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Chargers Team Report - 06/04/09

Discussion in 'San Diego Chargers Hall of Champions' started by robdog, Jun 5, 2009.

  1. robdog

    robdog Code Monkey Staff Member Administrator

    Jun 29, 2009
    Source: <a href="http://www.usatoday.com/sports/football/nfl/chargers/home.htm" target="_blank">USA Today</a>
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    <div class="alignright"><a href="http://www.chargers.com/assets/clubimages/Headlines/2009/February/46877.jpg"><img title="Chargers 50th Anniversary Logo - Chargers.com" src="http://www.chargers.com/assets/clubimages/Headlines/2009/February/46877.jpg" alt="Chargers 50th Anniversary" width="200" height="200" /></a></div>

    Would there be a better season for the Chargers to win their first Super Bowl?</div>
    <p class="inside-copy">The Chargers kicked off their 50th anniversary season recently with some off the team's all-time greats assembling, hoping this is the year the team hoists the Vince Lombardi Trophy.</p>
    <p class="inside-copy">Among the luminaries in attendance were Lance Alworth, Doug Wilkerson, Charlie Joiner, Darren Bennett, Philip Rivers and a collection of team executives, led by club president Dean Spanos.</p>
    <p class="inside-copy">Rivers said San Diego, while being the nation's seventh-largest city, has a small-town atmosphere to it. And that is no more evident than on game days, when it seems like everyone is tuned in - and turned on - by the Chargers. But Chargers fans also show their allegiance in the offseason.</p>
    <p class="inside-copy">"Growing up in a small town in Alabama where football is pretty much it, it kind of has that same feel here in San Diego," Rivers said. "When you're driving down Interstate 15 in March and see all the Chargers flags and stickers, it shows you how excited this city is."</p>
    <p class="inside-copy">Maybe the Chargers fans are so keen on their team because of its success of late - especially at Qualcomm Stadium. Consider that in Rivers' three years as a starter, the Chargers are 20-4 in what's pegged as America's Finest City.</p>
    <p class="inside-copy">"You wonder why we're so good at home, the fans have a great deal to do with that," Rivers said. "We take a great deal of pride in winning when we play at home and our fans help us a lot with the environment they create."</p>
    <p class="inside-copy">But those fans have been incredibly forgiving. The Chargers won the 1963 AFL title but have no other league championships; they advanced to the Super Bowl to cap the 1994 season but were blown out by the 49ers.</p>
    <p class="inside-copy">Wilkerson, a member of the Chargers Hall of Fame and a three-time Pro Bowler in his 14 seasons, knows how the fans feel. The Chargers were dead last in the AFC West in four of his first five seasons with the club, which stretched from 1971-75. Then Don Coryell came aboard - as did improved personnel - and Air Coryell and a long string of success followed.</p>
    <p class="inside-copy">"I look back and appreciate how patient the fans were," Wilkerson said. "We had some great coaches but the talent wasn't there. The fans hung with us. They were intertwined in everything that we did. The availability of the players to the community is special. Everywhere you went, everybody loved the players and we became immediately attracted to not only the city but the people."</p>
    <p class="inside-copy">"We had good football players, guys that loved playing the game," Wilkerson said. "They enjoyed being in the city of San Diego. In 1979, Charger Power was born. Chargers fans created that. They made it our moniker. They created a song for it. As fast as we could score, they enjoyed it more, and we set a lot of offensive records."</p>
    <p class="inside-copy">The Chargers are on record that they are tired of falling short. They advanced to the AFC Championship game two seasons ago but fell to the Patriots. They got to the divisional round game last season, before bowing to the Steelers.</p>
    <p class="inside-copy">This year? It's a golden one, and a golden opportunity to do something no other Chargers team has done: win a Super Bowl.</p>
    <p class="inside-copy"><strong>NOTES, QUOTES</strong></p>
    <p class="inside-copy">-ILB Stephen Cooper said the offseason sessions have been productive, but a joy as well.</p>
    <p class="inside-copy">"We're getting a lot of good work done but we're having a lot of fun too," he said. "We've got a good group of guys who love working together, whether it's June or August or December."</p>
    <p class="inside-copy">-Rodney Harrison retired after an impressive stint with the Patriots</p>
    <p class="inside-copy">to move into the broadcasting booth, but he first made his mark with the Chargers. He played in San Diego for from 1994-02 and his 26 interceptions rank third in Chargers history. Harrison will likely be among those honored during the team's 50th anniversary season.</p>
    <p class="inside-copy">-The Chargers will release the 20 greatest moments in team history throughout the year, with the greatest moment being revealed during the Jan. 3 regular-season finale against the Washington Redskins. "That should be a fun and interesting process," Chargers president Dean Spanos said. "There are decades to deal with, and everyone will have a different opinion on who belongs on that team. It should spark some conversation and get people talking about the past."</p>
    <p class="inside-copy">-The Chargers return to practice next Tuesday and will work Wednesday and Thursday, too. After next Thursday's work, most of the veterans' work is done. Rookies and select veterans will complete the pre-training camp work with four practices from June 15-18.</p>
    <p class="inside-copy"><strong>QUOTE TO NOTE:</strong> "That's why you always see us score a lot of points, you see us move the ball on everybody and have this explosive offense - that's all Norv. His mind is always working. He has a great mind and I think that's underrated." - RB LaDainian Tomlinson on head coach Norv Turner's offensive approach.</p>
    <p class="inside-copy"><strong>STRATEGY AND PERSONNEL</strong></p>
    <p class="inside-copy">FRANCHISE PLAYER: RB Darren Sproles: Tendered at $6.621M (signed tender April 28).</p>
    <p class="inside-copy">TRANSITION PLAYER: None.</p>
    <p class="inside-copy">UNRESTRICTED FREE AGENTS (not tendered)</p>
    <p class="inside-copy">-C Jeremy Newberry (not tendered as UFA June 1).</p>
    <p class="inside-copy">RESTRICTED FREE AGENTS: None.</p>
    <p class="inside-copy">EXCLUSIVE RIGHTS FREE AGENTS: None.</p>
    <p class="inside-copy">PLAYERS RE-SIGNED</p>
    <p class="inside-copy">-OT Jeromey Clary: ERFA; $460,000/1 yr.</p>
    <p class="inside-copy">-WR Malcom Floyd: RFA; $1.545M/1 yr.</p>
    <p class="inside-copy">-OG Kynan Forney: Potential UFA; $4.8M/2 yrs, SB unknown.</p>
    <p class="inside-copy">-CB Cletis Gordon: RFA; $1.545M/1 yr.</p>
    <p class="inside-copy">-RB Darren Sproles: Franchise FA; $6.621M/1 yr.</p>
    <p class="inside-copy">PLAYERS ACQUIRED</p>
    <p class="inside-copy">-LB Kevin Burnett: UFA Cowboys; $5.5M/2 yrs, $2M SB.</p>
    <p class="inside-copy">PLAYERS LOST</p>
    <p class="inside-copy">-RB Eldra Buckley (released).</p>
    <p class="inside-copy">-OG Mike Goff: UFA Chargers; $3.5M/2 yrs, guarantees unknown.</p>
    <p class="inside-copy">-LB Marques Harris: UFA 49ers; 1 yr, terms unknown.</p>
    <p class="inside-copy">-DE Igor Olshansky: UFA Cowboys; $18M/4 yrs, $8M guaranteed.</p>
    <p class="inside-copy">-LB Anthony Waters (released).</p>
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