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Volek brings stability and depth

Discussion in 'Latest Chargers News & Headlines' started by robdog, Sep 23, 2006.

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    <img align="left" alt="Billy Volek" title="Billy Volek" src="http://media.scout.com/Media/Image/33/330825.jpg" />The unthinkable happens and rookie quarterback Charlie Whitehurst takes the reigns of the San Diego Chargers. Up until this week, that was the scenario.

    The Chargers got their man, and are happy about it.

    The Titans got rid of the same guy and couldn't be happier.

    Billy Volek went through his first Chargers practice on Wednesday and is on a fast-track to learn the offense. The plan is to get him up to speed by Oct. 1, when the Chargers have their bye behind them and the Baltimore Ravens in front of them.

    But before he could answer questions about playing for the Chargers, he had to talk about getting blasted by Titans coach Jeff Fisher.

    "He was untruthful with me, untruthful with his head coach, about where he was and what he was doing," Fisher said of the offseason, when Volek was named the starter after Steve McNair was cut. "So we started off on the wrong page there, and that did not sit well with me."

    Volek didn't know why Fisher -- he's known for protecting his players -- would tear into him. Volek was seeking a trade since the Titans signed veteran Kerry Collins just before the opener, which pushed Volek to third-string, behind Collins and rookie Vince Young.

    "It really does surprise me," Volek said. "I just talked to (Fisher) two days ago when I was flying out here. Face-to-face, he was very complimentary to me. I don't expect anything, but I am going to move on from the situation. I am going to take the high road."

    The Chargers are hopeful that road leads to being Philip Rivers' backup.

    The club has been ecstatic about the play of Rivers, their first-year starter who has led them to two victories in as many games. And they were so smitten with rookie Charlie Whitehurst, that they kept him over veteran A. J. Feeley.

    But there was no discounting the concern among the Chargers brass about having so little inexperience at such a critical spot.

    "Two is a little bit short," coach Marty Schottenheimer said. "And any time we can add a player to this squad that we think upgrades us, we do that. I'm delighted he is here; he brings a considerable amount of experience."

    The Chargers will let Volek's Titans' experience wash under the bridge. They could care less what he did there, just pleased he's in San Diego -- especially with divisional rivals Oakland and Kansas City in the market for a quarterback as well.

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