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Postgame notes from Chargers-Chiefs game at Qualcomm Stadium

Posted by Joel Price on November 29, 2009 – 6:49 PM

Antonio Gates caught his 54th & 55th career TD passes today against the Chiefs, moving past Wesley Walls (1989-03) and into fourth-place for most career TD catches by a tight end. Walls played in 196 games and had 54 TD catches during his career. Sunday’s Chargers-Chiefs game was the 104th of Gates’ career. Former Chief and current Atlanta Falcon Tony Gonzalez (1997-09) is the all-time leader among TEs with 81 career TD catches. Gonzalez played in his 201st career game on Sunday.
 
Today was Gates’ 11th career multi-touchdown game and his second of 2009.
 
Philip Rivers threw both touchdowns to Gates. It marked Rivers’ eighth-straight game with a touchdown pass. His career best for consecutive games with a touchdown pass is nine. He’s done it twice (2007 and ’08).
 
Rivers completed 75.0% of his passes today (21-of-28) for his third consecutive game with a completion percentage of 75%-or-higher. In his last three games, Rivers is 58-of-75 (77.3%) with five touchdowns and no interceptions.
 
Rivers also posted a season-high 135.6 passer rating today. His combined rating for the last three games is 127.3.
 
LaDainian Tomlinson rushed for 39 yards today and moved into 10th place on the NFL’s all-time rushing list with 12,257 yards. He began the day ranked 12th and moved past Marcus Allen (12,243) and Edgerrin James (12,246).
 
Tomlinson scored two touchdowns today on carries of one and three yards. They were the 133rd and 134th rushing touchdowns of his career, second all-time to Emmitt Smith (164). They were also the 148th and 149th total touchdowns of his career, third all-time behind Smith (175) and Jerry Rice (208).
 
Today’s was Tomlinson’s third multi-touchdown game of 2009 and the 42nd of his career (including playoffs).
 
The Chargers’ offensive line did not allow any sacks today in 29 passing plays. It’s their second-straight game allowing no sacks. During the Chargers’ current six-game winning streak, the offensive line has allowed only five total sacks in 172 pass plays.
 
Nate Kaeding’s 55-yard field goal in the third quarter was his longest-ever at Qualcomm Stadium.
 
Quentin Jammer had two of the Chargers’ season-high four takeaways today (one interception and three fumbles). The Chargers scored touchdowns off each of the Chiefs’ turnovers, plus linebacker Tim Dobbins forced an intentional grounding penalty against Chiefs quarterback Matt Cassel that resulted in a safety, crediting San Diego’s defense today with a hand in 30 of the Chargers’ 43 points.
 
The Chargers’ 40 points today were a season high and it was their most since Dec. 28, 2008 vs. Denver (52).
 
The Chargers’ 43 points today against the Chiefs was their most in a game in the series since 1967 when the Bolts scored 45 in a 45-31 win.
 
With today’s win, the Chargers finish the 2009 regular season 5-1 in AFC West play. It’s the fourth year in a row the Chargers have gone 5-1 in the division.
 
Injuries reported today: Eric Weddle (knee), Shawne Merriman (foot) and Kevin Burnett (concussion)

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Inactives from today’s Chargers-Chiefs game at Qualcomm Stadium

Posted by Joel Price on November 29, 2009 – 1:01 PM

TODAY’S INACTIVES
SAN DIEGO CHARGERS vs. KANSAS CITY CHIEFS
Qualcomm Stadium (70,000) – San Diego, California
Sunday, Nov. 29, 2009 – 1:05 pm PST

San Diego Chargers Inactives

6 QB Charlie Whitehurst (3rd Quarterback)
24 CB Dante Hughes
29 RB Michael Bennett
41 FS C.J. Spillman
61 C Nick Hardwick
79 T Jon Runyan
84 WR Buster Davis
93 DE Luis Castillo

Chargers Starting Lineup Changes from the Flip Card

#70 Alfonso Boone will start at DE for #93 Luis Castillo
#59 Brandon Siler will start at ILB for #99 Kevin Burnett

San Diego Chargers Roster Changes from the Flip Card

None

Kansas City Chiefs Inactives

15 QB Matt Gutierrez (third quarterback)
29 RB Dantrell Savage
50 LB Mike Vrabel
52 LB David Herron
55 LB Justin Rogers
62 C-G Andy Alleman
85 TE Jake O’Connell
89 TE Sean Ryan

Kansas City Chiefs Starting Lineup Changes from the Flip Card

None

Kansas City Chiefs Roster Changes from the Flip Card

The Chiefs have added #14 WR Quinten Lawrence to their active roster. Lawrence (6-0, 184) was a sixth-round pick (175th overall) by the Chiefs in 2009. Lawrence attended McNeese State University.

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50th Anniversary Poster Series – vs Chiefs

Posted by Joel Price on November 28, 2009 – 5:48 PM


The poster series is a total of four posters being released for the Broncos, Oakland, Philadelphia and Kansas City games this season at Qualcomm Stadium. The posters will be released the Saturday before each home game, exclusively at the Chargers Team Store at Qualcomm Stadium, Gate G. Each poster is 22” x 28” and sells for $15 each.


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Blackout lifted for Chargers-Chiefs

Posted by Joel Price on November 28, 2009 – 1:53 PM

Local TV blackout lifted;
Southern California to see Chargers-Chiefs

Enough tickets have been sold to lift the local television blackout and allow Southern California to see the CBS telecast of the Chargers-Chiefs game on Sunday, Nov. 29 at Qualcomm Stadium.  Kickoff is 1:05 p.m. PT.  The game will be televised in San Diego on KFMB-TV, Channel 8 and in Los Angeles on KCBS-TV, Channel 2.  Dick Enberg and Hall of Fame quarterback Dan Fouts will call the play-by-play action.
 
A limited number of tickets, including Club Level tickets, are still available at the Chargers’ ticket office at Gate C at Qualcomm Stadium, at www.Chargers.com and through TicketMaster at 800-745-3000.
 
This weekend’s game is the 45th consecutive regular season or postseason Chargers home game to be televised live in Southern California, the longest streak in team history.  The last regular-season home game blacked out in the local market was on Nov. 7, 2004 versus the New Orleans Saints. 
 
The Chargers’ next home game is Sunday, Dec. 20 versus the Cincinnati Bengals.    
 
The Chargers are strongly recommending that fans attending Sunday’s game use mass transit or carpool, and arrive EARLY.  The parking lot at Qualcomm Stadium will open at 9:00 am for general parking and 8:00 am for those with pre-purchased permits. The lot is expected to fill and close early, so fans are encouraged to get to the stadium gates early to ensure that they are in their seats for kickoff.
 
To avoid heavy traffic around the stadium on Interstates 8 and 15, fans can reach the stadium via the Friars Rd. East exit off of Highway 163.

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Don Coryell semi-finalist for 2010 HOF

Posted by Joel Price on November 28, 2009 – 12:40 PM

Hall of Fame Modern-Era Semifinalists Announced
Also, Fans “Voice Their Choice”

CANTON, OHIO – Four first-year eligible players, Tim Brown, Jerry Rice, Emmitt Smith and Aeneas Williams, are among the 25 semifinalists being considered for the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s Class of 2010.  The Hall of Fame’s Selection Committee chose the 25 semifinalists from the recently announced list of 131 preliminary nominees.  Also, the Pro Football Hall of Fame has teamed up with Phillips-Van Heusen Corporation’s Van Heusen brand and J.C. Penney, Inc. to ask fans, for the first time ever, to voice their choice for whom they think should be included into the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s Class of 2010.  
 
Other than the four first-year eligible nominees, each of the remaining 21 nominees on the Hall of Fame’s Selection Committee’s list of nominees has been a semifinalist at least once prior to this year. The list of 25 includes a coach, Don Coryell, and two contributors, Art Modell and Paul Tagliabue.
 
The complete list of 25 modern-era semifinalists is as follows:

  • Cliff Branch, WR – 1972-1985 Oakland/Los Angeles Raiders
  • Tim Brown, WR/KR – 1988-2003 Los Angeles/Oakland Raiders, 2004 Tampa Bay Buccaneers
  • Cris Carter, WR – 1987-89 Philadelphia Eagles, 1990-2001 Minnesota Vikings, 2002 Miami Dolphins
  • Don Coryell, Coach – 1973-77 St. Louis Cardinals, 1978-1986 San Diego Chargers
  • Roger Craig, RB – 1983-1990 San Francisco 49ers, 1991 Los Angeles Raiders, 1992-93 Minnesota Vikings
  • Terrell Davis, RB – 1995-2001 Denver Broncos
  • Dermontti Dawson, C – 1988-2000 Pittsburgh Steelers
  • Richard Dent, DE – 1983-1993, 1995 Chicago Bears, 1994 San Francisco 49ers, 1996 Indianapolis Colts, 1997 Philadelphia Eagles
  • Chris Doleman, DE/LB – 1985-1993, 1999 Minnesota Vikings, 1994-95 Atlanta Falcons, 1996-98 San Francisco 49ers
  • Kevin Greene, LB/DE – 1985-1992 Los Angeles Rams, 1993-95 Pittsburgh Steelers, 1996, 1998-99 Carolina Panthers, 1997 San Francisco 49ers
  • Russ Grimm, G – 1981-1991 Washington Redskins
  • Ray Guy, P – 1973-1986 Oakland/Los Angeles Raiders
  • Charles Haley, DE/LB – 1986-1991, 1999 San Francisco 49ers, 1992-96 Dallas Cowboys
  • Lester Hayes, CB – 1977-1986 Oakland/Los Angeles Raiders
  • Rickey Jackson, LB – 1981-1993 New Orleans Saints, 1994-95 San Francisco 49ers
  • Cortez Kennedy, DT – 1990-2000 Seattle Seahawks
  • Art Modell, Owner – 1961-1995 Cleveland Browns, 1996-2003 Baltimore Ravens
  • John Randle, DT – 1990-2000 Minnesota Vikings, 2001-03 Seattle Seahawks
  • Andre Reed, WR – 1985-1999 Buffalo Bills, 2000 Washington Redskins
  • Jerry Rice, WR – 1985-2000 San Francisco 49ers, 2001-04 Oakland Raiders, 2004 Seattle Seahawks
  • Shannon Sharpe, TE – 1990-99, 2002-03 Denver Broncos, 2000-01 Baltimore Ravens
  • Emmitt Smith, RB – 1990-2002 Dallas Cowboys, 2003-04 Arizona Cardinals
  • Paul Tagliabue, Commissioner – 1989-2006 National Football League
  • Steve Tasker, Special Teams/WR – 1985-86 Houston Oilers, 1986-1997 Buffalo Bills
  • Aeneas Williams, CB/S – 1991-2000 Phoenix/Arizona Cardinals, 2001-04 St. Louis Rams

The list of 25 semifinalists will be reduced by mail ballot to 15 modern-era candidates.  That list increases to 17 finalist nominees with the inclusion of the two recommended candidates of the Hall of Fame’s Seniors Committee.  The Seniors Committee nominees, who were announced in August, are Dick LeBeau and Floyd Little. LeBeau played 14 seasons (1959-1972) at cornerback for the Detroit Lions. Little, a running back played nine seasons (1967-1975) for the Denver Broncos.
 
The results of the modern-era reduction vote to 15 finalists will be announced on January 7, 2010.
 
To be considered for election to the Pro Football Hall of Fame, a nominated player or coach must have been retired at least five years.  A contributor, who is a nominee who has made outstanding contributions to pro football in capacities other than playing and coaching, may still be active in his pro football career.
 
Although there is no set number for any class of enshrinees, the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s current ground rules do stipulate that between four and seven new members will be selected each year. No more than five modern-era nominees can be elected in a given year and a class of six or seven enshrinees can only be achieved if one or both senior nominees are elected.
 
The Class of 2010 will be determined at the Selection Committee’s annual meeting on Saturday, February 6, in South Florida the day before Super Bowl XLIV. The election results will be announced at 5 p.m. ET during a one-hour NFL Network special, live from the Super Bowl media headquarters.
 
For the first time, the Pro Football Hall of Fame has teamed up with Van Heusen to ask fans to voice their choice for whom they think should be included into the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s Class of 2010.  The Van Heusen Fan’s Choice campaign which launched in September, mirrors the Hall of Fame’s selection process and will name the first-ever Fan’s Choice Class live on the NFL Network just prior to the official announcement from the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
 
After the first cut-down and more than 220,000 votes, the Van Heusen Fan’s Choice Top 25 list includes 14 candidates who also appear on the official Pro Football Hall of Fame Selection Committee list including: Cliff Branch, Tim Brown, Cris Carter, Richard Dent, Kevin Greene, Ray Guy, Charles Haley, Lester Hayes, John Randle, Andre Reed, Jerry Rice, Shannon Sharpe, Emmitt Smith, and Steve Tasker.
 
Others making the Van Heusen Fan’s Choice Top 25 list who didn’t make the official Hall of Fame Selection Committee list include an athletic trainer, Otho Davis; a game official, Jim Tunney; a coach, Tom Flores; as well as former players Steve Atwater, Todd Christensen, Randall Cunningham, Ed “Too Tall” Jones, Jim Plunkett, Sterling Sharpe, Phil Simms, and Joe Theismann.
 
Fans are encouraged to visit www.fanschoice.com daily to vote for their favorites before the next Pro Football Hall of Fame Selection Committee reduction vote to 15 modern-era finalists that will take place in January.

 

 

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A few notes for Chargers fans

Posted by Joel Price on November 27, 2009 – 4:08 PM

Chargers ticket office hours for Saturday, Nov. 28

In order to provide maximum opportunity for customers to purchase tickets on Saturday, Nov. 28, at the Chargers Ticket Office at Gate C at Qualcomm Stadium will be open from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm.

Marines, Chargers wives collecting toys at Chargers game  

Fans attending Sunday’s game can bring joy to local youngsters this holiday season by giving a new, unwrapped toy to the Chargers Wives 20th Annual “Toys for Tots” Toy Drive presented by Cymer, at the Chargers-Chiefs game at Qualcomm Stadium.
 
Toys and cash donations will be collected as fans enter the stadium by the San Diego Chargers players’ and coaches’ wives, along with servicemen and women from the United States Marine Corps. The toys will be distributed to deserving children throughout San Diego in time for the holidays through various charitable organizations.
 
For more information about the Toy Drive or for additional locations where toys are being collected, log on to the official Web site of the “Toys for Tots” Toy Drive, www.toydrive.com. ###

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Chargers receive ANOTHER 24-hour extension

Posted by Joel Price on November 27, 2009 – 2:23 PM

Chargers receive ANOTHER 24-hour extension The Thanksgiving holiday week along with the Chargers’ strong sales efforts have prompted the National Football League to grant the Chargers an additional 24-hour extension in an effort to lift the local television blackout of this Sunday’s Chargers-Chiefs game.  The team now has until 1:05 pm PT on Saturday to sell the remaining 1,350 tickets. 

Of the two most recent games to be granted 48-hour extensions – 2008 NFC Wild Card game, Philadelphia at Minnesota, and 2001 AFC Wild Card game, Baltimore at Miami, one sold out (at Minnesota) and one did not (at Miami).

The Chargers have sold enough tickets to lift the blackout of 44 consecutive regular season or postseason home games, tied for the longest such streak in team history with a streak set in 1979-84.  The last regular-season home game blacked out in the local market was on Nov. 7, 2004 versus the New Orleans Saints.   

Tickets are available now at the Chargers’ ticket office at Gate C at Qualcomm Stadium, at www.Chargers.com and through TicketMaster at 800-745-3000.
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Chargers receive 24-hour extension to reach sellout and lift blackout

Posted by Joel Price on November 26, 2009 – 1:50 PM

Due to the Thanksgiving holiday and the shortened work week, the National Football League granted the Chargers a 24-hour extension in an effort to reach a sellout and lift the local television blackout of this Sunday’s Chargers-Chiefs game. The team now has until 1:05 pm PT on Friday to sell the remaining 3,500 tickets.

Tickets are available now at the Chargers’ ticket office at Gate C at Qualcomm Stadium, at www.Chargers.com and through TicketMaster at 800-745-3000.

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Chargers sign veteran tackle Jon Runyan; lose Clary for season

Posted by Joel Price on November 24, 2009 – 6:58 PM

The San Diego Chargers signed veteran free agent tackle Jon Runyan today to the active roster.  Runyan replaces starting right tackle Jeromey Clary on the roster after Clary was placed on Reserve-Injured with an ankle injury.

Runyan, who turns 36 on Friday, has been one of the NFL’s premier offensive tackles over the previous 13 seasons.  His career statistics demonstrate a model of consistency and durability.  The past 12 seasons (1997-08), he never missed a regular season or postseason start, totaling 213 straight games (192 consecutive regular season starts and 21 postseason starts). 

“We are very fortunate that a player of Jon’s experience and ability was available at this time,” said Chargers General Manager A.J. Smith.  “He is an outstanding competitor, and I have always admired the physical, nasty approach he brings to the field every game.  He will be added to the mix and we will move forward.”

During his career, Runyan has played in two Super Bowls, including Super Bowl XXXIV with Tennessee following the 1999 season and Super Bowl XXXIX with Philadelphia following the ’04 season; five Championship Games, and the Pro Bowl following the 2002 season.

Runyan, 6-7, 330, played collegiately at Michigan where he was selected in the fourth round (109th overall) in 1996 by the Houston Oilers.  He played for Houston/Tennessee from 1996-99 before joining the Eagles as an unrestricted free agent in 2000.  Runyan started every game for Philadelphia at right tackle from 2000-08.

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Norv Turner Press Conference Transcript

Posted by Joel Price on November 23, 2009 – 7:01 PM

(Injury update)
“I’ll give you the best update I can on injuries. Jeromey Clary has a ligament strain. It’s going to be a period of time before he’s able to play. I can’t give you an exact number because we don’t have one. They’re doing all the different tests right now and we’ll know how serious it is over the next couple of days. It’s his left ankle, opposite of the injury he had (last week). Luis Castillo has a strained calf and as we have with these, we’ll see where he is on Wednesday, what he’s able to do. It’ll be a late in the week decision I’m sure, Saturday or Sunday maybe even, if he’s able to play. Shawne Merriman came out and went back in with his foot but our guys feel that he’ll be pretty good, that he’ll be alright. Nick Hardwick I think will again practice some on Wednesday and we’ll just see how he’s progressing. (Brandyn) Dombrowski went in and played right tackle and I would expect that would be what we’ll do Sunday in the game for Clary. I thought Brandyn went in and played pretty well in the situation he was put in.”

(Introductory statement)
“Before I talk about the game, a couple of things that I found interesting, I’ve been coaching in this league a long time in the same division and you start believing some things that have been true. Sometimes you say it and you wonder if it still is true. A couple of the things that I’ve always talked about is how hard it is to play in Kansas City and the talent that Oakland has, particularly on their defensive front and their overall ability. When you go beat a team like that, sometimes people assume, ‘You went to Kansas City and you should beat them because they’re not very good,’ or ‘You beat Oakland because they aren’t (very good).’ Then you turn around and see Kansas City beat Pittsburgh and Oakland beat Cincinnati, two pretty good football teams, then it starts to reconfirm some of the things I believe. Maybe I haven’t lost it completely in terms of understanding completely what this league is all about.”

“From a standpoint of our game, as I said after the game, it’s the most complete game we’ve played. It was nice to be in that situation in the fourth quarter that we’ve talked about. I think Kevin (Acee) asked me last week about the running game. ‘Is that what we want to get out of the running game?’ I said, ‘What I’d love to do is get in a game where we have that type of lead where we can just grind on them and pound and wear someone down. We were able to do that and our offensive line appreciates it and our backs appreciate it and our defense appreciates it. I think that was good. I think you get into games like that by playing great in the kicking game like we did. Obviously we were hurt in the first game against these guys. I thought our coverage was outstanding. You play defense the way we did. We created big plays. We got the sack/fumble at the beginning of the game that changed the game dramatically. We got the fumble down in there (near the goal line), those things do happen. Then offensively, we continue to play better. I think we’ve gotten comfortable with the changes we had to make at the beginning of the season. Scott Mruczkowski has continued to play well. Louis Vasquez has played well at the right guard spot. That combination of things has really helped us.”

(on what the Chargers have proved about the NFL with their turnaround)
“The biggest thing to me is we have a serious situation with Jeromey Clary’s injury. We’re going to have to handle that. (It’s) a combination of how Brandyn plays and how we manage it. After the Oakland game, the opener, we have five of those situations. We had our running back out, we had our right guard out, we had our center out, we had our nose man out and we had a couple other guys that certainly weren’t at full speed and able to play. Then we were trying to bring in new people. That’s a process. It’s not going to happen overnight. I think we can get to where people want us to be. To me it takes everyone believing that we can do that. This has shown and what it should show our players and everyone involved is if you believe in something, you keep doing it over and over and you keep working to get better, then good things can happen for you. We’ve been fortunate. The win in New York was an amazing win. If you can win games like that along the way, you can continue to build momentum.”

(on his awareness of the AFC playoff picture)
“I think when you start getting to this point in the season around Thanksgiving you do, but I do a pretty good job of not falling into that trap. I know this is a hard week to prepare. I know there are teams that handle the Thanksgiving week better than others. I’ve been involved in a number of the Thanksgiving games. Sometimes I think you’re better off playing on Thanksgiving Day because you get right into it. We’ll practice earlier on Thursday. Our guys will be off in the afternoon for Thanksgiving. There’s a lot going on around our team right now with the honoring the Greatest Chargers. A lot of our guys are involved in that. We just came off a big win, so there are a lot of things that could distract us. My focus is going to be on making sure that doesn’t happen.”

(on the challenges involved in maintaining success)
“The best thing about it is that we’re not anywhere near where we can be. We’ve got a lot of young players that I think get better each week. A week ago I thought Marcus McNeill played his best game of the year. He came back and had an equally as good performance. Louis Vasquez missed 2 ½ games so, what’s he, playing in his seventh NFL game? There are a lot of areas where we can just continue to get better. We keep trying to grow from a scheme standpoint. I think some of the things we’re doing with our different guys are helping us get better. We’re finding different ways to get different people the football. We’re finding different ways to use all our talented guys and get them in positions where they can make plays.”

(on Kansas City’s play Sunday being a good reminder for the Chargers)
“A team coming off two big wins like Kansas City is, I think helps our guys. The most important thing for them is to put the film on and when we watch our first game, there are some physical matchups and there are some plays that we made because we were in the right place at the right time. There were some plays that they made. We had some very positive things happen for us in that game. Again, this league is such a one or two play league. The great example is the fumble in the red zone that Denver had. If they score there, it’s a 13-7 game and it’s going to be a barn burner. They didn’t score. We were fortunate on that play and it changed the game completely.”

(on the possibility of Clary being out for the year)
“I think that would be premature, but that is a concern of mine, yes.”

(on his comfort with the depth at offensive tackle)
“It’s crazy how things happen. Dombrowski took all the snaps last week and we were prepared to play with Brandyn. Once Jeromey was able to go Friday, obviously we were going to go that route. It bought a week for Brandyn. He’ll be a week better. He’ll prepare again this week the same way and he’ll be ready to play.”

(on what he likes about Dombrowski)
“He actually played on the left side all preseason. He’s a talented, physical young player. If you would have asked me that question in August, I would have said he’s a year away from playing, but that changes. It changed the first night of the season. He’s handled things extremely well. He gets a lot of help and encouragement from the offensive linemen and he’s just done what we’ve asked him to do.”

(on LaDainian Tomlinson’s health)
“I haven’t talked to LT yet. I think he feels pretty good. He took a pretty good shot in the ribs but I think he’ll be fine by the end of the week.”

(on how his play calling is affected by what running back is in the game)
“I really try not to let it affect it. We’re tied into situational football and what’s happening in the game. We have a pretty good plan in terms of what we’re trying to get done. I don’t put limitations on Darren Sproles. He can do the things we need him to do and he’s a great change of pace guy for LT. I know there are some thoughts that he shouldn’t be in there on 3rd-and-1, but he’s actually a very good short-yardage runner when we block the play properly. The problem we get is when we get too many guys in there he’s obviously not going to move the pile. There’s some thought with Jacob (Hester) and Tolbert with the way they ran yesterday that we can mix them in a little bit in those situations.”

(on how much he’s personally considered Hester and Tolbert as short-yardage runners)
“No question. We talked about it this morning. My first choice obviously is LT. Darren has done a good job with it. He’s been in a couple difficult situations where he had no chance, but both Jacob and Michael Tolbert have a bigger body. They can move the pile a little bit and find a crease and still get some extra yardage I think.”

(on Tolbert’s increased involvement in the offense)
“I think it’s just the way games came up. Against Philadelphia it was a specific play against something that we thought we could be from them in that situation. He and Jacob are almost going 50-50 in terms of snaps. It just happened he was in the game when the play was called. I don’t have a preference. I like them both and they’re both capable of doing the things we need to do. What’s really helped us by playing both of them on offense, they both make great contributions on special teams. That combination, we’re getting the most out of those two guys. Michael has always shown that he’s got great ability with the ball in his hands. I don’t like his dance in the end zone. He’s a little loose down there doing that dance, but if he keeps getting in there I guess we’ve got to keep letting him do it.”

(on Tolbert’s strengths versus those of Hester and vice versa)
“I think they’re very similar. They’re both very, very competitive guys.”

(on his use of trick plays)
“We’re trying. We try to have two or three up every week whether they get called or not. When LT throws the ball, it’s a good thing. When he’s throwing it to Philip and Philip gets to throw it, it’s even a better thing. When you’re throwing to Gates it makes it outstanding.”

(on the play being a reaction to the onside kick Denver tried)
“No, it really wasn’t. It’s something that we wanted to use in that area of the field. We had two drives kind of stall out in that 30-yard line area. We kicked a 48-yard field goal. I thought it gave us a chance to get down inside the 10 and it did. It got us to the two.”

(on how off the field distractions can impact a team)
“The reason I chose not to comment on it, and I will at the right time, is there are some facts being gathered and unfortunately sometimes these reports are correct and sometimes they aren’t. We’re lucky. We have a mature group of guys. We have an intelligent group of guys and we have great leadership. Unfortunately you have these issues. Our guys have done a great job of not letting them distract them from doing what they need to do in terms of football.”

(on what he tells his players in situations like this)
“It starts to me with the NFL. The NFL has done a great job for a number of years now with the rookies with the rookie symposium, with player programs. We try to follow up in terms of everything we can. There are decisions that we all have to make on a daily basis. We try to give our guys as much information as we can.”

(on having his players work Monday)
“We’ve had a couple of Mondays off. I don’t like doing it too many weeks in a row. I know our guys would have loved to have today off, but I thought it was important to get our guys back in. We have a complicated week. There’s a lot going on. There’s a Charger Blood Drive tomorrow that our guys take part in and have forever. It’s a big deal to them. They’ll spend a lot of their day tomorrow there. Obviously we’ve got Thanksgiving. We’ve got a short schedule. Friday there is a Block Party where they’re honoring the Greatest Chargers so I just thought getting in here today, getting started on the week and giving them a plan for what we need to get done this week was important.

(on if he talks to opposing players before games)
“Not a group. I have some guys that I’ve always talked to in a friendly way. Troy Vincent, when we’d try to beat him on a double move route, he’d always look over at me and say, ‘Why are you wasting your time, Norv?’ Never before a game I don’t think.”

(on if he “owns” any guys)
“I don’t own my own kids.”

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