San Diego Chargers Head Coach Norv Turner announced today that the players voted for team captains for the 2009 season and selected Philip Rivers and LaDainian Tomlinson as offensive captains; Stephen Cooper and Jamal Williams as defensive captains, and Kassim Osgood as the special teams captain.
This is the seventh year that Tomlinson has served as a captain and the fourth for Rivers. Cooper is serving his first captaincy while Williams was chosen for the fifth year. Osgood is also a fifth-year team captain.
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Chargers: Philip Rivers set a franchise single-season record with 34 touchdowns in 2008, but still aims to improve. The six-year veteran has led the Chargers to three AFC West titles in his three seasons as the starter and aims for a fourth in 2009. Rivers totaled a career-high 4,009 passing yards last season and can become the first Chargers QB to record 4,000-plus yards in back-to-back seasons since Dan Fouts (4,715 in 1980; 4,802 in 1981).
Chargers have won 3 consecutive AFC West titles…Team aims for 4th straight win on MNF…Club aims for 12th consecutive win vs. Oak…For career, QB Philip Rivers has 6-0 record vs. Oak. & has completed 73 of 133 passes (54.9 pct.) for 926 yards with 7 TDs vs. 4 INTs & 81.8 rating. Rivers led NFL with 105.5 rating & tied Drew Brees with league-high 34 TD passes in ’08…For career, RB LaDainian Tomlinson averages 119.1 rush yards per game vs. Oak. (1,906 total in 16 games) & has 9 100-yard games vs. Raiders…Since ’02, TE Antonio Gates leads NFL TEs with 51 TD rec…WR Vincent Jackson led team with career-high 1,098 rec. yards last season (57 rec.). For career, WR Chris Chambers averages 17.6 yards per rec. vs. Oak. (22 rec., 387 yards)…LB Shawne Merriman has 6.5 sacks in past 3 vs. Oak… LB Shaun Phillips has 9.5 career sack against Oak. (most vs. any team)…LB Stephen Cooper led team with 136 tackles last season.
Raiders: A former No. 1 overall pick, JaMarcus Russell continued his development as an NFL quarterback this offseason by spending the majority of his time in the classroom watching film and studying the playbook. Russell will look to stretch the field vertically with rookie wide receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey (1st round, No. 7) and Zach Miller, who became the first Raiders tight end to lead the team in receptions (56) and yards (778) since Todd Christensen in 1986.
Raiders have a 15-6 (.714) record at home on MNF…Dating back to 12/14/08, QB JaMarcus Russell has completed 49 of 78 passes (62.8 pct.) for 626 yards with 6 TDs vs. 2 INTs & 102.8 rating…RB Justin Fargas has led club in rushing for 3 consecutive seasons. RB Darren McFadden averages 5.3 yards per carry as starter (52 att., 274 yards)…TE Zach Miller led team with 56 rec. for 778 yards (13.9 average) & became 1st Raiders TE to lead team in rec. & yards since TE Todd Christensen in 1986…Rookie WR Darrius Heyward-Bey (1st round, No. 7) will make NFL debut…Since ’07, LB Thomas Howard (7) is tied for 1st in NFL for most INTs among LBs (Brian Urlacher)…CB Nnamdi Asomugha was named to AP All-Pro team in ’08…LB Greg Ellis will make Raiders debut after spending 11 seasons w/Dal…Last season, KR-CB Justin Miller became 1st player in club history w/2 KR-TDs in season…WR-PR Johnnie Lee Higgins set single-season club high with 3 PR-TDs in ’08.
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Norv Turner and his medical staff will get together Saturday and decide the status of several players for the Chargers’ preseason opener against the Seahawks. The decision has already been made for first-round pick Larry English as well as Stephen Cooper and Ryon Bingham. They won’t play.
The team held an hour-long walkthrough Friday morning which served as the final prep for Saturday’s game. Norv has told his starters to “be prepared to play a half,” but they might not play that much. He’s still undecided on LT.
Darren Sproles was back Friday after the birth of his daughter and was beaming as he talked about her. That was a neat conversation.
One funny part from Thursday’s practice I didn’t note anywhere, during a goalline period, the third-team offense was on the field against the first-team defense. LT stood behind the huddle and fired up the defense by chanting, “You can’t run!” There’s a group in the north end zone that regularly chants that saying whenever opponents get stuffed on the ground. It was a funny moment.
See you Satruday at the Q!
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