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.
Marty Schottenheimer was fired in February 2007 after the Chargers lost their first playoff game despite having the NFL's best record that season. He had 35 wins and two AFC West titles in his last three seasons in San Diego, where his son was quarterbacks coach from 2002-05.
"It felt nice to pick up the phone after the game and talk to my father," Brian Schottenheimer said Thursday.
Marty Schottenheimer is coaching college players at the East-West Shrine Game in Orlando, Fla., this week.
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