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September 22, 2010 | Wire reports
Holdout wide receiver Vincent Jackson remains the property of the San Diego Chargers despite his agent saying he had deals in place with several teams before Wednesday's deadline. Agent Neil Schwartz said he heard from multiple general managers that the Chargers were asking for "wholly unreasonable" compensation for Jackson, a Pro Bowl receiver who had two straight 1,000-yard seasons. Schwartz said another GM told him that Chargers General Manager A.J. Smith seemed to be "squatting" on Jackson.
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September 9, 2012 | By Lance Pugmire
Oakland pulled the trigger, San Diego didn't. As the AFC West rivals open their season at the Oakland Coliseum in the second game of a Monday night opening-week doubleheader, classifying those coaching personnel decisions as prudent or panicked and patient or stagnant requires a closer look. Baltimore plays host to Cincinnati in the Monday opener. After losing four of their final five games, the Raiders fired Hue Jackson and replaced him with former Denver Broncos offensive coordinator Dennis Allen.
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August 6, 2012 | By Lance Pugmire, Los Angeles Times
NFL receiver Robert Meachem now has had a few weeks to weigh the comparison San Diego sports fans have long been stuck assessing. Drew Brees or Philip Rivers? Tennessee product Meachem, 27, signed a four-year contract with the San Diego Chargers in March, succeeding Vincent Jackson as Rivers' main target after averaging 43 catches a year - and winning a Super Bowl - with Brees from 2009 to 2011 in New Orleans. The Chargers open their NFL exhibition season Thursday night at Qualcomm Stadium against the Green Bay Packers.
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August 6, 2012 | By Lance Pugmire, Los Angeles Times
NFL receiver Robert Meachem now has had a few weeks to weigh the comparison San Diego sports fans have long been stuck assessing. Drew Brees or Philip Rivers? Tennessee product Meachem, 27, signed a four-year contract with the San Diego Chargers in March, succeeding Vincent Jackson as Rivers' main target after averaging 43 catches a year - and winning a Super Bowl - with Brees from 2009 to 2011 in New Orleans. The Chargers open their NFL exhibition season Thursday night at Qualcomm Stadium against the Green Bay Packers.
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September 9, 2012 | By Lance Pugmire
Oakland pulled the trigger, San Diego didn't. As the AFC West rivals open their season at the Oakland Coliseum in the second game of a Monday night opening-week doubleheader, classifying those coaching personnel decisions as prudent or panicked and patient or stagnant requires a closer look. Baltimore plays host to Cincinnati in the Monday opener. After losing four of their final five games, the Raiders fired Hue Jackson and replaced him with former Denver Broncos offensive coordinator Dennis Allen.
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November 22, 2010 | By Sam Farmer
The San Diego Chargers have followed this path so religiously they should pave it. Out of the crypt ? and back to the script. Philip Rivers conceded Monday that this feels familiar, the Chargers starting to play their best football in late November ? as evidenced by their 35-14 pounding of Denver ? and methodically digging their way out of the pile of defeats from earlier in the season. But, Rivers warned, "We can't just assume that we're just going to stay on a roll and find our way into January.
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October 18, 2010 | By Sam Farmer
Lots of NFL players fancy themselves football historians, but San Diego quarterback Philip Rivers never dreamed he'd be flipping back to these kind of statistics. "Last time we were 2-4 ? it turned into 4-12," Rivers said Monday, referring to the Chargers' 2003 season, the year before he was drafted. "We have to understand that this thing can get away from us. [We're] going to fight like crazy not to let that happen. " So far, there has been very little to indicate the Chargers (2-4)
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November 1, 2011 | By Lance Pugmire
The Green Bay Packers returned from the relaxation of bye week ready to work. "Fresh, live, lot of chatter … excitement … energy," Green Bay Coach Mike McCarthy told reporters Monday after putting his unbeaten (7-0) team through a 90-minute practice in pads scripted to concentrate on "the extensive use of fundamental drills. " In San Diego, meanwhile, a depressed group reeling from perhaps the most bitter regular-season loss since its famed "Holy Roller" defeat at the hands of the Oakland Raiders in 1978 came home from Kansas City staring at the daunting task of trying to beat visiting Green Bay on a short week Sunday.
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October 18, 2011 | By Lance Pugmire
The San Diego Chargers begin every season trying to exorcise the demon of having never won a Super Bowl. Along the way, the franchise finds itself running into ghosts of past decisions. It traded away No. 1 draft picks Michael Vick and Eli Manning, and let quarterback Drew Brees walk to the New Orleans Saints after the 2005 season. The Chargers have defeated Manning twice in regular-season games since trading him, but he won a Vince Lombardi Trophy with the 2007 New York Giants.
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September 3, 2011 | By Sam Farmer
WEST DIVISION San Diego 2010: 9-7, 2nd in West Last year in playoffs: 2009 Rewind: Gaudy statistics alone won't get it done. The Chargers were reminded of that last season when they missed the playoffs despite finishing No. 1 in the league in total offense and defense. Play: The Chargers have one of the league's best quarterbacks in Philip Rivers, and they did him a big favor by re-signing two of his favorite targets: Vincent Jackson and Malcom Floyd.
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March 14, 2012 | By Chuck Schilken
Vincent Jackson signed a reported five-year, $55.6-million contract Tuesday with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Pierre Garcon agreed to a five-year, $42.5-million deal with the Washington Redskins on the same day to help start the NFL's free agency period with a bang. Both teams invested a lot of money looking to improve their receiving corps. But which team's deal made more sense? Jackson, who has spent all seven years of his pro career with the San Diego Chargers, appears to give Tampa Bay the deep threat it has needed.
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March 6, 2012 | By Chuck Schilken
Vincent Jackson is now free to move about the country. Or he will be as soon as the NFL's free-agency period starts on March 13. Unlike a year ago, the San Diego Chargers decided not to use the franchise tag on their top wide receiver. Such a move would have counted more than $13 million against the salary cap, a number General Manager A.J. Smith decided the team just couldn't afford this year. Still, Smith said the Chargers are hoping to retain the services of the man who led the team in receiving yards in three of the last four seasons and in touchdown receptions in two of the last three seasons.
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November 1, 2011 | By Lance Pugmire
The Green Bay Packers returned from the relaxation of bye week ready to work. "Fresh, live, lot of chatter … excitement … energy," Green Bay Coach Mike McCarthy told reporters Monday after putting his unbeaten (7-0) team through a 90-minute practice in pads scripted to concentrate on "the extensive use of fundamental drills. " In San Diego, meanwhile, a depressed group reeling from perhaps the most bitter regular-season loss since its famed "Holy Roller" defeat at the hands of the Oakland Raiders in 1978 came home from Kansas City staring at the daunting task of trying to beat visiting Green Bay on a short week Sunday.
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October 18, 2011 | By Lance Pugmire
The San Diego Chargers begin every season trying to exorcise the demon of having never won a Super Bowl. Along the way, the franchise finds itself running into ghosts of past decisions. It traded away No. 1 draft picks Michael Vick and Eli Manning, and let quarterback Drew Brees walk to the New Orleans Saints after the 2005 season. The Chargers have defeated Manning twice in regular-season games since trading him, but he won a Vince Lombardi Trophy with the 2007 New York Giants.
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September 3, 2011 | By Sam Farmer
WEST DIVISION San Diego 2010: 9-7, 2nd in West Last year in playoffs: 2009 Rewind: Gaudy statistics alone won't get it done. The Chargers were reminded of that last season when they missed the playoffs despite finishing No. 1 in the league in total offense and defense. Play: The Chargers have one of the league's best quarterbacks in Philip Rivers, and they did him a big favor by re-signing two of his favorite targets: Vincent Jackson and Malcom Floyd.
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December 16, 2010 | By Sam Farmer
Reporting from San Diego ? The San Diego Chargers, with their season hanging in the balance, played well enough Thursday to try a variation of their West Coast offense. The Just Coast. And the centerpiece of that scheme was Chargers receiver Vincent Jackson, a player who insists he wasn't coasting this fall when he missed the first 10 games mostly because of a contract dispute. He caught a career-high three touchdown passes ? and just missed on a fourth ? in a 34-7 dismantling of the San Francisco 49ers at Qualcomm Stadium.
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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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March 6, 2012 | By Chuck Schilken
Vincent Jackson is now free to move about the country. Or he will be as soon as the NFL's free-agency period starts on March 13. Unlike a year ago, the San Diego Chargers decided not to use the franchise tag on their top wide receiver. Such a move would have counted more than $13 million against the salary cap, a number General Manager A.J. Smith decided the team just couldn't afford this year. Still, Smith said the Chargers are hoping to retain the services of the man who led the team in receiving yards in three of the last four seasons and in touchdown receptions in two of the last three seasons.
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November 22, 2010 | By Sam Farmer
The San Diego Chargers have followed this path so religiously they should pave it. Out of the crypt ? and back to the script. Philip Rivers conceded Monday that this feels familiar, the Chargers starting to play their best football in late November ? as evidenced by their 35-14 pounding of Denver ? and methodically digging their way out of the pile of defeats from earlier in the season. But, Rivers warned, "We can't just assume that we're just going to stay on a roll and find our way into January.
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October 21, 2010 | Wire reports
Wide receiver Vincent Jackson will report to the San Diego Chargers next week and sign his contract tender, his agent said Thursday. By reporting Oct. 29, Jackson will be able to serve a three-game, team-imposed suspension on the roster exempt list, then play in the final six games to accrue his sixth season toward unrestricted free agency. Jackson and agent Neil Schwartz said earlier this fall that the receiver probably wouldn't play this season. "With the landscape of labor uncertainty, we wanted to create, at this point in time, certainty," Schwartz told the Associated Press on Thursday.
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