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Schottenheimer apologizes for remark about bullets

Discussion in 'San Diego Chargers Hall of Champions' started by robdog, Aug 10, 2006.

  1. robdog

    robdog Code Monkey Staff Member Administrator

    Jun 29, 2009
    Source: <a target="_blank" href="http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/news/story?id=2546297">Associated Press</a>

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    SAN DIEGO -- Chargers head coach Marty Schottenheimer apologized Thursday for saying new starting quarterback Phillip Rivers will be tested "when the bullets start flying."

    Schottenheimer said his words were unfortunate while U.S. troops are in combat.

    "I've often said if you stand in front of a microphone as many times as I do, you are invariably going to make a mistake and I made a mistake," he said. "But the good thing about it is I will never forget that mistake."

    A retired Marine colonel had criticized Schottenheimer's remarks in a letter to The San Diego Union-Tribune. "Football is not combat, it is a game," he wrote.

    The Chargers preseason game Saturday against the Green Bay Packers is labeled as a "Salute to the Military." Earlier this year, the team worked out at Camp Pendleton, a Marine base north of San Diego.

    The team will practice Friday on the USS Ronald Reagan, which is docked in San Diego Bay.

    "The whole organization is exited about it, not just the players and coaches, Schottenheimer said.

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