Tag:San Diego Chargers
Posted on: July 14, 2010 12:05 am

Ron Rivera's family life

It’s middle of July, which means we have time for NFL human interest stories. Here’ a recommended one from San Diego Union Tribune’s P.K. Daniel about Chargers defensive coordinator Ron Rivera. He is taking on a bigger load around the house while his wife, Stephanie, is on a trip with the WNBA’s Washington Mystics Stephanie is the new girls basketball coach at Cathedral Catholic High.

Here’s an excerpt:

“I had to play Mr. Mom to our two kids. It gave me a sense of what mothers go through. I had to take care of my daughter and get my son where he needed to be. It went pretty well, but there were a couple of situations that were tough,” Ron said. “It gave me more of an appreciation of what moms or 24-hour parents go through when it’s just you.”

Ron, now defensive coordinator for the Chargers, and Stephanie, the recently elevated girls varsity basketball coach at Cathedral Catholic High, learned the challenges of being a two-coach family.

Given the opportunity to coach again at a higher level, the Dons coach said she probably wouldn’t.

“Courtney wasn’t too happy with me being gone the whole summer,” Stephanie said of her daughter, now a senior at Cathedral Catholic.
Stephanie also concluded she could never compete with her husband’s NFL salary.

“I realized that (Ron) will probably always make more money as a football coach than I will make as a basketball coach, so I said I will just move along to wherever you go,” she said.

--Andy Benoit

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Posted on: July 13, 2010 10:16 am

Should Coryell be in the HOF?

John Madden thinks that Don Coryell should have a place in the Pro Football Hall of Fame. And he made that perfectly clear during his eulogy of Coryell on Monday at the memorial service to honor the former Chargers coach.

"You know, I'm sitting down there in front, and next to me is Joe Gibbs, and next to him is Dan Fouts, and the three of us are in the Hall of Fame because of Don Coryell," Madden said in quotes captured by the AP . "There's something missing."

Coryell was one of 15 finalists for the HOF this year, but he wasn’t selected. That’s a wrong that needs to be righted, said Fouts.

"I would not be standing here today if not for Don,” Fouts said. “But don't worry, he'll get in. The voters will get it right. Wouldn't it be great if we could have this type of celebration, this type of feeling, and move it to Canton, Ohio, one day?”

So, why isn’t Coryell in the HOF?

I talked last night to a HOF voter who told me that of all the finalists, the most letters of support came in Coryell’s name. But once the debate between the voters began, the road for Coryell to enshrinement grew more rocky. The reason: there’s still a big backlog of deserving players who are trying to get in, and the fact Coryell never won a Super Bowl is still a big sticking point.

“I think when you take a look at last year’s list, all 15 had a strong case to get in and no one would have asked why,” the voter said.

--Josh Katzowitz

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Posted on: July 12, 2010 11:55 pm

Vincent Jackson officially suspended

It’s official. San Diego WR Vincent Jackson is suspended for the first three regular-season games, the team confirmed in a statement Monday night.

The news, of course, comes as no surprise, but this is the first time the Chargers have commented on Jackson’s violation of the league’s substance-abuse policy.

“Obviously, we're disappointed,” San Diego GM A.J. Smith said in the statement. “Vincent made a mistake and now must deal with the consequences.”

--Josh Katzowitz

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Posted on: July 11, 2010 11:04 am

Memorial service for Coryell on Monday

Former coaching great Don Coryell, who died July 1, will be honored Monday at 2 p.m. PT with a memorial service at San Diego State’s Viejas Arena.

Among the scheduled speakers: Dan Fouts, Jim Madden and Joe Gibbs.

For a little more information, read this short piece in the San Diego Union-Tribune .

--Josh Katzowitz

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Posted on: July 10, 2010 2:18 pm

Ferguson's contract and Marcus McNeill

Tim Sullivan of the San Diego Union Tribune offers a unique take on how the D’Brickashaw Ferguson contract could impact Marcus McNeill’s situation in San Diego:

The signing of left tackle D’Brickashaw Ferguson to a six-year, $60 million contract extension gives the Jets a large leg up in pursuit of the Super Bowl and leaves the Chargers a slightly wobblier stance in their ongoing impasse with their own blindside Pro Bowler, Marcus McNeill.

Granted, San Diego is not New York. Furthermore, the Chargers are neither opening a new stadium in the fall nor scrambling to sell overpriced, underwanted Personal Seat Licenses that have already been deeply discounted. Despite the NFL’s pronounced socialism, individual franchises continue to operate with profoundly different sets of circumstances, debt loads and business models.
One size never did fit all and no one deal necessarily dictates another.

Still, if the Chargers are understandably more risk-averse than the No. 2 football team in America’s No. 1 market, they are also likely to suffer by comparison. Vis-a-vis the Chargers, the Jets appear to be an outfit inclined toward one-upmanship.

Sullivan also points out a very bold Tweet from Alvin Keels, McNeil’s agent: “6 years/$60 million/$35 million guaranteed for D’Brickashaw Ferguson with 2 years left on his (contract). Another premium deal for a Left Tackle.”

McNeil isn’t quite on Ferguson’s level, but undoubtedly, the Jets’ decision to extend their left tackle didn’t do any favors to the Chargers.

--Andy Benoit 

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Posted on: July 6, 2010 8:24 pm
Edited on: July 6, 2010 8:27 pm

Russell, Leaf or the Boz?

J. Russell on the bench (Getty) While reading Andy’s post Monday night on JaMarcus Russell, where Andy called him “arguably the biggest bust in NFL history,” I wondered who else could qualify for such an impressive title.

I say we break down the numbers and figure out who really was the biggest bust. A few names pop out almost immediately: Russell, Brian Bosworth, and, of course, Ryan Leaf. Who will wear the crown? Who can be considered the biggest NFL disappointment of all time? Let’s check the scoreboard.

QB JaMarcus Russell , drafted No. 1 by the Raiders in 2007 – completed 52 percent of his passes for 18 TDs and 23 INTs, 7-18 as a starter – signed a six-year, $61 million contract with $32 million guaranteed:

Arguments For: He was undisciplined. He was lackadaisical. He was too heavy. He was indifferent. He was a disaster. He's also very rich in spite of all that.

Arguments Against: He played only two full seasons. Maybe he was just about to come into his own?

Brian Bosworth , drafted No. 1 by the Seahawks in the 1987 supplemental draft – played 24 games in three years and recorded four sacks – signed a 10-year, $11 million contract, then the highest in rookie and team history:

Arguments For: He was a Butkus Award winner, and he had huge hype after finishing his college career at Oklahoma. He had the posters, he had the nickname (The Boz) and he had the look. Evidently, he didn’t have quite as much talent, and steroids robbed him of a long career, forcing an early retirement. Plus, his haircut was indefensible, even it was totally 1980s.

Arguments Against: Seattle should have known it was taking a risk in drafting him. He was a known steroid user – he was suspended for the 1987 Orange Bowl – and he had an outlandish personality that could B. Bosworth and his hair (Getty) cause him to flame out suddenly. Some of the blame can be placed with the Seahawks.

Ryan Leaf
, drafted No. 2 overall by the Chargers in 1988 – completed 48 percent of his passes for 14 touchdowns and 36 interceptions, 4-17 as a starter – signed a four-year, $31 million contract with $11 million guaranteed:

  Arguments For:
As you might remember, there was a real debate about whether he or Peyton Manning should be taken with the top spot. Obviously, Leaf’s pro statistics speak for themselves, but you have to remember what the Chargers traded to the Cardinals for the chance to move from No. 3 in the Draft order to No. 2 – two first-round picks, a second-round pick and Eric Metcalf, a three-time Pro Bowler. Plus, Leaf was a jerk.

Arguments Against: Really, I’ve got nothing.

So, who’s the biggest bust? I give the nod to Leaf, but it’s close between him and Russell. Like, really close. Russell, though, still has a chance for redemption. Bosworth, to me, gets off easy on this argument, mostly because he provided the world the movie, “Stone Cold.”

On a side note, Russell’s arrest is no laughing matter. Here’s Alex Marvez of foxsports.com with a different take on the Russell arrest – a little bit of sympathy for somebody who perhaps has shown signs of being an addict.

--Josh Katzowitz

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Posted on: July 5, 2010 4:18 pm

Analzing the latest in Vincent Jackson drama

Adam Schefter of ESPN reported today that the San Diego Chargers are in fact NOT actively looking to trade wide receiver Vincent Jackson. And they don’t seem inclined to negotiate with him, either. Jackson is staging a holdout to express his displease with being tendered as a restricted free agent, rather than being offered a long-term contract. When he refused to sign the $3.628 million RFA tender, Chargers GM executed his right to reduce the offer to 110 percent of Jackson’s ’09 salary ($583,000).
V.Jackson (US Presswire)

Jackson plans to hold out until the final six games. Chargers GM A.J. Smith has already referred to Jackson (as well as disgruntled left tackle Marcus McNeil) as “lost” players. Even though Jackson will serve a three-game suspension in September (multiple DUI’s,), there is undoubtedly a viable market for the sixth-year pro. He’s one of the best deep-ball threats in the game and, at 6’5”, 230, he can also operate in traffic over the middle. Fifty eight of Jackson’s 68 catches moved the chains last season.

The Chargers signed receiver Josh Reed, but he’s an inadequate replacement for a Pro Bowl receiver. If Jackson does indeed sit out, look for San Diego to have Legedu Naanee start opposite Malcom Floyd.

--Andy Benoit

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Posted on: July 2, 2010 9:38 am

What to do with Vincent Jackson?

An interesting column by Tim Sullivan in the San Diego Union-Tribune this morning. In it, he calls WR Vincent Jackson (who’s freshly-suspended for three games for another DUI and who has threatened to hold out the season over his contract) a “prime piece of real estate with termite issues.”

He’s got phenomenal skills, Sullivan argues, but he’s also a real knucklehead who constantly undermines himself with his behavior.

From Sullivan:

Clearly, this is a player worth keeping. Ideally, however, on a short leash. But with both sides inclined toward impasse, with no sign of compromise, and with numerous trade scenarios in circulation, the most promising possibility could be a deal that brings the Bolts a high draft choice in 2011, a year in which there’s no guarantee any NFL football gets played.

Worst case: Use your imagination. And remember to keep your distance from the sharp objects.

His original restricted free agent was for about $3.2 million. He didn’t sign it. Now, the Chargers have reduced the offer to $583,000. Trade rumors have been floated (maybe the Seahawks, maybe the Bears), but those teams would have to pay him big money, and they’d have to ask themselves if he’s worth the risk. At this moment, apparently nobody thinks so.

--Josh Katzowitz

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