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Players, coaches in sync on Raiders

Discussion in 'Chargers Fan Forum' started by Johnny Lightning, Oct 12, 2007.

  1. Johnny Lightning

    Johnny Lightning Go Bolts

    Feb 7, 2006
    By Kevin Acee


    October 12, 2007
    Chargers players acknowledge that their practices and communication with coaches have improved over the past few weeks, as they have grown more comfortable with coaches and were faced with a dire circumstance. “What we're doing now is we're putting in that extra effort,” Shaun Phillips said. So any worry they will miss Marty Schottenheimer's emphasis on “Raider Week” is likely without merit. Also, while Norv Turner is publicly acting as if playing the team that fired him after the 2005 season is no big deal, several players said he has made it clear to them how much he dislikes his former team.
    Silver and black Q?
    The scenario is much better now than had that trip to Denver not gone well. Who knows how much silver and black would have been in Qualcomm Stadium had the Chargers fallen to 1-4? Still, with the Raiders in first place in the AFC West, Sunday's game looks to be a hot commodity among ticket resellers. The Web site TicketsNow.com reports the Chargers-Raiders game is the second-biggest seller this week, behind Patriots-Cowboys. In recent years, fewer Raiders fans have invaded Chargers home games, due in part to the fact the Raiders have been the NFL's worst team since 2003 and also because the Chargers have required tickets to the Raiders game be bought as part of a multigame package. “In the last four or five years our fans have taken control of the stadium,” Chargers Chief Operating Officer Jim Steeg said. “I think it will be a Charger crowd Sunday.”
    Running right
    The Chargers run to the right just 21 percent of the time, the lowest percentage in the league. But on Sunday in Denver, they ran three key plays that way – Philip Rivers' bootleg for a touchdown and consecutive runs by LaDainian Tomlinson (11 yards) and Michael Turner (49 yards) to set up a field goal at the end of the first half.
    “It's about time,” right tackle Shane Olivea said, smiling. “Now I want to run power more to the right. I've been lobbying more for that.” Since opening the season with his worst game of his career and then missing two weeks with a back strain, Olivea has played well.
    Nuts 'n' Bolts
    [​IMG] Rady Children's Hospital, which last year benefited greatly from Tomlinson's record-breaking season, will get $10,000 because of the performances in Denver by Rivers and Turner. The Chargers' quarterback and backup running back were named the FedEx Air and Ground Players of the Week. FedEx donates $5,000 to the local children's hospital in the name of each week's winning players plus $25,000 for the Players of the Year. Tomlinson's record-breaking 2006 resulted in $65,000 for Rady. [​IMG] Jamal Williams (knee) did not practice for a second straight day but is expected to play Sunday. Vincent Jackson (shoulder) and Brandon Siler (back) returned to practice.
  2. wrbanwal

    wrbanwal Well-Known Member

    Dec 27, 2005

    That's my boy!!

    It's about time!!!

  3. Retired Catholic

    Retired Catholic BoltTalker

    Aug 3, 2006

    HEXEDBOLT Don't like it, lump it!!!

    Jul 11, 2006
    OK. We can run to both sides. Time to put LT and MT in the back field at the same time. Time to exploit our talent on both sides of the ball.

    YEP! what the priest said.:bolt: :tup: :icon_toast:

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