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Inside Slant

Discussion in 'San Diego Chargers Hall of Champions' started by robdog, Jul 1, 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="intro-copy">The Chargers' offensive outlook entering training camp:</div>
    <p class="intro-copy">The Chargers' offense looks pretty much like the third-place outfit that went 9-7 in 2005 - save the most important spot.</p>
    <p class="intro-copy">While 10 opening-day starters from last year are anticipated to return, the one that won't gets the most attention: quarterback Drew Brees.</p>
    <p class="intro-copy">Brees, a Pro Bowler and architect of 20 victories the past two seasons, was allowed to slip out of town to New Orleans as a free agent. That fast-forwarded the progression of Philip Rivers, and the former fourth overall pick takes over the NFL's No. 10-rated offense.</p>
    <p class="intro-copy"> Rivers, who has thrown but 30 NFL passes, is confident he's ready for his leading role after absorbing Brees the past two seasons. Working in Rivers' favor was Brees being willing to share any and all information with the man who would eventually take his job.</p>
    <p class="intro-copy">The Chargers are hopeful they don't have to make a switch at left tackle. Starter Roman Oben is being counted on to contribute, but he first must overcome two surgeries on his left foot. If he can't go, the job would fall to backup Leander Jordan or rookie Marcus McNeill.</p>
    <p class="intro-copy">The receiving corps has a slightly different look.</p>
    <p class="intro-copy">Wide out Reche Caldwell, a second-round bust, left for New England. The Chargers did little to address that need, other than trading with San Francisco for first-round bust Rashaun Woods.</p>
    <p class="intro-copy">The tight end spot features some new faces in Brandon Manumaleuna and Aaron Shea. Both will be asked to block, as All-Pro Antonio Gates will again be an important part of the passing game.</p>
    <p class="intro-copy"><strong>NOTES, QUOTES</strong></p>
    <p class="intro-copy">-Coach Marty Schottenheimer is looking forward to his short down time. "I'll have an occasion to visit relatives and have relatives visit me," he said. "I'm sure I'll find my way to the golf course a few times as well. We'll all get reenergized and refocused as we prepare to pursue the task in front of us."</p>
    <p class="intro-copy">-QB Philip Rivers is set to become the father of his third daughter any day.</p>
    <p class="intro-copy">-The San Diego County Board of Supervisors is hiring consultants to study the feasibility of joining with the Chargers in building a new stadium. The club can speak to cities outside the county on Jan. 1.</p>
    <p class="intro-copy">-RB LaDainian Tomlinson really has arrived. The Pro Bowler now has his own Nike shoe called "Scream LT".</p>
    <p class="intro-copy"><strong>QUOTE TO NOTE:</strong> "We've got a lot of talent on this team and we're all very focused. We're going to enjoy the down time, but we'll all be ready to get back to work when the time comes. We're excited about what's ahead of us." - QB Philip Rivers on the upcoming season after preparing for a short time off.</p>
    <p class="intro-copy"><strong>STRATEGY AND PERSONNEL</strong></p>
    <p class="intro-copy">FRANCHISE PLAYER: None.</p>
    <p class="intro-copy">TRANSITION PLAYER: None.</p>
    <p class="intro-copy">UNRESTRICTED FREE AGENTS (not tendered offers): WR Drew Haddad.</p>
    <p class="intro-copy">RESTRICTED FREE AGENTS: None.</p>
    <p class="intro-copy">EXCLUSIVE RIGHTS FREE AGENTS: LB Howard Hodges; RB Calvin Murray.</p>
    <p class="intro-copy">PLAYERS RE-SIGNED: LB Stephen Cooper; OG Kris Dielman; S Clinton Hart; WR Kassim Osgood; DE Jacques Cesaire; LB Carlos Polk; FB Andrew Pinnock; LB Matt Wilhelm.</p>
    <p class="intro-copy">PLAYERS ACQUIRED: TE Brandon Manumaleuna; S Marlon McCree; TE Aaron Shea; CB Raymond Walls; WR Rashaun Woods.</p>
    <p class="intro-copy">PLAYERS LOST: QB Drew Brees; WR Reche Caldwell; CB Sammy Davis; CB Jamar Fletcher; OG Bob Hallen; LB Ben Leber; TE Justin Peelle; DE DeQuincy Scott; OL Courtney VanBuren; S Jerry Wilson.</p>

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