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Chargers have two All-Pros

Discussion in 'Latest Chargers News & Headlines' started by robdog, Jan 10, 2006.

  1. robdog

    robdog Code Monkey Staff Member Administrator

    Jun 29, 2009
    Source: <a href="http://www.nctimes.com/articles/2006/01/10/sports/professional/chargers/1906195943.txt" target="_blank">North County Times</a>


    The accolades keep piling for the Chargers, making their recent disappointing season even more disheartening.

    Tight end Antonio Gates and defensive tackle Jamal Williams were named to the Associated Press All-Pro team on Monday. The Chargers were but one of seven teams to land two members on the prestigious squad.

    But the Chargers were the lone team that had two All-Pro players and did not reach the playoffs. The other teams with two All-Pros ---- Denver, Pittsburgh, Cincinnati, Tampa Bay, Chicago and the New York Giants ---- advanced to postseason.

    Three losses in the Chargers' final four games left them at 9-7 and home for the playoffs.

    Gates was the only unanimous choice, securing all 50 votes from media members covering the NFL. It's the second straight year that the undrafted Gates has made the team. He led the Chargers with 89 catches, 1,101 receiving yards and 10 touchdown catches.

    "You always want to feel good and be recognized for your accomplishments, but I'm more grateful to my coaches and teammates for believing in me,'' Gates said in a statement. "We have a special group of guys on offense.

    "My teammates deserve the credit for giving me the opportunity to make plays."

    Gates, one of six Chargers headed to the Pro Bowl, became the first Chargers tight end to eclipse 1,000 receiving yards since Kellen Winslow did it in 1983.Ã With 13 scoring catches in 2004 and 10 this season, Gates is the only tight end in NFL history with consecutive seasons with double-digit receiving touchdowns. His 23 scoring receptions the past two seasons are the most by a tight end in any two-season span.

    Williams, long overlooked as the anchor of the Chargers' top-ranked run defense, made the All-Pro team for the first time. Williams, who had 45 tackles, was earlier named to his first Pro Bowl.

    In other news, defensive coordinator Wade Phillips interviewed for the Packers' head-coach vacancy on Monday morning with Green Bay general manager Ted Thompson. Phillips is the fifth candidate Thompson has met.

    --- Jay Paris

    Et cetera

    > REDSKINS: S Sean Taylor was fined $17,000 by the NFL for spitting in the face of Tampa Bay Buccaneers RB Michael Pittman.

    > JETS: Team officials are talking to Jim Haslett, Mike Tice and Joe Vitt about the open head coaching position.

    > VIKINGS: Coach Brad Childress fired defensive coordinator Ted Cottrell and is considering Tampa Bay assistant Mike Tomlin for the job.

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