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Inside Slant

Discussion in 'Latest Chargers News & Headlines' started by robdog, Sep 21, 2006.

  1. robdog

    robdog Code Monkey Staff Member Administrator

    Jun 29, 2009
    Source: <a target="_blank" href="http://www.usatoday.com/sports/football/nfl/chargers/home.htm">USA Today</a>
    <div class="inside-copy"><img width="155" height="209" align="left" alt="ew Chargers backup quarterback Billy Volek (7) gets acquainted with practice-squad player Ray Perkins." title="ew Chargers backup quarterback Billy Volek (7) gets acquainted with practice-squad player Ray Perkins." src="http://www.signonsandiego.com/uniontrib/20060921/images/sp_chargers.jpg" /> The Chargers got their man, and are happy about it.</div>
    <p class="inside-copy">The Titans got rid of the same guy and couldn't be happier.</p>
    <p class="inside-copy">Billy Volek went through his first Chargers practice on Wednesday and is on a fast-track to learn the offense. The plan is to get him up to speed by Oct. 1, when the Chargers have their bye behind them and the Baltimore Ravens in front of them.</p>
    <p class="inside-copy">But before he could answer questions about playing for the Chargers, he had to talk about getting blasted by Titans coach Jeff Fisher.</p>
    <p class="inside-copy"> "He was untruthful with me, untruthful with his head coach, about where he was and what he was doing," Fisher said of the offseason, when Volek was named the starter after Steve McNair was cut. "So we started off on the wrong page there, and that did not sit well with me."</p>
    <p class="inside-copy">Volek didn't know why Fisher - he's known for protecting his players - would tear into him. Volek was seeking a trade since the Titans signed veteran Kerry Collins just before the opener, which pushed Volek to third-string, behind Collins and rookie Vince Young.</p>
    <p class="inside-copy">"It really does surprise me," Volek said. "I just talked to (Fisher) two days ago when I was flying out here. Face-to-face, he was very complimentary to me. I don't expect anything, but I am going to move on from the situation. I am going to take the high road."</p>
    <p class="inside-copy">The Chargers are hopeful that road leads to being Philip Rivers' backup.</p>
    <p class="inside-copy">The club has been ecstatic about the play of Rivers, their first-year starter who has led them to two victories in as many games. And they were so smitten with rookie Charlie Whitehurst, that they kept him over veteran A. J. Feeley.</p>
    <p class="inside-copy">But there was no discounting the concern among the Chargers brass about having so little inexperience at such a critical spot.</p>
    <p class="inside-copy">"Two is a little bit short," coach Marty Schottenheimer said. "And any time we can add a player to this squad that we think upgrades us, we do that. I'm delighted he is here; he brings a considerable amount of experience."</p>
    <p class="inside-copy">The Chargers will let Volek's Titans' experience wash under the bridge. They could care less what he did there, just pleased he's in San Diego - especially with divisional rivals Oakland and Kansas City in the market for a quarterback as well.</p>
    <p class="inside-copy"><strong>NOTES, QUOTES</strong></p>
    <p class="inside-copy">-Coach Marty Schottenheimer continues to praise the work of LG Kris Dielman, who is nursing a sore hamstring. "He stepped up and played a terrific game against what I consider to be an outstanding player in (Albert) Haynesworth," Schottenheimer said.</p>
    <p class="inside-copy">-The Chargers will work again Thursday, then are off until Monday.</p>
    <p class="inside-copy">-Among new QB Billy Volek's seven losses as a starter, one came against the Chargers in 2003.</p>
    <p class="inside-copy">-QB Philip Rivers is upbeat about where the Chargers are at the bye week, but stresses there's much to do. "I'd say we're done what is necessary," he said. "We can't stay the same obviously, to keep winning week in and week out."</p>
    <p class="inside-copy">-Numerous players are battling nicks and bruises, but none are considered serious. Schottenheimer said everyone, with the exception of TE Aaron Shea (back) and LT Leander Jordan (shoulder), should return to practice on Wednesday.</p>
    <p class="inside-copy">-Schottenheimer's down time includes going to Palm Springs with his wife.</p>
    <p class="inside-copy">-Don't overlook the Chargers' legs in their 2-0 start from the gate. K Nate Kaeding's 25 points makes him the NFL's second-leading scorer and P Mike Scifres has a 42.1-yard net punting averaging, tying him for the league-lead with New England's Josh Miller. "I'd be remiss if I didn't make reference to two guys who have been absolutely outstanding this year: Mike Scifres and Nate Kaeding," Schottenheimer said. "You talk about having a couple of youngsters that will play a long time and be very, very good at it. I think the Chargers are very fortunate to have these two."</p>
    <p class="inside-copy"><strong>BY THE NUMBERS:</strong> 1: While new Chargers QB Billy Volek has eight more NFL starts than first-year starter Philip Rivers, he owns but one more victory.</p>
    <p class="inside-copy"><strong>QUOTE TO NOTE:</strong> "To be honest, we really haven't done enough of anything. We'll just continue working on the things we targeted as we got started in training camp and in the preseason right now." - Coach Marty Schottenheimer, when asked if the Chargers are working during the bye week on problems which have crept up so far in the season.</p>
    <p class="inside-copy"><strong>STRATEGY AND PERSONNEL</strong></p>
    <p class="inside-copy">By trading for QB Billy Volek, the Chargers have added some much-needed depth to the offense's most important position.</p>
    <p class="inside-copy">Volek is expected to leapfrog rookie Charlie Whitehurst to serve as Philip Rivers' backup. That's not an indictment on the play of Whitehurst; the coaches are pleased with his progress. But Volek does have starting experience and would be more apt to step in during a game and be successful than Whitehurst, the third-round pick out of Clemson.</p>
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    <p class="inside-copy">PLAYER PERSONNEL NOTES</p>
    <p class="inside-copy">-DE Igor Olshansky (knee) should be able to play in the next game, which is Oct. 1 in Baltimore. Olshansky, one of the team's top run-stuffers, missed the last contest against the Titans.</p>
    <p class="inside-copy">-WR Keenan McCardell will get of time to rest his tender hamstring during the bye week, as he won't work in team drills.</p>
    <p class="inside-copy">-LT Leander Jordan (shoulder), who fell behind rookie Marcus McNeill in his bid to replace Roman Oben, could begin practicing next week.</p>
    <p class="inside-copy">-K Nate Kaeding is off to a solid start, converting all six of his field-goal attempts.</p>
    <p class="inside-copy">-PR Cletis Gordon (hand) could be able to field punts in games, starting a week from Sunday in October. But it remains to be seen if coach Marty Schottenheimer will replace reliable veterans in Eric Parker and McCardell.</p>
    <p class="inside-copy">-WR Vincent Jackson is the only Chargers wide out to have a scoring catch after two games.</p>
    <p class="inside-copy">-RB LaDainian Tomlinson's next touchdown will make his the all-time Charger leader. He is currently tied with Hall of Fame WR Lance Alworth at 82.</p>
    <p class="inside-copy">-LG Kris Dielman has a sore hamstring that will get some time off this week.</p>
    <p class="inside-copy">-RG Mike Goff is nursing a sore groin that will limit his practice time.</p>
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