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San Diego wishes it had met Chicago in February instead of now

Discussion in 'Latest Chargers News & Headlines' started by robdog, Sep 8, 2007.

  1. robdog

    robdog Code Monkey Staff Member Administrator

    Jun 29, 2009
    Source: <a href="http://sports.yahoo.com/nfl/news;_ylt=AszUFEQHku9XlLwkF4ICTB.U2bYF?slug=ap-nflthisweek&amp;prov=ap&amp;type=lgns" target="_blank">Associated Press</a>

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    By Dave Goldberg

    The San Diego Chargers and Chicago Bears could have had a date in Miami last February. Maybe they should have had a date considering the Chargers had the best record in the NFL at 14-2 and the Bears cruised through the NFC.

    That Super Bowl matchup never happened, of course, because the Chargers let New England score 11 points in the final 4:36 of a 24-21 AFC divisional playoff loss. That led to the firing of coach Marty Schottenheimer and the hiring of Norv Turner.

    So now the Chargers have to be content with hosting the NFC champions on Sunday in one of the featured games of the NFL's opening weekend.

    Some consolation.

    "It's something that eats at you," Turner says. "I've ended the year with playoff games like that, and you know it's a long time before you can do anything about it."

    Turner was 59-83-1 in previous head coaching jobs with Washington and Oakland and walks into a situation where he's expected to win big.

    Likewise, expectations are again high for the Bears, who were 29-17 losers to Indianapolis in the Super Bowl.

    Given that Chicago QB Rex Grossman's turnover problems extended from the Super Bowl into the preseason, the Bears will be leaning heavily on their defense.

    Interestingly, it is that Bears' defense the Chargers' LaDainian Tomlinson is seen shredding in commercials for an about-to-be released Nike commercial.

    Another subplot: Ron Rivera, the Bears' defensive coordinator the past few years, is now on Turner's staff in San Diego. After interviewing for the Chargers' head coaching job, he was let go by Chicago.

    "If I were on the coaching staff out there, I would pick his mind constantly," Chicago wide receiver Muhsin Muhammad said. "If I were a player out there, I would be asking about all the guys.

    "They've got a good advantage with coach Rivera out there, but you've got to line up, you've got to play. It's still a game of talent. Rivera can't be out there."

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