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October 5, 2007 | Sam Farmer
Marty Schottenheimer heard the call. He's just not in a hurry to answer it. He didn't even tune in Sunday when the San Diego Chargers played the Kansas City Chiefs -- two of the teams he used to coach -- and frustrated Chargers fans began their chant: Mart-ty, Mar-ty, Mar-ty. Instead of watching that game, Schottenheimer spent the afternoon at another. He was in Charlotte, N.C., where he and his wife now live, watching his 6-year-old grandson, Brandon, play soccer.
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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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September 17, 2007 | Kevin Baxter, Times Staff Writer
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- Tedy Bruschi has played in four Super Bowls with the New England Patriots. And he has won three of them. But none of those victories was more gratifying than Sunday's 38-14 rout of the San Diego Chargers, a win that capped a tumultuous week that started with his coach, Bill Belichick, being charged with cheating and ended with an emotional locker-room celebration in which owner Robert Kraft presented Belichick with the game ball. "The emotions were high," Bruschi said.
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September 10, 2007 | Sam Farmer, Times Staff Writer
SAN DIEGO -- After months of anticipation, the San Diego Chargers' first 10 possessions Sunday ended punt, missed field-goal attempt, interception, punt, punt, punt, punt, end of half, fumble, punt. So what was so wrong with Martyball, again? But to hear San Diego players tell it, they had the Chicago Bears just where they wanted them.
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September 9, 2007 | Sam Farmer, Times Staff Writer
SAN DIEGO -- Chargers linebackers, who are already very good, will have an extra advantage today against Chicago. Their new position coach is Ron Rivera, the Bears' defensive coordinator the last three seasons. Rivera, who interviewed for several head-coaching vacancies last off-season, finally wound up being hired as inside linebackers coach in San Diego after the Bears declined to renew his contract.
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September 9, 2007 | Sam Farmer, Times Staff Writer
SAN DIEGO -- As general manager of the San Diego Chargers, A.J. Smith makes trades, makes decisions on draft day, makes whatever moves he thinks are necessary to prepare his team for a long-awaited Super Bowl run. But there's one thing Smith doesn't make: apologies. Nor does he wring his hands over detractors who consider him a humorless grump, a petulant bully who hastily dumped Marty Schottenheimer as coach after the Chargers faltered in the playoffs yet again.
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September 1, 2007 | Sam Farmer, Times Staff Writer
SAN DIEGO -- From sideline to sideline, the San Diego Chargers are ideally equipped to make a Super Bowl run. But what about between the headsets? If there's a question about the team -- one that went from embarrassment to embarrassment of riches in only a few seasons -- it's whether Norv Turner has what it takes to be a championship head coach, or closer to a ballast bag on an otherwise sky's-the-limit season.
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August 25, 2007 | Bill Dwyre
SAN DIEGO -- In the category of tough West Coast departures, Tony Bennett has nothing on Kris Dielman. Bennett left only his heart in San Francisco. Dielman left $10 million in Seattle. Dielman is No. 68 in the San Diego Chargers' program, and fast approaching No. 1 in the fans' hearts. It's not that LT doesn't dominate the affection of San Diego's pro football fans. Hard to top LaDainian Tomlinson's NFL record 31 touchdowns last season.
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February 20, 2007 | Sam Farmer, Times Staff Writer
With one eye on their future and the other on their past, the San Diego Chargers on Monday hired Norv Turner -- the architect of their current offense -- as coach. It was Turner who first drew up their schemes as offensive coordinator in 2001. He also played a role in San Diego's trading the No. 1 pick to Atlanta that year, passing up the chance to select Michael Vick in favor of taking LaDainian Tomlinson and Drew Brees.
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February 15, 2007 | Sam Farmer, Times Staff Writer
The San Diego Chargers like Pete Carroll, respect what he has done at USC, and even think he might be a good choice as their new head coach. But don't expect it to happen. Carroll is on the team's radar but not in its plans, a source familiar with the situation said Wednesday. The Chargers plan to move quickly and have a replacement for the fired Marty Schottenheimer in place by as early as next week, the source said.
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