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Chargers still hold ill will toward Titans

Discussion in 'American Football' started by Johnny Lightning, Dec 22, 2009.

  1. Johnny Lightning

    Johnny Lightning Go Bolts

    Feb 7, 2006

    Tuesday, December 22, 2009

    SAN DIEGO – The Tennessee Titans bring out the best in the Chargers. Also, the beast.
    Theirs is a few-holds-barred style of professional football, single-minded malevolence in two shades of blue. No less an authority than Rodney Harrison considers the Titans the dirtiest team in the NFL.
    To play them on Christmas is to expect Santa Claws.
    “I don’t know if there are gonna be any hugs and gift exchanges going on,” Chargers linebacker Shaun Phillips said yesterday. “There might be some elbows and knees going on.”
    More than two years have passed since the Chargers’ testy 2007 overtime triumph in Nashville, a game that produced $32,500 in league fines and a lingering animosity among the combatants. And though both sides recognize higher priorities two weeks before the playoffs, some extracurricular mayhem might be on the menu.
    “There’s no love lost between our teams,” Chargers guard Kris Dielman said Sunday. “I love Nashville, but I don’t love them.”
    Some of the hard feelings that developed during the 2007 tilt have since calcified, largely as the result of a suspicious double-team block on Chargers’ linebacker Shawne Merriman. In apparent retaliation for an earlier hit on Tennessee quarterback Vince Young, Titans center Kevin Mawae and tackle David Stewart combined on a cheap shot that shredded ligaments in Merriman’s left knee.
    This is not the sort of thing a player forgets or readily forgives.
    “You never really get over it because it was something that kept me out of football for a whole year,” Merriman said yesterday. “But (Friday’s) game is much bigger than me being (ticked) off at something that two guys did. ….
    “I’m not going to go out there and retaliate by doing something stupid. This week is about us going and securing a spot in the playoffs and not doing something directly to one of those guys.”
    However …
    “If it’s between the whistles and it’s legal, of course,” Merriman said. “Absolutely.”
    Pro football never was a dainty business. To watch it on a regular basis is to marvel that some of these men are still able to walk. Yet the rules of engagement — written and unwritten — are fairly explicit concerning acceptable conduct after the referee whistles a play dead or maneuvers made for the perceived purpose of inflicting injury.
    Though it’s unfair to generalize about an entire team, the Titans’ reputation is not entirely unwarranted. They rank in the top quarter of the NFL in both personal fouls committed (8) and roughing the passer penalties (four). Sports Illustrated’s September poll of the NFL’s dirtiest players showed Mawae fifth and Titans cornerback Cortland Finnegan sixth.
    “You can either look at it as a cheap shot or the way football is played,” Chargers receiver Malcom Floyd said. “I’ve seen (Finnegan) playing like that for years. You’ve got to be prepared for it because that’s the way he plays. You can’t be (standing) around by the pile (because) he’ll come in and BOOM.”
    Last month, Finnegan was fined in consecutive weeks for a facemasking penalty against San Francisco and two separate infractions against Buffalo.
    “I don’t know if they’re the dirtiest team,” Merriman said, “but I know they’ve got some dirty guys. You’ve got a number of guys who go over and beyond.
    “There’s a line of being physical between the whistles and doing something extra after the whistle or away from the play. I’ve never hit a guy after the whistle in my career. It’s not going to start this week.”
    With an opportunity to secure a first-round playoff bye, the Chargers cannot afford to become preoccupied with payback. The same was true in January, 2008, when the Chargers and the Titans met in a playoff rematch of their rancorous regular-season game.
    Dielman was charged with an illegal chop block that day. Tennessee’s Albert Haynesworth was docked for unnecessary roughness. But if any fines were levied for that game, an NFL spokesman was “unaware” of them yesterday.
    “That was two years ago,” Mawae told reporters yesterday in Tennessee. “We’ve moved on. We play the Chargers once every couple of years unless it’s a playoff game or something like that and it has not been a topic of conversation in our locker room.
    “We have enough issues of our own in-house not to worry about what happened two years ago. If that is motivational fuel for them, then so be it. But it is a whole new ballgame, a whole new set of circumstances, and the stakes are a little bit different.”
    One of six AFC teams with a 7-7 record, the Titans are desperately clinging to their conditional playoff possibilities. How this will affect their conduct Friday night is conjecture, but several of the Chargers are expecting excess.
    “They think they can ‘punk’ us,” Phillips said, referring to intimidation tactics. “They’re a physical football team, and we like to believe we’re a physical football team, so it’s going to be one of those ones where, like, we’re going to punch you in the mouth and they’re going to try to punch us back, and that’s just how it’s going to be.”
    Christmas punch usually refers to something else, but it packs a double meaning this year.
  2. CasualKnowledge

    CasualKnowledge BoltTalker

    Sep 21, 2009
    I remember that, someone claimed Fisher was running up and down his sideline yelling at players to take out Merriman at any cost. What a great Christmas present for Shawne.
  3. in_a_days

    in_a_days dgaf

    Sep 8, 2006
    Honestly... I don't want to hear about a bunch of emotion and fire going into the Titans game... Taking this **** personal is totally the wrong approach and a sure fire way to get more guys hurt.

    This Titans team is tough... purely from the standpoint of toughness, they might be better than our Chargers. So if we want to make this a game of "revenge hits" and that kind of nonsense, we might win the game, but we're going to be considerably worse for the wear.

    I want us going into this game like cold, calculating, surgeon MFing serial killers. We have no reason to run our mouths and no reason to take extra shots... Fvck elbows and "love lost," we need to play cool and smart. The Redskins are a god damn trainwreck right now. I'd rather we lose and stay healthy than win at the expense of another key player. Shaun Phillips please stop talking.

    HEXEDBOLT Don't like it, lump it!!!

    Jul 11, 2006
    Nothing is going to happen it's all pregame hype. If the Titan's take some cheap shot's, which would be stupid when fighting for a playoff birth, then all is fair game. Protect thyself but just don't start any unnecessary garbage. Go about your business and take it to them on the scoreboard but be prepared to defend yourself if necessary.
  5. Johnny Lightning

    Johnny Lightning Go Bolts

    Feb 7, 2006
    Already one of just two quarterbacks in team history to throw for 4,000 yards in a season, Rivers is 109 yards shy of achieving that mark for the second straight year. Dan Fouts threw for more than 4,000 yards from 1979-81.

    While not giving the ball up has been Rivers’ trademark — he has fewer interceptions through his first 62 starts than Dan Marino, Favre, Peyton Manning or Tom Brady did at the same point in their careers — Rivers has been intercepted three times in the past two games.

    His nine picks this season have come in identical bunches — one against Oakland, two the next week against Baltimore, then four games without one, one against Oakland, two against New York and then four games without one, one against Dallas, two against Cincinnati.

    With a total of 2,176 yards from scrimmage this season, Titans running back Chris Johnson is in position to better a number posted by LaDainian Tomlinson, whose 2,370 yards in 2003 ranks third on the all-time list. Johnson is closer to Steven Jackson (2,334) and Barry Sanders (2,358).
  6. chargerlipz

    chargerlipz Leading the league in nose hairs.

    Mar 28, 2007
    At the Dallas game when D Ware got hurt and put up the "W" sign as he was being carted off the field on a stretcher, I thought "Oh ****... we're in trouble" The Cowboys are going to be inspired and friggin come back. But Rivers just took us right down and scored.
    Then for the Cinci game I thought man with the death of Henry they're going to be on fire and put a hurtin' on us. But again we just took it in stride and won the game.

    I think the Chargers are machines, man. That shnit doesn't phase them. I think it will be the same for this game.
  7. foober

    foober BoltTalker

    Aug 17, 2006
    Its up to the titans. They can make this a clean game or does everyone take off the gloves.

    I'm hoping the refs keep a tight reign on extra curriculor activity and do it from the start of the game so that maybe we can just play a game and not have a war.:yes:
  8. RM24

    RM24 BoltTalker

    Jul 27, 2007
    Kick his *** Seabass!


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