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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 15, 2007 | Bill Plaschke
With a couple of minutes left in Schottenheimer's Last Stand, high in the chilly winds and darkening skies, the scoreboard at Qualcomm Stadium showed an old video of Marty Schottenheimer screaming some inspiration. Down below, with wide eyes and blank face, the real Marty was speechless. Up above, he was wildly gesturing in a single direction. Down below, the real Marty wandered around as if lost. Up above, he bowed his head and stuck out his chest. Down below, the real Marty cringed.
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January 15, 2007 | Sam Farmer, Times Staff Writer
So much for the NFL's new world order. Never mind that the San Diego Chargers had the AFC's best record and nine Pro Bowl players. Forget that they hadn't lost at home all season, or that they have the league's most valuable player in LaDainian Tomlinson, or that they were riding a 10-game winning streak.
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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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January 11, 2007 | Sam Farmer, Times Staff Writer
Philip Rivers has never participated in an NFL postseason game, but the San Diego quarterback knows precisely what to expect Sunday from New England's defense: Anything. "I'm going to expect everything you can put in a playbook," Rivers said after practice Wednesday. "You study them and be ready for what they've shown and then you don't get surprised by anything."
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December 17, 2006 | Sam Farmer, Times Staff Writer
Forty-five years ago, when the fledgling Los Angeles Chargers packed up and relocated to San Diego after one season, few in L.A. seemed to notice. The Chargers were greeted with similar indifference a few years ago, when they moved their training camp from La Jolla to Carson. Open practice sessions, which in other parts of the country might draw hundreds or thousands of spectators, were embarrassingly sparse. "We'd get 50 people, 20 people, sometimes nobody," fullback Lorenzo Neal said.
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December 11, 2006 | Sam Farmer, Times Staff Writer
They were minutes away from completing an ultra-rare sweep of Denver. Their AFC West champion caps were waiting in the locker room. But for the San Diego Chargers, their signature moment -- the one they'd love to preserve under glass -- didn't come Sunday until their offense took the Qualcomm Stadium field for the last time.
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December 10, 2006 | Sam Farmer, Times Staff Writer
The five-passenger jet helicopter lifted off from a small airport near Qualcomm Stadium, nosed forward and turned north. With star running back LaDainian Tomlinson onboard, heading to an appearance on the "Tonight Show," the San Diego Chargers weren't taking any unnecessary chances -- the luxury chopper, decked out down to the individual iPod docking stations, had two engines and two pilots.
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November 27, 2006 | J.A. Adande
We're at the point where any San Diego Chargers victory can be summarized in two words. This goes back to Nov. 19, when between updates I saw a 24-7 San Diego deficit against Denver turn into a 35-27 Chargers victory and I text-messaged a friend to ask what happened. My buddy's reply: "LT happened." Flash-forward to Sunday, when the Chargers had to deal with a strong Oakland Raiders defensive effort, a shaky performance by quarterback Philip Rivers and a 14-7 Raiders lead in the fourth quarter.
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