offensive coordinator Brian and the former coach of the Chargers, the team that fired him after a 14-2 season in 2006.

Jets coach Rex Ryan sent a game ball to Marty Schottenheimer after last weekend's playoff upset of the San Diego Chargers, the team that fired the father of New York's offensive coordinator following a 14-2 regular season.

Brian Schottenheimer said he was touched when he learned of his boss' gesture Tuesday -- and joked that it didn't even occur to him to do it.

Very nice touch. It's things like this that make it obvious why Brian Schottenheimer says he's happy with Gang Green and why he turned down a chance to interview for the Bills' head coaching job. I've heard very informal chatter that Eric Mangini was a nightmare for assistants. It goes largely unnoticed among his other good attributes, but it seems like Rex has created a positive work environment.