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Inside Slant

Discussion in 'San Diego Chargers Hall of Champions' started by robdog, Jun 4, 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>

    It's a sign, albeit a small one, that quarterback Philip Rivers has arrived. An advertisement promoting a Southern California memorabilia show states that Rivers will be signing autographs along with the likes of Jim Brown and Marcus Allen.

    That shows how far Rivers has come since Drew Brees went to New Orleans, opening the starting position for Rivers.

    And the writing on the wall regarding Rivers is becoming more evident: he's hyped to be the No. 1 guy and he is expected to act accordingly.

    Among Brees' traits was his calm presence. He seldom showed expression - good or bad - which in some part led to his nickname, Cool Brees.

    Rivers? He doesn't carry pompons but he's among the team's biggest cheerleaders. He wears his feelings out for everyone to see, and makes no bones about it.

    "That's the only way I know how to play, really," Rivers said. "I play with a lot of emotion."

    Let others act cool. Rivers would rather hoot and holler than display a poker face.

    "I lead with emotion," he said. "Without that, I won't perform up to the way I need to perform. That has a lot to do with the way I'm able to play."

    And just how will he play? That's to be determined as he's thrown but 30 NFL passes in two seasons as he shadowed Brees.

    But the Chargers have to be pleased that Rivers is eager to assume his leadership role in such an obvious fashion: by racing around the field firing guys up, encouraging them to give just a little more in the offseason workouts although the opener isn't until Sept. 11.

    It's especially pleasing to the Chargers' brass that he's doing it on a squad featuring plenty of tenured players.

    "We have a lot of leaders on this team, a lot of veteran players that know how to win and know how to lead," Rivers said. "But as the quarterback, I take that responsibility seriously and it's one I enjoy doing. Certainly I feel that I have to fill that role."


    -The team will conduct one of its offseason workouts at Camp Pendleton in nearby Oceanside. The Marine Crops base has suffered among the highest casualties of any base in the Iraq war. It's the first time the Chargers have worked out at Camp Pendleton.

    -The Chargers and Chula Vista, a suburb about 15 miles south of San Diego, have met regarding the building of a new stadium. The Chargers can only negotiate with San Diego cities until Jan. 1.

    -Drew Brees may be gone to New Orleans, but he left behind quite an impression on the man replacing him, Philip Rivers. "Drew was hands down as good as I can believe anyone else can be in preparing week in and week out," Rivers said. "That was one thing I was able to learn from the guy."

    -LB Donnie Edwards remains on the trading block. There have been some rumblings the Patriots might be interested in the Chargers' leading tackler in each of the past four seasons. Edwards is in the last year of his contract.

    QUOTE TO NOTE: "You're older but actually you are better because you understand the game more. You know how to run the football and you're not just relying as much on physical ability." - RB LaDainian Tomlinson on what his sixth NFL season might bring.




    UNRESTRICTED FREE AGENTS (not tendered offers): WR Drew Haddad.


    EXCLUSIVE RIGHTS FREE AGENTS: LB Howard Hodges; RB Calvin Murray.

    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.

    PLAYERS ACQUIRED: TE Brandon Manumaleuna; S Marlon McCree; TE Aaron Shea; CB Raymond Walls; WR Rashaun Woods.

    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.

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