By Jason Wojciechowski on January 15, 2007 at 6:01 PM
John Clayton criticizes Marty Schottenheimer for being too conservative and "playing the field position game" while praising the Patriots to high heavens for knowing how to win in the playoffs.
John Clayton a few paragraphs later points out that the "strangest" play in the game was when Marty went for it on 4th and 11 early in the game. Uh, Mr. Clayton, that's not conservative play-calling. Besides which, it wasn't necessarily that strange. The Patriots, as I recall, had the wind at their backs in the first quarter, which might be one reason why Schottenheimer didn't want a 49-yard field goal try.
Meanwhile, LDT called out Bill Belichick because of what the Chargers perceived as a classless celebration on their logo at midfield (apparently, it included finger-pointing and mocking Shawne Merriman's sack-dance), saying, "They showed no class and maybe that comes from the head coach." The Patriots are just making enemies left and right, aren't they? The Jets (with the Mangini feud), the Colts (with constantly whooping their asses in the playoffs), and now the Chargers.