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Chargers thinking big

Discussion in 'Latest Chargers News & Headlines' started by robdog, Oct 25, 2005.

  1. robdog

    robdog Code Monkey Staff Member Administrator

    Jun 29, 2009
    Source: <a href="http://www.sdboltreport.com" target="_blank">SD Bolt Report</a>

    Are the Chargers for real? What exactly are they thinking? And, perhaps more importantly, why do they believe?

    The Chargers are a better team this year than last season when racing to their first AFC West title since 1994.
    If so, does that means the Chargers are primed to go on a season-ending, nine-game winning streak to match last year's 12-4 mark?

    Coach Marty Schottenheimer sifted through the car wreck Monday of a game the Chargers carelessly threw away the previous day. For the fourth time in their four losses, they were unable to hold a fourth-quarter lead and the result was a 20-17 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles.

    Sunday's loss was particularly painful and it came on a blocked field goal. Few things steam Schottenheimer to the degree of being sloppy on such a critical play.

    "My feeling has always been that other than the kneel-down, placement protection is the shortest play in football," Schottenheimer said. "It takes (a couple of seconds) and it's over. You've got to focus for that whole time."

    In the flash of an eye Quintin Mikell burst through a hole left open by blockers Steve Foley and Scott Mruczkowski. He smacked away Nate Kaeding's 40-yard attempt and it was retrieved by Matt Ware for a 65-yard touchdown return.

    But the Chargers can't let this one linger long, with an AFC West game coming up fast on Sunday. If they really are going to prove they are better than last year's squad -- and keep their playoff hopes alive -- they can't afford their third home loss in four games at Qualcomm Stadium.

    Already, they have lost more home games than they did last year. And if they lose on Sunday, the will have lost more games than they did in the entire year.

    But Schottenheimer -- who is a bottom-line guy -- swears this team is better. It better hurry up and start proving it.

    Alex Spanos issued the following statement on the loss of Wellington Mara:

    "Wellington Mara was truly one of the NFL's founding fathers. He was a man of vision and led with integrity. He was one of the most unselfish individuals the NFL has ever known. He is without a doubt one of the key reasons the NFL is the most successful and popular sports league. He always put the league's interests first, even ahead of his own team. Back in the early ‘60s, he could have fought to keep the lucrative New York market to himself, but he saw the big picture and supported league-wide revenue sharing. For that reason, the league and pro football is what it is today.

    "More than anything, he was a great family man for his wife, children and grand children as well as a good friend to my family. We will miss him dearly."

    Marty Schottenheimer issued the following statement on the loss of Wellington Mara:

    "Wellington Mara was a cornerstone for what the National Football League has become. As an owner, he provided the team with a great sense of stability and purpose and he created a sense of family in the organization. He took a personal interest in everything going on and everyone who worked for him."

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