Archive: Chargers

Some Thoughts on Merriman's Decision to Play

One could look at linebacker Shawne Merriman's decision to try to play for the San Diego Chargers this season with two torn knee ligaments as either extremely tough and devoted or extremely foolish. Either way, he's taking an enormous risk. Merriman has said he has torn posterior cruciate and...

 

By Mark Maske | August 28, 2008; 11:47 AM ET | Comments (4)

Merriman Decides to Play

San Diego Chargers linebacker Shawne Merriman has decided to postpone the knee surgery that doctors have advised him to undergo immediately and try to play this season with two torn ligaments. "I'm going to play," Merriman told the San Diego Union-Tribune in a text message. "I'll deal with it...

 

By Mark Maske | August 27, 2008; 02:27 PM ET | Comments (5)

Merriman's Decision Looming

Shawne Merriman should be making a decision about his 2008 season soon. The San Diego Chargers linebacker was in Miami in recent days to see one final specialist for an opinion about the ligament damage in his knee. The University of Maryland product has said he has torn posterior...

 

By Mark Maske | August 27, 2008; 11:05 AM ET | Comments (0)

Decision Looming For S. Merriman About Possible Knee Surgery

San Diego Chargers linebacker Shawne Merriman has two torn ligaments in his left knee and intends to make a decision soon about whether to undergo surgery. Merriman met with orthopedic specialists this week. The University of Maryland product rejoined the Chargers late in the week and spoke to reporters...

 

By Mark Maske | August 23, 2008; 07:27 PM ET | Comments (0)

Knee Surgery Possible For S. Merriman

Chargers linebacker Shawne Merriman is scheduled to return to San Diego today after having his left knee examined in Birmingham this week by orthopedist James Andrews. Coach Norv Turner is expressing optimism that Merriman will be the Chargers' season-opening lineup. But that doesn't appear to be a sure thing....

 

By Mark Maske | August 22, 2008; 10:05 AM ET | Comments (0)

Gates's Toe Improving But Merriman's Knee Could Be Problem For Chargers

Tight end Antonio Gates was activated from the physically unable to perform list and participated in portions of the San Diego Chargers' practice Tuesday. Gates took part in individual passing drills but did not participate in full team drills. The Chargers continue to bring him back slowly from the...

 

By Mark Maske | August 20, 2008; 12:50 PM ET | Comments (0)

J. Lynch Reportedly Leaving Broncos, Might Retire

Veteran safety John Lynch, unhappy with his role on the Denver Broncos, reportedly has decided to leave the team and might retire. Lynch told a Denver television station, KCNC, that he will consider playing for another NFL team or pursuing a possible broadcasting career. He reportedly was displeased about...

 

By Mark Maske | July 30, 2008; 09:52 PM ET | Comments (0)

Chargers Release E. Parker

The Chargers have announced that they've released wide receiver Eric Parker. He had 187 catches in six seasons in San Diego. But he was coming off a foot injury and was facing a numbers crunch at the position, and no longer was in the team's plans....

 

By Mark Maske | July 23, 2008; 04:30 PM ET | Comments (0)

Extension for Chargers' Castillo

Defensive lineman Luis Castillo has signed a five-year contract extension with the San Diego Chargers. The deal runs through the 2014 season and is worth approximately $43 million, including about $17.5 million in bonuses. Castillo's contract had been due to expire following the 2009 season....

 

By Mark Maske | July 22, 2008; 03:48 PM ET | Comments (0)

Rivers Okay, Gates Still on Mend at Chargers' Camp

Quarterback Philip Rivers declared himself fully healthy at the San Diego Chargers' training camp today. Rivers underwent surgery for a torn anterior cruciate ligament after playing with an ailing knee in the AFC title game. Tight end Antonio Gates did some running on a side field as Chargers rookies...

 

By Mark Maske | July 21, 2008; 10:30 PM ET | Comments (0)

Key NFL Question No. 4: Who's the Class of the AFC?

My thought: The Patriots should be very, very good again. So, too, should the Colts. You could make a case for the Jaguars, Steelers or Browns. But the pick here is the Chargers. There are questions about the health of quarterback Philip Rivers after the knee injury that plagued...

 

By Mark Maske | July 11, 2008; 11:08 AM ET | Comments (13)

D. Smith to Chargers

Linebacker Derek Smith agreed Sunday to a two-year contract with the San Diego Chargers. Smith, who was released by the San Francisco 49ers, rejoins Chargers Coach Norv Turner, for whom Smith once played with the Washington Redskins....

 

By Mark Maske | February 25, 2008; 01:24 PM ET | Comments (1)

Tomlinson Says He Did Further Damage to Knee in AFC Title Game

PHOENIX--San Diego Chargers tailback LaDainian Tomlinson reportedly said he did additional damage to his left knee during his brief appearance in the AFC title game. Tomlinson came into the game with a sprained medial collateral ligament and lasted only one series and part of another during the Chargers' loss...

 

By Mark Maske | January 31, 2008; 09:29 AM ET | Comments (1)

Rivers Reveals He Underwent Knee Surgery Last Week

San Diego Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers said today that he had athroscopic surgery last Monday to repair cartilage damage in his injured right knee so that he could play in Sunday's AFC title game at New England. Rivers, who played the entire game in the loss to the Patriots,...

 

By Mark Maske | January 21, 2008; 06:44 PM ET | Comments (0)

Gates Playing, Too

FOXBOROUGH, Mass.--The inactive lists for the AFC title game are out. Neither tight end Antonio Gates nor quarterback Philip Rivers is on the San Diego Chargers' inactive list. That means that Gates will play for a second straight week with a sprained toe. Rivers is scheduled to start the...

 

By Mark Maske | January 20, 2008; 02:24 PM ET | Comments (0)

Rivers Scheduled to Start

FOXBOROUGH, Mass.--Philip Rivers indeed is scheduled to start today's AFC championship game at quarterback for the San Diego Chargers. Rivers hurt his right knee during last Sunday's win at Indianapolis and barely practiced during the week. The Chargers' concern is how long Rivers will be able to play. Backup...

 

By Mark Maske | January 20, 2008; 01:58 PM ET | Comments (0)

Even if Rivers Starts, Can He Finish?

FOXBOROUGH, Mass.--The San Diego Chargers still haven't made a final decision about the playing status of quarterback Philip Rivers for today's AFC title game at Gillette Stadium. One person familiar with the Chargers' thinking just said his guess is that Rivers will convince the team's coaches to allow him...

 

By Mark Maske | January 20, 2008; 12:07 PM ET | Comments (0)

Windy Conditions Favor Chargers

FOXBOROUGH, Mass.--The wind is blowing hard on this blustery New England day. That might give the Chargers a sliver of hope in today's AFC title game. A really, really windy day could affect the Patriots' passing game. If it becomes a game that's all about running the ball, the...

 

By Mark Maske | January 20, 2008; 11:30 AM ET | Comments (0)

Rivers Practices But Playing Status Listed as Doubtful

Quarterback Philip Rivers participated in portions of the San Diego Chargers' practice today but it remained unclear if he would be in the lineup for Sunday's AFC title game at New England. Rivers, who hurt his right knee during last weekend's victory at Indianapolis, took some of the snaps...

 

By Mark Maske | January 18, 2008; 08:29 PM ET | Comments (0)

L.T. Practices for Chargers, Rivers Doesn't

Tailback LaDainian Tomlinson participated in the San Diego Chargers' practice Thursday and seemingly is on course to make good on his vow to play in Sunday's AFC championship game against the unbeaten New England Patriots in Foxborough, Mass. But quarterback Philip Rivers missed practice for a second straight day,...

 

By Mark Maske | January 18, 2008; 09:11 AM ET | Comments (0)

Harrison, Gates Both Scheduled to Start

INDIANAPOLIS--The starting lineups were just announced, and both Colts wide receiver Marvin Harrison and Chargers tight end Antonio Gates indeed are scheduled to start. Gates's ability to run on his injured toe could be a determining factor as to whether the Chargers challenge the Colts....

 

By Mark Maske | January 13, 2008; 12:41 PM ET | Comments (0)

Looks Like Harrison And, Surprisingly, Gates Ready to Go

INDIANAPOLIS--Colts wide receiver Marvin Harrison received an enthusiastic ovation from the early-arriving portion of the crowd at the RCA Dome when he jogged on the field for pregame warmups. Harrison is in uniform and apparently will be in the Colts' lineup for today's AFC semifinal against the Chargers after...

 

By Mark Maske | January 13, 2008; 12:29 PM ET | Comments (0)

Outlook More Promising For Owens and Harrison Than Gates

Three major storylines involving injured players could affect the outcomes of this weekend's conference championship games. In at least two of the three cases, it appears that the injured player will play this weekend. Wide receiver Terrell Owens practiced Thursday with the Dallas Cowboys for the first time since...

 

By Mark Maske | January 11, 2008; 09:16 AM ET | Comments (0)

Sprained Toe Puts Gates's Availability This Week in Question

The San Diego Chargers might not know until late in the week whether they'll have tight end Antonio Gates available for this weekend's AFC semifinal at Indianapolis. Gates suffered a sprained toe during Sunday's first-round playoff triumph over the Tennessee Titans....

 

By Mark Maske | January 7, 2008; 07:39 PM ET | Comments (1)

Chargers Extend Contract of GM Smith

The San Diego Chargers extended the contract of General Manager A.J. Smith through the 2014 season. The five-year extension is worth more than $2 million per season, an NFL source said. Smith's contract had been set to expire after the 2009 season. The Chargers persevered after a rugged beginning...

 

By Mark Maske | January 1, 2008; 02:08 PM ET | Comments (0)

P. Rivers Practices

San Diego Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers participated in about half of Thursday's practice. Rivers hopes to play this weekend on a sprained knee. If he can't, backup Billy Volek will take over. The Chargers will be without linebacker Shawne Merriman because of a sprained knee....

 

By Mark Maske | December 13, 2007; 10:57 PM ET | Comments (0)

Merriman's Knee Injury to Take Several Weeks to Heal

San Diego Chargers linebacker Shawne Merriman is to be sidelined for a few weeks because of a sprained knee. Coach Norv Turner said the injury isn't season-ending but could take a "couple of weeks" to heal. It's possible that Merriman won't play again until the postseason. Merriman was hurt...

 

By Mark Maske | December 11, 2007; 09:58 AM ET | Comments (0)

D. Florence Fined $15,000 For Hit That Caused Schaub's Concussion

The NFL fined San Diego Chargers cornerback Drayton Florence $15,000 for a hit on Houston Texans quarterback Matt Schaub last weekend. League officials ruled that Florence made an unnecessary helmet-to-helmet hit on Schaub during an interception return. But the Texans considered the penalty insufficient, given that Schaub suffered a...

 

By Mark Maske | November 1, 2007; 09:30 PM ET | Comments (0)

Chargers-Texans Game to Be Played Sunday Afternoon at Qualcomm Stadium as Scheduled, Mayor's Office Announces

The San Diego Chargers will play as scheduled Sunday afternoon at Qualcomm Stadium against the Houston Texans, the office of San Diego Mayor Jerry Sanders announced today. "Qualcomm Stadium will be ready for NFL football by this weekend," Sanders said in a written statement released by his office. "The...

 

By Mark Maske | October 26, 2007; 03:27 PM ET | Comments (0)

San Diego Mayor's Office Gives Go-Ahead to Playing Sunday at Qualcomm Stadium

The office of San Diego Mayor Jerry Sanders reportedly indicated Thursday night that Qualcomm Stadium will be ready to host the Chargers-Houston Texans game on Sunday afternoon, as scheduled. The mayor's office indicated the final decision about playing the game would be up to the Chargers, the San Diego...

 

By Mark Maske | October 26, 2007; 10:09 AM ET | Comments (1)

Odds Seem to Be Increasing that Game Will Be Played in San Diego

It's looking more and more like the Chargers will play the Houston Texans in San Diego, but perhaps on Monday instead of Sunday. The wildfires raging in San Diego County have had NFL officials considering moving the game to Houston or Dallas. But conditions seem to have improved to...

 

By Mark Maske | October 25, 2007; 07:30 PM ET | Comments (0)

Decision on Chargers Game Now Expected Thursday

The decision about when and where the San Diego Chargers' game will be played now is unlikely to come until Thursday. NFL officials had hoped to make a determination by day's end. But they're waiting to hear whether Jerry Sanders, the mayor of San Diego, thinks the game can...

 

By Mark Maske | October 24, 2007; 06:23 PM ET | Comments (0)

League Hopes to Make Decision Later Today About Where, When Chargers Will Play

PHILADELPHIA--NFL officials hope to make a decision later today about whether the Chargers will be able to play their home game as scheduled Sunday in San Diego. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said it's possible that the game between the Chargers and Houston Texans could be rescheduled for Monday if...

 

By Mark Maske | October 24, 2007; 11:51 AM ET | Comments (0)

League Considering Contingency Plans In Case Game Can't Be Played in San Diego

PHILADELPHIA--NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell met with San Diego Chargers President Dean Spanos here this evening to discuss contingency plans in case the team is unable to play in San Diego as scheduled Sunday. The wildfires raging in San Diego County have forced the Chargers to leave town. They're scheduled...

 

By Mark Maske | October 23, 2007; 08:23 PM ET | Comments (0)

Chargers Moving Practices to Arizona

The Chargers canceled their practice today because of the wildfires raging in San Diego County. They're scheduled to travel to Phoenix on Tuesday and practice at the Arizona Cardinals' facility in Tempe the remainder of the week. The Cardinals have a bye this week. Representatives of the Chargers and...

 

By Mark Maske | October 22, 2007; 09:51 PM ET | Comments (0)

Chargers Get Wide Receiver Chambers from Dolphins

The San Diego Chargers obtained former Pro Bowl wide receiver Chris Chambers in a trade that sends a second-round draft pick next spring to the Miami Dolphins. Chambers had 31 catches for 415 yards in six games for the Dolphins this season. He had 405 receptions his nearly 6-1/2...

 

By Mark Maske | October 16, 2007; 04:27 PM ET | Comments (0)

Chargers, At Least So Far, Paying Price for Schottenheimer Firing

It's looking more and more like the worst move of the offseason was the decision by San Diego Chargers President Dean Spanos to fire Marty Schottenheimer as the team's coach because Schottenheimer couldn't coexist peacefully with General Manager A.J. Smith. The Chargers initially decided to retain Schottenheimer on the...

 

By Mark Maske | September 30, 2007; 07:19 PM ET | Comments (4)

Chargers Sputtering on Offense

FOXBOROUGH, Mass.--Two games into their season, the San Diego Chargers are 1-1 and they're yet to get their offense in gear. But after Sunday night's 38-14 loss here to the New England Patriots, Chargers tailback LaDainian Tomlinson attributed the struggles to playing the tough defenses of the Chicago Bears...

 

By Mark Maske | September 17, 2007; 11:45 AM ET | Comments (0)

Chargers Seeking Return of Bonus Money By S. Foley

The San Diego Chargers have filed a grievance in an attempt to force linebacker Steve Foley to return nearly $3.8 million in bonus money. Foley's agent, David Levine, told the San Diego Union-Tribune that he had been hopeful of reaching a settlement but the Chargers may have "had second...

 

By Mark Maske | August 9, 2007; 10:08 AM ET | Comments (0)

Turner Faces Super Bowl-Or-Else Expectations in San Diego

Team-By-Team Offseason Roundup San Diego Chargers Coaching Change Fired: Marty Schottenheimer Hired: Norv Turner Players Released: Keenan McCardell, S Steve Foley, LB Terrence Kiel, S Ryan Krause, TE Free Agents Lost: Donnie Edwards, LB Az-Zahir Hakim, WR Free Agents Re-Signed: Kris Dielman, G Cory Withrow, C Carlos Polk, LB...

 

By Mark Maske | June 1, 2007; 10:35 AM ET | Comments (0)

Chargers Re-Sign M. Turner But Still Could Trade Him

Tailback Michael Turner signed the one-year, $2.35 million contract that the San Diego Chargers had tendered to him in restricted free agency. Turner has drawn interest from the Tennessee Titans, Buffalo Bills and other teams, and it's possible that the Chargers will trade him this weekend. Turner signing his...

 

By Mark Maske | April 27, 2007; 09:41 AM ET | Comments (0)

M. Turner's Camp Not Optimistic About Trade

The agent for San Diego Chargers backup tailback Michael Turner is saying he doesn't think his client will be traded. Turner, who's stuck behind LaDainian Tomlinson in San Diego, has drawn interest from the Tennessee Titans and Buffalo Bills. But agent Bus Cook told the Tennessean he's not counting...

 

By Mark Maske | April 17, 2007; 10:36 AM ET | Comments (0)

Bills Join Titans in M. Turner Chase

The Buffalo Bills are joining the Tennessee Titans in pursuit of tailback Michael Turner, a restricted free agent from the San Diego Chargers. Turner is scheduled to visit the Bills in the coming days. He visited the Titans earlier this week. The Chargers might trade Turner before the NFL...

 

By Mark Maske | April 5, 2007; 10:41 AM ET | Comments (0)

Titans Eye M. Turner

The Tennessee Titans met Monday with San Diego Chargers backup tailback Michael Turner, a restricted free agent. The Chargers made a tender offer of $2.35 million for Turner, meaning that any team signing him to an offer sheet would have to surrender first- and third-round draft choices to San...

 

By Mark Maske | April 3, 2007; 08:39 AM ET | Comments (0)

Turner Says He's Undaunted By Expectations For Chargers

PHOENIX, Ariz.--New San Diego Chargers coach Norv Turner has taken over a team that went 14-2 during the regular season but lost in the second round of last season's AFC playoffs. He said today he's undaunted by the fact that he can have a 13-3 regular season next year...

 

By Mark Maske | March 27, 2007; 07:15 PM ET | Comments (0)

Chargers Re-Sign Dielman

Guard Kris Dielman, one of the most coveted players available, re-signed with the San Diego Chargers. Dielman agreed to a contract worth $39 million, including $17 million guaranteed, over six seasons....

 

By Mark Maske | March 3, 2007; 07:03 PM ET | Comments (1)

Chargers Cut McCardell, Foley, Kiel

The San Diego Chargers released wide receiver Keenan McCardell, linebacker Steve Foley and safety Terrence Kiel. Foley sat out the season after being wounded in September when he was shot by an off-duty police officer, and Kiel was arrested by Drug Enforcement Administration officers and charged with illegally shipping...

 

By Mark Maske | March 1, 2007; 07:38 PM ET | Comments (0)

Cowboys Reportedly Hiring Chargers Secondary Coach as Defensive Coordinator

The Dallas Cowboys reportedly are hiring San Diego Chargers defensive backs coach Brian Stewart as their defensive coordinator. The Dallas Morning News reported the move could be announced as soon as today. Stewart would be reunited with the Cowboys' newly hired head coach, Wade Phillips, formerly the defensive coordinator...

 

By Mark Maske | February 26, 2007; 01:04 PM ET | Comments (2)

Chargers Keep S. Phillips Off Restricted Free Agent Market

The San Diego Chargers signed linebacker Shaun Phillips to a six-year contract today. He would have been a restricted free agent. Phillips had 11-1/2 sacks this past season. He was elevated to the starting lineup because Steve Foley missed the season after being shot by an off-duty police officer...

 

By Mark Maske | February 20, 2007; 09:15 PM ET | Comments (0)

Chargers, Bears Show How Crazy Things Are for NFL Coaches

So, let's get this straight: A team that went 14-2 during the regular season, the San Diego Chargers, has changed head coaches. A team that reached the Super Bowl on the strength of its defense, the Chicago Bears, is changing defensive coordinators. There are good livings to be made...

 

By Mark Maske | February 20, 2007; 03:51 PM ET | Comments (0)

Rivera Headed to Chargers as Linebackers Coach

Ron Rivera is headed to the San Diego Chargers as their linebackers coach, an NFL source said tonight. Rivera was told by the Chicago Bears they weren't renewing his contract as defensive coordinator. Now he'll work for Chargers Coach Norv Turner and defensive coordinator Ted Cottrell, who were hired...

 

By Mark Maske | February 19, 2007; 10:25 PM ET | Comments (0)

Turner Hiring Announced by Chargers

Continuity was the buzzword as the San Diego Chargers introduced Norv Turner as their new coach during an afternoon news conference at their headquarters. Hiring Turner as the replacement for fired coach Marty Schottenheimer and bringing Ted Cottrell aboard to replace departed defensive coordinator Wade Phillips means the Chargers...

 

By Mark Maske | February 19, 2007; 05:30 PM ET | Comments (0)

Turner Hiring in San Diego Almost Done

Norv Turner's hiring in San Diego is all but done. An NFL source said the Chargers have settled on Turner and the move will become official as long as there are no snags in contract negotiations. Turner will succeed Marty Schottenheimer as the team's head coach and the Chargers...

 

By Mark Maske | February 19, 2007; 11:32 AM ET | Comments (0)

Chargers Said to be Focusing on Turner

The San Diego Chargers seem to be focusing on San Francisco 49ers offensive coordinator Norv Turner as their next head coach, an NFL source said. Turner has had failed head coaching stints with the Washington Redskins and Oakland Raiders. But he nearly got the Dallas Cowboys' job before being...

 

By Mark Maske | February 19, 2007; 10:34 AM ET | Comments (0)

Chargers' Coaching Choice Near?

New Orleans Saints defensive coordinator Gary Gibbs interviewed Sunday for the San Diego Chargers' head coaching job. Gibbs was the sixth candidate to interview for the job in a five-day span beginning Wednesday. The Chargers also interviewed San Francisco 49ers linebackers coach Mike Singletary, Baltimore Ravens defensive coordinator Rex...

 

By Mark Maske | February 19, 2007; 10:05 AM ET | Comments (0)

Chargers Interview Rivera

Chicago Bears defensive coordinator Ron Rivera interviewed for the San Diego Chargers' head coaching job Friday. He was the fourth candidate to interview for the job following San Francisco 49ers linebackers coach Mike Singletary, Baltimore Ravens defensive coordinator Rex Ryan and 49ers offensive coordinator Norv Turner. Singletary was interviewed...

 

By Mark Maske | February 17, 2007; 12:52 AM ET | Comments (0)

Chargers on One-Per-Day Interviewing Schedule

The San Diego Chargers have their interviewing lineup set for the next few days. After Baltimore Ravens defensive coordinator Rex Ryan interviews today, it's Chicago Bears defensive coordinator Ron Rivera on Friday and San Francisco 49ers offensive coordinator Norv Turner on Saturday. After that comes Atlanta Falcons defensive coordinator...

 

By Mark Maske | February 15, 2007; 08:58 AM ET | Comments (8)

Singletary Interviews With Chargers

San Francisco 49ers linebackers coach Mike Singletary interviewed for the San Diego Chargers' head coaching job today. He became the first candidate interviewed by the Chargers since they fired Marty Schottenheimer on Monday. It was Singletary's third head coaching interview of this hiring cycle. He was passed over in...

 

By Mark Maske | February 14, 2007; 09:12 PM ET | Comments (0)

Carroll Keeping Quiet on Chargers' Search

USC Coach Pete Carroll is staying mum about his possible involvement in the San Diego Chargers' head coaching search. Carroll issued a statement through the school Tuesday indicating he had nothing to say on the subject and declined to comment when reporters approached him on campus. Carroll has rejected...

 

By Mark Maske | February 14, 2007; 12:58 PM ET | Comments (0)

Singletary Up First In Chargers' Interviews

San Francisco 49ers linebackers coach Mike Singletary is to be the first candidate to interview for the San Diego Chargers' head coaching job. He's scheduled to meet with Chargers officials early today. Chicago Bears defensive coordinator Ron Rivera also is to be in San Diego today to interview for...

 

By Mark Maske | February 14, 2007; 09:05 AM ET | Comments (0)

Rivera, Turner, Mora to Interview with Chargers

The San Diego Chargers are lining up candidates as possible replacements for fired coach Marty Schottenheimer. According to an NFL source, the Chargers plan to interview Chicago Bears defensive coordinator Ron Rivera, San Francisco 49ers offensive coordinator Norv Turner and Seattle Seahawks defensive backs coach Jim Mora in the...

 

By Mark Maske | February 13, 2007; 09:39 PM ET | Comments (0)

Schottenheimer Wanted to Interview Brother as Defensive Coordinator Candidate

The thing that convinced San Diego Chargers President Dean Spanos to fire Marty Schottenheimer as the team's coach Monday was Schottenheimer's desire to interview his brother Kurt to be the club's defensive coordinator, an NFL source said today. According to the source, Spanos already was upset that Marty Schottenheimer...

 

By Mark Maske | February 13, 2007; 09:30 PM ET | Comments (0)

Spanos Had Better Have a Coaching Ace Up His Sleeve

It wasn't so much that the firing of Marty Schottenheimer by the San Diego Chargers on Monday night was shocking. Yes, he coached them to a 14-2 record this past regular season. But they lost in the second round of the AFC playoffs. That dropped Schottenheimer's career playoff record...

 

By Mark Maske | February 13, 2007; 10:17 AM ET | Comments (0)

Schottenheimer Says He Respects Spanos's Decision

Marty Schottenheimer told the San Diego Union-Tribune he was "doing fine" after being fired Monday night by Chargers President Dean Spanos. Spanos cited the "dysfunctional situation" created by a rift between Schottenheimer and the team's general manager, A.J. Smith. "I think it's hard enough in our business when everybody...

 

By Mark Maske | February 13, 2007; 07:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

Chargers to Try to Hire Carroll?

Some executives around the league are saying late tonight they're convinced that the San Diego Chargers, after firing Marty Schottenheimer as their coach, will make a serious run at USC Coach Pete Carroll. Carroll has resisted all NFL overtures in recent years. But he did interview with the Miami...

 

By Mark Maske | February 12, 2007; 11:28 PM ET | Comments (0)

Chargers Fire Schottenheimer

The San Diego Chargers fired Marty Schottenheimer as their coach tonight, only weeks after losing in the second round of the AFC playoffs but then announcing that they would retain Schottenheimer. Club president Dean Spanos announced the decision and cited the ongoing feud between Schottenheimer and General Manager A.J....

 

By Mark Maske | February 12, 2007; 09:59 PM ET | Comments (0)

Schottenheimer Losing Assistants Left and Right

The San Diego Chargers failed to win a playoff game after their 14-2 regular season, but they had quite a coaching staff. Since the Chargers' season ended, Coach Marty Schottenheimer has lost both his coordinators to head coaching jobs and two of his position coaches to coordinator jobs. Defensive...

 

By Mark Maske | February 9, 2007; 09:12 AM ET | Comments (0)

Kiel Pleads Guilty to Drug Charges

San Diego Chargers safety Terrence Kiel pleaded guilty Wednesday to misdemeanor and felony drug charges as part of a deal with prosecutors. Kiel was ordered to undergo counseling for gambling, which prosecutors maintained caused his financial problems, and perform volunteer work. The felony will be dismissed and he likely...

 

By Mark Maske | February 8, 2007; 08:18 AM ET | Comments (0)

Tomlinson, Belichick Co-Existing Peacefully at Pro Bowl

San Diego Chargers tailback LaDainian Tomlinson and New England Patriots Coach Bill Belichick are said to be interacting peacefully this week at the Pro Bowl in Hawaii. Tomlinson criticized the on-field celebration by some Patriots players after they beat the Chargers in an AFC semifinal last month, saying that...

 

By Mark Maske | February 8, 2007; 01:57 AM ET | Comments (0)

Foley Sues Officer, City

MIAMI--San Diego Chargers linebacker Steve Foley has sued the city of Coronado, Calif., and the police officer who shot him last fall. Foley's lawsuit accuses the officer, Aaron Mansker, of negligence and using excessive force and seeks unspecified damages. Foley was shot near his home on Sept. 3 after...

 

By Mark Maske | February 1, 2007; 10:28 AM ET | Comments (0)

Chargers Promote Shelmon to Replace Cameron

The San Diego Chargers promoted Clarence Shelmon from running backs coach to offensive coordinator. He replaces Cam Cameron, who left the club to become the head coach of the Miami Dolphins....

 

By Mark Maske | January 26, 2007; 03:54 PM ET | Comments (0)

Chargers Retain Schottenheimer

The San Diego Chargers announced today that they're retaining Marty Schottenheimer as their coach next season. The Chargers went 14-2 during the regular season but lost an AFC semifinal at home Sunday to the New England Patriots, putting Schottenheimer's job in jeopardy. His career playoff record dropped to 5-13,...

 

By Mark Maske | January 17, 2007; 08:23 PM ET | Comments (0)

No Verdict Yet on Schottenheimer

San Diego Chargers Coach Marty Schottenheimer met today with team owner Alex Spanos and club president Dean Spanos but no decision was made about his future with the franchise. The Chargers had a league-best record of 14-2 during the regular season but lost an AFC semifinal at home Sunday...

 

By Mark Maske | January 16, 2007; 09:42 PM ET | Comments (0)

Tomlinson Ripped the Wrong Coach

LaDainian Tomlinson is a great player and, by all accounts, a classy guy. But the tailback's criticism of the New England Patriots' celebration of their triumph Sunday over Tomlinson's Chargers in San Diego in an AFC semifinal was off target. Tomlinson said the Patriots players, particularly cornerback Ellis Hobbs,...

 

By Mark Maske | January 16, 2007; 10:20 AM ET | Comments (0)

Could Chargers' Loss Get Schottenheimer Fired?

The question now is whether Marty Schottenheimer's latest playoff failure will cost him his job with the San Diego Chargers. There were reports even before Sunday's come-from-ahead defeat by the Chargers at home to the New England Patriots in an AFC semifinal that Schottenheimer could be fired if the...

 

By Mark Maske | January 15, 2007; 10:28 AM ET | Comments (0)

Tomlinson Also Named Offensive Player of Year

The Associated Press named San Diego Chargers tailback LaDainian Tomlinson the NFL's offensive player of the year, a day after naming him the league's most valuable player. New Orleans Saint quarterback Drew Brees finished second and Indianapolis Colts quarterback Peyton Manning finished third, just as they did in the...

 

By Mark Maske | January 5, 2007; 02:24 PM ET | Comments (7)

LT Named MVP

San Diego Chargers tailback LaDainian Tomlinson was named the NFL's most valuable player today by the Associated Press. Tomlinson ran for a league-leading 1,815 yards scored an NFL-record 31 touchdowns, 28 of them on rushing attempts, to lead the Chargers to a record of 14-2 and the top seed...

 

By Mark Maske | January 4, 2007; 12:52 PM ET | Comments (1)

J. Taylor Says Steroid Suspension Should Eliminate Merriman from Defensive Player of the Year Consideration

Miami Dolphins defensive end Jason Taylor says that San Diego Chargers linebacker Shawne Merriman shouldn't be eligible to be the NFL's defensive player of the year because Merriman was suspended for four games this season for violating the league's steroids policy. "You really shouldn't be able to fail a...

 

By Mark Maske | December 28, 2006; 10:17 AM ET | Comments (0)

Chargers Have Three Pro Bowlers From Manning Trade

Three of the players that the San Diego Chargers got in the Eli Manning trade with the New York Giants on draft day 2004 were named to the AFC Pro Bowl team today--quarterback Philip Rivers, linebacker Shawne Merriman and kicker Nate Kaeding. The Chargers got Rivers in the deal...

 

By Mark Maske | December 19, 2006; 09:35 PM ET | Comments (0)

Strange Case Involving Overseas Payments by Chargers Players Now Being Reviewed by Immigration and Customs Enforcement Officials

When Drug Enforcement Administration agents found that San Diego Chargers players were sending sums of money to China, they thought they had a steroid case on their hands. Instead, they ended up with what they thought was a counterfeit shoe case. In a year that has been marked by...

 

By Mark Maske | December 15, 2006; 11:00 PM ET | Comments (9)

Chargers Sign Hakim

The San Diego Chargers signed free agent wide receiver Az-Zahir Hakim. The Chargers placed wideout Malcolm Floyd on the injured reserve list with an ankle injury....

 

By Mark Maske | December 14, 2006; 10:27 PM ET | Comments (0)

League Fines Broncos' Nalen $25,000

The NFL fined Denver Broncos center Tom Nalen $25,000 for a low block on San Diego Chargers defensive lineman Igor Olshansky late in the Chargers' win at Denver on Sunday night. Olshansky was fined $10,000. He objected to the way he was blocked by Nalen, threw a punch at...

 

By Mark Maske | November 22, 2006; 03:23 PM ET | Comments (5)

Chargers-Broncos on Nov. 19 Moved to Nighttime Slot

The NFL has made its second set of moves under its flexible-scheduling plan. The Nov. 19 game between the San Diego Chargers and Denver Broncos has been moved to 8:15 p.m. ET on NBC. The Indianapolis Colts-Dallas Cowboys game on the same day has been moved to 4:15 p.m...

 

By Mark Maske | November 6, 2006; 01:44 PM ET | Comments (0)

Merriman Begins Suspension

San Diego Chargers linebacker Shawne Merriman addressed his teammates today at the team's training facility before beginning a four-game suspension for a violation of the NFL's steroids policy. Merriman, the league's co-leader in sacks, says that he unwittingly ingested a banned substance in a supplement he was taking. "I'm...

 

By Mark Maske | November 1, 2006; 09:57 PM ET | Comments (0)

Merriman Drops Appeal of Suspension

San Diego Chargers linebacker Shawne Merriman dropped his appeal of his four-game suspension imposed by the league for a positive test under the NFL's steroid-testing program. Merriman, who's tied for the NFL lead with 8-1/2 sacks, is to begin serving his suspension immediately and is to miss the Chargers'...

 

By Mark Maske | October 31, 2006; 05:15 PM ET | Comments (0)

Merriman, Representatives Consider Dropping Appeal

San Diego Chargers linebacker Shawne Merriman and his representatives are considering dropping his appeal of his pending four-game suspension imposed by the league for a positive test under the NFL's steroid-testing program. Merriman's appeal is scheduled to be heard on Nov. 7, and he's eligible to continue playing in...

 

By Mark Maske | October 31, 2006; 09:18 AM ET | Comments (0)

Merriman's Appeal Scheduled to be Heard on Nov. 7

NEW ORLEANS--Shawne Merriman's appeal of his pending four-game suspension for testing positive under the league's steroid-testing program is scheduled to be heard on Nov. 7. The San Diego Chargers linebacker remains eligible to play in the meantime. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell declined to comment on the specifics of the...

 

By Mark Maske | October 24, 2006; 09:47 PM ET | Comments (0)

Merriman Says He's Hopeful Appeal Will Overturn Pending Suspension

San Diego Chargers linebacker Shawne Merriman said at a news conference Monday that he's hopeful his appeal of his positive test under the NFL's steroid-testing program will overturn his pending four-game suspension. Merriman apologized to his teammates. "Hopefully nobody makes any kind of judgment or anything that basically makes...

 

By Mark Maske | October 24, 2006; 05:53 AM ET | Comments (0)

Merriman Reportedly Facing Suspension for Positive Steroids Test

San Diego Chargers linebacker Shawne Merriman reportedly is facing a four-game suspension by the NFL for a positive steroids test. ESPN reported tonight that Merriman has been informed of the positive test but the suspension has not been imposed because an appeal by Merriman still is pending. The positive...

 

By Mark Maske | October 22, 2006; 11:30 PM ET | Comments (0)

Chargers Lose DE Olshansky for 3-4 Weeks

San Diego Chargers defensive end Igor Olshansky underwent knee surgery Wednesday. He is to be sidelined three to four weeks....

 

By Mark Maske | October 19, 2006; 10:26 AM ET | Comments (0)

Schottenheimer Not Letting Chargers Get Carried Away With Early-Season Success

San Diego Chargers Coach Marty Schottenheimer apparently wants to guard against his players becoming complacent after Sunday's triumph over the Pittsburgh Steelers raised the club's record to 3-1. Schottenheimer assailed his players with a profanity-laced tirade when Wednesday's practice was not up to his standards....

 

By Mark Maske | October 12, 2006; 11:48 AM ET | Comments (0)

Foley Charged With DUI

San Diego Chargers linebacker Steve Foley was charged today with two counts of misdemeanor DUI. The charges stem from a Sept. 3 incident in which Foley was shot by an off-duty police officer who followed Foley's car to the player's home. Foley is home recovering from his wounds and...

 

By Mark Maske | October 11, 2006; 09:34 PM ET | Comments (0)

Kiel Practices

Safety Terrence Kiel participated in the San Diego Chargers' practice Wednesday and might play Sunday night against the Pittsburgh Steelers. Kiel is facing felony drug charges and didn't accompany the Chargers on their trip to Baltimore for last Sunday's loss to the Ravens after being arrested last week. He...

 

By Mark Maske | October 5, 2006; 07:12 AM ET | Comments (0)

Chargers' Kiel Won't Play This Weekend Following Arrest

Safety Terrence Kiel is not accompanying the San Diego Chargers to Baltimore for their game Sunday against the Ravens following his arrest this week on felony drug charges. The Chargers plan to pay Kiel but have told him to stay home. Kiel was arrested Tuesday on two counts of...

 

By Mark Maske | September 27, 2006; 11:05 PM ET | Comments (0)

Chargers Extend Kicker's Contract

The San Diego Chargers signed kicker Nate Kaeding to a five-year, $12.2 million contract extension that includes about $3.5 million in guaranteed money. The third-year kicker connected on 21 of 24 field goal attempts last season and is 6 for 6 this season....

 

By Mark Maske | September 26, 2006; 10:56 AM ET | Comments (0)

Titans, Chargers Agree to Volek Trade

The Tennessee Titans and San Diego Chargers have agreed to a trade that sends quarterback Billy Volek to San Diego for a draft pick. Volek began training camp as the Titans' starter but was dropped to third-string, behind Kerry Collins and rookie Vince Young, after Tennessee signed Collins shortly...

 

By Mark Maske | September 19, 2006; 01:10 PM ET | Comments (4)

Chargers, Chiefs In Running For Volek

The San Diego Chargers and Kansas City Chiefs apparently are the front-runners to trade for Tennessee Titans quarterback Billy Volek. The Chargers have a rookie, Charlie Whitehurst, backing up third-year pro Philip Rivers, who's in his first season as a starter. The Chiefs need quarterback help after starter Trent...

 

By Mark Maske | September 15, 2006; 02:00 PM ET | Comments (3)

Prosecutors Want To Test Foley Blood Sample for Steroids

Prosecutors are seeking a blood sample from San Diego Chargers linebacker Steve Foley, who reportedly was shot three times in the leg by an off-duty police officer 11 days ago, to test it for the presence of steroids, according to an affidavit for a search warrant. According to prosecutors,...

 

By Mark Maske | September 14, 2006; 06:56 PM ET | Comments (2)

Volek Bound for Chargers or Browns?

There is talk around the league that Tennessee Titans quarterback Billy Volek could be traded to the San Diego Chargers or Cleveland Browns. The Titans drafted Vince Young in April and just signed veteran Kerry Collins. Volek is the starter, for now, but Collins might take over as soon...

 

By Mark Maske | August 31, 2006; 02:59 PM ET | Comments (5)

Chargers RT Olivea Gets Extension

The San Diego Chargers signed right tackle Shane Olivea to a contract extension running through the 2011 season. The deal will pay Olivea, a starter in each of his two NFL seasons, about $20 million over six years, including approximately $7.5 million in bonus money. He would have been...

 

By Mark Maske | August 31, 2006; 10:54 AM ET | Comments (0)

Cutting Feeley Leaves Chargers with Rookie Backing Up Rivers

The San Diego Chargers released quarterback A.J. Feeley on Monday. That left rookie Charlie Whitehurst as the backup to Philip Rivers, the third-year pro who never has started an NFL game but is taking over for the departed Drew Brees. It's possible that Feeley could land in Minnesota, where...

 

By Mark Maske | August 29, 2006; 10:56 AM ET | Comments (0)

Chargers Rookie Tackle McNeill Has Surgery for Broken Hand

Rookie Marcus McNeill had worked his way into the San Diego Chargers' starting lineup at left tackle but will miss Saturday's preseason game against the Seattle Seahawks after undergoing surgery today on his broken left hand. The Chargers expect McNeill to be able to resume practicing next week....

 

By Mark Maske | August 24, 2006; 10:47 PM ET | Comments (0)

Chargers Kick Returner Sproles Out For Season

The San Diego Chargers lost reserve running back and kick returner Darren Sproles for the entire season because of a broken fibula suffered during Saturday's preseason win over the Green Bay Packers. Chargers wide receiver Vincent Jackson was hospitalized because of a bruised chest suffered during the game but...

 

By Mark Maske | August 15, 2006; 10:24 PM ET | Comments (0)

Chargers, Jammer Agree to Extension

Cornerback Quentin Jammer and the San Diego Chargers agreed to a five-year, $30 million contract extension that could keep him with the team through the 2012 season. The deal includes $13.5 million in bonuses. Jammer had two seasons remaining on his existing contract....

 

By Mark Maske | August 9, 2006; 01:37 PM ET | Comments (1)

Chargers Liking What They're Seeing from Rivers

San Diego Chargers officials are praising the training-camp performance of Philip Rivers, saying that the team's new starting quarterback is ahead of where they thought he would be at this point. Rivers inherited the starting job when the Chargers allowed Drew Brees to leave in the offseason via free...

 

By Mark Maske | August 4, 2006; 08:49 AM ET | Comments (10)

Chargers, Too, Give Up on Former First-Rounder Woods

A second NFL team has decided that wide receiver Rashaun Woods, a first-round draft pick by the San Francisco 49ers in 2004 out of Oklahoma State, simply can't play. The San Diego Chargers waived Woods on Tuesday. The Chargers had obtained Woods in a trade with the 49ers in...

 

By Mark Maske | August 2, 2006; 01:00 PM ET | Comments (0)

 

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