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Chargers blowing it with Drew Brees

Discussion in 'San Diego Chargers Hall of Champions' started by robdog, Mar 6, 2006.

  1. robdog

    robdog Code Monkey Staff Member Administrator

    Jun 29, 2009
    Source: <a target="_blank" href="http://www.nctimes.com/articles/2006/03/06/sports/scholfield/3506193426.txt">North County Times</a>

    <img width="187" height="207" alt="Drew Brees" title="Drew Brees" src="http://www.bolttalk.com/images/brees18.jpg" />

    By Steve Scholfield

    Monday morning musings: Drew Brees is a free agent. He officially was no longer property of the Chargers one minute after 9 p.m. on Sunday night

    The talented quarterback can now seek offers from other teams with the Chargers getting nothing in return.

    What a mistake. I guess the Chargers are not good students of history.
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    They are repeating a mistake that former owner Gene Klein made in 1981. During that season Klein, not the most patient of men, was in a contract dispute with defensive end Fred Dean, considered one of the best pass rushers in football.

    Playing along side Louie Kelcher, Gary "Big Hands" Johnson and Wilbur Young, the Chargers were solid up front.

    Dean never finished the season with the Chargers as Klein ordered him traded to San Francisco.

    He was a perfect fit for the 49ers who needed a strong pass rusher to take the pressure off rookie cornerbacks Eric Wright and Carlton Williamson and rookie safety and future Hall of Famer Ronnie Lott.

    The Chargers, meanwhile, lost in the AFC championship game to Cincinnati in the famous "Freeze Bowl," a game that should not have been played. But that's another story.

    Dean went to the Pro Bowl four times in his career, twice as a Charger and twice with the Niners. He won two Super Bowls in San Francisco.

    I'm wondering how many times Drew Brees of the Raiders or Drew Brees of the Kansas City Chiefs will end up in the Super Bowl.

    All I know is that the Chargers are letting the infighting between general manager A.J. Smith and head coach Marty Schottenheimer ruin the 2006 season before it starts.

    + Pop quiz. Did A.J. Smith or Drew Brees say the following?

    "If you get your feelings hurt or your skin is too thin, you are in the wrong business. It is a business."

    The answer is Brees but Smith, the Chargers' general manager, could have said it.

    + Here's one dumb idea: NFL Commissioner Paul Tagliabue says that Kansas City can have the Super Bowl in 2015 if the taxpayers turn Arrowhead Stadium into a climate controlled facility with a rolling roof. The cost for the project would be more than $700 million from two tax hikes.

    Arrowhead Stadium is one of the finest facilities in sports and should not be changed. Besides, there are better ways to spend tax dollars.

    + There's a rare opportunity for you to hear legendary coach John Wooden. Wooden will speak at Sports at Lunch at 11:30 a.m. Monday, March 27 at the San Diego Hall of Champions.

    His appearance is in conjunction with the McDonald's All-American High School All-Star Game on March 29 at San Diego State's Cox Arena. Limited tickets for the special event at the Hall of Champions are $75.

    Tickets can be ordered online at www.sdhoc.com. The San Diego Hall of Champions is located in the Federal Building, 2131 Pan American Plaza, Balboa Park. For further information call (619) 699-2321.

    + A.J. Smith does have a sense of humor. In a recent interview, I asked him if he's been in contact with his former mentor, Marv Levy, the new general manager of the Buffalo Bills.

    Levy not only called Smith but also another one of his students, Bill Polian, now with Indianapolis.

    When the call came in to Smith he said to Levy, "What are you asking us for? We learned everything from you."

    + Local coaches and former players told me that La Costa Canyon's Chase Budinger is the best to ever play basketball in the North County, beating out Poway's Jud Buechler.

    We mentioned several other players with great careers, including San Pasqual's Erik Meek, Torrey Pines' Scot Pollard and Ramona's Travis Knight.

    But we overlooked one other superior athlete, Oceanside High's Junior Seau (1987), who will end up in the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Seau's only CIF title came under the guidance of head coach Don Montamble in basketball.

    "Seau didn't have all the skills but he was so aggressive he would intimidate the opposition," El Camino High coach Ray Johnson said.

    Seau was the CIF player of the year in both football and basketball his senior season. He was so good that USC basketball coach George Raveling tried several times to get him to go out for basketball.

    + It'll be interesting to see how well Budinger plays in the McDonald's All-American game March 29 at Cox Arena. But first, his attention will be on the state playoffs that begin Tuesday when La Costa Canyon hosts Long Beach Jordan.

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