- Aug 18, 2005
It was during an offseason visit to Marty Schottenheimer's North Carolina home that New York Giants General Manager Ernie Accorsi heard the Chargers coach laud LaDainian Tomlinson as one of the greatest running backs ever.
After Tomlinson's performance against his team Sunday, Accorsi called Schottenheimer yesterday morning to heartily agree.
"That's the first time I saw Tomlinson in person," Accorsi said later yesterday. "You can't really get a feel unless you see him in person. . . . I told (Schottenheimer) today, I can see why (he thinks so highly of Tomlinson). His ability to stop and take one step and be at full speed, that's rare. That's Gale Sayers stuff.
"He's got like three gears. He'll run outside and he'll look like he's running fast, and he kicks it into a second gear, then he kicks it into a third gear. He's an unbelievable back. . . . He's got the combination of power and quickness and speed. He's some player."
Tomlinson ran 21 times for 192 yards Sunday, the fifth-highest rushing total of his career. He also caught six passes for 28 yards and threw a 26-yard touchdown pass. The total of his rushing, receiving and passing yardage (246) was the third-highest, single-game output of his career.
Luis Castillo apologized to Drayton Florence and even to Florence's mom, who was visiting from Florida, on Sunday night.
He felt horrible that his roughing-the-passer penalty cost Florence an interception and what would have been Florence's first career return for a touchdown.
But yesterday, having pondered his rookie defensive end's second such penalty on essentially the same type play, Schottenheimer had little reason to be sorry about Castillo's play.
"We can solve the problem," Schottenheimer said. "The real issue is if you have people that can't get (to the quarterback). He is one of the most athletic 300-pounders I have ever seen."
"I have to find a way to get my hand out of his face," Castillo said. "I can't complain. They're both legitimate calls. It's what the game of football is."
Nuts 'n' Bolts
Left guard Toniu Fonoti will return to practice this week. It is not known whether he will start . . . It also appears rookie receiver Vincent Jackson will resume practicing.