September 9, 2012 |
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.
October 18, 2011 |
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.
November 22, 2010 |
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.
October 18, 2010 |
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)
November 1, 2011 |
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.
September 3, 2011 |
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.