Tag:San Diego Chargers
Posted on: July 1, 2010 9:57 pm
Edited on: July 1, 2010 10:08 pm

Don Coryell has died

First reported by Sports Illustrated’s Jim Trotter, former Chargers coach Don Coryell has died. Here’s a report from nbcsports.com .

UPDATE (10:06 PM ET): The San Diego Union-Tribune now has a longer piece on Coryell.

--Josh Katzowitz

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Posted on: June 30, 2010 10:34 pm
Edited on: July 1, 2010 12:13 pm

Vincent Jackson expected to be suspended 4 games

Pro Football Talk is reporting that Vincent Jackson is expected to be suspended for four games in 2010 as a result of his second DUI arrest. This was discovered by one of the teams interested in trading for the disgruntled Charger.

Jared Allen was suspended four games for a second DUI arrest in 2007. However, through positive actions, that suspension was later cut to two games.

UPDATE: ESPN's Adam Schefter reports that Jackson has been suspended three games.

--Andy Benoit

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Posted on: June 30, 2010 11:17 am
Edited on: June 30, 2010 11:23 am

DEA looking at Chargers doctors

According to the San Diego Union-Tribune , the Drug Enforcement Agency is reviewing the doctors affiliated with the Chargers and the Padres to “verify their correctness” with how they regulate prescription drugs.

From the story: On Tuesday, the DEA served 10 administrative inspection warrants issued within San Diego County as part of the ongoing investigation. The move came about five weeks after Chargers safety Kevin Ellison was arrested and charged with one count of possession of a controlled substance after being stopped for speeding in Redondo Beach. Police said he had 100 Vicodin painkiller pills in his car.

An attorney for Chargers team physician Dr. David Chao, Jim Godes, said, “I can say for certain we’re confident they’re going to rule out any problems involving Dr. Chao or the Chargers.” Godes said he didn’t know what triggered the investigation and said Chao was not the focus of it.

“If they’ve got suspicions, they’re the regulators,” Godes said. “They’ve got to take a look at it and rule out any problems. … They seem to be spreading the love around among the professional sports franchises in town and the physicians.”

In response, the Chargers released the following statement: “The San Diego Chargers were made aware today of an administrative inspection by the Drug Enforcement Administration and have cooperated fully. In regards to the ongoing investigation involving Kevin Ellison, the Vicodin in Kevin's possession was not provided by the Chargers, its physicians or anyone affiliated with the team.”

--Josh Katzowitz

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Posted on: June 30, 2010 10:53 am
Edited on: June 30, 2010 11:08 am
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Posted on: June 29, 2010 8:32 pm

Will Vincent Jackson be traded?

Could WR Vincent Jackson be on his way out of San Diego? Kevin Acee of the Union-Tribune , after talking to sources, writes that it’s a possibility.

From the article:

No one is predicting he will shipped off soon, and it does not appear other teams have been officially notified the Pro Bowl receiver is on the trading block. But several sources confirmed the Chargers talked with the Seattle Seahawks earlier this month and have made it known Jackson will remain available.

The Seahawks maintain interest, as do “several other teams,” according to one source. Among those teams, sources said, are the Washington Redskins. It is not known whether the Redskins have spoken to the Chargers regarding Jackson.

You’ll recall that Jackson and LT Marcus McNeill didn’t sign their restricted free agent offers, and GM A.J. Smith has given the indication that he’s ready to move on without them. Whichever team signs Jackson, though, better make sure it can offer plenty of money.

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Posted on: June 24, 2010 8:57 pm

Qualcomm out? New expensive stadium in?

One of the oldest stadiums in the NFL soon might be going away if the people of San Diego are willing to set aside the money to do it. With Santa Clara residents earlier this month approving the measure to begin building a new $937 million stadium for the 49ers, the San Diego City Council unanimously decided Tuesday to set aside $550,000 to study a way perhaps to do the same in downtown San Diego.

That, according to the San Diego Union-Tribune , could help pave the way for a new stadium to replace Qualcomm Stadium – which opened in 1967 – in the next few years.

As Matthew T. Hall writes:

Chargers special counsel Mark Fabiani, who has spearheaded the team’s stadium search since 2002, called Tuesday’s San Diego City Council vote pivotal.

He called the “yes” vote a necessary step forward, but said a “no” vote would have been “a pretty clear message” — essentially a door closed in the Chargers’ face.

After years of looking elsewhere, Fabiani and Mayor Jerry Sanders support a 10-acre site downtown, bounded by 14th, 16th and K streets and Imperial Avenue. The stadium is estimated to cost up to $800 million, excluding the costs of finding a new home for a bus yard on site and cleaning up contamination once estimated to top $100 million.

The project may appear on a public ballot in 2012.

If you like artists' renderings of what the future of San Diego could look like, click here . I don’t know downtown San Diego all that well, so the drawing doesn’t mean much to me. But still, kind of cool.

--Josh Katzowitz

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Posted on: June 23, 2010 2:44 pm

Would the Chargers Trade Marcus McNeil?

Kevin Acee Tweeted that the Chargers recently said No to a trade inquiry about Vincent Jackson. There has been speculation that the 6’5” receiver could be dealt to the Seahawks (though it’s mere speculation).

But what about Jackson’s fellow RFA holdout, left tackle Marcus McNeil? When he’s playing with sound technique and awareness, the fifth-year pro is one of the most demonstrative left tackles in the game. McNeil has the resounding strength to be a mauling run-blocker and the athleticism to neutralize defensive ends on an island in pass protection. Of course, he’s been inconsistent in recent years, perhaps in part because of injuries.

A while back, there were faint whispers that McNeil could be dealt to the Colts. Don’t expect Colts president Bill Polian to pull that trigger. (And don’t expect Charger GM A.J. Smith to do that either, considering Indy is in San Diego’s path to a Super Bowl.)

Let’s run through some possible destinations for McNeil. The Redskins just traded for Jammal Brown and are out of the offensive tackle market. The Cowboys might be nervous about Doug Free replacing Flozell Adams, but they’d likely give newcomer Alex Barron a look before making any trade. The Bears and Lions both need help at tackle (so do the Vikings, though they’d never admit it considering how much money they’ve paid Bryant McKinnie). The Bears are probably leery about trading more high-round draft picks at this point; the Lions have no reason not to take McNeil for anything less than a second-rounder.

In the AFC, the only team needing serious help at offensive tackle that A.J. Smith would be willing to trade with is Buffalo. Currently, the Bills are banking on under-qualified second-year pro Demetrius Bell to rebound from a serious knee injury and man the left side.

This all just speculation, of course. Smith is willing to play hardball and would not be against trading a left tackle in his prime. But he’s probably not against holding onto McNeil and waiting this out. The Chargers claim they’re happy with McNeil’s replacement, veteran Tra Thomas, but the 35-year-old was clearly broken down as a Jaguar last season. That said, Philip Rivers is one of the few quarterbacks in the league who is good enough to single-handedly compensate for offensive line woes.

--Andy Benoit

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Posted on: June 22, 2010 7:21 pm

Ellison could be a Seahawk

Kevin Ellison, released by the Chargers on Tuesday, didn’t have to wait long to find another job. On Tuesday, the Seahawks claimed the safety off waivers, according to the San Diego Union-Tribune’s Kevin Acee .

If he plays for Seattle, Ellison would be reunited with Pete Carroll, his coach at USC. Ellison was arrested in May after police discovered he was carrying 100 pills of Vicodin without a subscription.

Even if he’s signed and makes the team, Ellison could have to sit out an NFL-mandated suspension.

--Josh Katzowitz

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