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August 14, 2002 | TONY PERRY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Here's a sign that the San Diego Chargers are truly in the post-Ryan Leaf era: They have a quarterback controversy that does not involve questions of malingering or attitudinal deficiencies. Indeed, it is hard to even call the issue of Doug Flutie versus Drew Brees a controversy. A competition, perhaps, but given their ages, it is not a matter of if but when the 23-year-old Brees will replace the 39-year-old Flutie.
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December 12, 2002 | Sam Farmer, Times Staff Writer
The San Diego Chargers, rebuffed by the city council in an attempt to begin new stadium talks, are close to exercising the escape clause in their Qualcomm Stadium lease. "We're sitting down to evaluate everything," Charger consultant Mark Fabiani said Wednesday. "I can't say it's a fait accompli, but when you work for seven months and the other party won't talk, it does not leave you with many alternatives."
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February 13, 2007 | Sam Farmer, Times Staff Writer
The San Diego Chargers, who could be the NFL's most talented team, are now last in line for a head coach. Only weeks after assuring Marty Schottenheimer his job was safe, the Chargers fired him Monday, citing his "dysfunctional" relationship with A.J. Smith, the team's general manager. "The situation had become untenable," Chargers owner Dean Spanos said in a conference call Monday night. "They couldn't get along. It had reached a point where it was irreparable, and we decided to move on."
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January 13, 2007 | Sam Farmer, Times Staff Writer
It's the NFL playoffs, so it must be time for teams to play the we-get-no-respect card. In the case of the San Diego Chargers and New England Patriots, that's coming from both sides. "I think we have to prove to a lot of people that we can beat these bigger-name teams," San Diego linebacker Shawne Merriman said Friday. "You don't have 10 straight wins by default. We worked to get it. But obviously we've got a team here that could come in here and possibly beat us.
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November 12, 2007 | Helene Elliott
SAN DIEGO -- The rain had stopped, so the weather was good. The setup was perfect. The 67,726 fans at Qualcomm Stadium, stoked to a frenzy by the San Diego Chargers' stunning 23-point first half Sunday but descending an emotional slope after the Indianapolis Colts threatened to snatch the victory from them, were almost expecting the worst.
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November 11, 2007 | Sam Farmer, Times Staff Writer
SAN DIEGO -- The San Diego Chargers have every reason to sweat. They're 4-4, already having lost twice as many games as they did all last season, and now they're missing Pro Bowl defensive tackle Luis Castillo. On top of that, the Indianapolis Colts are in town tonight, and the defending Super Bowl champions have the extra incentive of bouncing back from a rare defeat. The fear that haunted countless Chargers fans -- Coach Norv Turner wasn't the right man for the job -- seems to be coming true.
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November 25, 2007 | Sam Farmer, Times Staff Writer
SAN DIEGO -- The San Diego Chargers and Baltimore Ravens are in the same boat. And it's taking on water. One season after they were among the best teams in the NFL, the Chargers (5-5) and Ravens (4-6) are in danger of drifting into irrelevant seas. They play today at Qualcomm Stadium, and the loser could have a difficult time reaching the playoffs. San Diego had an NFL-best record of 14-2 last season, and Baltimore was 13-3.
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October 29, 2007 | Helene Elliott
SAN DIEGO -- The burning smell was back, that acrid tang that pierces your lungs and inflames your eyes. It had fouled the air when the wildfires began but had become a mild companion during the southward drive on I-5 Sunday, diminished through the efforts of firefighters who had tamed infernos all week. Its renewed strength near Qualcomm Stadium before the Chargers faced the Houston Texans was alarming, but there turned out to be no need to panic.
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October 1, 2007 | Sam Farmer, Times Staff Writer
SAN DIEGO -- During the course of their first two quarters Sunday, the San Diego Chargers built a 10-point lead over Kansas City and used their familiar ground attack to recapture just a bit of last season's magic. In the second half, however, the Chargers abandoned their running game. And their passing game. And their defense. By game's end, the flash of promise amounted to nothing.
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