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Chargers ready for the Pack

Discussion in 'Latest Chargers News & Headlines' started by robdog, Aug 9, 2005.

  1. robdog

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    <strong>August 9, 2005</strong>
    Source: <a href="http://www.sdboltreport.com">SD Bolt Report
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    Green Bay is on the Chargers' docket for Thursday, just a few days away. With training camp becoming drab and players tired of facing each other, the Packers will be a welcome punching bag.

    "We are looking forward to getting out there and facing another team," wide receiver Kassim Osgood said.

    Osgood, coincidentally, started the madness at Chargers' camp when he and Drayton Florence jawed a little – with Osgood getting thrown to the ground by the cornerback – one of his close friends.

    There was another scuffle on the field on Monday, the third practice day in a row that tempers have flared.

    Wesley Britt got into it with an unidentified member of the defense. It happened so fast that the defender in question was unclear, as the swarm of players surrounded the offenders. The entire team met up on the field to separate the parties.

    While practice continued, Britt sat it out.

    "There is no place for that crap," said head coach Marty Schottenheimer. "We have addressed it. The competition is keen. Guys are trying to make plays and when they don't they get frustrated."

    Thursday's game is only the second preseason meeting between the Chargers and Packers. The teams met in 1980 in the NFL Hall of Game in Canton, Ohio, but the game was stopped due to severe weather conditions with 9:17 left to play in the fourth quarter and the score tied at 0-0. Green Bay, coincidentally, holds a 7-1 edge in regular season play.

    The Packers have taken the last four meetings; the Chargers only win was in 1984, a 34-28 decision in San Diego, when Dan Fouts passed for 376 yards (Lynn Dickey had 384 in a losing cause). Kellen Winslow posted 15 catches for 157 yards. Green Bay's Hall of Fame receiver James Lofton, now on San Diego's coaching staff, had 158 yards on five catches.

    San Diego is 1-8 in its last ten preseason away openers and went 2-2 last year before going on to win the AFC West.

    "We are looking forward to going out and seeing if we can meet a challenge," said Schottenheimer. "You are anxious to get out. The players are always anxious to hit someone with a different color uniform."

    Green Bay is just days away but those hoping to see Shawne Merriman will likely have to wait until next week.

    "Other than the fact that he will miss more time is the problem," Schottenheimer said of Merriman, who has a hamstring injury. "He has done fine till now. He has an ability to understand the things."

    Luis Castillo returned to practice on Monday afternoon, to the surprise of the coach. It is unclear whether he will play on Thursday.

    Donnie Edwards went down with an ankle sprain late in the afternoon practice but it looks like he will be available for the game.

    "He bends but doesn't break," Schottenheimer said of his star linebacker. "Donnie will play. It is National TV."

    The quarterback rotation is set with Drew Brees playing one quarter, Philip Rivers taking quarters two and three and Cleo Lemon getting the bulk of playing time in the fourth. Craig Ochs could also see some fourth quarter time.

    LaDainian Tomlinson? It is safe to say he will sit this one out.
     

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