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Inside Slant - 05/26/07

Discussion in 'Latest Chargers News & Headlines' started by robdog, May 26, 2007.

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    Source: <a href="http://www.usatoday.com/sports/football/nfl/chargers/home.htm" target="_blank">USA Today</a>
    <p class="inside-copy"><img src="http://espndeportes-att.espn.go.com/2003/photos2006/0714/g_LaDainianTomlinson_h.jpg" title="LaDainian Tomlinson" alt="LaDainian Tomlinson" height="147" width="288" /></p>
    <p class="inside-copy"> LaDainian Tomlinson admits the pain still lingers. It's the ache coming from the Chargers' postseason collapse against the Patriots, which eliminated the Chargers' dream of reaching the Super Bowl.</p>
    <p class="inside-copy"> But as that game grows smaller in the rear-view mirror, the accomplishments come a little more in focus. Sure, there was heartache. But even that devastating loss at home didn't erase what the Chargers did.</p>
    <p class="inside-copy"> Going an NFL-best 14-2 and winning their second AFC West titles in three years can't be ignored.</p>
    <p class="inside-copy"> "I still had the opportunity to enjoy the offseason," said Tomlinson, the NFL's MVP last season. "I enjoyed being with family and taking time to reflect on the past season."</p>
    <p class="inside-copy"> Tomlinson would rather look ahead. He believes the foundation is set for an extended run in the playoffs. Although there's a new head coach in Norv Turner, and new coordinators in Shelmon Clarence (offense) and Ted Cottrell (defense), Tomlinson expects the Chargers to solidify their reputation as being among the NFL's elite teams.</p>
    <p class="inside-copy"> But first, Tomlinson had to let go of 2006. He cherishes his down time, although the offseason demands have been challenging.</p>
    <p class="inside-copy"> "I enjoy just being away from the game, refreshing and charging your batteries," said Tomlinson, the NFL's rushing leader last season.</p>
    <p class="inside-copy"> Tomlinson ended his season for the ages in relatively good health. Unlike the two previous years, he didn't limp to the finish line.</p>
    <p class="inside-copy"> So this offseason is more about getting his mind right, than his body.</p>
    <p class="inside-copy"> "I think it's more mental, definitely more mental," Tomlinson said. "The whole season, you are so focused on the season that it's just great not to be thinking about football or anything that has to do with football.</p>
    <p class="inside-copy"> "Obviously, physically it is great to rest, too. But it's more mentally than anything else."</p>
    <p class="inside-copy"><strong>NOTES, QUOTES</strong></p>
    <p class="inside-copy">-Ex-Chargers GM Bobby Beathard knows new defensive coordinator Ted Cottrell well. Beathard still lives in the San Diego area and over coffee last week told the story of trying out Cottrell - in the dark with no stadium lights at Delaware Valley College. "I pulled up my car and turned on the lights," said Beathard, then a scout with the Falcons.</p>
    <p class="inside-copy">-Team president Dean Spanos is confident the Chargers are on the right track, despite the latest heartbreaking playoff loss. "We're all very disappointed about what happened in the playoffs last year, but look at what has happened in the NFL the last two years," he said. "The Steelers were 15-1 and lost in the playoffs before coming back to win the Super Bowl the next season. The Colts were 14-2 in 2005, lost their first playoff game and then won it all last year. Our goal is to get back to the playoffs and win the first game. I really don't care what the record is in the regular season. I just want to get to the postseason and win; then we will have accomplished more than a 14-2 season. That's our goal this year."</p>
    <p class="inside-copy">-The Chargers were named the 2007 Pop Warner NFL Team of the Year for its work in expanding youth football throughout the San Diego region.</p>
    <p class="inside-copy">-WR Malcom Floyd, who ended last season on IR with an ankle injury, has added some 25 pounds to his 6-5 frame.</p>
    <p class="inside-copy">-The team continues to work with politicians in nearby Oceanside and Chula Vista to find a way to build a replacement for Qualcomm Stadium. National City, another candidate for a new stadium, has withdrawn its proposal.</p>
    <p class="inside-copy"><strong>QUOTE TO NOTE:</strong> "He's setting the tone for the future with the complete support of ownership and the players (NFL Players Association). I know the players are generally concerned about conduct off the field because these issues reflect negatively on them as a whole." - Team president Dean Spanos on NFL commissioner Roger Goodell's tough stance regarding off-the-field issues.</p>
    <p class="inside-copy"><strong>STRATEGY AND PERSONNEL</strong></p>
    <p class="inside-copy"> MEDICAL WATCH: No updates.</p>
    <p class="inside-copy">FRANCHISE PLAYER: None.</p>
    <p class="inside-copy">TRANSITION PLAYER: None.</p>
    <p class="inside-copy">UNRESTRICTED FREE AGENTS</p>
    <p class="inside-copy">-LB Randall Godfrey.</p>
    <p class="inside-copy">-S Terrence Kiel.</p>
    <p class="inside-copy">RESTRICTED FREE AGENTS: None.</p>
    <p class="inside-copy">EXCLUSIVE RIGHTS FREE AGENTS: None.</p>
    <p class="inside-copy">PLAYERS RE-SIGNED</p>
    <p class="inside-copy">-DT Ryon Bingham: ERFA; teams unknown.</p>
    <p class="inside-copy">-WR Greg Camarillo: ERFA; 1 yr, terms unknown.</p>
    <p class="inside-copy">-OG Kris Dielman: UFA; $39M/6 yrs, $18M guaranteed.</p>
    <p class="inside-copy">-WR Malcom Floyd: ERFA; terms unknown.</p>
    <p class="inside-copy">-LB Marques Harris: ERFA; 1 yr, terms unknown.</p>
    <p class="inside-copy">-OT Cory Lekkerkerker: ERFA; 1 yr, terms unknown.</p>
    <p class="inside-copy">-LB Shaun Phillips: Potential RFA; 6 yrs, terms unknown.</p>
    <p class="inside-copy">-LB Carlos Polk: UFA; 2 yrs, terms unknown.</p>
    <p class="inside-copy">-DE Derreck Robinson: ERFA; terms unknown.</p>
    <p class="inside-copy">-RB Michael Turner: RFA; $2.35M/1 yr.</p>
    <p class="inside-copy">-C Cory Withrow: UFA: 3 yrs, terms unknown.</p>
    <p class="inside-copy">PLAYERS ACQUIRED: None.</p>
    <p class="inside-copy">PLAYERS LOST</p>
    <p class="inside-copy">-LB Donnie Edwards: UFA Chiefs; $13.5M/3 yrs, $7.5M SB.</p>
    <p class="inside-copy">-LB Steve Foley (released).</p>
    <p class="inside-copy">-WR Az-Zahir Hakim: UFA Dolphins; terms unknown.</p>
    <p class="inside-copy">-WR Darrell Jackson (traded 49ers).</p>
    <p class="inside-copy">-OT Leander Jordan: UFA Falcons; terms unknown.</p>
    <p class="inside-copy">-TE Ryan Krause: Not tendered as RFA/Browns; terms unknown.</p>
    <p class="inside-copy">-WR Keenan McCardell (released).</p>
    <p class="inside-copy">-TE Aaron Shea (released).</p>
    <p class="inside-copy">&nbsp;</p>

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