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Pros and cons of bye week

Discussion in 'Latest Chargers News & Headlines' started by robdog, Nov 17, 2005.

  1. robdog

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    Source: <a href="http://www.pe.com/sports/football/stories/PE_Sports_Local_D_chargers_notes_17.173cc438.html" target="_blank">The Press-Enterprise</a>

    By JIM ALEXANDER

    SAN DIEGO - The good thing about a bye is that it offers an opportunity for rest, relaxation and healing.

    Although the Chargers' injured list is as long as it was before their one-week break, linebacker Steve Foley and offensive tackle Roman Oben were the only two regulars who didn't practice Wednesday, the first day of full preparation for Sunday's home game against Buffalo.

    "Seven days (between games) is good," linebacker Donnie Edwards said. "With 14 days, all those aches and pains seem to go away."

    The Chargers practiced only twice during the bye week and were given Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday off. Edwards and his wife took the opportunity to spend a few days in New York seeing the sights.

    The bad part of a bye week is the risk that any positive momentum might be squandered. San Diego won two straight before the break, finally finishing off a close game successfully with a goal-line stand that held off the Jets on Nov. 6.

    "I really don't think it'll play a part" in what happens down the stretch, LaDainian Tomlinson said. "We can't even think about the Jets game. We've got to continue to focus on these seven games we have coming up.

    "Finishing games, that's the biggest thing ... and making sure we don't beat ourselves by penalties, turning over the football, things like that."

    Hearing From a Legend

    Pro Football Hall of Famer Lance Alworth, whose number will be retired at halftime Sunday, was a special guest at Wednesday's practice and addressed the team briefly afterward.

    "I just said a couple of words, telling them they were doing a great job and they need to continue to play together as a team," he said.

    Do I Hear a Challenge?

    Buffalo's Willis McGahee proclaimed himself the best running back in the NFL last month before the Bills faced Oakland. "Case closed," was his exact quote.

    That snippet was relayed to Tomlinson on Wednesday -- conveniently enough, right before the Bills come to town. The TV reporter who mentioned it asked Tomlinson if he had a response.

    "No," he snapped, his posture enough to suggest that if he had any answer it would come on the field Sunday.

    Then again, in two of the three games since his boast, McGahee was held to 50 and 66 yards by the Raiders and Chiefs defenses. In between those, he gained 136 yards on 31 carries at New England.
     

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