<strong>August 1, 2005</strong>
Source: <a href="http://www.chargers.com/news/headline_detail.cfm?news_key=2214">Chargers.com
The Chargers started their second week of training camp this morning and proved that they are getting used to things. The first sign of this familiarity was the noisy stretching session in which jokes were flying back and forth from offense to defense side as they stretched facing each other. With everybody joining in, it soon became a team event. Steve Foley, of course, led the team in trash talking.
"The offense is the pretty guys," Foley said. "They are the ones that try to look good all the time; The guys on defense have to be the aggressor. Whatever it takes to get in the other guy's head, whether it's talking in the locker room or during stretching. It's something that we drive ourselves on."
As practiced got underway, Head Coach Marty Schottenheimer stressed an up tempo practice and as the morning session wrapped up, it looked like he got what he asked for.
The receivers and defensive backs started practice with a bump and run drill in which the defense broke up several passes and frustrated the receivers. Cornerback Sammy Davis slapped down a pass intended for Wide receiver Kassim Osgood. Secondary coach Brian Stewart seemed pleased with his unit and showed his emotion with congratulatory cheering after each well-devised play.
In team drills, the offense picked up the pace. Osgood redeemed himself from earlier with a tight pass up the middle for a score, and rookie running back Darren Sproles looked explosive as usual, weaving in-and-out of the defense virtually untouched.
Running back LaDainian Tomlinson also dazzled his onlookers with two consecutive carriers and made a hard run in traffic for a big gain. Later in the practice, wide receiver Keenan McCardell scored on a pass from Drew Brees after tiptoeing the left sideline.
Players who did not participate in the early workout included defensive end Adrian Dingle (knee), tight end Ryan Krause (foot), wide receiver Reche Caldwell (hamstring), wide receiver Malcom Floyd (calf), Adell Duckett (knee), linebacker Marques Harris (back), offensive tackle Courtney Van Buren (knee), defensive end Igor Olshansky (hamstring), and linebacker Donnie Edwards (knee). Schottenheimer expects Caldwell to be back by midweek. The head coach didn't seem overly concerned about the condition of Edwards or Olshansky.
The Chargers will reconvene at 3:30 for their second practice of the day. Fans should expect to see more life from the defense as Foley promised to re-energize his troops for their second practice.
"We've got to pick things up this afternoon," Foley said. "We got the first word in this morning, and we have to get the last one in this afternoon."