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It’s full speed ahead for Chargers vs. Redskins

Discussion in 'San Diego Chargers Hall of Champions' started by robdog, Dec 30, 2009.

  1. robdog

    robdog Code Monkey Staff Member Administrator

    Jun 29, 2009
    Source: <a href="http://sports.yahoo.com/nfl/news?slug=ap-redskins-chargers&amp;prov=ap&amp;type=lgns" target="_blank">Associated Press</a>

    By Bernie Wilson

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    SAN DIEGO (AP)-The streaking San Diego Chargers aren't ready to ease up even though they've accomplished all they can heading into the playoffs.

    Starters for the Chargers (12-3) want to play as much as coach Norv Turner will let them when they host the lowly Washington Redskins (4-11) on Sunday.

    "Yeah, I do," LaDainian Tomlinson said. "With us having the bye I think it would be good for us to get out and play. We will have a whole week to rest next week. Just to keep the rhythm of how we are playing, I think that is important. I think the only way guys shouldn't play is if they are injured or battling something that needs rest. If you are healthy, why sit out?"

    San Diego has won 10 straight games, earned its fourth straight AFC West title and wrapped up the conference's No. 2 seed, and with it a first-round bye.

    Turner said he and his players planned to approach the Redskins game as anything but meaningless.

    "Our players know we're going to go play. They want to play," Turner said.

    How long he plans to leave in the regulars remains to be seen. Turner did say some Chargers who've been playing with injuries might get a rest.

    Redskins coach Jim Zorn doesn't expect to see San Diego's starters play the whole game.

    "They can't sit their guys down for three weeks and expect them to come out and play the first game of the playoffs. I don't think I could do that," Zorn said. "But I don't necessarily think I would play my starters the whole game. I wouldn't put any words in Norv's mouth at all, but they may treat it more like a preseason attack, with their starters playing in a limited role."

    The Redskins expect coaching and other changes next week.

    "It's been a long year for all of us, and everyone's looking for a fresh start, to start over," quarterback Jason Campbell said. "This is a year that's going to stick with all of us for as long as we play."

    Campbell said the least the Redskins can do is finish on a good note.

    "A lot of guys understand the situation," he said. "There's going to be some new faces, and there's going to be some old faces probably gone, and we all know that, and that's part of the program."

    Said middle linebacker London Fletcher, one of the team captains: "You can't go out and go through the motions and expect to be successful. We can look at it in two different ways, as the last game of the 2009 season or the first game of the '10 season."

    The Chargers know they'll play on.

    Wide receiver Vincent Jackson said the Chargers have plenty more to work toward beyond the Washington game.

    "I think there are probably about three more games on our schedule," he said, referring to the playoffs, including a hoped-for berth in the Super Bowl. "Just doing what we've been doing, consistency, preparing in the meeting rooms and just leaving nothing to chance."

    Although Tomlinson is on pace to finish with less than 1,000 yards for the first time in his brilliant nine-year career, he said he is looking forward to being healthy heading into the playoffs. Last year he injured his groin in the finale, which limited him in a first-round win against Indianapolis and sidelined him for a loss at Pittsburgh.

    The year before, he hurt his left knee in a divisional-round win at Indianapolis and barely played in the AFC championship game loss at New England.

    "You will cherish it, you really do," Tomlinson said. "You cherish when you are healthy and able to crank it up and go do what you want to do versus playing hurt and just trying to gut it out for the team. I am so thankful to be in this position, to have two feet to run on.

    "I haven't taken a lot of shots like I usually take," he said. "And just to stay fresh throughout the year and I haven't been beat up other than the first game when I hurt my ankle. Other than that, it's been great."

    Tomlinson sprained his right ankle in the season-opening win at Oakland and sat out the following two games.

    "It feels good to be at this point and say we are at the position where we have accomplished everything we need to for the regular season; we got the first-round bye. And there's not a need to win one game to get to the playoffs," Tomlinson said.

    The Chargers are looking to sweep the NFC East, after having already beaten the New York Giants, Philadelphia Eagles and Dallas Cowboys.

    "I still think it is one of the toughest divisions in football, if not the toughest," Tomlinson said. "I think it says a lot about our team also being ready to play against that division. It's more a credit to what we've done more than anything."

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