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3/25/15: The San Diego Chargers have emerged as a dark horse team to take QB Marcus Mariota in the first round of the NFL Draft in May. That, of course, assumes that Jamies Winston of Florida State goes first overall to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Current QB Phillip Rivers says he will not discuss a new contract, likely until the season is over. So there is a thought that the Chargers may trade Rivers to the Tennessee Titans for the second overall pick. They may have to sweeten the deal a little bit, but it is an interesting thought that has gone under the radar.
3/18/15: The San Diego Chargers have not been too active in free agency, but that should be considered a good thing. Teams that have to replenish their roster by overpaying free agents rarely succeed. Teams that are not active generally have good players on the roster from drafting and trading. The Chargers allowed running back Ryan Mathews to walk, and he signed with the Philadelphia Eagles medical staff. The team also released defensive lineman Dwight Freeney after two seasons, but thanked him for his contributions on his way out of the facility. San Diego is actually in a pretty good position right now and can compete for the AFC West title.
3/11/15: If the San Diego Chargers go through with their threat/promise to build a stadium in the Los Angeles area, then they will have some serious money behind them. Investment house Goldman Sachs has pledged to finance the move and possible operational losses, and they have some of the greenest money around. That is bad news for Chargers fans in San Diego, but good news to the Rams' faithful in St. Louis. There are not many firms around that has the clout of Goldman Sachs, and that gives owner Dean Spanos some very strong leverage as he negotiates with the City of San Diego on a new stadium. Well played, Spanos, well played.
3/4/15: The Los Angeles Situation is getting to a critical point. The San Diego Chargers, along with AFC West rival Oakland Raiders, announced a plan to build a joint facility in Carson, California to be home to both teams. However, Stan Kroenke and the St. Louis Rams have the clubhouse lead on their development plans in Irvine, CA. Now comes the speculation that Kroenke may try to persuade Chargers' owner Dean Spanos to join forces, which would topple the Chargers/Raiders alliance while putting two teams in Los Angeles - one for each conference. Then the Raiders may end up moving to St. Louis.
2/25/15: Getting an NFL team to Los Angeles is turning into the soap opera of the offseason. The NFL will not let anyone move this season, but it looks to be open game in a year. The Chargers upped the ante by calling out the City of San Diego in a very public fashion, then pushed their chips to the middle of the table by announcing a partnership with the Oakland Raiders to build their own shared stadium a few miles south of L.A. There is little chance that the NFL would want three teams in Los Angeles so at least one team will be out in the cold.
2/18/15: Being a coordinator for the San Diego Chargers has been a nice stepping stone over the past few years. Last year, former OC Ken Whisenhunt was hired by Tennessee to be their head coach. John Pagano is the current DC, though his work and name may get him a head coaching position sometime in the near future. The Chargers added Mike Nolan to the defensive staff as linebackers coach, and he is way overqualified for the job. But he can bring an edge to the defense and could also be an in-house replacement if Pagano gets the call to be a head coach sometime.
2/11/15: The NFL has already said that no team will be moving to Los Angeles for the 2015-16 season. That gives the city of San Diego some time to develop a plan for a new stadium. However, the Chargers may be either looking to move to L.A or at least block anyone else from moving there. They have spent 20 years cultivating that market and would rather not see any competition. Rams owner Stan Kroenke has land in L.A. and wants to build a stadium, probably to move the Rams. It will be interesting to see how this unfolds, as both San Diego and St. Louis do not want to lose their teams.
2/5/15: NFL coaching careers are a fascinating case study. When a position coach or coordinator gets his first head coaching gig, he usually has about three years to prove himself. If he does not, then he is usually fired and takes a step back to a coordinator position and tries to rebuild his resume. Other times, as in the case of Mike Nolan, the coach has to take two steps back. Nolan was hired by the Chargers last week to be their new linebackers coach. He was previously the head coach of the San Francisco 49ers then the defensive coordinator for the Atlanta Falcons.
1/28/15: With the season over and the coaching staff and front office turning their attention to scouting college players for the NFL Draft, it is probably a good time to reflect on the past season. The Chargers got off to a hot start and even had a six game stretch where they went 5-1. But injuries set in to the running back corps, the offensive line and even the receiving unit. That led to a disappointing finish for the Chargers. San Diego is an improving squad, though. There is no reason to think the team will not improve next season as young players develop and other teams regress.
1/21/15: All the talk in the NFL about teams moving and new stadiums has focused on St. Louis recently, as Rams owner Stan Kroenke has made it public that he wants to relocate to Los Angeles. The San Diego Chargers cannot be happy about that, and they have talked about moving to LA. The Chargers want a new stadium, but that is not flying well with the City of San Diego. The Chargers did not respond positively to a speech by Mayor Kevin Faulconer recently, and that may be enough to stop a new stadium project before it even begins.
12/3/14: San Diego may be living on borrowed time, but they are still alive in the NFL playoff hunt. A week after escaping the Rams with a last-second interception, they knocked off AFC rival Baltimore (on the road, no less) with a touchdown in the final minute of the game. QB Phillip Rivers threw for 383 yards and three touchdowns and WR Keenan Allen pitched in 121 yards and two scores in the win. With Kansas City's loss, the Chargers are now in second place in the AFC West and own a wild card spot. San Diego will put their 8-4 record on the line this Sunday night when they host the New England Patriots.
11/19/14: The Chargers have been a bit of an enigma this season. They have played brilliantly at times, though have failed to show up for some games. That would lead Chargers fans to hold their breath against winless Oakland - this could be the type of game that the Raiders could win. San Diego did not do much special last Sunday, but they did not have to in earning a 13-6 win. They only managed 193 yards in the air and another 120 on the ground in game, but did not turn the ball over either. Ryan Mathews was effective in running 16 times for 70 yards as he gets back into the rotation. The Chargers improved to 6-4 with the win and host St. Louis this Sunday.
11/12/14: The hope in Southern California is that the Chargers' bye week did the team a world of good. San Diego got off to a good start, going 4-1 with a win over Seattle. But the last month has been tough as the team has lost their last three games. The 37-0 dismantling at the hands of the Miami Dolphins was a low point. But the Chargers are still 5-4 on the season and certainly in the playoff hunt as we enter into the home stretch of the regular season. They can get back on track this Sunday when they host the lowly Oakland Raiders.
11/5/14: The Chargers now seem like they are in free fall mode and their playoff chances are quickly getting away from them. The latest problem was a 37-0 rout by the host Miami Dolphins last Sunday. West Coast teams traditionally have trouble playing the early games on the East Coast, and that was true. The Chargers managed only 178 yards of total offense and Philip Rivers threw three interceptions. They did not get the ball much, only controlling it for 24 minutes in the game. San Diego gets a break and a chance to regroup as they have a bye in Week 10 - which is sorely needed.
10/29/14: The San Diego Chargers have hit a rough patch in their schedule, dropping two games to AFC rivals in five days. The Kansas City Chiefs edged them out last Sunday and the Denver Broncos were too much to overcome at Mile High in the Thursday Night Game. The two big killers in this game were a pair of Philip Rivers interceptions and the lack of a running game. San Diego only ran the ball 15 times for 61 yards, and a third of that total was a single run. The Chargers are now 5-3 but can still get back in the playoff chase. They head to Miami to face the Dolphins this Sunday.
10/22/14: The Chargers were stunned at home last Sunday by the Kansas City Chiefs, which allowed Denver to take sole possession of the AFC West and throw the division into a state of flux. The Chiefs were able to stifle the potent Chargers offense throughout the day. QB Philip Rivers managed only 205 yards, two touchdowns and an interception, while the Branden Oliver and Ronnie Brown combined to only gain 69 yards on the ground. Ultimately, KC kicked a winning field goal with 21 seconds left as the Chargers fell 23-20. San Diego (5-2) has a short week and heads to Denver for the Thursday Night Game and control of the AFC West.
10/15/14: San Diego was expected to simply walk all over the Oakland Raiders, but instead had to come from behind to earn a 31-28 victory. Granted, the game was in Oakland, but the Chargers clearly did not have their 'A' game. Ultimately, Phillip Rivers threw for over 300 yards (again) with three touchdowns and zero interceptions. Brandon Oliver, filling in at running back due to injuries, did manage 101 yards and a score, but that took time. The Chargers lost this game last season, but scored the winning touchdown with less than two minutes left to play. San Diego is now 5-1 on the season and hosts Kansas City this Sunday.
10/8/14: The Chargers may have had as close to a bye week as they are going to get, other than their real bye week, when they hosted the New York Jets last Sunday. The Jets are an absolute mess these days and San Diego took advantage of that for a 31-0 rout. It seemed like everyone got in on the offense. Phillip Rivers threw for 288 yards and three touchdowns. The running game generated another 162 and a score. The defense was flawless, whether it was Geno Smith or Michael Vick under center. The Chargers are now 4-1 and head north to Oakland to take on the winless Raiders this Sunday.
10/1/14: The Chargers are on a nice three game winning streak after beating up on the hapless Jacksonville Jaguars 33-14 in Week 4. While the headline of the game was the Jags rookie QB Blake Bortles got his first career start, it was the Chargers who took control in the second half for the win. QB Phillip Rivers continued his strong play with 377 yards passing and three touchdowns. Both Keenan Allen and Eddie Royal had over 100 yards receiving as well. That was needed because the run game managed only 42 yards for the day. The Chargers are home again this Sunday to host the New York Jets.
9/24/14: San Diego is off to a 2-1 start after downing the Buffalo Bills on the road 22-10. Many expected the Chargers to drop this game after a big win against Seattle, but the Chargers would have none of that. QB Phillip Rivers continues his fine play, going 18 of 25 passing for 256 yards and two touchdowns. San Diego won this game without leading running back Ryan Matthews and lost Danny Woodhead for the season in the game. But Donald Brown added 89 yards to keep the offense balanced. Expect the Chargers to get to 3-1 this Sunday when they host the Jaguars.
9/17/14: So much for the Seattle Seahawks being invincible. The Chargers, all week leading up to their home game against Seattle, said they were not scared of the defending Super Bowl champions. They were not scared and came out with the biggest win of the week in a 30-21 upset. QB Phillip Rivers did not shy away from Seahawks' cornerback Richard Sherman and amassed 284 yards in the air with three touchdowns and no interceptions. San Diego also added 102 yards on the ground to keep Seattle off balance. The Chargers now have to get on a long flight as they play in Buffalo this Sunday.
8/28/14: An earthquake with a 6.1 magnitude on the Richter Scale hit the San Francisco Bay Area on the morning of the Chargers preseason game in the new Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara. The new building survived just fine and the game was played as scheduled. The Chargers may wish that it had been cancelled. Starting nose tackle Kwame Geathers suffered a bad leg injury and had to be carted off the field. That probably makes Sean Lissemore the starter going forward and the Chargers have to hope it is not an overly serious injury that could keep Geathers out for the season.
8/21/14: the Chargers will have a tough challenge to repeat their playoff appearance from last season, and if they get there again, most feel that they will be carried by the strength of their offense. The offense certainly will see some tough competition this season. San Diego, like all AFC West teams, will face the entirety of the NFC West this coming season, and those teams have great defenses. But the Chargers are concerned about their own right now. Linebacker Manti Te'o sprained his left foot and is out for at least a week, including his third preseason game.
8/14/14: Not many things drive a coach nuts more than turning over the ball. Chargers starting running back Ryan Mathews career got off to a rocky start a few years ago when he was known for fumbling and getting injured. He had a breakout 2013 campaign, but showed flashes of his slippery hands in San Diego's first preseason game. Mathews was hit just before he crossed the goal line and lost control of the football. Head coach Mike McCoy indicated that Mathews would not see a reduced role due to the fumble, even though the team signed Donald Brown in the offseason and has Danny Woodhead returning.
8/7/14: Chargers wide receiver Keenan Allen was forced into starting duty last season after established veterans were hurt or left the team. While that may worry most teams and fan, Allen was more than up for the challenge and had a terrific rookie season. Now, he is the clear number one WR on a good Chargers offense and looks to be getting even better. Allen has been working out with a speed coach and looks to be even faster this season. He says that makes him a deep threat in addition to an effective intermediate threat. That bodes well for the Chargers who can easily surprise a lot of teams this season.
7/31/14: This could be a big year for the Chargers as a team, the defense as a unit, and Melvin Ingram in particular. Ingram tore his ACL just 15 months ago and missed last season. He is back and is reportedly been a standout at Chargers training camp. Ingram is a very good pass rusher, but has been showing that he can handle the run as well. The return of Ingram, combined with Corey Liuget's return to full strength from a shoulder injury a year ago could make the Chargers defense a surprise this coming season - and that is bad news for the rest of the AFC West.
7/24/14: Chargers running back Ryan Mathews has been a bit of an enigma since the team drafted him as LaDanian Tomlinson's replacement a few years ago. He has struggled to stay healthy for the most part of his career, but finally showed the talent he possesses and the impact he can have last season. Mathews knows that he is a critical piece of the Chargers success this season and insists that he has to do more and be better. If he shows some improvement, along with the rest of the offense, then the Chargers should be back in the playoffs and may challenge the Broncos for the AFC West.
7/17/14: The Houston Texans have not given any indication that they are willing to trade wide receiver Andre Johnson, even though Johnson wants out of Houston. Yesterday. Johnson, presumably, wants to go to a team that can contend and is not rebuilding - so there is speculation that a trade with the Chargers is possible. San Diego is already a good team, and the addition of Johnson should put them in the top five of the AFC. Pairing Johnson with second year WR Keenan Allen would give the Chargers a very dangerous WR duo - rivaling Roddy White/Julio Jones of the Falcons and Demaryius Thomas/Wes Welker of the rival Broncos.
7/10/14: The Chargers are a team on the rise. They had a good showing in not just making the playoffs but advancing last season and seem to be building a solid team. Offensively, they have a lot of weapons and that is not much of a concern (unless QB Philip Rivers gets injured). Defense is another story and they need to make some strides. Specifically, the team needs to get better on third down. The Chargers ranked 20th in the NFL last season, only getting off the field on third down 39% of the time. Improving here and in the red zone would go a long way to the Chargers emerging as a top team this coming season.
7/3/14: The Chargers seemed to have a big gift dropped in their lap a couple weeks ago when the Kansas City Chiefs released cornerback Brandon Flowers. Flowers had been among the better corners in the league for a few years until last season. A change in the defensive scheme did not suit his talents and he had a sub-par season. Flowers signed with the Chargers on a one year 'prove-it' deal and admits that being able to face the Chiefs twice a season was a factor in his decision. Chances are that he will rebound next season and will be a coveted free agent come February.
6/26/14: The Chargers have the look of a team on the rise. That combined with the wonderful weather in San Diego should make it a top choice for free agents who are lucky enough to pick their destination. Former Chiefs cornerback Brandon Flowers looked like a good fit on paper and even visited the Chargers last week. He left without a deal, though. He may be looking at other options, but ended up coming back and signing a one year deal with the Chargers. In any case, Flowers will have a new playing home next season and should be a good addition to the Chargers.
6/19/14: The Chargers could be the team best positioned for longterm success in the AFC West. Certainly the Denver Broncos get most of the publicity and are the reigning AFC Champions, but that window is closing: Peyton Manning cannot play forever and the team has a lot of money tied up into winning now - which often translates into losing later. The Chiefs had a remarkable turnaround last season, but seem primed to come back to earth. The Raiders, well they are still the Raiders. Meanwhile, the Chargers have quietly put together a strong team and seem to be built to sustain a solid program for several years.
6/12/14: The Pittsburgh Steelers are not the only team that is going to feature a lot more no-huddle offense next season. It has been reported around the league that the Chargers are using the same up-tempo no-huddle offense that Peyton Manning used when he was in Indianapolis. Bear in mind that new Chargers offensive coordinator Frank Reich was Manning's position coach in Indy, so there is a good reason for the similarity. Only the best QBs can effectively run the no-huddle because the QB essentially becomes the on-field OC to take quick advantage of opposing defenses and their intentions.
6/6/14: It is never too early to start game planning, and the Chargers games plan for the first game of their season, a visit to the Arizona Cardinals on September 8th. The Cardinals, like all NFC West teams, had a great defense last season. They will be without two standout linebackers next season as Karlos Dansby left for Cleveland in free agency and Daryl Washington is suspended by the league for violating the league's substance abuse policy. That may things easier on Phillip Rivers and company, and may actually give them a place to attack and exploit a weakness.
5/29/14: Some great news out of Chargers' camp last week as reports surfaced that wide receiver Malcolm Floyd may be able to return to playing this fall. Floyd had been a solid contributor for the Chargers for a few years but suffered a devastating neck injury early last season. It was bad enough to think that his career may have been over. The Chargers found a go-to guy in rookie wide receiver Keenan Allen last season, and pairing him with the dependable Floyd will only make the offense stronger. That is fine news for a team that looks to advance further in the playoffs next season.
5/22/14: The Chargers are in an interesting position this season. They made an unexpected run to the playoffs last year and even won a playoff game. Still, not many people believe they can do it again, even if they feel that KC has regressed. So, while expectations may be high in San Diego, they are not elsewhere. What could bolster their chances is if second round pick Jeremiah Attochu (linebacker, Georgia Tech) steps up early and often. That could keep the middle of the field clean and make life tough for opposing AFC quarterback who have been able to feast in that area for several years.
5/15/14: Even for those that do not follow the daily comings and goings of the San Diego Chargers, it was blatantly obvious that they needed to fill a big hole at cornerback in the draft. They did so in fairly short order, by drafting Jason Verrett in the first round of the NFL draft. Verrett stands at only 5'9 and 190 pounds, but he is a speed machine. He can keep up with the fastest guys in the league, and should be well used in the AFC West. San Diego took Verrett over Bradley Roby from Ohio State, and perhaps that was due to Roby's recent legal troubles.
5/8/14: Barring a trade, the Chargers will pick 25th in the Draft. They got to that point by a surprisingly strong season and a playoff win. It is the latest they have selected in the draft since 2008 when the took cornerback Antoine Cason at 27. Cornerback may be in the plans again this season. They also could use a an outside linebacker. The Chargers allowed more yards per play than all the other AFC teams, so, if nothing else, it appears that defense is on their mind first as they figure out what they are going to do.
5/1/14: After a surprisingly strong and successful 2013 campaign, the Chargers are looking to take the next step. They should be better on offense with a full season under head coach Mike McCoy and wide receiver Keenan Allen, who had a great rookie campaign, should improve due to experience alone. They will need that growth and player development as they have to face the NFC West next season - a division that simply plays excellent defense from top to bottom, and had three teams win 10 or more games (and, of course had the Super Bowl champion).
4/24/14: The Chargers snuck into the playoffs last season, then won a game, then gave the AFC Champion Broncos all they could handle before finally bowing out. The team should be even better this season as they have had a full year under head coach Mike McCoy (though OC Ken Whisenhunt left to be the head coach at Tennessee). One thing that should help is a healthy Dwight Freeney. With Freeney at 100%, the Chargers should have the edge rusher they need to consistently put pressure on opposing QBs. That is good news for the team, and Freeney.
4/17/14: When a new head coach or offensive coordinator steps into a situation with an established and successful quarterback, he often times says that said QB is primed for the best year of his career. They even say that with mediocre QBs that they plan on dumping soon. That is typical coach-speak. But it is more pertinent when fellow players say it. And that is what Chargers' center Nick Hardwick is espousing these days. Rivers had a major revival last season in arguably his best year. If he takes another step forward, then the Chargers could go even deeper in the playoffs in the 2014-15 season.
4/10/14: The Chargers and the City of San Diego are taking the first step towards developing a new stadium. The team and representatives from the city are meeting for the first time, formally, to discuss the playing site for the city's NFL team. Nothing will be finalized in this meeting, and it is more likely that it will take several months (if not years) to get a deal done. Other cities, namely, St. Louis, Buffalo, and Oakland are looking on with interest. If San Diego gets a new stadium, then they are not a candidate to move to Los Angeles. If not deal can be made, then we may be watching the Los Angeles Chargers in a few years.
4/3/13: The San Diego Chargers have been looking for a new stadium for a while now. With a new mayor in office, they may just be able to get their wish soon. The former administration was terribly amenable to the idea of a new stadium. The Chargers would like a stadium downtown rather than in the outskirts of the city. The trick will be to get one built without raising taxes. A preliminary plan would help offset the cost of a new stadium by redeveloping Qualcomm Stadium into something else. If a deal cannot be done, then the Chargers may move up the road to Los Angeles sometime in future.
3/27/14: San Diego was the third best team in the AFC West last season, but they did earn a trip to the playoffs, and even got a playoff win. In many senses, they are similar to the Arizona Cardinals of the NFC West. A very good team with two powerhouses ahead of them. But that may be changing this season. The Chargers have not had major roster turnover, and still have one of the better QBs in the league. They will also get some receiving help as guys return to health. On top of that, San Diego may get better because the Chiefs may not be as strong this coming season. Put that together, and the Chargers are in good position to make a playoff run.
3/20/14: A few years ago, Dwight Freeney was on the Colts, who were an elite team in the AFC. Freeney was a big portion of their pass rush, in fact, he was among the best in the game. He was also paid as such. Time and injuries went by and Freeney found himself in San Diego last season as a free agent signing. He just took a massive pay cut to stay in San Diego. He is still a good defensive lineman and can contribute for a little while longer. But gone are the days of making $7 million or more a year, and it looks like Freeney is smart enough to know that a pay cut is the only way he stays put.
3/13/14: Quarterbacks, too often, are judged only on the Super Bowls they have won, rather than what they bring to the team. Phillip Rivers is a case study in this. No, he has never won the Super Bowl and he has not had a whole lot of postseason success. However, he brings confidence to the team and makes the players around him better. Just look at last season. The Chargers lost their top two WR early and relied on Keenan Allen. Allen does not have the monster rookie season he had without Rivers putting the ball in the right place. San Diego even went to the playoffs and scored an upset road win.
3/6/14: San Diego was another team that was able to lock up one of their own rather than lose a key player to free agency. The team, on Friday, reached an agreement with linebacker Donald Butler to a multi-year deal. According to the tweet Butler sent out, he is excited to stay with the Chargers. San Diego had an impressive turn around last season under first year head coach Mike McCoy and expects more success going forward. San Diego gave the Broncos all they could handle in the playoffs, and they should return a solid cast with another year of experience.
2/27/14: Do not shut the door on Nick Hardwick's career just yet. The veteran center has decided against retiring and informed the Chargers that he intends to come back for another season. He admits that he considered retiring after the Chargers loss to the Broncos in the playoffs several weeks ago, but is ready to give it another go. At 32 years old, he is entering his 11 season as a pro and the third year of a three year contract. Age wise, he still has some life left in him, despite having head and neck injuries last season. It is good news for San Diego, who will not have to find a replacement for a very important position.
2/20/14: San Diego running back Ryan Mathews is entering the final year of his rookie contract. He is 26 years old and is coming off of a great season where he rushed form 1.255 yards and played in all 16 regular season games. The knock on Mathews is that he is injury-prone, whether that is fair or unfair. Mathews has not given any indication that he will hold out for a new contract, but that is always a risk. Former Chargers' great LaDainian Tomlinson advises Mathews to go out and play well, and a new contract will take care of itself. Mathews could be a great running back in the NFL, he just needs to be consistently healthy to play.
2/13/14: The Chargers got wonderful production out of WR Keenan Allen last season. He was a rookie that was forced into action a bit early (and he responded very well). One of the reasons he became a top flight receiver so early was the season ending injury to Denario Alexander. The former MIzzou WR has elite skills, but has been devastated by injuries throughout his college and pro career. More bad new for DX - he underwent a seventh knee surgery and second on his ACL. There is little chance that anyone will want him after this last surgery, but here is hoping one of the most resilient guys gets one more chance.
2/6/14: Chargers' QB Philip Rivers has been voted the NFL's Comeback Player of the Year. He returned to top form under the guidance of head coach Mike McCoy and offensive coordinator Ken Whisenhunt. Rivers has, admittedly, had a few down years. But he was back with a vengeance in 2013 and led the Chargers to a playoff birth and a playoff win over the Bengals. Rivers threw for nearly 4,500 yards, 32 touchdowns and had just 11 interceptions. He is a franchise QB, and the Chargers could be a force to reckon with in the next few years.
1/30/14: San Diego had some holes to fill in their coaching staff, and these were some pretty big holes. Offensive coordinator Ken Whisenhunt left after a single season with the Chargers to become the head coach of the Tennessee Titans. Whisenhunt took with him tight ends coach Jason Michael, who will be the OC with the Titans. San Diego has since named Frank Riech as the new offensive coordinator and hired Pete Metzelaars as the new tight ends coach. Whisenhunt helped rebuild the Chargers offense and set QB Philip Rivers back on the right path, but it was only a matter of time before he got another head coaching job.
1/23/14: We have reached the time of year where the typical six to eight teams that fired their head coach have him replaced. That is, of course, you are Cleveland and no decision has been made and many big name candidates do not want the job. That also means that it is time for coordinators to be replaced, and that is where the Chargers find themselves. San Diego had the benefit of Ken Whisenhunt's guidance in 2013, which helped revive QB Phillip Rivers' career. Whisenhunt, of course, is now the head coach of Tennessee, so the Chargers have to fill the OC position, meaning they will have their third different offensive scheme in the last three years.
1/16/14: San Diego deserves a lot of credit. They probably should not have made the playoffs to begin with, but took full advantage of the opportunity given to them. They knocked off the favored Bengals two weeks ago and gave Denver all they could handle last Sunday. In the end, the Chargers could not overcome their lousy first half. They played great in the third and fourth quarters, and really made a game of it, but the fact that they could barely move the ball in the first thirty minutes ended up dooming them. It is kind of sad to see it end now because OC Ken Whisenhunt has done a tremendous job this year but he is likely to be a head coach elsewhere very soon.
1/9/14: Round three coming up this weekend. San Diego advances to play the Broncos in Denver this weekend by beating the Bengals 27-10 in Cincinnati last Sunday. The Chargers played an efficient and conservative game and were rewarded when the Bengals panicked and unraveled in the second half. Cincy held a 10-7 lead at halftime, then simply imploded. Meanwhile, the Chargers scored 20 unanswered points - the last touchdown being a 58 yard run by veteran Ronnie Brown with just over two minutes remaining to seal the game. San Diego and Denver split the season series with a win apiece.
1/2/14: Going into Week 17, there were four AFC teams with a shot at the last playoff spot: San Diego, Baltimore, Miami, and Pittsburgh. The Ravens and Dolphins both lost their games, while the Steelers won. Pittsburgh would have been in the playoffs with a Charger loss. Lucky for San Diego that the refs missed an obvious formation penalty on a missed KC field goal, giving the Chargers the chance to win (and they did, and now they are in the playoffs). With the sixth seed, the Chargers will head to Cincinnati to face the Bengals at 1pm EST on Sunday.
12/26/13: San Diego kept their slim playoff hopes alive with a 26-13 win over the Oakland Raiders last Sunday. It was payback for an inexplicable loss earlier in the season to the lowly raiders, who fell to 4-11 and will have a top ten (five?) draft pick in April. The Chargers offense has been revived under offensive coordinator Ken Whisenhunt. Coach W took the Arizona Cardinals to the Super Bowl a few years ago and was really undone by not having a backup plan when Kurt Warner retired. There is a good chance that he will be a head coach somewhere else next season as he is high on many team's list.
12/19/13: The Chargers did a number on the Broncos last Thursday, winning on road in a short week and deflating the Denver offense. The Chargers' plan was pretty clear - keep Peyton Manning and the offense off the field. They did that with outstanding defense and a power rushing game that the Bronco's front seven had no answer for. They also limited Denver to just 18 yards rushing. San Diego is still in the mix for a playoff birth at 7-7, but two devastating losses are now weighing on them - losing both to Oakland and Houston earlier in the season.
12/12/13: The Chargers remain one of the more mysterious teams in the NFL as no one knows which Chargers team will show up on any given Sunday. The Good Chargers made themselves available last Sunday with a 37-14 beat down of the New York Giants at home. QB Phillip Rivers threw for about 250 yards and 3 touchdowns while rookie WR Keenan Allen had another remarkable game with two touchdowns. The Chargers may lose OC Ken Wisenhunt this offseason as head coaching jobs open up, and there is already speculation about him landing in Houston to replace Gary Kubiak.
12/5/13: San Diego just cannot seem to get out of their own way. The Chargers hosted the Bengals last Sunday with a chance to move up in the AFC Wild Card race. Clearly, either Denver or Kansas City (most likely KC) will get the first wild card spot, but the second is wide open with any number of middle of the road teams vying for the opportunity. By turning the ball over three times and not taking advantage of scoring chances, the Chargers may have lost their last opportunity of the season when they fell 17-10 to Cincinnati.
11/28/13: The Chargers took a big step towards making a playoff run by shocking the Kansas City Chiefs 41-38 last Sunday. This was one of the more exciting games of the season and did show that Alex Smith can lead an offense to big points. But it was Chargers QB Phillip Rivers who had the biggest day. Rivers threw for just under 400 yards and 3 touchdowns in the win. The Chargers improved to 5-6 on the season and has a very tough challenge this week when they head to Cincinnati to face the 7-4 Bengals who lead the AFC North.
11/21/13: San Diego squared off against Miami last Sunday in a game of two of the most confounding teams in the league. Common sense would indicate that this was the Chargers' game to lose, and they did just that - falling 20-16 to the dysfunctional Dolphins. Phillip Rivers threw for just under 300 yards and a touchdown, while Ryan Mathews ran for 127 yards. However, the Miami defense limited the Chargers to three fieldgoals over the last 45 minutes. The Chargers dropped to 4-6 on the strange season and now head to KC to face the Chiefs.
11/14/13: San Diego is a much improved team this season under new leadership and QB Phillip Rivers certainly looks much more like the quarterback we saw in his first several years in the league rather than the mess he was for the last two seasons. Unfortunately, the Chargers share a division with the two best teams in the AFC, the Kansas City Chiefs and Denver Broncos. Peyton Manning and the Broncos, coming off a bye week, were too much for the Chargers as they have some more work to do before they can contend in the division. San Diego (4-5) travels to South Beach to face the dysfunctional Miami Dolphins this Sunday.
11/7/13: This San Diego team still is an enigma. They have some impressive victories, but also have some questionable losses. A questionable loss could describe the game against Washington on Sunday. Washington scored on the first overtime possession, handing the Chargers a 30-24 loss. While Phillip Rivers had a fine day (29-46 for 341 yards and two TDs), the Chargers simply could not run the ball. They also could not stop Washington on the goalline, as Darrel Young scored three touchdowns on the day. Time for San Diego to get back on the horse though. The Chargers (4-4) host the Denver Broncos (7-1) on Sunday.
10/31/13: Seven games into the season and the Chargers sit at an impressive 4-3. That would look a lot better if they did not share a division with the Denver Broncos and the Kansas City Chiefs. The Chargers, of course, struggled for the past two years but look rejuvenated so far this season. Phillip Rivers is playing like his old self and already has over 2100 yards in the air with 15 touchdowns. San Diego is enjoying their bye week in Week 8. They return to action again in Week 9 for a road game at Washington.
10/17/13: San Diego has been wildly inconsistent this year, but that does not mean they are not a good team. They are and make no mistake about it. The Chargers have an impressive victory over Dallas under their belt and added another notch when they knocked off the Indianapolis Colts 19-9 in the Monday Night Game. Chargers fans should take notice - Philip Rivers is playing like Philip Rivers again after two years of struggling. This team may even be good enough to beat the Broncos later this year. That will have to wait a bit though, as the Chargers head to Florida to play the Jacksonville Jaguars (0-6) this Sunday.
10/10/13: The San Diego and Oakland game was pushed back to 8:30pm Pacific Time to accommodate the Oakland Athletics playoff baseball game. That meant that it started at 11:30pm on the east coast, so that audience was non-existent. Of course, the NFL may have just found another prime time slot for mid-level west coast games in the future. The Chargers (2-3) dropped the game 27-17. QB Phillip Rivers had another good game with 411 yards passing and two TDs, but could only muster another field goal in the loss. San Diego returns home to host the Colts (4-1) on the Monday Night Game.
10/3/13: In another game that featured an AFC West team hosting an NFC East team, the Chargers held off the Dallas Cowboys 30-21 last Sunday. Dallas held a 21-13 lead at halftime and looked like they were in control of the game. But San Diego's defense stopped Tony Romo and the Cowboys in the second half, while Phillip Rivers and the offense got down to business. Rivers threw for 401 yards and three touchdowns on the day. Antonio Gates looked like his 2008 self with 136 yards receiving on 10 catches, and one touchdown. The Chargers (2-2) face the host Raiders (1-3) this Sunday.
10/3/13: The most sought after player for the Padres all season has been Chase Headley. The Padres did not trade him at the trade deadline and pulled him off of waivers when he was claimed toward the end of the season. Now it comes out that Headley will have surgery on his knee to repair a torn meniscus. Headley said he injured it in spring training and it has bothered him all season. After the surgery, the Padres may try to extend his contract or see what they can get for him on the open trade market.
9/26/2013: San Diego is playing much better than expected this season. They gave the Texans a run in the opener. They beat the Eagles in Philadelphia in Week 2. They also lost a close one at Tennessee in Week 3, 20-17. San Diego gave up a late touchdown to Tennessee, but otherwise performed pretty well against the rebuilt Titan's defense. Philip Rivers was not as sharp as he was in Weeks 1 and 2. He only had 184 yards passing and one touchdown. But this is certainly improvement over last season. San Diego goes home this week to host the Dallas Cowboys (2-1).
9/19/13: The Chargers pulled off possibly the biggest upset of the Week 2 by going into Philadelphia and beating the Eagles. The Eagles' new offense under head coach Chip Kelly was all the talk after Week 1 when they dismantled Washington. San Diego showed they can play some offense as well and scored a late touchdown to win the game 33-30. The Chargers took advantage of Kelly's time management mistakes and showed that they are better than expected (and Washington is worse). The Chargers stay on the road this week to play the Titans (1-1) in Tennessee.
9/12/13: San Diego should petition the league to not play on Monday Nights. The last time we saw the Chargers on the Monday Night Game, they blew a 28 point lead to the Denver Broncos in the second half, lost the AFC West lead, and were dismal the rest of the season. This time, the Chargers built a 28-7 lead late in the third quarter, only to see the Houston Texans rally late and win 31-28. The team looked impressive in the first three quarters, but it takes four quarters to win in the NFL. The Chargers look to bounce back this Sunday at the 1-0 Philadelphia Eagles.
9/4/13: Wide receiver Robert Meachem made a name for himself in New Orleans as a guy who could stretch the field. He signed with the Chargers before the 2012 season for a big contract - as the Chargers were looking for a replacement for Vincent Jackson. Meachem never really did much in San Diego. He caught 14 passes for 202 yards and two touchdowns in his first season, which is now his only season in San Diego. The Chargers cut the 28 year old WR, even though Denario Alexander is out for the season and they released him. Meachem still has $5 million guaranteed this season, so he should not be hurting too much.
8/29/13: Chargers' running back Ryan Mathews is apparently healthy again, but he needs to prove to his new coaches that he should be the primary back on the team. He did not do himself any favors against the Arizona Cardinals, in one of the more interesting plays of the preseason. Mathews fumbled on a goal line dive. It was recovered by Rashad Johnson of the Cardinals. Johnson tried to lateral the ball. It was dropped and slipped in the hands of Chargers' receiver John Phillips, who took two steps into the end zone. Maddening for the Chargers coaching staff, but sure to be replayed for years.
8/22/13: It is a tough time to be a wide receiver with the San Diego Chargers right now. Top WR Denario Alexander is out for the season with yet another knee injury. He has had five surgeries on his knees since college at Mizzou, and this torn ACL will make it six. The team also lost their other starting wide receiver, leaving the cabinet pretty bare at this point. It was not long ago that QB Phillip Rivers was on the verge of being an elite QB. Without weapons to throw to, though, it looks like the offense will suffer through another disappointing season and have to fight for second place in the AFC West.
8/15/13: Chargers' wide receiver Denario Alexander must be one of the most cursed players in the game. He oozes talent and dedication, but injuries have derailed both his college and pro career. He was teammates with Jeremy Maclin at Mizzou but kept hurting his knees. The Rams picked him up as an undrafted free agent and he showed great talent for a couple years, but again got injured. He was picked up by the Chargers in 2012 in mid-season and became the team's best WR. Unfortunately, he tore his ACL in training camp, so his 2013 season is over before it started. Don't count out DX yet though. He will heal and be back again.
8/8/13: The Chargers were forced into signing defensive tackle Dwight Freeney out of necessity after Melgram Ingman went down for the season. Don't get Freeney wrong, he is happy to be in San Diego (who wouldn't be), but he is still angry about how the Colts cut him. Freeney is using his last days with Indy as motivation - he wants to prove that the 33 year old still has something left in the tank. He even suggested that he would have taken less money to stay in Indy. One day the two sides will have to make up, because he is the best defensive lineman in Colts history.
8/1/13: It is well known that the Chargers have not had a true number one running back since LaDanian Tomlinson left town about four years ago. Ryan Mathews was pegged as the LT's heir, but just cannot seem to stay healthy for more than a few minutes. This year, new head coach Mike McCoy is turning to his John Fox roots. He will play the hot hand and use multiple backs in his scheme. That may keep Mathews healthier, if for no other reason than he will not be on the field as much. But this is important information for fantasy football players - you may want to avoid Chargers' running backs until late in the draft.
7/25/13: The question that Charger fans want answered more than anything else is if new head coach Mike McCoy and new offensive coordinator Ken Whisenhunt can fix Philip Rivers. This, of course, assumes that Rivers is broken. True, he has struggled for the past two years. But also true is that the team has given him almost no support offensively. He was great with Jackson and Tomlinson and Gates (in his prime), but his best receiver now is Denario Alexander - a great talent but terrible knees. He also has no run support from the Glass Joes that pass as running backs in San Diego these days.
7/18/13: The St. Louis Rams are not the only ones with stadium troubles these days, the San Diego Chargers have a similar issue. The Chargers want a new stadium and are working the community to get support. However, the stadium they envision is about $1 billion. The Chargers believe that the NFL may follow precedent and pay $200 million and owner Dean Spanos may kick in $100 million his own. However, they still need another $700 million - and they want that from the taxpayers. Of course, California residents are not too keen on spending much more right now, so there is no telling where this could end up.
7/11/13: The Chargers took a huge hit when defensive lineman Melvin Ingram went down for the season. The team signed Dwight Freeney to replace him, which would have been an outstanding move in 2008. However, Freeney is a bit older and a bit slower, so the Chargers need others to step up. Rookie linebacker Manti Te'o may be one of those rising players. The Chargers have handled him perfectly. He is out of the spotlight and able to concentrate on just football right now. Apparently the team has taken to him, and we are not hearing endless Te'o girlfriend jokes from hack comedians and journalists right now.
7/4/13: While the time between OTAs and training camp can be the most stressful times for coaches, GMs, and the league in general, yet is the gravy train for high priced defense lawyers, at least one non-story is good news. Word came out that Chargers running back was involved in a fight outside a bar in the early morning weekend hours, and that he had been arrested. Ryan tweeted on Monday that nothing of the sort happened and that he does not know where the story came from. The NFL has had 27 active players arrested this offseason, so getting word that one story is completely unfounded has to be a bit of good news.
6/27/2013: All the attention, once the season starts, will be on Manti Te'o. While most people are well past the fake girlfriend story, the non-stop media cycle will not be for a long time. Te'o has been shielded from the media so far, and that has helped him. He is getting rave reviews from teammates and could be force at linebacker for years. Lost among the Te'o story has been D.J. Fluker. Fluker should improve protection for QB Phillip Rivers. Unfortunately, he can't catch the ball, and the Chargers' receiving group is suspect at best until they prove otherwise.
6/20/13: The Chargers are going to have a long way to go in order to compete in the AFC West. Denver is the reigning champ and looks like they got better. KC is on the rise with a new head coach, QB, and a healthy Jamaal Charles. San Diego - well San Diego looks the same or maybe worse than last year. The Monday Night game where they blew a three touchdown lead is the visible proof - really the turning point. The real concern is that Phillip Rivers is being wasted in San Diego. He needs talent around him for this team to improve.
6/13/13: Phillip Rivers has had a couple rough seasons. His completion percentage and TD have been down, while his interceptions increased. He is 24-24 over the past three seasons. A lot of people want to blame Rivers, but a lot of it is beyond his control. He has not had the skill players around him for awhile. Antonio Gates is still there, but he is not the same player from five years ago. A new offensive scheme, and some newly acquired talent should help Rivers. The big problem is that their window of opportunity may have closed while the Broncos rose to the class of the AFC West.
6/6/13: The Chargers are not letting newly drafted Manti Te'o speak to the press, but Dwight Freeney does not have those same restrictions. In a radio interview, Freeney said that he as dreamed of sacking Peyton Manning - his long time teammate in Indianapolis. Freeney was never allowed to lay a hand on Manning in practice. However, now they play on rival teams in the AFC West. To his credit, Freeney said he considers Peyton like family, but he wants to compete against one of the best quarterbacks in NFL history. It will be fun to watch these two savvy veterans square off twice this season.
5/30/13: The Chargers were very predictable for years. They easily had the most talent in the AFC West, would win a lot of regular season games, win the division, then fall short in the playoffs. Those days are gone. They are now an average team, that hopefully has better front office leadership and coaching. Franchise QB Phillip Rivers has not been particularly strong the past two seasons, so there are many who think this may be a make or break year for him. He could use some help though, he needs receivers and a stronger running attack if this team is going to seriously improve.
5/23/13: San Diego signed veteran Dwight Freeny to a two year deal, apparently to replace 2012 first round Melvin Ingram for the season. Ingram tore his ACL and is out for the season - he was expected to make a big progression this season after a good rookie campaign. The Chargers were fortunate to have two veteran defensive ends available in Freeny and John Abraham. Freeny will give the Chargers experience and character on the defensive line, and may be a big benefit to several players as well as the team as a whole in his time in San Diego.
5/16/13: Former Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te'o may have landed in a perfect spot in San Diego. Of course he is out of the glare of the media from hurtful cities such as New York or Philadelphia, and of course San Diego is the nearest team to his native Hawaii, and of course he gets to go to a warm weather market. But just as importantly, Te'o gets to play middle linebacker in John Pagano's 3-4 defense. He will be able to focus on what he does best and play downhill - rather than cover tight ends or receivers.
5/9/13: The Chargers had to know what they are getting themselves into by drafting Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te'o - he of the famous fake girlfriend hoax. Veteran linebacker Donald Butler, who will start next to Te'o in the linebacking corps, says that Te'o will get some rookie teasing and jabs. But, Butler says, that comes with being a rookie. As guys know, this is more of a bonding experience than insults. Hopefully Te'o can cope with that and become the professional linebacker that the Chargers want him to be, and devolve into a long running punchline for NFL experts and talk show hosts.
5/2/13: As long as there are offseasons and the need to keep on the front page, the New York Jets will always win the press conference. However, the San Diego Chargers gave their best effort to upstage Gang Green by trading up to grab much maligned Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te'o with the sixth pick in the second round. They selected offensive tackle D.J. Fluker from Alabama with their first pick. Te'o was considered among the best linebackers in college football last season, but had a terrible game in the National Championship followed up by a poor combine. Oh, and there was that hoax girlfriend thing too.
4/25/13: The Chargers are such a difficult team to handicap. They have talent, but have under performed for years – long enough that they lost their window. Now the Broncos own the AFC West until further notice. So San Diego may be looking to build up their defense as their way to compete in the division. And the division will be better. Oakland is making good decisions under GM Reggie McKenzie, and the Chiefs have quickly rebuilt under Andy Reid. But the Chargers do need to rebuild their offensive line, and they should be able to get a cornerstone left tackle with the 11th overall pick.
4/18/13: The San Diego Chargers will have a new look on offense this year. The team has run the same offense for the past six years under former head coach Norv Turner. New head coach Mike McCoy and new offensive coordinator Ken Whisenhunt have developed new offense that takes multiple styles. McCoy believes that he will have his team run various styles in the offseason so they can figure out what they do well and what they do poorly. Of course, it would help to get a running back not made out of glass for the first time in a few years.
4/11/13: With the 11th pick in the April draft the San Diego Chargers select ??? The Chargers have a lot of holes to fill after the long reign of terror that former general manger A.J. Smith and head coach Norv Turner put the team through. But first and foremost must be the offensive line. San Diego has a good quarterback in Phillip Rivers. They have decent receivers and running backs. What they do not have is five men that can consistently protect Rivers and give him time to throw. The Chargers may end up trading up to get Johnson, the super athletic left tackle out of the University of Oklahoma.
4/4/13: Where are the Chargers in the AFC West? Denver seems to have complete control over the division now - especially after the Chargers surrendered 24 unanswered points in devastating Monday Night Game loss last October. The Chiefs are much improved in personnel and coaching. The Raiders...well the Raiders are still allowed to play in the NFL. But the Chargers are on a budget and need to have an outstanding draft to rebuild the team. Bolts fans understand this, and will be accepting - but only if the Chargers make some progress this season and stop regressing.
3/28/2013: When the Chargers make big moves, they make big moves. Of course, for the past few years those big moves have been moving big time players out of San Diego (see: LaDanian Tomlinson, Michael Turner, Shawn Merriman, Vincent Jackson for examples). But now they have Danny Woodhead - the scrappy little running back from New England. Many may wonder how much Woodhead's signing affects incumbent Ryan Matthews. Good question, but Matthews should still get the bulk of the carries, as this team tries to forge a new identity under a new coach, general manager and organizational attitude.
3/21/13: If you have not heard the big free agent signings out of San Diego, then do not worry. You have not missed anything, the team has been very quiet this offseason. Chargers fans may just be happy that A.J. Smith and Norv Turner are not in the building any more. However, the Broncos improved by signing Wes Welker, and Kansas City is doing a wonderful job (on paper) of rebuilding that franchise. The Raiders are still the Raiders - so no worries there. But with the Broncos having to cut Elvis Dumervil, could there be a place on the Bolts for him - and weaken a division rival?
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3/14/13: San Diego has been fairly active in free agency, though not signing any big name players. The Chargers have been hurt by big defections and trades in recent years - remnants of the previous regime who shall go nameless here out of respect for Chargers fans everywhere. But the Bolts have signed or are reported to sign Richard Goodman, Chad Reinhart, King Dunlap, and Louis Vasquez. These are the gritty guys that work in the trenches and provide the blocks. The Chargers released Randy McMichaels who never defined much of a role for himself, even with Antonio Gates numerous injuries.
3/7/13: San Diego fans may lament the past decade or so when they were at the top of the AFC West just about every year but never could make it all the way. In the past year, the Broncos leapfrogged the Chargers and are the undisputed kings of the division. With Alex Smith and Andy Ried arriving in KC, the Chiefs may be better prepared for the coming season as well. The Chargers have let a lot of talent walk out the door and are now essentially rebuilding. Many are even questioning keeping QB Phillip Rivers, who has regressed the past two seasons with mediocre talent around him.
2/14/13: The Chargers' reputation is much more vaunted than their actual team. Philip Rivers has had some great years, as has tight end Antonio Gates. But gone are the days of LaDanian Tomlinson and Vincent Jackson. In reality, San Diego's offense does not scare anyone anymore. Letting Jackson leave through free agency was a big blunder, so much so, that wide receiver may be the teams biggest need. Right now, the AFC West belongs to Denver, and the Chargers must revamp this offseason if they want to retake their crown, rather than live in mediocrity like the Chiefs and Raiders.
2/7/13: It is always interesting how the coaching wheels revolve in the NFL. Just a few years ago, Ken Whisenhunt was hired by the Arizona Cardinals to be the head coach after a successful stint as Pittsburghs offensive coordinator. In one magical year, he led the Cardinals to the Super Bowl and was among the top coaches in the league. After a dreadful 2012 campaign, he was fired and now finds himself as the OC for the Chargers. San Diego does not have the weapons of a few year ago, but still has a franchise QB and some skill players to contend for a wild card spot.
1/31/13: It will be very interesting to see how new GM Tom Telesco and new head coach Mike McCoy view the draft. After former GM A.J. Smith and former head coach Norv Turner slowly destroyed a championship contending roster with bad personnel moves, lousy coaching, and generally poor management, the team is in need of a massive rebuild. Will they address problem areas? Will they trade up to get some one they really want? Will they follow the Jeff Fisher model and trade down and collect draft picks? The team is not tipping its hand yet, but it is certain that this is a crucial draft for the franchise.
1/24/13: Chargers quarterback Phillip Rivers needs fixing. The early years of his career were filled with highlight reel plays and big stats. The last two years, however, have been miserable with Rives throwing 50 interceptions and being simply mediocre. The Chargers hope new head coach Mike McCoy can fix Rivers. McCoy is best known for flexibility. He catered an offense to Tim Tebow and even won a playoff game. Then he readjusted with Peyton Manning to earn the best record in the AFC. It may be a bit of a gamble, but McCoy may be the right man for the Chargers job.
1/17/13: The search to replace fired general manager A.J. Smith and head coach Norv Turner continues in San Diego. Both were given their walking papers after the Chargers again underachieved and failed to make the playoffs. Much of the blame has to go to Smith, who's hardline stance has driven off several skilled players, including wide receiver Vincent Jackson. Norv Turner will reportedly be named the new offensive coordinator for the Cleveland Browns. Meanwhile, the Chargers appear interested in former Bears coach Lovie Smith, former Cardinals coach Ken Whisenhut, and Colts offensive coordinator/interim head coach Bruce Arians.
1/10/13: San Diego just finished their first week in the post A.J. Smith and Norv Turner eras, likely to the delight of many of their fans. While AFC West Rival Kansas City opted to hire a coach (Andy Reid) first, the Chargers want to secure their GM before the coach. Regardless, the rumor mill surrounding the new coach is in full swing and names like Doug Marrone, Mike Holmgren, Jim Mora, and Lovie Smith are being thrown about. Who will end up being the coach is anyone's guess, but there are worse things than being highly paid in San Diego.
1/3/13: San Diego sent Norv Turner out with a victory in his final game as head coach. The Chargers held on to for a 24-21 win over the Oakland Raiders. The Chargers took a 24-7 lead into the fourth quarter, but Terrelle Prior, in his first ever start, led Oakland to two late scores - making the game somewhat interesting. Phillip Rivers continued his mediocre play, throwing for only 151 yards and two TDs. Both Turner and GM A.J. Smith - literally answering the prayers of many Chargers fans. No replacements have been named, but Andy Reid may be on the short list.
12/27/12: For those that did not see it, the Chargers punished Jets QB Greg McElroy repeatedly in a 27-17 win. San Diego's defense recorded 11 sacks, including 3.5 by Kendall Reyes. It would have been a great time to have San Diego as your defense in your fantasy league. Tight end Antonio Gates caught his 82nd touchdown catch, earning the franchise lead over Lance Alworth. Phillip Rivers was not particularly strong, completing only 11 of 22 for 165 yards, fortunately he did not need to be. The Chargers finish their season hosting the Oakland Raiders this coming Sunday.
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|Dec 28, 2014||San Diego Chargers - Kansas City Chiefs||7 - 19|
|Dec 20, 2014||San Diego Chargers - San Francisco 49ers||38 - 35|
|Dec 14, 2014||Denver Broncos - San Diego Chargers||22 - 10|
|Dec 7, 2014||New England Patriots - San Diego Chargers||23 - 14|
|Nov 30, 2014||San Diego Chargers - Baltimore Ravens||34 - 33|
|Nov 16, 2014||Oakland Raiders - San Diego Chargers||6 - 13|
|Nov 2, 2014||San Diego Chargers - Miami Dolphins||0 - 37|
|Oct 23, 2014||San Diego Chargers - Denver Broncos||21 - 35|
|Oct 19, 2014||Kansas City Chiefs - San Diego Chargers||23 - 20|
|Oct 12, 2014||San Diego Chargers - Oakland Raiders||31 - 28|
|Oct 5, 2014||New York Jets - San Diego Chargers||0 - 31|
|Sep 21, 2014||San Diego Chargers - Buffalo Bills||22 - 10|
|Sep 14, 2014||Seattle Seahawks - San Diego Chargers||21 - 30|
|Aug 24, 2014||Preseason: San Diego Chargers - San Francisco 49ers||7 - 21|