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San Diego Chargers Draft Review *In Progress*

1.9 - Alfonso Alverez - WR - Texas
In GM Gary Hickman's first draft with the Chargers, he makes a big splash, drafting coveted Wide Receiver Alfonso Alverez, out of Texas, with the ninth overall pick. Well not as polished coming out of college, as 6th overall pick Michael Thomas, of Ohio State, many draft experts except Alverez to have a higher ceiling. With Keenan Allen & DeVante Parker already on the roster, Alfonso will have time to adapt to the pro game, as he plays in the slot, and learns from the 2 pro's.

Keyvan McGee
1.27 - Keyvan McGee - OLB - Pittsburgh
Day one didn't end there for the Chargers, as they grabbed a late 1st to select Outside Linebacker Keyvan McGee out of Pittsburgh. He should be able to step in Week 1 and contribute. He'll need some extra polish in training camp but will definitely be an upgrade on the Right side of the field for San Diego.

Andrew Butterfield
4.9 - Andrew Butterfield - Fullback - Army
Able to defer his service to play in the NFL, Butterfield will start at fullback for the Chargers. Not one the speediest guys but smart enough to adapt to the pro game. Great pass catcher, and runner Andrew will need some work on his blocking to succeed in the NFL.

4.21 - Galen Johnson - Cornerback - Penn State
Drafted as a pure kick returner. He will mostly see only special teams work in the NFL for the Chargers.

4.23 - Joe Sanchez - Wide Reciever - E. Carolina
Brought in for special teams work, especially to compete with fellow rookie Galen Johnson. Could see fringe work at wide receiver as well.
Forum Discussion (by G_Hickman on 07/07/2016) Replies - 0 :: Views - 27
Chargers Introduce New GM


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Discovered by the Germans in 1904, they named it San Diego, which of course in German means 'a whale's vagina'.


Brian Fantana Reporting

A new era was ushered into San Diego this Week with the unveiling of new GM Mike Baran. A veteran of the scene Baran brings in years of experience to an already formidable roster.

A little background on Baran, he got into the Madden community first on Football Freaks around 2002 under the alias TheDon114 then got his first taste of a Madden GM league a while after that in TWR and needles to say (but I'm going to say it anyways) he was hooked. After that Baran claims it's a bit of a blur, it's just easier to say he's been around. Baran disappeared from the scene for a couple of years with the usual struggles of a growing family, but resurfaced in the now MFL around 2 or so years ago with his passion for the game revitalised.

A short time ago I was able to catch up with Mr Baran and ask him a few questions:

How does it feel to be coming in and taking over this Chargers squad?

It feels great to be here! The previous regimes have really established a strong roster here and I'm really excited with the potential of the squad and firmly believe we can make a solid run home.

What do you believe are the strengths and weakness of this roster?

Strength is the defensive side of the ball, with the right game plan these guys can be dangerous. Where as I feel we may need to get a bit more explosive on the offensive side of the ball.

Do you plan on making any major changes?

Never say never, but not as this point of time I'm still evaluating a lot of the players and making slight changes to the starting line up as well as working on getting the right game plan going for the type of football I want this team to play.

The Chargers got off to a winning start under Baran defeating Tampa Bay 20-0 with the defense leading the way. Hopefully this is sign of things to come from the new management.

Forum Discussion (by M_Baran on 09/23/2015) Replies - 3 :: Views - 44
Chargers 2018 Training Camp
Season recap
The San Diego Chargers under first year GM Mike Goodman finished the 2017 season with a record of 8-8. While we are not happy with this result, we are what our record says we are and that was a pretty mediocre team. This team was loaded with talent, but it takes more than talent to make the playoffs. The biggest disappointment of the season was the amount of games we had in our grasp but come the 4th quarter we couldn't seal the deal. On the surface it would seem our defense just went flat in the 4th quarter of most games, but you must be able to run the ball when we are up in the 4th quarter of football games and we just did not do a good job of that. It could have been we drafted and started two rookie offensive lineman in OT Zack Barrett and C Marcus Martin. We do not regret starting them because the OL was badly aging and we knew we needed to get some young linemen in there. This was a team on offense that could put up points but would often also disappear when the game mattered the most. There are alot of things that we can build on from last season and when you have a great QB you at least know you have a chance every Sunday. While the defense had 40 sacks last season, the opponent Qb's for the most part had good days on this defense averaging a QB rating 83.93 while tossing 24td's to just 11 int's. Now we did have to battel almost the whole season with injuries to CB Sherman or CB Parrish, so while we were thrilled going into the season with having 3 legit CB's, it was on rare occasion that all 3 played the same week as all battled injury.

Offense-
WR- Keenan Allen- had a bigtime season snagging 74 catches for 1304 yards. The guy most of the times would carry the passing game in our games and is a big time player and i feel had a breakout season.
TE- Jackie Thomas- also logged a very good 2017 campaign. He finished the season with 48 catches 804 yards and 10 td's. He played big in alot of big games.
QB- Gabbert- Had an amazing year. He had career highs in alot of categories. He did get injured and missed a few games this season, but what a year he had. He finished with 23td's only 8 int's and threw the ball for 3,687 yards.

Defense- The defense seemed to always play very good until the 4th quarter of ball games. We lost so many close games this season and more times than not if was the defense that needed to get a stop and we just didnt get the job done. The play of MLB Melvin Ingram was oustanding. He finished the season with career highs in tackles (133), TFL (18). He was a stud at MLB and was the anchor of the defense. While we did notch 40 sacks on the season we feel we had to send blitzes more than we would like to have to slow teams running games down thus opening the way and lanes up for passing game.

While we finished 8-8 in our first season here in San Diego, we have learned so much in just a year. We expect our 2018 campaign to be better.

Offseason

It was a wild offseason as we had alot of guys with expiring contracts set to hit free agency. Below were the UFA's.

QB Gabbert- A no brainer. We were going to match any offer. We felt without and elite QB we would not be able to win alot of games so the Bucs offered him a max deal and we matched it. We were happy to keep Mr. Gabbert in San Diego
RB Matthews- The Giants made and offer that we simply did not want to match. We wish Ryan the best of luck as he finishes his career in New York. Behind the scene's on the HB situation was we were working out a deal to bring Bucs HB Michaels to San Diego. It all worked out in the end. People may ask, why would you bring him in if you had HB Stacy....the answer is we felt as the season wore on that Stacy needs a bit more developing to be able to take over the starting role. So we let Matthews go and were also able to save some cap space that it would have cost us to keep him.
WR Harvin- There was no way we seen that would let us pay the money the Bears threw his way. For a guy turning 32 years old, it made no sense for us to match the offer from the Bears. We will sure miss Harvin and what he brought to this team, but with letting him depart will also open up some cap space.
TE Thomas- After coming off a great season and entering the prime of his career, we decided to match the Chiefs offer. He is deadly in the redzone and with us not matching the Harvin deal he gave us some much needed cap to sign some of our younger players.
LOLB Clayton- We also decided not to match this offer. We felt really good about all of our linebacker positions so he was expendable. We worked out a deal with the Eagles to bring in OLB Zavier Gooden who while is still young, we like what he can bring to the table. The kid is super fast and has great acc, and we look forward to seeing what he can bring to the team next season and in the future.
FB Milliard- We matched the Green Bay Packers offer. The guy led our team in pancakes and he also is entering what we think is the prime of his career.

Draft-
1.16- We decided to draft DE Collin Kilapatrick. While some don't agree with this pick we were very high on him. We have to be honest, at first we went looking at the OL which got scavenged, then looked at WR but we didnt see any impact players there. We also decided after the season to beef of the defensive line. We mainly just had good pass rushers. We liked his strength, acc and speed. We felt he was the best DE available and we took him and glad he is part of our team.
3.16 CB Javon Brooks- Obviously he will need alot of work, but we feel he can contribute to our team. I will be honest that I did miss how low that tackle was until after i drafted him. I would consider this bad pick now looking back but now its my job to make him successful.

The rest of the draft really was just roster filling positions. We felt doing into the draft that overall it was a weak class. Most of the guys drafted in this draft will be mainly backups for their career but also will save on cap space.

We headed into the last phase of Free agency and we still knew we needed to get some wide recievers to go with Keenan and Aaron. We were looking for experience but also looking for guys that we felt could make a impact to our team. We bid on and won the following guys.

WR Titus Young- He is 28 years of age who can still stretch the field. He stands 5'11" but has some bounce in him so to speak. Has great speed and good acc and pretty good hands. We were thrilled when we got the call and he wanted to come to San Diego.
WR Kealoha Pilares- He are also thrilled to see him sign with us. Once again he gives us great speed at the WR position. He also has a little bounce in his step.

We feel with the added Wr's, the unit is complete. Last season we lacked depth at this position so we wanted to add good quality guys to this unit. We feel we have done just that and we expect big things from this group of wide recievers in the up and coming season. QB Gabbert has much better players to toss the ball around next season.

We felt this offseason we were smart about who we kept, while letting some longtime Charger players go it was better for us to let them depart. Nothing will take away from what they did for this city but there also comes a time when we must do what we have to do as an organization to secure our present season and our future. I like all the moves we had mad on the offensive side and on the defensive side of the ball. Once again we will keep the trio of CB's together for at least 1 more season and see if this season can be the season they shine. We expect better pressure from our DL and that will be the key to our success. We feel we have great linebackers, great CB's and good safeties. It will be up to the new Defensive Coordinator to make it work in Steve Spagnulo. We were very high on him when DC Rob Ryan left for Detroit and we are so glad we were able to snag him. We also brought back HC Bill Cowher. This could me a make or break year for him in San Diego but we felt he still is the right guy to lead us to where we want to go and that is to the Superbowl.

Training Camp

We will use some points to boost the LE we just drafted. Most likely will go to speed but could go strength. I feel this guy can be an impact player and i want to get him developed as soon as I can so he can make the impact that I feel he can. He also has some motivation because most people are down on him saying he was a bad pick.

We also will be looking in training camp to beef up our offensive line. We feel this played a big part in why last seasons 4th quarters seemed to always take a turn for the worst. We need to develop OT Barrett and C Martin to be able to still get the push in the 4th quarter of games when we will need the run game the most if we happen to be winning the games. Mr. Sherman is sure to see some training but at this point I am unsure as to what to do with him. We need him primed up and ready to go after a lackluster rookie campaign. We feel he has worked extremely hard this offseason and he is ready to go out there and prove why we picked him #1 in the previous draft.

Positions I am excited about watching in the preseason:

WR's- I am excited to see what this unit will bring to the table. Like i said, last season we didnt have any depth here and I feel we upgraded this unit. At this time there is only lock and that is WR Keenan Allen, so the other guys will be using the preseason to decide who get get the #2 and #3 spot. Im hoping its very competitive in the preseason as that is why i brought these guys in here. I want to see this unit compete in games and make tough catches and score TD's. I want them to stretch the field out and that should open some underneath routes. I believe this unit will be the key once the season starts.

DL- I think i pretty much have who i will start and where but i am excited to see how they perform in the preseason. There are going to be changes on the DL from the previous season as we are going to bulk up a bit. So with that being said just watching the games in preseason and seeing if they are working as a unit and seeing if we can be good against the run and get some pressure on the QB on passing downs without having to blitz so much.

LB's- I am also excited about this position. I think we have a great group of linebackers. We feel we can go 3-4 or 4-3 without having any issues at all. That we give us some flexibility in our gameplanning ability.

CB- I really just want to get through the preseason without any bigtime injuries. This unit was plagued by injuries last season and I am hoping for big things out of the unit this season. Mr. Cromartie will more than likely be moved to the nickel spot, but we will want to use preseason to see if it will be wise to do that. The big key will be getting out of training camp and preseason without any injuries.

Upcoming season predictions

I feel we have had a good offseason, not great but good offseason. We do play in a very tough AFC West dvision, and we played those guys tough. WE went 3-3 in the division with 2 wins against the Raiders and 1 win against the Bronco's. We lost both games to the Chiefs but played very close games. The season will be determined if we have the lead can we run the ball and can our defense get the stops needed. I feel our offense should be on par if not better than last seasons offense with the added WR weapons. The defense is something that i have focused on alot again this offseason. I feel with removing some just pass rushers out of the lineup and replacing them with some guys that are still fast but stronger will pay dividends. It remains to be seen but its going to play a big part in how are season goes. I feel i have upgraded the front 7 and i think they hold the keys for the CB's to make the plays and get the turnovers we will need. I hate to say what our record will be but i do feel that i have improved the roster on both sides of the ball. I am excited for the new season to get here so we can get the show on the road. We must win our division games. Teams that win those games set themselves up for a playoff spot. We must score points and we have to do better than giving up 21 points a game as we did last year. Our Cb's will need to perform way better than they did last season. Too many catches allowed too many big plays given up. We expect to see a much improved play from our CB's.

We are excited to get the next season underway. Last season left a bad taste in our mouth because we feel we were better than an 8-8 ballclub. It will be up to the coaches and players to take it a week at a time and focus only on the opponent we play each week. Do not look ahead. We must come to play each week and if we do that and perform I could see us at least challenging for a playoff spot in the up and coming season.

I expect to play all our divisional foes tough. We have the offense to put up points but as I keep saying we must be able to run the ball in the 4th quarter of games to close them out and we also need the defense to get in there and get some big hits and make stops. We need to win the turnover battle and it would be nice if our defense could get some scores to ease the pressure off the offense. I will say one last thing, I gameplan alot, and while it didnt pay off last season i will continue to do the gameplanning but I will be looking at doing a few things different. Last season i was a bit overwhelmed trying to learn everything, this year I at least got a year under my belt and I think i got a better feel for gameplanning correctly.

I am sorry for any typo's that might be written in this Training Camp presentation. Last but not least I must say.......GO CHARGERS 2018!!
Forum Discussion (by M_Goodman on 01/04/2015) Replies - 0 :: Views - 20
Interviewing the GM
Yes i am taking a page out of the Lions GM as it is a great idea and will be opening up questions for the GM to answer. Please post your questions and i will answer them when we get around 5 questions at a time.
Forum Discussion (by M_Goodman on 12/20/2014) Replies - 4 :: Views - 69
Chargers update
As the season ended and once again the Chargers sat at 8-8 record GM Goodman took some time to reflect on a season that seemingly they would find themselves losing because of 4th quarter collapses by both sometimes the offense and the defense. He took some time to think what the team needed on offense and defense. Was the issue he tried starting 2 young OL to replace the aging wonders they had? Was it time to replace some very expensive players? The decisions who gloom in my mind then when it was time to goto work my laptop just died. We did not get our resign, restructure, Franchise tag because of this so it was going to possible disaster, so we would have to choose wisely and I think we did a good job of that. Below are the results from the first day of Free Agency.

QB Gabbert- This was no decision as we would have match any offer.GM Goodman said we had to keep our guy here as he flourished under the new system we brought in. Blaine set career highs in yards, YPA, TD's, and his overall QB rating. There was no way we would let this guy go. SO no doubt when Tampa ran max contract, we didn't flinch because we knew all along we would match.

RB Matthews- We went into the offseason where we felt Matthews had played his last game as a Charger. While we appreciate his career here and all the great things he had done year, we knew it was time to let him go. The Giants sent an offer to him that ensured him packing his bags and moving from the west coast to the east coast. We already had a deal in place from Tampa to bring in HB Michaels for a much cheaper contract.

WR Percy Harvin- Another tough decision. I had to think about the match of that money the "monsters from the midway" threw at him. In the end with his age we were not willing to pay that money so we did not match and sent Harvin packing his bags and heading to Chicago. Of all the non match's we made this one was the toughest. We believe WR Dobson can start and we will look to improve our WR depth more in the offseason.

TE Jackie Thomas- We matched the offer from KC. He had a great season last year and we were no willing at this time to let him get out of San Diego. He is a big part of our offense that we installed here so when its a important piece you must keep so we matched.

FB Millard- That is some dough for a FB but this guy is a monster at the position. With letting HB Matthews go, we were not ready to let this guy go because we will need him to help open holes for the younger and improving running backs on our roster. So we matched

LOLB Clayton- We felt with the talent at our linebacker positions we felt we didnt need to match the offer. It was alot of money that we just were not ready to give to him. We feel that OLB Carter is poised to take over at this position and secure this position for future.

DE Sam Montgomery- We sat on the fence on this offer as well. We went back and watched some video clips on this guy and then we realized that we had to match this offer. He is quick off the line, was very stout against the run. So we look forward to him next 5 years being a force on the Chargers DL.


So as you can see we have let some big names go in the first round of free agency. We had some tough decisions to make and we made decisions based on the current state and the future state of this franchise. We will be looking at adding more pieces to our defense, adding youth at some key positions where it is needed and reviewing the draft pool t get prepared for the draft.

The offseason has started a little crazy in SD and we expect it to continue to do so as we are in discussions with multiple teams to make some moves. Its a new day in SD and we must act now and get results on the field. The season was very hard to watch because we could play with any team but when the 4th quarter came our team just turned into something different and we are working on making sure that doesnt repeat in 2018!!!
Forum Discussion (by M_Goodman on 12/20/2014) Replies - 0 :: Views - 15
Chargers week 14 review and week 15 preview
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NLkZEwYisf4


Hope everyone enjoys!
Forum Discussion (by M_Goodman on 10/25/2014) Replies - 2 :: Views - 35
Charger Week 13 review and week 14 preview
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O40FsSfXWH0


I apologize as the first minute of the video is blank. Fast forward to 1:06 to start the team news. This is the first one ive ever done so I will get better at them. Please let me know if you can view or not view.
Forum Discussion (by M_Goodman on 10/19/2014) Replies - 6 :: Views - 50
Chargers update
The Chargers head to Kansas City to face the Chiefs this week and there is alot on the line in this game. For the Chargers it will keep them in the division hunt. If the Chiefs fall in this game it gives them a long road to make the playoffs. The Chargers also go into the game without starting QB Gabbert. GM Goodman said that backup QB Harry has had a good week of practice and that he doesnt anticipate much changing of the gameplan even if it is the backup QB. We expect our QB to make the plays when they are to be made said GM Goodman. The Chargers get CB Parrish back from injury this week and we could not be happier. The last 3 weeks we have had issues in our DB play and we are glad he is back to practice this week. The Chargers have made some roster moves prior to this week as well. They are as follows:

RT- McNiell- Released. This was part due to having to sign another QB but as the best lineman (ratings wise and pay wise) he also had the worst pancake/sack ratio. It was 12.0. GM Goodman said he wasnt playing up to his contract and GZL is a what can you do for me now league so he was released.

QB- Fitzmagic- He was signed purely to be the backup to QB Harris. We get Gabbert back next week so we wanted a veteran QB back there. While he hasnt got any snaps from the first team reps this week, Goodman added him for insurance.

In other news the Chargers GM has announced that HB Stacy will get the start. RB Matthews has been ok but we feel moving forward that HB Stacy will be our guy. Matthews will back Stacy up. Once again we made this decision based on what have you done lately. Stacy in our weekly practices just seems to be a bit faster than Matthews. We also know he doesnt have the years of wear and tear on his legs and body. Stacy even after being put behind Matthews after week 4 still has more rushing yards with less carries than Matthews.

With progression here and gone the Chargers spent their points on the offensive line and focused mainly on the defense. The defense has played fairly well in games this year but we expected it to be better to be honest. We continue to search for impact players with our weekly gameplanning and a guy that seems to be getting the closest to starting is LE Kenny Logan. GM Goodman has stated he is getting closer to letting him get his shot at some playing time. The guy makes play all week in our practices and it hasnt gone unnoticed.

The Chargers head to Kansas City with a record of 6-4. This is a big game as I have said already. The Chargers are 2-1 in division play and to win the division you have to win these divisional games. We are prepared and ready to roll. I think we have a good gameplan to go against the very talented Chiefs team but we will need to execute the plan just like in practice. One thing i know is live games tend to throw different things at you and our team must remain calm and work through the crowd noise as we know the crowd and the Chiefs are going to be fired up and ready to roll at kickoff.
Forum Discussion (by M_Goodman on 10/06/2014) Replies - 0 :: Views - 21
Chargers look good on opening day




This week the AFC West divisional foe Denver Broncos kicked off the season in San Diego. While San Diego thought they have had a great pre-season, let's be honest it was preseason. The defense in preseason had been very stingy mostly in the first half of ballgames.Would the trend continue as the season opened and the starters played? Those were the questions on GM Goodman's mind. Also the offense had spit and sputtered in preseason. Would the additions of the starters playing make a big difference?

On the very first play of the game RB Ryan Matthews ran off the LT and ran 32 yards. This would be his only run because he got injured and we later found out that he would be out 4 weeks. Insert Zac Stacy, who the coaches were very high on after having an excellent preseason. He would need to carry the load of the run game from here on out in this game. Boy did he not disappoint. He rumbled his way to a game high 127 yards rushing on 16 carries. That's a 7.94 average folks! The only thing missing for him this game was a trip in the endzone. GM Goodman said he just loves to see this kid on the field. He makes plays! He carried us in the late 3rd and in the 4th quarter. It seemed he got stronger as the game went on. He started making runs of 10 yards here and there alot in the 4th quarter of the game. He stepped up big for us today and we will need to see him continue his good play as we found out a bit after the game that RB Matthews is going to be out for at least 4 weeks. WE have the next man up mentality, so between Zac, Chad and TJ we feel we should be ok until Matthews returns.

The other big question would who would replace the dynamic RB Ronnie Lewis who had kickoff and punt return duty as the Chargers did not match the offer to keep him in San Diego in the off season. It didn't take long for GM Goodman think he made the right choice. After the Bronco's cut the Chargers lead to 7-3 the next play Chad Gilbert took the kickoff and took it back 100 yards for a TD. GM Goodman thought even though this happened early in the game he felt it set the tone for the rest of the game. It was a back breaker in my mind. They got into a groove on offense, and we held them to a FG and the next play BAM we score a TD. I think Chad is a great RB and with his speed we need to utilize him where he can make plays for us. It was nice to see him make them plays today in the game.

After picking up Richard Sherman at 1.1 and also keeping Cromartie, the Chargers know they are tight on cap space but they also wanted to improve a defense that couldn't stop the pass game at all last year. After today's game, we are off to a good start. The stat line for Denver QB Christensen was 17/27, 149 yards, 3 sacks, 0td's and 0 int's. We will take that everyday off the week said GM Goodman. The defense was just flying around out there today. We made big plays when we needed them. We stopped alot of Denver drives, after they got going, and we held them to FG's We were very happy with our defense today. Everyone wants to look at the stat sheet and see what Sherman and Cro does, but bottom line is they played like a unit out there today and everyone did there jobs. Anytime you can hold a great offense to just a total of 227 yards of offense you are doing something right. We also know its just 1 game and we got 15 more to go. We will need to tweek the defense just a bit because the RB for Denver had a pretty stellar game. Payne is a solid RB that breaks alot of tackles, so we need to make sure we are wrapping RB's up.

We are pleased with the 30-9 victory over the Bronco's because it also gives us a divisional win as well. Looking forward to next week, we have the Jets coming to San Diego so we start prepping for them today. The Jets coming off a loss to the Packers, so we feel we will have a very determined Jets team coming to San Diego to get a win.

We are off to a good start but we need to continue to improve each week and play solid defense.
Forum Discussion (by M_Goodman on 07/25/2014) Replies - 3 :: Views - 37
Chargers Camp
Look Back At 2016

The Chargers finished the 2016 with a 8-8 record and no appearance in the playoffs. They went with a change and hired a new GM that almost nobody in this league has heard of his name. The team was a very inconsistent team as far as stringing wins together. The biggest win streak they had was only a 2 game winning streak. They were only 2-4 in divisional games with both wins coming against the Chiefs. The passing defense we suspect contributed to a lot of the close losses and we ranked 24th in the league. We had a lot of young guys out there at CB getting some nice playing time and of course we had Cromartie. We must build on what we learned in the previous season to take a step back in the right direction and that is we have to compete hard, study our opponents, and gameplan accordingly.


Standout Performances
QB Gabbert- We feel he had an excellent year. He completed nearly 54% of his passes, had nearly 3000 passing yards, 22td's. We expect a much more determined Gabbert after missing the playoffs, so I believe he is in for another great year.

RB Ryan Matthews-He had a very heavy workload in 2016. He carried the ball 381 times out of the 490 running plays. He finished the season with over 1600 rushing yards, 8 td's, and a 4.32 rushing average. A solid performance for the GZL all time leading rusher. We expect another great year but maybe not so much of the workload.

WR- Percy Harvin, Keenan Allen- These guys as a tandem put on a show last year. Allen had 75 catches 1149 yards and 10TD's. Now that's some production. Harvin wasn't far behind....he ended with 66 catches 943 yards and7 TD's. These 2 receivers will play a huge role in the offense this season again.

TE Jackie Thomas- Took over the TE position full time last year and didn't disappoint. He finished the season with 71 catches, 867 yards and 5 td's.

DE Greg Romeus- What a year this guy had. 46 tackles, 11TFL, and 11 sacks.

MLB Melvin Ingram- The anchor of the 4-3...this MLB had 112 tackles, and 12TFL.


The BAD:
The pass defense. Teams averaged a whopping 250 yards/game thru the air on the Chargers last season. They gave up an average of 21 points per game. That isn't going to get you very many wins and this is why we think the Chargers couldn't string wins together. To make matters worse teams averaged converting 4th downs at a 53% success rate. Again the defense could not get the stops when needed to either win the game or secure a win for the team. The opposing QB's stats from last year totaled over 4200 yards in the air, a 53% completion ratio, 22td's and 26 int's. They averaged 7.3 yards per attempt. Now the defense did get some turnover's and scored 3 times but as you can see...stats don't lie we just didn't defend the pass.

OFFSEASON

Being that is was my first offseason, I started a bit slow. The main goal of this offseason was to improve our DB's and take a look at our linebackers. My obvious knew that our OL is getting up there in age so we wanted to use the draft and get some quality young linemen. That was our goal of the offseason.

Incentive to Build Traditionally
I have already stated that I think the draft class will go down as probable one of the best in Chargers history. We were very happy to still have these guys on our roster and all these guys are starters or see very heavy playing time.
RE Sam Montgomery +1 ACC
TE Jackie Thomas +1 Catch
WR T.Y. Hilton +1 Catch
RG Thomas Vandal +1 ACC

RB Ronnie Lewis +1 Break Tackle- We chose not to match the offer on Ronnie Lewis so he is no longer on the roster. It was a difficult decision but we felt we would save our money and use it in other areas. He is a very solid RB and we wish him well.

Trades:
After a slow start in this area, the chargers picked up steam and made some trades that ultimately led them to being able to secure the 1.1 pick of the draft. The trade that really made this deal happen was the trade with the Bucs where I got 1.31 and sent him 2.4. Unknown at the time I made this trade of the impact it would have, I am glad I made this trade. Another trade I thought was the trade to the bring LOLB Keenan Clayton in from the Eagles. We felt we needed to really look at the olb's because they are involved in the pass game as well. WE liked his speed, very smart, and a sure tackler. The Chargers had every intention of staying put at 1.8 but then we got a call from the Patriots about acquiring 1.1. At this time we let them know right away that we were interested and then we started adjusting our draft board. It turned out we gave up 3 first round guys to take CB Sherman at 1.1.

Draft:
1.1 DB Sherman- We got the guy we wanted. It was a no brainer after trading to get the 1.1 pick
2.4 OT Zack Barrett- We needed to get another RT and we were prepared to take Token Price at 1.8, but we traded up and we were still glad to see a good OT there at 2.4.
3.15 C Marcus Martin- We needed a Center and we honestly think think this guy would be here a 3.15 with not so deep center class. He will be a starter from day one.
3.23 RB Zac Stacy- WE were glad of his skew as it gave him a bit more speed and acc. WE plan on using him this season
3.27 DE Kenny Logan- Had a great skew in my opinion and he could start but we wont be putting the pressure on him just yet. He will learn from our older guys but what a steal.
5.27 OT Bill Nevitt- Did not get a good skew and I think this was our worst pick of the draft. He will be lucky to be on the team.
7.31 FB Jay Prosch- Will not see much playing time.

Resign - WR Keenan Allen. There was no way we could just let him go so we sign him up to a long term contract that should make him a Charger for life. The sky is the limit with this kid. He has all the tools to be great.

Franchise Tag - FB Trey Millard- So young and already so could and we were not willing to part ways. Even though we couldn't work out a long term deal at this time it will be a priority for us to keep this guy in a Chargers uniform.





2017 Outlook

The Chargers are excited to put 2016 behind them. They are entering the 2017 season with a new GM who has shown is willing to make moves to help out immediately while also securing the future of the organization.
2017 San Diego Chargers projected starting lineup.

Offense:
QB Blaine Gabbert
HB Ryan Matthews
FB Try Millard
WR1 Percy Harvin
WR2 Keenan Allen
WR3 TY Hilton
WR4 Aaron Dobson

LT Zack Barrett
LG Terrell Miller
C Marcus Martin
RG Thomas Vandal
RT Levi Brown

Defense:
LE Greg Romeus
LDT Fletcher Cox
RDT Jon Cooper
RE Sam Montgomery

LOLB Keenan Clayton
MLB Melvin Ingram
ROLB Casey Carter/ Bryon Pharr

FS Victor Johnson
SS Matt Elam
CB1 Dominique Cromartie
CB2 Richard Sherman
CB3 Brent Parrish

Training Camp:
We plan to get DB Sherman as well prepared as possible. We will cap his spd and acc. That will leave us with one point left over and we will use it after looking over the position battles. We feel we will need to go with a HB but we will keep an eye open on all the battles and will watch the film of the games to see who is performing and who would be even better with a boost or we might go with someone who just needs the boost. Our first main target is to get the pass defense under control so using our points to help there is our top priority. We need to develop Sherman as swiftly as possible because we honestly dont know how long we can keep him and DB Cromartie on the team. Both combined we paying over 20mil for the both of them. We had planned on being tight and i mean tight on cap space this year then re-evaluate the success after this season. We also will be keeping and eye on HB Lacy and HB Gilbert. We strongly like both guys and we will of the two, one of them will be the back of feature after RB Matthews hangs it up. So we are excited to watch the battle between both of these young RB just play out.

2017 Outlook:
I am very excited about the 2017 season. I feel the Chargers have made some great moves, drafted very smart, made some smart trades, and it all was to compete and secure the future. We have alot of young guys that will be starting but these young guys are solid players. I am looking forward to seeing if the defense is improved. I believe that will be the key for this team because the I believe the offense will put points on the board. I think the team has the talent to compete for the divisional talent but we need to put it all the pieces of the puzzle together. It might take some adjusting to a gameplan on sliders but I feel the Chargers should have a very strong year. I believe the Chargers can make the playoffs this season and the fans are hoping so. I am going to say the Chargers are internally setting a standard of 10 wins or more. Not an easy task but we think this group can get the job done. We feel we have had an excellent offseason and we are ready for the preseason to start so we can see how our team responds to our playbook and our schemes vs other teams schemes. We are excited for the kickoff of the 2017 season.

We decided we wanted to keep Cromartie to team up with Sherman for at least 1 year while also helping Parrish learn more as well. We like out DB situation. We are excite to get into the preseason as we are expecting to be looking at the battles at linebacker position battle. We also we be keeping on WR3 battle between Hilton and Dobson. Ryan Matthews will not see much action in the preseason as we wanna see who could become the RB of the future so we will test all our RB's.
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Chargers Draft Day Recap


The 2017 draft officially kicked off today and after 3 rounds in the books lets take a look at what the Chargers did on draft day


1.1 Richard Sherman CB Stanford

What is there to say. Yes i gave up 3 1st round picks to get him but when i got the call i took the gamble. We are very happy to have him and will be our focus for many years. With a 24th ranked pass defense i wanted to upgrade and we are excited that he is on our club. The guy has the ability for greatness and I am liking teaming him up with Cromartie and Parrish for at least a year. The guy can end up being a animal barring injury and it was just something I couldn't pass on now and it sets us up to have CB Parrish and CB Sherman as the future starting DB for the Chargers.

2.4 Zack Barrett OT Boston College

After we decided to move up and take Sherman, we still wanted and needed a youth movement on the OL. We liked OT Barrett, he is very strong, and is quick off the line, his agility we thought is very good for a OT and his run block/pass block skills are very impressive as a rookie coming in. We mulled around with other guys but we thought we needed to snatch him up at 2.4.

3.15 Marcus Martin C USC

We still were on the youth movement on the OL and we picked up Martin in the mid 3rd. There are some concerns about him being able to stay healthy, but we feel he was worth the risk. He has pretty good strength and he is pretty good off the line and we liked his run blocking and pass blocking skills. It is unsure if he will start right away as we will need to develop him and improve some things before he takes over. I like him to be apart of our OL for the future.

3.23 Zac Stacy RB Vanderbilt

I thought if he was still there at 3.23 then I would take him. I can work on him and is it possible he could be the running back of the future? I like how he is already smart, kid does not put the football on the ground, has great jump ability for a RB. I think he lacks the top gear needed so the Chargers plan on working him hard to get him that extra gear.

3.27 Kenny Logan DE Kent State


We had to add some depth at the DE position and we were happy to see Mr. Logan there when we picked late in the 3rd round. The guy just blast off the line, has great agility to get around those OL guys, but is missing the top speed to finish him off. We will get him in to our program and work him up, but I believe this kid can get after a QB. We hope with his acc off the line he can take advantage of more offensive tackles that lack athletic ability. WE were thrilled to pick him.
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Chargers


It has become official, the Chargers now hold the first pick in the up and coming draft. The details of the trade were released and the Chargers give up 1.8, 1.14 and 1.31 to be able to have the 1.1 pick from the Patriots. We caught up with GM Mike Goodman to discuss the reasoning of the trade.

Q1 Why did the Chargers make this move?
GM Goodman- Well we were sitting at 1.8 and we had mapped out who we thought we would take and then the phone rang and it was the Patriots calling asking if we were interested in 1.1. We took some time to step back and re-evaluate our position and thought it would be in our best interest to make the deal.

Q2. Is Richard Sherman the man at 1.1?
GM Goodman- No question he is the man. When you look at our stats we were 24th against the pass last year. I think we bring in a guy who has extraordinary skill set for a CB, to be able to come right in and get out there on the field and help out our pass defense. I know we will be excited to get him in camp as will our fans, because as it was leaked on twitter today, our facility has been nothing but the Chargers faithful cheering and showing their approval.

Q3. Does this mean DB Cromartie is gone?
GM Goodman- We will do all we can to keep him in San Diego. Just the thought of having Sherman, Cromartie, and Parrish in our DB backfield seems to be a great idea. We can also use Cromartie to show Sherman the Charger way, while also continue to help Parrish as Cromartie's career is coming to and end. I can't think of any better situation as we have a great player in Cromartie finish his career and at the same time pass the torch on to the younger guys and Sherman. We are thrilled we got the job done.

Q4 Do you feel this moves improves a 8-8 club?
GM Goodman- I feel it is a step in the right direction. Look I have watched the tapes of the games of last season, and as I have said before, a play here, a stop here, a turnover here, and this team could easily been 10-6. I feel we will add a player that will immediately help out our 24th ranked pass defense, maybe get a turnover here and there, get stops when we need them.

Q5 Does this in your mind make you contenders?
GM Goodman- I like the roster we have on our team. WE have to shore some things up in the draft but I do like our team very much and I believe if you asked any other GM in this league right now they would say the same thing about their ball clubs. It comes down to being prepared week in and week out, attention to detail, and of course we have to make the plays on the field. Just because we are getting the great player does not mean we are guaranteed anything. We still have to go out there and perform week in and week out.

Q6. How does the future look light so far with this team?
GM Goodman- I believe we are looking good. We just got WR Allen to sign a long term contract, as well as DT Cox. We are young in some area's and I believe on defense we are very young starter wise in almost all positions. So we have to get these young guys out there and let them play the game of football San Diego Charger style. I'm very excited for the present, and the future of this team while not forgetting what this organization has accomplished in the past.

Q7. It seems on offense you lack weapons, comment?
GM Goodman- I don't think we lack weapons at all. I mean we got HB Matthews who is still and elite RB, We have QB Gabbert who is coming off a great year, and we have some good receivers (Allen, Harvin, Hilton). WE have good young TE's. I think we do need to look over the depth at WR and maybe add some quality there, and also the offensive line is getting up there in age so we could look at that in the draft. But we do not lack the weapons, we just need to utilize what we have to the max.

Q8. Will you be active in UFA?
GM Goodman- We will view all players but at this time I cant not say what we will do and what we wont do. If we can get a good value then maybe we sign a guy. I want to field a competitive ball club for next season and beyond, so with the tight salary cap we have to make sure we don't jeopardize our future at the same time.

We now go to the podium where head coach Bill Cowher addresses the media of the big news break of the details of the trade.


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Charger Fans



Fans outside of Chargers Facility after hearing the news that the team has struck a deal with the Patriots for the 1st pick in the up and coming draft. The deal will still need to be accepted by the league but the fans have went crazy since the story was leaked out to the media. GM Goodman said he could not comment on any deal that has been made at this time. Charger nation seems to be liking the new GM and his commitment to stay competitive while also keeping the future bright.
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Chargers Update



The San Diego Chargers traded DE Frank Cotton to the Indianapolis Colts today for the 23rd pick of the 3rd round in the up and coming GZL draft. GM Goodman said that Cotton would have more than likely been deep on the depth chart and he sent him to the Colts so the player could get some playing time.

Also GM Goodman said they would also start taking offers on a GZL Icon in CB Dominique Cromartie. He said it would take a great price and we are willing to let him play out his contract. He will be a elite corner for the next few years and he can also mentor. Asked what he would be seeking in return if interest he replied "Top 10" pick in 1st round. These are not easy decisions i take lightly when we put players on the block but we also have to prepare for the future and financially it would free up some cap space.
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San Diego dishing out the money
Today San Diego GM said they have agreed to terms with the following players.

DT- Fletcher Cox- Signed a 5 year deal worth 35mil with a 14mil signing bonus. GM Goodman was very happy to get this deal done as he didn't want to see him in the match phase as he is a very young and very good DT and was sure to get attention. We used the GZQ exclusive resign on him but he is well worth it. He pretty much locks up that he will be a Charger for the rest of his playing days. We have to take players that show incredible on the field ability and it also locks of a roster spot we will not have to worry about this position.

WR- Keenan Allan- Signed a 6 year 26.50mil with a 10.56 mil signing bonus. This moves locks this player up as a Charger for the rest of his career. Elite WR and we are very happy to get this deal done. We used the exclusive restructure on him. You just cant find talent at his level and the fans in San Diego can rest assured he will remain in San Diego.

The only thing that remains is what will San Diego do with the franchise tag and who will it be placed on. We are working out the details and we expect a decision to be made quickly in the near future.

Today is about these 2 great players and as the GM of the Chargers I can sleep much better we know we have wrapped them up in San Diego for the rest of their career.
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Chargers coaching staff remains intact
Chargers Park, SD

GM Mike Goodman informed head coach Bill Cowher that his team of coaches would remain in San Diego for at least another year. Ultimately the way the team performs in directly related and is the sole responsibility of the head coach.

HC- Bill Cowher- Bill needs to make sure that all coaches and players are paying attention to detail. We need him to evaluate everyone. We need him to help come up with the game plan and make sure things are going as planned. He is a great leader as we expect to see improvements in area's where we struggled while building on area's they we statistically did very well in.

OC Bruce Arians- will need his offense to me more consistent. Stay balanced on offense and improve on 3rd's and red zone effectiveness. We believe that Bruce can get the job done.

DC Rob Ryan- Will need to improve the pass defense. We believe we have the players on the roster for us to be a very good defense. Its up to the coach to call a great game. In the offseason I am sure Rob reviewed and analyzed his performance as a coach. We were good against the run but very poor against the pass. If we are going to have a great season then the defense must show up every game.

ST Brad Seely- Special teams can play a vital part in a game. This is another area we are looking to improve. Brad did a great job last year but this were we need him to be exceptional.
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All quiet in San Diego.....good?
As the offseason has begun, the San Diego Chargers have yet to make any moves so far to date. While we see other teams in the AFC West making moves, we have to wonder what is San Diego GM thinking? We caught up with the GM and asked him a few questions..

Q1. Why are the Chargers not out trying to make deals?
GM Goodman- Sometimes the best moves are no moves. We are in a few talks but honestly this team which was 8-8 last season lost so many close games. A play here and a play there and it could have been a 10-6 season so I want to build on the roster we have in place and secure the future as well. I don't plan on going all in to win a Superbowl then flush the roster.

Q2. There have been reports that the Chargers are unofficially moving the 1.8 pick. Any truth to that?
GM Goodman- We explore all opportunities but that does not mean we have/or agreed to any moving of draft picks.

Q3. How do you feel your division foes and moves they have made?
GM Goodman- Well first off I have to say this is a very tough division. I have reviewed each team in this AFC West and we all have great teams. I think teams that can compete for championships for years to come. So obviously we watch the moves being made and we look for players and or draft picks to counter the moves they make. The offenses in this division appear to be stacked, while the defenses appear to be very good as well. What we have to do is find that balance and compete with these guys. I am sure when we play they will be very tough, physical games where 1 play can make the difference.

Q4. How has your life adjusted since becoming GM of the Chargers?
GM Goodman- Well there is a lot of pressure because previous GM won 2 Superbowls and it comes with the territory. One thing I have done is really break down the roster, look over the trade block to see if any moves there would get us over the hump or not, reviewed and scouted all the soon to be rookies, so we have done our homework now we have to execute the plan. Getting adjusted to the league as well, being my 1st year it does take an adjusting period.

Q5. Ryan Matthews is getting up their in age. What is the plan with Ryan and where is the future at with this position?
GM Goodman- Ryan has been great to the San Diego Chargers and to the GZL. I have spent some time talking to Ryan and his plan is to be a Charger for life. Obviously we are looking to the future and we hope the RB's we have on our current roster can take over when he hangs it up. Only time will tell if that is in our cards or not.

Q6. WR Percy Harvin is also getting up there in age. Any plans in the making for a WR?

GM Goodman- We do plan on getting a bit more depth at the WR, whether it maybe bring a guy or two in, or use the draft to snag a WR. Percy is Percy and he still brings what you need to the table even at his age. He still has elite speed and can catch with the best of them.

Q7. The ITBT the Chargers seem to be keeping the young talent. How do you feel about them guys.
GM Goodman- We had 5 guys up for ITBT and we are just as excited as they are. Of course the guys brought in on draft day we like to see them stay in Chargers uniforms but sometimes that isn't the case. I believe the 2014 draft class of the Chargers will be one that history will look back on and say they were a great draft class.

Well there you have it. Seven great questions as the new GM of the Chargers taking the bull by the horns so to speak. Only time will tell if this GM is making the right moves and one thing we know is this fan base will let him know what they expect and approve or disapprove of him.
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San Diego Chargers assessment
GM Mike Goodman has been working countless hours going thru video tapes from the past season games that were broadcasted, just started experimenting with offense and defense playbooks with current roster. He has came up with the following

QB situation- Blaine Gabbert does a great job running the offense. He can make all the throws and makes good decisions on a consistent basis. Losing Tony Romo to retirement was to be expected. Look for the Chargers to add another vet as Gabbert was injured last season. I think this position looks solid.

HB situation We have the GZL's career leading rusher and as I watch the tapes and run my own offense its easy to see why. he is smoothe and if he needs to get outside it seems he has that extra gear. We need better quality depth because when we try the offense without him, the run game suffers big time. We will look for upgrades at this position via draft or free agency but this is all up in the air until i get more comfortable.

FB situation Very solid FB and are excited about this position.

TE situation Another position that is very solid and also very excited about. Jackie Thomas, Rob Housler, Kellen Winslow seems to be a nice group at the TE position.

WR situation I am happy with the WR core group. Percy Harvin and Keenan Allen are pretty solid. We will need to add a bit more depth as we see drop offs when they are not in the game. This could be another position where we will look at the draft first to fill the holes.

OL situation Very happy with the OL. We do have some positions that are getting up there in age so we will also be looking at the draft to get some young lineman in there. We will use the draft to try and fill these spots.

DL situation this group is very impressive in my opinion. Very stout against the run. Very rarely gives up big time yardage on a run. It also gets pressure to the QB quite a bit. DT Fletcher Cox will not be going nowhere. The DE are just how we like them and that is very fast off the line and they are quick.

LB situation Overall the are a good group. I can see trying to upgrade here. Pretty good against the run, average against the pass. Will look for upgrades in the draft or free agency.

CB situation This seems to be an area of concern. CB2 Parrish allows alot of catches. I look for him to improve each season but we need to get better depth at this position for sure. Cromartie is the rock that holds it together and he isnt getting any younger. We need to develop our CB's as quickly as possible.

S situation This is another area where we need to develop our young guys so we can get them on the field. I do not think we need to draft this position but developing our younger guys is a must.

P situation We will ride Khuwe until he retires.

K situation We also will ride Kaeding until he hangs it up.

I would like to thank all the broadcasters because i was able to watch alot of old tapes on all the positions. I would also like to thank Mr. Mullendore for sending me a .fra file that I could experiment with my offense and defense.

The Chargers have the 8th and 14th picks of first round and will now start to look and create their draft board and get prepared for the up and coming draft.
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San Diego Chargers new GM
The San Diego Chargers wasted very little time snagging their new GM and his name is Mike Goodman. He was flown into Chargers Park where he was introduced as the new man in charge for Charger nation. The following is a recap of his news conference.

First off I would like to thank the GZL for giving me this opportunity to join a great well established league. I also like to thank the Chargers and to the greatest fans in the world that support the Chargers. I currently play in coach mode league's, but this league is a bit different and I definately am looking forward to the challenge of this league. I will bring hard work, determination, evaluation to this club to get us to where all the other teams want to be in this league and that is to be Superbowl Champions.

GM Goodman was asked if he felt the Chargers roster was good enough to compete? I haven't dug down into the details yet on this roster, but there are quite a few pieces here we can build on. I must say the roster has alot of talent. I will take the next few days and go over the roster. I like what appears to be a very balanced offense and the ability of the offense to put points on the board. We need to evaluate the pass defense, because when your ranked 24th in the league at pass defense, it will be hard to win ball games week in and week out.

GM Goodman was asked about about the coaching staff..... At this point its still a process I will need to review and after that I will make my determination. I think Bill Cowher has done a great job but we will need to set down have a conversation and move forward.

In closing GM Goodman says that he is ready to go to work and welcomes the challenge. He expects the Chargers to bring hard work and dedication to getting this franchise to the ultimate goal and that is winning a Superbowl.
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Chargers GM Stepping Down
It is with great regret that I am announcing that I will be stepping down from both the RZL and GZL. Ever since I joined my first madden leagues, 6 or 7 years ago, they became one of my favorite hobbies as they allowed me to take on and play the role of General Manager, something I could only dream of doing in real life. Over the years I have played in the USFL, WHFL, Gridiron, AAO, FD, RZL and GZL, winning 1 SB in Gridiron and RZL, and 2 SBs here in GZL. I've come a long way as a GM since I joined my first league and I am pretty happy with what I was able to accomplish across all my leagues. For the most part, I was able to build competitive teams year in and year out and I think I established myself as one of the better GM's, which is all I could ask for.

The writing has been on the wall for me for quite a while, and after trying to get myself back into it recently, I have decided it is best to simply move on and let someone else devote more time to the team. I always prided myself on being one of the more active GM's so I don't want to become a GM that simply submits lineups and gameplans every week. I think I leave behind very good teams in the both the RZL and GZL, and hopefully someone can build upon what I have started in both places.

In closing, I'd like to thank all of the commishes who devoted their time, money and energy to all the leagues I have been a part of over the years from Breck to Corey Smith to Simon Hagan to Travis Robbins. But most of all I'd like to thank Ricky Lung, Kevin Mullendore and Anthony Fernandez for what they have done for my two favorite leagues, RZL and GZL. There is a reason that these are two of the very few leagues remaining from LP and the two best run leagues that I have been a part of.

It's been a lot of fun guys, I'll make sure to stop by every now and then. Take care everyone!
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THE BOLT BEAT:: San Diego Signs 4 Free Agents
THE BOLT BEAT:: San Diego Signs 4 Free Agents
Chargers fill out their roster, release 3 players. Probably done for the offseason.
Friday, January 3rd , 2016
Usain Bolt, Yahoo Sports!

Chargers bring back Kellen Winslow, will he get the starting job?


San Diego(AP) – GM John Stanley and co. was back at it again following the conclusion of the draft, hoping to solidify their roster as they move toward the preseason. After the draft, the Chargers had a few positions on their roster that they needed to fill at OG and OC, so naturally those were two areas that needed to be addressed in post-draft FA, but there were also a few players that caught the team’s eye at other positions. Ultimately they came to terms with 4 players in the post-draft period of free agency, and in doing so had to release 3 players as well because their roster already stood at 54 players prior to signing anyone. The players released were OT George Bussey, QB Parker Simms, and K Lamar Huey. George Bussey had been the team’s 4th string OT since the beginning of GZL, but never actually played an official offensive snap for the team. With the signing of Ray Gray early in the offseason, as well as Brandyn Dombrowski and Bob Greer still on the roster as backups, there was no need for Bussey anymore. Simms was signed last season as a potential developmental long-term backup, but with the drafting of Sammy Harry who the Chargers view as a better player, Simms was expendable for a roster spot. Lamar Huey was also expendable, as there is little need for a backup K and while the Chargers wanted to develop Huey long-term, a roster spot was necessary for a more valuable player and position on the roster, so thus he was released. With those three releases, room was created for the following 4 Free Agents to sign with the team:

TE Kellen Winslow
FS Brady McMillan
C Chris Chester
LG Russ Brooks

GM John Stanley had the following comments on each of the 4 signings:
On Kellen Winslow: “Beginning with Kellen Winslow. He is obviously someone we like a lot going back to the two seasons he played with us a few years back. At the time, we decided to move him because we had the opportunity to get a once in a generation talent at TE in Vernon Davis, who was worth everything we gave for him and then some. But with Vernon Davis having been moved this offseason and on the downside of his career, we thought it was the perfect time to bring Winslow back in since he was available in free agency. Right now, his role is unclear, he could start the year as the #2 or 3 TE with Jackie Thomas starting but could have a bigger role as the year progresses if needed. Most of all he will provide a good locker-room presence and mentor for the 2 young TEs we have and are hoping to develop.”

On Brady McMillan: “McMillan is someone that we feel really fortunate to get at this point in the offseason. It is a really unique opportunity to be able to add someone like McMillan as a rookie, and get him in on a 5 year deal and for the long haul. We may have overpaid a bit to get him here, but we feel comfortable with the move. We already obviously drafted two safeties in this past draft in Parrish and Wilkerson, so Brady will be at best a 4th or 5th option at safety, but we felt he was simply too talented to not go out and get. He has pretty rare abilities at the safety position and we think he could develop into a big-time starter down the line for us. The Jets will probably be kicking themselves in a few years for not coming to an agreement with him, but the skew certainly helped him develop into a starting caliber player as opposed to more of a backup. We are excited for what he can do in the future for us, for sure.”

On Chris Chester/Russ Brooks: “Both of these offensive lineman were depth-type signings to fill out our roster for the season. Chester is a capable veteran center who is just a solid all-around player similar to Samson Satele who has been our backup there for the past few seasons. Brooks is a young player who we signed for 5 years, and we think could be a good depth player at OG. He has really good size and is a solid athlete, and is also pretty well developed at this point. He can play both OG spots for us, and be a nice insurance policy for our starters.”

Usain Bolt covers GZL for Yahoo! Sports.

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THE BOLT BEAT:: Day One Recap
THE BOLT BEAT:: Day One Recap
Chargers make three trades and seven selections on day one.
Saturday, December 28th, 2016
Usain Bolt, Yahoo Sports!

The Chargers First Pick was CB Julian Warfield out of Ohio State

San Diego(AP) – The Chargers had a very successful first day of the draft. Before making their first of seven total selections on day one, the Chargers traded down three times from 1.29 all the way down to 2.32. In total for the three trade downs, the Chargers traded 1.29 (DE Vincent Hardy), Future 7th (f/MIN), Future 6th (SD), Future 5th (SD), and 6.24. In return they received 2.32 (DT Jon Cooper), 3.25 (CB Quentin Hamilton), Future 2 (NE), Future 3 (DET), and Future 3 (GB). In addition to their 10 selections this year, the Chargers are now well stocked next year. They have a 1st (SD), two 2nds (JAC, NE), three 3rds (SD, DET, GB) and a 5th (SD). Following the trade downs, the Chargers made the following selections on day one:


2.31 -- CB Julian Warfield, Ohio State
6'1" | 195lbs | 75OVR | 90SPD | 92AGI | 94ACC | 60STR | 61AWR | 62CTH | 91JMP
Quick Take:: After trading down a total of three times (from 1.29), the Chargers made their first selection at 2.31 with Warfield. Warfield isn’t spectacular in any one area but is a solid all around athlete with good size. He is already very polished coming out of Ohio State so he can play significant snaps in his rookie year if needed. He will likely be in a battle for the 4th CB spot, behind DRC, Parrish and Boykin, with Rondell Nash in a deep CB group for the Chargers.
GZL Comparison: Redskins CB Johnthan Banks


2.32 -- DT Jon Cooper, Florida State
6'3" | 318lbs | 79OVR | 64SPD | 94STR | 61AGI | 75ACC | 77TKL | 56AWR
Quick Take:: With their second pick of the day, the Chargers brought in Jon Cooper out of Florida State, a big stout defensive tackle. Cooper is strong and is a good player at the point of attack, but also brings solid athleticism to the table as well at his size. With Linval Joseph on the block (as well as the last year of his deal), Cooper is a good insurance plan for the future in San Diego. Cooper compares favorably to current Saints DT Jesse Williams who has had success early on in his career and was a former mid-first round pick.
GZL Comparison: Saints DT Jesse Williams


3.11 -- HB T.J. Salaam, Notre Dame
6'0" | 232lbs | 76OVR | 87SPD | 75STR | 90ACC | 83AGI | 79BTK | 58AWR
Quick Take:: At 3.11, the Chargers took T.J. Salaam out of Notre Dame. Salaam had a decorated career at Notre Dame, finishing 2nd on their all-time career rushing list. He is a big back, with good strength and athleticism. Salaam will more than likely take over the backup role to Ryan Mathews and could eventually take over the starting role when Mathews regresses. T.J. is similar in a lot of ways to current Bucs RB Eddie Lacy who had a solid season last season.
GZL Comparison: Buccaneers RB Eddie Lacy


3.19 -- FS Ed Parrish, East Carolina
6'0" | 205lbs | 78OVR | 91SPD | 62STR | 93AGI | 90ACC | 60CTH | 63CTH
Quick Take:: At 3.19, the Chargers took their second defensive back of the day, adding depth at the safety position. Parrish, out of East Carolina, has experience playing both FS and SS, and will immediately become the top backup to starting safeties Victor Johnson and Matt Elam. Parrish is a solid all around athlete with solid size at the safety position, similar to what Julian Warfield brings at CB. Parrish was a solid value pick in the mid 3rd round, and should develop into a starting caliber player rather quickly in the GZL.
GZL Comparison: Saints S Charles Godfrey



3.24 -- DE Jon Mack, Michigan State
6'2" | 263lbs | 78OVR | 84SPD | 80AGI | 85ACC | 68STR | 59AWR | 64TKL
Quick Take:: When it came time to pick at 3.24, the Chargers were ecstatic to still see Jon Mack on the board. Mack is a very good all-around defensive end who can rush the passer extremely well. He will be a very nice backup to starting DE tandem Greg Romeus and Sam Montgomery for the near future. Mack actually compares quite favorably to Romeus when he came out, and may actually be a better all around athlete then Romeus. The one place where Mack can’t stack up to Romeus is in his size (6’2” to 6’5”). With that said, Romeus has become a force rushing the passer for the Chargers and if Mack can become even half of that, the Chargers will have made a solid selection here.
GZL Comparison: Chargers DE Greg Romeus


3.25 -- CB Quentin Hamilton, North Carolina
6'2" | 219lbs | 75OVR | 88SPD | 71STR | 87AGI | 90ACC | 68CTH | 57AWR | 67TKL
Quick Take:: Already well stocked at DB, the Chargers still couldn’t pass up the chance to take Quentin Hamilton out of North Carolina with the 25th pick of the 3rd round. Hamilton is a tall, physical press corner out of UNC, with sneaky athleticism. Hamilton, being a former WR, has good hands for the CB position and is a willing tackler. Hamilton is a little raw and his downfall could be his lack of elite athleticism, but at his size if he can get a favorable skew, he could be a real find in the late 3rd round. Even without a good skew, he could still develop into a very good player long term. Hamilton is a shorter version of Patriots CB Braylon Bender who went in the 1st round last year and had a great rookie season.
GZL Comparison: Patriots CB Braylon Bender


4.5 -- DE/DT Frank Cotton, TCU
6'5" | 301lbs | 79OVR | 65SPD | 90STR | 67AGI | 79ACC | 55AWR | 74TKL
Quick Take:: With teams getting a jump start on their day two picks, the Chargers finally pick of day one was actually originally a second day pick. With 4.5, they added depth to their defensive line by selecting Frank Cotton out of TCU. Cotton is a big defensive end with good strength and average athleticism. Cotton is better suited as a 34 DE or 43DT, and could very well be shifted inside to DT in the Chargers 4-3 scheme. At this point in the draft, Cotton was simply too good for San Diego to pass up, especially if they decide to move him inside where he could be a starting caliber player early in his career. One player who Cotton is very similar to is former Cowboys 1st round pick and current Packers DT Muhammed Wilkerson, who is a very good starter in the GZL.
GZL Comparison: Packers DT Muhammed Wilkerson



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THE BOLT BEAT:: Chargers Sign Ray Gray
THE BOLT BEAT:: Chargers Sign Ray Gray
Gray was signed to a 5 year deal worth 27.00M w/ 10.80M guranteed.
Saturday, December 21st, 2016
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The Chargers will be Gray’s 3rd team in 5 seasons.

San Diego(AP) – Going into the free agency period, the Chargers had a little bit of money to play with. Management didn’t identify many major areas of need on either offense or defense, but one place they thought they could find a long term starter was at the LT position. Brandyn Dombrowski who has done an admirable job at LT for the first 5 years in GZL is getting up there in age and the Chargers aren’t prepared to hand over the job to Bob Greer full time. They do like Greer as a potential long-term swing tackle and top backup along the offensive line, they don’t think he is a starter long-term. With this in mind, GM John Stanley entered the free agency period with the thought of a starting LT on his potential wish list if the right opportunity presented itself, and it did in the form of Ray Gray.

Ray Gray was originally drafted by the Cowboys and played 2 seasons there before being traded to Seattle in 2014. He has enjoyed some success in both places, but the Chargers think the arrow is still pointing up and that he can achieve more in the future. Standing at 6’5” and 334lbs, Gray possesses the body type you are looking for out of your LT. He a solid all around athlete and has good strength for the position as well. He is also very adept at blocking in both the running and passing games, with neither really being a weakness for him. The Chargers offered him a 5 year deal worth $27.00M w/ $10.80M guaranteed in order to lure him away from Seattle who had the right to match any offer on Gray.

The Chargers obviously hope Gray can lock down the left side for AT LEAST the next 5 years and maybe longer. The plan in the short term is to have a Gray-McNeill tandem at the tackle spots, while a younger player (maybe a draft pick this year) is groomed to eventually take over for McNeill at RT with Gray staying at LT. Unless something unforeseen happens, the Chargers starting offensive line for this season and maybe the next couple of seasons is set. Gray will be the starter at LG, 2nd year player Terrell Miller at LG, Joshua Taylor will return at C, 3rd year player and 1st time starter Thomas Vandal at RG and long-time starter Marcus McNeill at RT. This could be one of the better offensive lines the Chargers have boasted since the birth of GZL which is good news for the offense as a whole.

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THE BOLT BEAT:: Chargers Reshape Roster
THE BOLT BEAT:: Chargers Reshape Roster
GM Stanley wheeling and dealing prior to free agency and draft.
Friday, December 20th, 2016
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Brent Parrish has been the only new player brought in so far.

San Diego(AP) – After finalizing the coaching staff early in the offseason, GM John Stanley and the San Diego personnel staff moved onto reshaping the roster for 2016, in hopes of making another run at the GZL crown. They indentified very few major needs, which made their priority mainly to shed cap space and acquire draft capital. So far they have been pretty successful in doing so. With limited cap penalties incurred, the Chargers will have 20+M to work with for the rest of the offseason even after resigning. Let’s look at the deals that got us here:

Jaguars Send:
MLB Greg Jones
Future 2nd
Chargers Send:
DE Connor Barwin
Future 7
Quick Take: The Chargers first trade of the offseason made sense for a number of reasons. Barwin was a 3rd DE on a team with two long-term starters in Greg Romeus and Sam Montgomery, and the original plan when they signed him last preseason was to flip him in the offseason. In return they got a future 2nd, which always a nice asset to have, and later allowed them to move their own future 2 to MIN in a trade and not feel like they were creating a gap in their draft next year. In addition they also received Greg Jones who is no slouch at the MLB position. He has been a consistent contributor for Jacksonville the last 2+ seasons after getting drafted 34th overall by the Packers a few years back. He has a nice build for a MLB and has an all-around solid game and brings experience and depth to the team.


Vikings Send:
1.29
Future 7
Chargers Send:
Future 2
Future 4
SS Shamarko Thomas
Quick Take: The Chargers were looking to get another 1st round pick in addition to their own to give them trade options that allowed them to move a 1st if the right deal came along (Brent Parrish) while also remain in the 1st round for the draft. They saw an opportunity with the Vikings and armed with an extra future 2 from the Jaguars trade, were able to move that along with a future 4 and Sharmarko Thomas for 1.29. Thomas is someone that the Chargers brass really likes but with Matt Elam and Victor Johnson entrenched at both safety positions, there wasn’t going to be a starting spot for Thomas at any point in his career, realistically. They have been trying to move him to a team that could use him as a starter for a few seasons now and finally found the right opportunity.


Colts Send:
3.19
Chargers Send:
WR Sidney Rice
Quick Take: This was an amnesty trade between the Chargers and Colts, that allowed the Chargers to clear some cap space and get a pick. Rice is a potential #1 WR or at worst a top #2, but simply wasn’t getting those opportunities in San Diego. The Chargers were originally suppose to get the Cardinals pick in the 1st (1.26) for Rice, which was agreed upon before they amnestied him, but Cardinals GM Adarsh Patel complaining of being sleep-deprived mistakenly decided to bid on Bucs TE Clyde Alton, not only surrendering their 1st round pick but also their 3rd round pick on top of a pretty big deal for a TE. Hmm?


Buccaneers Send:
CB Brent Parrish
7.23
Chargers Send:
1.24
Quick Take: The Chargers have been big fans of Brent Parrish leading back to the pre-draft process last offseason, even debating moving up for him to draft him prior to the Bucs selecting him. The Chargers basically gave the same pick he was taken with last year in order to secure him. Parrish has everything you look for in a CB. He has very good size (6’1”), speed (94), strength (60), acceleration (93) and catch (70) and is ready to start right away if the Chargers decide that is what they want to do with him.


Chiefs Send:
4.20
Chargers Send:
LOLB Kenny Tate
7.24
Quick Take: The Chargers were able to secure a mid-round pick for a player they picked up in the preseason this past year and they decided it made sense to make the deal. With all the depth they have at LB (Casey Carter, Bryon Pharr, Melvin Ingram, Greg Jones, Doug Hogue), Tate was at best going to be the 6th LB and more likely lower than that on the depth chart, so they jumped at the chance to get a mid 4th and try to get a more useful player.


Bills Send:
2.31
3.11
Chargers Send:
TE Vernon Davis
4.24
7.23
Quick Take: This was a tag&trade scenario for the Chargers with Vernon Davis. It wasn’t an easy deal for GM John Stanley to make either as he is a huge VD fan, but he felt in the best interest of the team they should make the deal. While Davis realistically has 2-3 years at a high level remaining, Stanley believes with the 2nd and 3rd he could potentially nab two long-term starters which would make the deal worth it. The Chargers are also stocked pretty well at the TE position with Jackie Thomas and Rob Housler ready to get more time. Chargers fans will miss Vernon who was a top level contributor at TE for the Chargers the past 3 seasons, it won’t be easy to replace that production.


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THE BOLT BEAT:: Reunited: Is LT the Answer?
THE BOLT BEAT:: Reunited: Is LT the answer?
Former star running back returns hoping to turn around Blaine Gabbert and offense.
Friday, December 13th, 2016
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Tomlinson in his introductory press confrence.

San Diego(AP) – One day after announcing the hiring of Bill Cowher as the new head coach of the team, the Chargers made a shocking announcement regarding their offensive coordinator position. They announced that they had hired former Charger and star HB LaDainian Tomlinson to lead the offense. Tomlinson is almost 4 years removed from his playing career, and this will be his first NFL coaching experience. The reunion between the Chargers and Tomlinson comes at the same time as other big name reunions around the league. In Tampa Bay, Peyton Manning is teaming up with his former head coach Tony Dungy, and Tom Brady is teaming up with Bill Belichick in Chicago. It will be interesting tracking the success of the former star players turned coaches over the next couple of years. If any of them prove successful in their current offensive coordinator roles they could be in-line for head coaching opportunities down the line.

Tomlinson will be leading a pretty loaded offensive team in San Diego. The challenge will be getting the talent to perform up to expectations, which is something his predecessors couldn’t make happen. Blaine Gabbert will be entering his 5th GZL season a pro, and everyone is expecting him to finally take that next step as a player. He is the highest and supposedly best player on the team, and only has 2 years remaining on his rookie deal, this season could go a long way in determining his future with the team. Aside from Gabbert, the Chargers will be returning the top back in GZL history in Ryan Mathews, along with a plethora of weapons headlined by Keenan Allen. It is expected that Percy Harvin and Vernon Davis will be returning to the team as well, but that isn’t 100% yet. Clearly San Diego has the makings of a top offense, and if LT can put it all together, he will become a bigger hero in San Diego then he already is.

In addition to the hiring of Tomlinson, the Chargers also hired Livelihood Training as their training staff for the upcoming season. Livelihood will be replacing Welness Studios who has been the Chargers staff since the beginning of GZL. In recent seasons Welness has come under fire for some of the injuries that the team has suffered, specifically to some of its better players such as Gabbert and Mathews. Livelihood is considered an upgrade to Welness in all areas and the Chargers hope they will have a little more success (or luck) with injuries in the upcoming season.


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THE BOLT BEAT:: Chargers hire Bill Cowher as their new HC
THE BOLT BEAT:: Chargers hire Bill Cowher as their New Head Coach
Cowher replaces Mike Nolan who went 10-6 in his lone season as Chargers Head Coach.
Tuesday, December 10th, 2016
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The Chargers will be Cowher’s 3rd team as a head coach.

San Diego(AP) – For a team that has won 2 Super Bowls in the short history of GZL, a 10-6 record and 1st round exit simply wasn’t good enough. Mike Nolan was hired by the Chargers a year ago on a 1-year “prove it” deal, and apparently he didn’t prove enough in his short time in San Diego, as GM John Stanley decided not to retain the head coach. Instead, Stanley set his sights on a number of candidates that he believed could help return San Diego to their championship ways. At the top of this list was former Pittsburgh Steelers Head Coach and Super Bowl Champion Bill Cowher. Although Cowher was coming off a less than stellar 5-year tenure with the Carolina Panthers, Stanley and company felt he was just the right man for the job. Cowher will take over a staff that has holdovers Rob Ryan at defensive coordinator and Brad Seely at special teams coordinator, which were two units that performed well in 2015.

To fill out the coaching staff the Chargers will need to add an offensive coordinator after they fired Brad Childress earlier in the offseason. The Chargers have been searching for years for that right formula on offense that was seen in the early years of the GZL under Clarence Shelmon who has since retired from the league. Last year, they believed that Brad Childress could be that guy for them, and despite a successful (10-6) record, the offensive output still fell below expectations. Specifically with regards to quarterback Blaine Gabbert, who has underperformed and/or been injured for every season in his young career. The Chargers are expected to announce a hiring of a new coordinator tomorrow and the early candidates for the job appear to be Pete Carroll, Mike McCoy, Ken Whisenhunt, Bruce Arians and LaDainian Tomlinson.

In addition to hiring a new OC, the Chargers will also need to hire a new training staff after deciding not to bring back their prior staff following a few seasons of significant injury problems to key players like Blaine Gabbert and Ryan Mathews, among others. The early favorites to be hired are Livelihood Training, On-Staff Health Clinic, Bones and Joints, and All-Squad Health. All signs point to the training staff being announced at the same time as the offensive coordinator tomorrow.


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THE BOLT BEAT:: San Diego Ready to Get Season Underway
THE BOLT BEAT:: San Diego Ready to Get Season Underway
Chargers Go 4-0 in Preseason.
Thursday, July 18th, 2015
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Blaine Gabbert is ready for some real football after going 4-0 in preseason action

San Diego(AP) – The Chargers had a very successful preseason this year, going (4-0) by beating the Patriots, Jaguars, Colts and Cardinals in successive weeks. The hope in San Diego is that the success from the preseason will carry on into the Regular Season and get them back into the Chamionship hunt where they believe they belong. Not only did they go (4-0) in the preseason but they also one in a variety of ways. They won a game in overtime, they won a game through the air, they won a game on the ground, they won with defense and they won with a balanced attack, which is something that should help them throughout the regular season when players have a bad stretch, this team is deep enough to account for that and overcome that. While having a strong preseason is a good way to begin the year, it is also something that shouldn't be reacted to strongly one way or the other, especially with regards to the record of a team, but where the preseason is a good measuring stick and in deciding individual battles between players on a roster. With that in mind, we now take a look at how some of the individual battles shaped up in the preseason games and how the depth chart projects to look on opening night:


2015 PRESEASON POSITION BATTLES::
These are projections and much may change before end of the Regular Season. To view the official team depth chart, click HERE.


Left Tackle
LT Brandyn Dombrowski VS LT Bob Greer
Bob Greer was a pretty under-the-radar type pickup for the Chargers who had limited draft capital this year. The former 1st Round Pick of the Raiders was amnestied by the team and the Chargers won him with a bid of a late 7th round pick. While he isn't a top level tackle, he has solid athleticism across the board, good strength and size, and is a polished blocker. Secretly, the long term hopes of the team is to one day have him as a LT starter, but Dombrowski has been the starter at LT for San Diego in 2 SB now, is more experienced and if nothing else has improved in his time as a starter with the team. He wins the job for now, but if there is ever a hiccup during the season, Greer is a capable replacment for sure.
Dombrowski:: 5Pancakes | 0Sacks Allowed
Greer:: 9Pancakes | 0Sacks Allowed

Winner:: LT Brandyn Dombrowski


Right Guard
LG Terrell Miller VS RG Thomas Vandal
This is a really interesting battle between two young players both drafted in the 4th round by the Chargers. Vandal, the team felt at the time, was a solid developmental player that if brought along correctly could ultimately become a starter, and this appeared to be the year he would get that shot. That was until the Chargers drafted Terrell Miller in the late 4th round this year and seemingly fell in love. Miller isn't spectacular but has everything that the Chargers look for in the position, and if they can showcase the talent that they believe he has right off the bat, then I believe they will do so. Vandal will definitely get his shot to play next year when LG Jeremy Zuttah becomes a free agent, and the Miller-Vandal combo at OG could be a young, cost-effective tandem for a long time in San Diego.
Miller:: 8Pancakes | 0Sacks Allowed
Vandal:: 4Pancakes | 0Sacks Allowed

Winner:: LG Terrell Miller


Right End
RE Sam Montgomery VS LE Connor Barwin
Sam Montgomery seemed to have the starting RE job locked up following the trade of Justin Tuck early in the offseason, but Connor Barwin certainly pushed him a bit after getting signed by the team just before camp started. Ultimately, Montgomery still outproduced Barwin and will get the job he deserves, but the good news is, that Barwin proved he can produce at a high level and he can be a very good backup at both DE spots and OLB spots for the team this year and potentially be a trade chip to start somewhere else next season.
Montgomery:: 8TKL | 2TFL | 1SCK | 1FF
Barwin:: 5TKL | 2TFL | 1SCK | 0FF

Winner:: RE Sam Montgomery




2015 Projected Depth Chart::
KEY = 2014 Pro Bowler | Returning Starter | New Starter | Rookie

DEFENSE
CB Dominique Cromartie | FS Victor Johnson | SS Matt Elam | CB Jonathan Joseph
ROLB Quincy Black | MLB Melvin Ingram | LOLB Casey Carter
RE Sam Montgomery | DT Fletcher Cox | DT Linval Joseph | LE Greg Romeus

OFFENSE
LT Brandyn Dombrowski | LG Jeremy Zuttah | C Joshua Taylor | RG Terrell Miller | RT Marcus McNeill
WR Percy Harvin | WR Keenan Allen | WR Sidney Rice | TE Vernon Davis
HB Ryan Mathews | QB Blaine Gabbert | FB Trey Millard

SPECIAL TEAMS
K Nate Kaeding | P Chris Kluwe | KR/HB Ronny Lewis





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THE BOLT BEAT:: SD Introudces 2015 Rookies; Sign 5 FA
THE BOLT BEAT:: SD Introudces 2015 Rookies; Sign 5 Free Agents
Chargers get their man.
Tuesday, June 18th, 2015
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LB Bryon Pharr was drafted as a future replacement for Quincy Black

3.10 -- ROLB Byron Pharr, Michigan State
6'2" | 236lbs | 72OVR | 85SPD | 81AGI | 89ACC | 70STR | 60CTH | 66TKL
Quick Take:: With the Chargers not having their first pick until the 3rd round of the draft (1st dealt last draft, 2nd dealt in Harvin Trade) and with little to no immediate needs, they were looking to add the most talent that they could with the picks that they had. Pharr fit the bill of a best player available at 3.10 and was someone the Chargers had been targeting and keeping tabs on since the early 2nd round. Pharr was seen as the heir apparent to Quincy Black at ROLB for whenever his time in San Diego comes to end. With a good skew, Pharr may push the Chargers to make the transition from Black to him sooner then anticipated.

4.14 -- CB Rondell Nash, Michigan
5'10" | 180lbs | 77OVR | 92SPD | 90AGI | 94ACC | 59STR | 71CTH | 61AWR
Quick Take:: Nash was tabbed as a solid pick by a number of league personnel at 4.14. Nash isn’t great at any one thing but he is a solid all-around cornerback. He fits the bill of a future nickel or dime corner who can play the slot extremely well. He has extremely good hands and is an above average athlete. He should be the 4th CB this upcoming season for the Chargers.

4.28 -- LG Terrell Miller, Memphis
6'3" | 309lbs | 79OVR | 52SPD | 54AGI | 75ACC | 94STR | 74PBK | 87RBK | 68AWR
Quick Take:: The Chargers believed they stumbled onto a real steal here in the late 4th round and the positive skew for Miller, further endorses that belief. Miller is a really solid all-around player that fits the prototype of what they desire at the position. He has good size, is a good athlete and has great strength. The only knock on him could be that he has low PBK but with a very high starting RBK and good AWR, the Chargers will be able to progress his RBK up to where it needs to be in a reasonable amount of time. He will be a super backup this year on the o-line, but long-term he projects as a future starting guard, most likely at left guard.

5.13 -- CB Dwayne Gratz, Connecticut
5'11" | 201lbs | 74OVR | 88SPD | 87AGI | 92ACC | 63STR | 60CTH | 60AWR
Quick Take:: The Chargers thought they had a nice steal in the 5th round but a negative skew has made Gratz merely a depth CB. Gratz is an average all-around athlete. He possesses good strength, and is a polished CB with regards to CTH and AWR. He will likely be #5 on the depth chart this season.

5.14 -- WR Aaron Dobson, Marshall
6'3" | 210lbs | 77OVR | 90SPD | 85AGI | 91ACC | 43STR | 66AWR | 80CTH | 90JMP
Quick Take:: Dobson was a nice find in the 5th round for the Chargers. He is a big bodied receiver who is polished and can contribute right away if needed. Dobson stands at 6’3” and has solid athleticism for his size. He has good hands, is a good route runner, and has good leaping ability. Long-term he will likely develop into a high level contributor for an offense as a big, possession WR, but for now he is stuck behind a stacked WR group in San Diego (Harvin, Allen, Rice, Hilton).




San Diego(AP) – In addition to the introduction of their 2015 Draft Class, the Chargers also announced the signing of 5 Free Agents and a trade. The trade involved QB Pat Devlin, who famously took the Chargers to their 2nd GZL SB win just 2 seasons ago. Devlin is headed to Buffalo in exchange for a 4th round pick in next year’s draft. GM John Stanley had this to say about Devlin:
“While we recognize and will forever appreciate the contributions that Pat made to our franchise over the past 3 seasons, we felt it was time to move on with the compensation that was offered by Buffalo. Pat admittedly did a superb job on our SB run 2 years ago, but last year he clearly was the not the same QB that took us on that magic run without our franchise QB Blaine Gabbert. With this in mind, and the fact that we had already brought in Tony Romo to take over backup duties, we felt a 4th round pick was more than enough in exchange for a 3rd string QB, and at the same time it gives Pat the ability to be more than a 3rd stringer in Buffalo, which makes it a good deal for everyone involved.”
In addition to the trade, the Chargers have also signed 5 Free Agents as mentioned previously, and there are as follows:

LOLB Kenny Tate
QB Parker Simms
K Lamar Huey
P Chris Kluwe
LE Connor Barwin

Stanley had the following comments on the signings: “Starting off with Kenny Tate, we really feel he is a very underrated player that we got at great price. He was a mid-3rd round pick by the Giants just a season ago and has great size and athleticism for a LB. We brought him on a 5-year deal that is pretty team-friendly and he is someone who can provide great depth at both OLB spots, and even ILB if necessary. He is still such a young player who was drafted pretty high a year ago, and we are glad to have him. Moving onto Parker Simms, he reminds me a lot of the player we just traded in Pat Devlin. Simms was a high 5th rounder by the Packers in 2014 and he fits what we like at the QB position. He has a solid arm, is a more polished thrower of the ball at this time then Pat was, and is a pretty smart young player. He will be able to grow as a 3rd stringer behind two very good veteran QB and we will see what happens. Similar to Kenny, we got him on a very team-friendly deal at 5 years and he should be here for a long time. Now to Lamar Huey. Obviously Lamar won’t be replacing Nate [Kaeding] who is one of the best kickers in the league and has been for a long time, but we saw the opportunity to bring in Lamar on a good contract, and he could be someone that presents value long-term whether it be an injury to Nate or maybe in a future trade or such where he can get the opportunity to start. He is a very polished and accurate kicker coming out, which is something we liked. During the draft, we were monitoring his status as the draft progressed, hoping he might go undrafted, but once we saw that the Eagles choose not to sign him, we jumped at the chance to bring him into our system. The 4th player we signed was P Chris Kluwe who was with Minnesota for a long time. Kluwe is one of the better punters in the league and has been for a number of years now. We have been looking for someone like Chris ever since we moved Mike Scrifes a number of years back. No disrespect to Robert Malone, who has done a fine job for us, but Kluwe is one of the elite level punters in the league and we are glad to have him, and it just makes our team that much better. We are going to keep Robert on the roster for now and carry 2 punters as we don’t want to avoid unnecessary cap charges when we don’t need the cap space currently. Lastly, we brought in Connor Barwin who may be the most talented player of the bunch. Seeing Barwin still available this late in the process, we thought it would be foolish of us not to jump at the chance to bring him in. Connor will be the top backup at both DE spots, and can even play some OLB in a pinch if needed. Barwin has been a good player in Houston, Seattle, and Tennessee for a number of years and will provide great depth for us in the front seven. We brought Connor in a 4 year deal, and we will take it year by year with him. After this year, we could work with him to see if we can find him a spot to start long-term elsewhere and bring back an asset to us, or keep him long-term as a backup. At the very least he provides options, and good problems to deal with.”

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THE BOLT BEAT:: Tony Romo to San Diego
THE BOLT BEAT:: Tony Romo to San Diego
Objective #2 Complete.
Monday, June 24th, 2015
Usain Bolt, Yahoo Sports!

Amidst controversy, Romo heading to San Diego.

San Diego(AP) – In what was a controversial, heated couple of days, the Chargers finally completed phase 2 of their offseason acquiring a top backup QB in Tony Romo. Following the acquisition of Percy Harvin last week, GM John Stanley shifted his full attention to acquiring a top backup by any means necessary. Following failed talks with Packers GM Kevin Mullendore over both Matt Schaub and Matt Cassell, Stanley turned his attention to Cowboys QB Tony Romo and Saints Free Agent QB Eli Manning. The preferred option of the two was Romo because the Chargers could control their ability to obtain him, while Manning could still take the Chargers offer back to New Orleans to be matched. Ultimately, the Chargers got Romo, although their ability to acquire him was in doubt at first when the Trade Committee rejected an initial deal between the teams. The Chargers and Cowboys stuck with it though and agreed on the following trade:

Chargers Send:
Future 2
7.28

Cowboys Send:
QB Tony Romo
Future 5

Following the trade, the Chargers are now preparing for the draft, where they have a limited number of picks compared to what they are used to. They will enter the draft with 5 picks, 2 in the 4th, 2 in the 5th and 1 in the 6th. They are still hoping to acquire more picks prior to the draft, but are unsure if they will be able to do so. To fill out their roster, the Chargers will need to bring in a FS, CB, OG and MLB.

In other news, the Chargers were able to bring back RE Justin Tuck, C Samson Satele, LT George Bussey and HB Daniel Thomas through free agency. That’s it until next time, where we will likely be recapping the happenings from draft day.

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THE BOLT BEAT:: Percy Harvin to Chargers
THE BOLT BEAT:: Percy Harvin to Chargers
Chargers get their man.
Tuesday, June 18th, 2015
Usain Bolt, Yahoo Sports!

Harvin making the move from Minnesota to San Diego

San Diego(AP) – Following the disappointing end to the 2014 season, GM John Stanley had one top priority entering the offseason and that was to add a top playmaker at the wide receiver position. With limited draft capital and not many movable players, Stanley was in for quite the challenge in acquiring his man. After failed attempts to acquire Demaryius Thomas, among others, the focus was quickly shifted to Percy Harvin. Once contact was made with Minnesota, a deal was quickly struck that would send the former Florida Gator and Minnesota Vikings star out west to San Diego. While the terms of the deal are currently undisclosed, Yahoo! Sports can confirm that Harvin is on his way to San Diego as we speak to take his physical and become an official member of the San Diego Chargers. With Harvin in the fold, the Chargers depth chart at WR will be as follows:
1) Percy Harvin
2) Keenan Allen
3) Sidney Rice
4) T.Y. Hilton
In addition to that star-studded top 4 at WR, the Chargers also have the best TE in the league in Vernon Davis as well as a capable, athletic backup in Jackie Thomas. At RB, they still have one of the top 2 or 3 RB in GZL history in Ryan Mathews with two capable home run threats as backups in Jordan Todman and Ronny Lewis. In other words, San Diego has playmakers for days.

Now that Stanley has found his playmaker at the receiver position that he coveted, sources indicate that he has now turned his attention to finding a top, capable backup QB for Blaine Gabbert. One of the reasons for the Chargers failure to make the playoffs last year was the fact that Gabbert was out for a long stretch during the regular season and the Chargers could not get consistent play out of Pat Devlin, a year after he led them to the Super Bowl in relief for Gabbert. While the Chargers can't thank Devlin enough for what he did during that Super Bowl run, it is pretty clear he is nothing more then a 3rd string QB at this level, and that the player he was on that Super Bowl run isn't the player he is long-term. Sources indicate that the Chargers have been calling around and also have been looking at free-agent QB's for the upcoming free agency period and look to be strong players in this market. If the Chargers can add that backup QB they will feel like they filled their main needs that they had entering the offseason and will be ready to go for next season.

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THE BOLT BEAT:: Norv Retires; Chargers Revamp Coaching Staff
THE BOLT BEAT:: Norv Retires; Chargers Revamp Coaching Staff
Mike Nolan is the new head coach.
Friday, June 14th, 2015
Usain Bolt, Yahoo Sports!

Mike Nolan becomes the new Head Coach of the San Diego Chargers

San Diego(AP) – In a somewhat surprising move following this year's Super Bowl, long time Chargers Head Coach and 2x GZL Super Bowl winner decided to retire from football. A mainstay in San Diego for 8 years, Turner had a lot of success, including the 2 Super Bowl wins with GM John Stanley. At age 61, it didn't seem to be in the cards for Turner to retire so soon, but that is exactly what he did leaving a void to be filled by GM Stanley. In addition to the retirement of Norv Turner, the contracts on both OC Clarence Shelmon and ST Steve Crosby expired, leaving the opportunity for a revamped coaching staff following a disappointing season. The only coach that remained under contract was DC Rob Ryan who did an excellent job last year holding together the defense through injuries, and coaching them to one of the top statistical defenses league wide.

The search for Turner's replacment was an extensive process. Ultimately the decision was made to hire division rival Denver Broncos DC Mike Nolan away on a 1-year deal. If Nolan proves to be the HC that the Chargers are hoping for, then they will have no problem extending him next year, but the 1-year deal also gives them flexibility to cut ties if things don't go well. In addition to Nolan, the Chargers had an extended list of potential cantidates. Rumored to be atop that list was Bill Belichick but he decided to take a job as the HC of the Chicago Bears. Two other cantidates rumored to be in contention for the job were Tom Brady and Peyton Manning but both HOF players decided to give it one more season before jumping into the coaching ranks. So with 3 of their top cantidates aside, the Chargers turned their attention to the division rival Nolan who was not originally in their plans, but is someone who they have admired up close and personal the past few seasons. Nolan brings a defensive mindset with him as head coach, and along with Rob Ryan should continue to build on the stout defense in San Diego.

After the Chargers secured their Head Coach in Nolan, they turned their attention to the OC and ST coaching positions, which needed to be filled following the departures of Shelmon and Crosby. The OC position was first priority and the initial list of cantidates included Ken Whisenhunt (signed with Packers as OC), Charlie Weis (signed with Bengals as OC), Donovan McNabb (signed with Vikings as OC) and Brad Childress. When the other 3 cantidates decided to take jobs elsewhere, the choice was pretty easy in San Diego, Childress was their man. Although Childress didn't enjoy much success in his time as Head Coach in Minnesota, he is known for his great offensive mind, and most recently worked with Jay Cutler and the Bears offense in Chicago. Childress should be a nice replacment for Shelmon. The search for ST coach was much less involved. From the start of that process, the list was relatively small, and the Chargers ultimately decided on long-time ST coach Brad Seely who has worked most notably with the Patriots and most recently with the Browns. Following a three year break from coaching, Seely was ready to get back into it, and the Chargers were a great opportunity to do so. In the end, the Chargers feel pretty happy with the hirings of Nolan, Childress and Seely and feel that they have an improvement on the staff of last year even with the loss of Turner, their long-time HC.

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THE BOLT BEAT:: GM Stanley Comments on Draft Picks
THE BOLT BEAT:: GM Stanley Comments on Draft Picks
Final 2014 GZL Draft Coverage
Monday, January 7th, 2013
Usain Bolt, Yahoo Sports!


San Diego(AP) – Here we are the day after the 2014 GZL Draft and for the first time we were able to hear GM John Stanley speak on the 10 players he selected in the Draft. The press conference consisted of Stanley talking about the draft and what went into the draft, as well as a brief sound bite on each prospect. What GM Stanley had to say follows:

On Draft and Process: “First off, thanks for everyone coming today. I will be not taking any questions today, but hopefully I can hope to answer any potential questions you have with what I say. I want to first address the draft as a whole before getting into a little bit on each player we selected. Going into the draft, we saw very few immediate needs on the table for us. We really only needed to bring in 1 starter at OLB. Having the freedom to then select 9 other players and build depth in certain places or simply taking the best player available was very nice. It allowed us to examine our roster and see where we may have potential needs down the line, whether due to contracts expiring in the future or age. If you look at our draft, Casey [Carter] our first pick, was the only real instance where we drafted for immediate needs. But guys like Matt [Elam], Sam [Montgomery], and Jackie [Thomas] were instances where you can see us drafting more for potential “future” needs, if you will. On day two, we were pretty much able to draft based off the best player available on our board, which in some cases gave us a player we don’t necessarily have an immediate need for, but that was too talented to pass up.”

On OLB Casey Carter: “Starting off talking about Casey. He is someone that we really like and have for a long time. We had him rated very highly and only a little behind Jarvis Jones who was a consensus top 3 or 4 player in the entire draft. Carter can do it all, rush the passer, drop in coverage, and play the run. Most importantly we feel at anytime he can shift inside to MLB in a 34 front and give us the versatility to play multiple fronts throughout the year. Casey has good size, athleticism, and is just a really polished and solid player. Someone we were a little surprised was still hanging around, but someone we are definitely happy to get.”

On SS Matt Elam: “Next up, Matty [Elam] are second pick. By now, it’s probably no secret that we loved Matt as a player. He was actually our #1 rated safety in the class, so we were happy to be able to snatch him up as there were 2 safeties taken ahead of him. Elam is a very good player who we feel could play both FS and SS, and we will have to see where he ultimately fits long term. While some may call him a little undersized, we are quite alright with his size, and he is simply a great athlete with incredible range on the field. We love his ability to play a centerfield type safety, but also graded him out as one of the best tackling safeties in the class, so he is really someone who can do it all at the safety position, which we love.”

On DE Sam Montgomery: “Sam is a player we were really happy to still have around when we picked in the 2nd round. We debated moving up to make sure we would get him but ultimately stayed put and still got him. Sam is a real good, athletic pass rusher, and we feel can provide depth at OLB as well with his size and length used to his advantage. If we want to go to a 34 look, moving Sam to OLB with Casey [Carter] sliding inside would be a possibility that we will explore and something that we think we can find success with. We think that Sam was a nice find in round 2, and should be a high level contributor for us from day one.”

On TE Jackie Thomas: “Going into Round 2, the two players we really hoped would slide to us were Jackie and Sam, and we ended up getting them both. Jackie is very similar to our current TE Vernon Davis in that he is a matchup nightmare for opposing defenses and is a real good player in space. We are likely going to explore lining Jackie up at WR at times as well as FB in addition to his obvious fit as the #2 TE in our offense. Thomas is a luxury pick of sorts because the need for another weapon isn’t really apparent, but we can never have enough weapons. Thomas also gives us a plan B if we can’t work things out with Vernon Davis in the coming months.”

On WR T.Y. Hilton: “T.Y. is a really explosive player that can stretch the field vertically but can also work the underneath routes and be effective out of the slot. Again, like Jackie, the need for another weapon wasn’t overwhelming, but to add a player like Hilton is always a good thing. T.Y. will likely fit in as a #3 or 4 WR this year, and will work his way in slowly alongside Lawrence [Chavez] in the slot. They are actually very similar players, and can do some similar things, so that dynamic will be interesting. But we are glad to have T.Y. here.”

On HB Ronny Lewis: “What can I say? Another explosive weapon at a position where we don’t really need one. I don’t know, the draft just seemed to shake out that way. Lewis is a player we really like a lot, and while the need isn’t apparent, the ability to add another weapon and another great player in space is always welcome. The overwhelming theme of the draft and offseason seems to be to not only add weapons but explosive ones, and that can be seen clearly with Ronny here, and T.Y., Jackie and Reggie Bush early on in the offseason. Ronny here will likely fit in as a situational back who can play some slot WR as well as be an effective return man.”

On CB Trumaine Johnson: “Here we were looking to add some depth at the CB position. We came into the draft with only 4 CB, and while we weren’t actively looking to add another, the opportunity presented itself with Trumaine. Trumaine is a big-bodied CB who we feel will add some nice depth to our defensive backfield. He can really cover effectively and while he isn’t a great athlete, he is good enough for his size. Depending on how he works in the preseason we can see him anywhere from #3 to #5 CB at any given time during the season.”

On OG Thomas Vandal: “Thomas was another case of trying to add the best player available. Another place where we could use some depth was along the OL and Vandal provides that. He is a very solid around player, who doesn’t overwhelm in any one area, but also doesn’t underwhelm in any areas. We see him as an interior backup at all 3 positions this year, with the potential to start in future seasons.”

On SS Shamarko Thomas: “Shamarko was a very good college player who we were glad to add through the draft. Shamarko is a ball hawk, and rangy safety who is undersized but makes up for it with his quickness and ability to trust his eyes and make a play on the ball. He was productive in college and we envision similar success in the pros. He will provide depth at both safeties spots this year, and is another player we see with long term potential to start in the league.”

On WR Thomas Range: “Thomas is a potential type pick at this point in the draft. He is a big bodied WR at 6’3”, and while he isn’t a great athlete he is good enough to be a situational WR and a good possession guy in the league. He will provide depth as a #5 or 6 WR this year, and if he works at things could have the potential to move his way up the depth chart in future seasons.”


That was all that GM Stanley had for reporters on this day as he allowed for no questions, and left the podium immediately after he finished talking about Range. We will see if we can get more from him in the coming days. For now, this is the BOLT BEAT signing off with your 2014 Draft Coverage.




Usain Bolt covers GZL for Yahoo! Sports.

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THE BOLT BEAT:: Chargers Add 5 Players on Day Two
THE BOLT BEAT:: Chargers Add 5 Players on Day Two
Roster Pretty Much Set for Season
Monday, January 7th, 2013
Usain Bolt, Yahoo Sports!

New Chargers CB, Trumaine Johnson out of Montana

San Diego(AP) – After a solid and exciting day one of the Draft, the Chargers War Room was much more relaxed on day two. The team had filled most of its major needs on day one, and could now simply sit back and trust their scouting by taking the best player available in each slot. The strategy was pretty clear from the first pick, as they took HB/return man Ronny Lewis from UTEP. This gave them a 5th RB on the roster, and also gave them another very good returner to go along with Reggie Bush and Brandon Boykin. Clearly not a huge need, but sitting at the top of the 4th round, and getting a stud return man and change of pace back like Lewis was a good representation of value for the Chargers. With their next 4th round pick, which was back to back with the first 4th, the Chargers took CB Trumaine Johnson out of Montana. As a small-school player, Johnson is a little raw, but he is able to give the Chargers some depth at the CB position and also represents some good long-term potential. If Johnson skews well, then he has the potential to be a long-term starter at the position, and if he doesn’t then he could still provide great depth for a long time. With the next pick, the Chargers went after LG Thomas Vandal from Syracuse. Vandal is a little on the small side at 6’2”, but he is still a pretty good find in the 4th round. Vandal is not great at anything, but is good at everything. He is a polished player coming out, who may need a little work on RBK. Besides that, he is has good attributes with 64SPD/89STR/61AGI/76ACC. A good skew could give him long-term starter potential, and a bad one won’t really hurt him. With their 4th and final pick of the 4th round the Chargers nabbed their second safety in the draft and also drafted their second consecutive player out of Syracuse University. Shamarko Thomas was the pick, and while he has his flaws, the Chargers feel he is a very good backup at both FS and SS, and if he gets a good skew could also develop into a starter. A little on the small side at 5’10”, Thomas has good enough SPD to play well, but also has great STR, AGI, ACC and CTH which help to make up for him being a little slower and smaller. With a skew that helps his SPD, you can see why the Chargers may view him as a potential starter. With their 10th and final pick of the draft at 7.24, the Chargers added WR Thomas Range who is a big body at 6’3”. He probably will never be more then depth, but with his size and a good skew, he could become more than that, and represented a good risk for the team at 7.24. GM Stanley is holding a press confrence later today where he will comment on each of his team's selections in the draft.


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THE BOLT BEAT:: Chargers Add 3 Players in Round 2
THE BOLT BEAT:: Chargers Add 3 Players in Round 2
SD trades out of 3rd; Now have 5 Picks on Day Two
Saturday, January 5th, 2013
Usain Bolt, Yahoo Sports!

Chargers new DE from LSU, Sam Montgomery

San Diego(AP) –The Chargers started day one of the 2014 GZL Draft by adding two players on the defensive side of the ball early Saturday Morning. After adding Elam and Carter, the Chargers had 3 more picks on Saturday in the 2nd round. With the first second, the Chargers added DE Sam Montgomery from LSU at 2.19. 4 picks later at 2.23, the Chargers took their first offensive player in the draft with versatile, athletic TE Jackie Thomas out of Wisconsin. Then, with their final day one pick, the Chargers selected speedy WR T.Y. Hilton out of Florida International. The Chargers have now selected 2 players on offense and 3 on defense heading into Day 2 where they have 5 remaining draft picks. Here is a short breakdown of the 3 second round picks.

Montgomery from LSU was a standout pass rusher in his time at LSU. At LSU, he was a bookend with Barkevious Mingo, who came out last year and was a star on defense for the Green Bay Packers in year one. Montgomery isn’t quite the player that Mingo is, but he is still very solid. He is athletic with a 83SPD/85ACC combo and has great size at 6’5” 260lbs. He is pretty ready to play from day one, but I’d expect to see him as the top backup at both DE spots as well as at both OLB spots in his rookie season with the potential to take over as a starter in case of injury or more likely in year two when Justin Tuck’s contract expires.

Jackie Thomas, the second of the team’s picks in the 2nd round is a matchup nightmare for defenses. The need for a player like Thomas isn’t really apparent when looking at the Chargers roster, but when you dig deeper you can see the rationale behind the pick. First, Vernon Davis’ contract expires after the season, and second Thomas is someone who in addition to being the backup TE can also line up as a WR, where he can create some crazy matchups for opposing defenses to have to stop. Thomas the player, is a smaller TE at only 6’2” 222lbs, but he makes up for it with his crazy athleticism for a TE. If used correctly, he can simply be another dynamic weapon for a team that has already added some dynamic weapons to their offseason like Reggie Bush so far this offseason.

T.Y. Hilton, the final of the second round picks is a dynamic player at the WR position. Coming out of a small school like FIU, Hilton is someone who can really makes plays and did throughout his whole career in college. He has great speed and quickness which make him a threat to not only get deep but also a threat in the slot and a great player in space. I’d look for him to line up anywhere from #3-5 WR for most of the season, depending on who the coaching staff decides to go with in a given week. Behind the top 2 WR in Rice and Allen, the Chargers have loads of options that they could potentially line up at WR including Hilton himself, as well as WR Lawrence Chavez, HB Reggie Bush, and TE Jackie Thomas.

Some other notes. The Chargers traded 4th round draft pick from last year to the Rams for a 3.17 this year, which they then moved to Pittsburgh for 4.3, 4.24, and 7.24. This move gives them 5 picks now on Day 2, when they came into the draft with only two picks on Day 2. GM Stanley was unavailable for comment yet again with regards to his day one picks, but I would expect him to speak later tonight or more likely tomorrow following day two of the draft on his new draft picks.


Day One Recap
1.21 - OLB Casey Carter, Missouri
1.25 - SS Matt Elam, Florida
2.19 - DE Sam Montgomery, LSU
2.23 - TE Jackie Thomas, Wisconsin
2.29 - WR T.Y. Hilton, FIU


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THE BOLT BEAT:: Chargers Select Carter and Elam in Round 1
THE BOLT BEAT:: Chargers Select Carter and Elam in Round 1
Chargers Select OLB and S in Rd. 1 – 3 2nds left on Day One
Saturday, January 5th, 2013
Usain Bolt, Yahoo Sports!



San Diego(AP) –The Chargers began Draft Weekend by standing pat at picks 1.21 and 1.25 and selecting Missouri OLB Casey Carter and Florida S Matt Elam respectively. Casey Carter had a standout career at Missouri where he finished his career 2nd in Tackles and 3rd in Sacks in School History. Carter is someone that can rush the passer effectively but also has the ability to drop into coverage. Rumors have been circulating that with Carter now aboard, the Chargers will look to move last year’s 1st round pick Melvin Ingram to MLB where he will start. That will give the Chargers Quincy Black at ROLB, Melvin Ingram at MLB and Casey Carter at LOLB. A pretty solid group, and one that can easily translate into a 3-4 look with Doug Hogue or Shaun Phillips as the 4th LB, when the Chargers want to switch up their fronts. Carter is someone that could give versatility and will be a player that will start from day one and hopefully play for a long time in San Diego. GM Stanley was unable to be reached for comment at the moment, as the draft is ongoing.

With their second 1st round pick at 1.25, the Chargers selected Matt Elam the SS from Florida. Elam was a top player in his time at Florida showing very good coverage skills, but also the ability to play the run effectively. Elam was also known to deliver his fair share of big hits from time to time. Elam likely slots in as a 3rd safety in year one, with potentially taking over the starter role in year two. Michael Griffin is in limbo right now. Griffin is a standout safety, but is only on a 1 year deal thanks to the Franchise Tag and isn’t getting any younger. That situation will be an interesting one to watch as Training Camp approaches, could Griffin be on his way out?

Also, my sources from earlier today indicated that the player that the Chargers were targeting with their 1st round pick was selected just in front of them in the 1st round which didn’t sit too well in the Chargers War Room. A second source indicated that the player that the Chargers were targeting may have been DE/LB Dion Jordan out of Oregon who was selected by the Bucs. That can’t be confirmed though, so we will have to wait for Stanley’s post-draft press conference for more information. At that press conference, Stanley will also speak about the players selected in the draft.

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Chargers Skip FA; Make Moves for Justin Tuck and Reggie Bush
Chargers Skip FA; Make Moves for Justin Tuck and Reggie Bush
Also Announce Previous Offseason Moves
Saturday, December 29, 2012
Ian McIntyre, NFL Network

Tuck, along with Bush are two more additions in a busy offseason for the defending champs.
SanDiego (AP) – Just yesterday, the Chargers acquired Jonathan Joseph, and now, today, they have made two more big moves to improve their team in a quest for a repeat. While most teams were feasting their eyes on the Free Agent market, the Chargers focused elsewhere. The Indianapolis Colts, hoping to get out from under the contract of Reggie Bush placed him on amnesty waivers Friday afternoon. With the waiver set to expire at 2:39P.M. on Saturday, GM John Stanley placed a late bid of pick 5.18 to win the waiver on Reggie Bush, beating out the division rival Raiders for his services. Bush is a dynamic back, who can contribute in a number of areas to a team. GM Stanley had this to say about the transaction: “Behind closed doors this offseason, we have been looking for a player like Reggie Bush to add a new dimension to our offense. Players like [CJ] Spiller, [Darren] McFadden, and [Lesean] McCoy have been guys we were considering to try and bring in, but when Bush was placed on amnesty waivers and all we had to forfeit was a late round pick, the opportunity was too good to pass up. Bush will add a new dynamic to our team playing everywhere imaginable. You could see him as a returner, 3rd down back, slot WR, and even get the occasional spot start. He gives us something we haven’t really had here, and that was part of his appeal. Our offense is better with a player like Bush on it.

Bush was the first move on Friday for San Diego, but not the only move. Following a series of discussions between the two teams with some back and forth offers, the Giants and Chargers agreed on a trade to send veteran DE Justin Tuck to San Diego in exchange for two late 5th round picks. The Chargers had a need for a DE after they saw last year’s starter Derrick Morgan depart for Buffalo in Free Agency earlier in the day. Tuck will provide a nice stopgap and bridge to a younger future at the DE spot. GM Stanley also commented on the Tuck deal: “Myself and James Paronne were going back and forth on a few differently possibilities that included potentially players and/or picks, but we were able to settle an agreement with the two 5ths. Tuck is someone we have always admired from afar, and think he is a real nice short-term fit here in the last few years of his career. He slots in at RE at the moment, and should be a very productive player for us. It stunk to lose Derrick [Morgan] to Buffalo, but now that we have Tuck in the fold, we feel we will be alright. Adding a young DE still remains a need in the Draft for us, but this move allows us some more freedom with all of our draft picks, because the need isn’t as big of a need as before.

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San Diego Chargers Receive::
HB Reggie Bush

Indianapolis Colts Receive::
[5.18]
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San Diego Chargers Receive::
DE Justin Tuck

New York Giants Receive::
[5.30]
[5.32]
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BREAKING NEWS: Chargers Acquire CB Jonathan Joseph
BREAKING NEWS: Chargers Acquire CB Jonathan Joseph
Jonathan Joseph headlines a series of offseason moves for the Chargers, but have they gotten better?
Friday, December 28th, 2012
Ian McIntyre, NFL Network

BREAKING NEWS: Chargers Acquire Joseph to team up with DRC. Best Secondary in Football?.
SanDiego (AP) – The San Diego Chargers following their Super Bowl victory have been active as usual in the early going of the offseason. We just got breaking news from within the organization that the Chargers have acquired All-Pro Jonathan Joseph from the Cincinnati Bengals to pair up with Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie in what could shape up to be the best secondary in the GZL next year. Jonathan Joseph could not be reached at this time for comment but sources close to Joseph say that he is “thrilled to be going to the Chargers, and wants to thank the Bengals for his time there.” Joseph hasn’t put up quite the stats you’d expect out of a top-flight CB in recent years but he is still widely respected throughout the league as a elite CB and pairing him with DRC could create trouble for opposing offenses. Especially for a defense that was already pretty close to elite on their playoff run last year and eventual Championship. GM Stanley was able to be reached for comment and had this to say: ”The league still has to put the finishing touches on approving the deal for Jonathan, but once they do, we will be thrilled to have added him to our organization. Anytime that you can add a player of Jonathan’s caliber to your team, and on your terms, you have to be pretty happy about getting something like that done, and we are. We feel Jonathan is an elite #1 caliber CB, and to be able to pair him up with Dominique, Michael and Victor in our secondary, we really have the chance to create something special back there.” He went on to say: ”Jason McCourty was a great player for us for a long time. Ever since we signed him he has done everything we have asked, and was a part of two Championships for us as a starting CB. What he did for us during his time here won’t be forgotten. That said, there were some recent disputes regarding his contract, and we thought it was the best time for us to part ways.” The official details of the trade were released earlier:

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San Diego Chargers Receive::
CB Jonathan Joseph
[7.30]

Cincinnati Bengals Receive::
CB Jason McCourty
[2.20]
[4.32]
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Ian McIntyre covers GZL for NFL Network.

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Forum Discussion (by J_Stanley on 12/28/2012) Replies - 0 :: Views - 32
2013 San Diego Chargers Training Camp
Chargers 2012 Training Camp::
"Rebuild Complete."

Monday, December 19th, 2012




2012 TEAM AWARDS::
These are the 2nd annual Team Awards. Past Editions Include:: 2011 | 2012

Team MVP of the Year::
HB Ryan Mathews (left)
302 CAR | 1606 YDS | 5.32 YPC | 9 TD | 80 LONG | 2 FUM

Team Breakout Player of the Year::
RB Jordan Todman (center)
117 CAR | 670 YDS | 5.73 YPC | 6 TD | 77 LONG| 1 FUM

Team Rookie of the Year::
QB Blaine Gabbert (left)
227 CMP | 410 ATT | 55.37 COMP% | 3250 YDS | 20 TD | 17 INT


The Chargers season was yet another rebuild kind of year following their Super Bowl win in year one. With that in mind though, the Chargers had a number of bright spots and flashes of brilliance from Franchise QB Blaine Gabbert that have them excited for the future. For the 3rd year in a row in the 3 years of exsistence, the Chargers Team MVP award goes to Ryan Mathews. Mathews has been a stalwart in the Chargers offense going back to his rookie season, and he will continue to be in the future. It is hard to improve on his over 2000 yard rookie season, but he has consistently been one of the league’s best backs, ranking 2nd on the career rushing yard list following GZL’s 3rd season. He also ranks Top 10 in TD and Top 3 in YPC among backs with significant carries. Mathews is signed in San Diego for 5 more years, and I can’t see him leaving San Diego even after that contract is up. What more could a team ask of a player or a player ask of a team, they are a great match. Next is the team’s breakout player of the year award. While there really wasn’t a true breakout player this year, we gave it the award to someone who was a pleasant surprise for the team. Jordan Todman, the team’s 4th round pick from a year ago, rushed for over 600 yards and 8 TD as a backup, and is someone the team is really excited about going forward. In Week 13 this past year, both Todman and Mathews both rushed for over 100 yards. Todman totaled 109 yards on 15 carries and Mathews totaled 231 yards on 21 carries. The future is definitely bright in the Chargers backfield, and their whole offense for that matter. That brings us to the Rookie of the Year award which goes to #1 overall pick Blaine Gabbert. Gabbert had an up and down season as you’d expect for a rookie QB but for the most part was a success in his rookie year. Before losing the final 4 games of the year, Gabbert had the Chargers at 8-4 and poised to make a run at the playoffs. While it was a disappointment losing in the final weeks as they did, they know that with improvement from Gabbert next year and with added pieces around him, they will be even better. The reason for Gabbert getting ROY wasn’t merely because of the stats he put up, which in itself weren’t overly impressive, but rather the way he carried the team and preformed as he did as a rookie.


2012 Pre-Draft Free Agency::
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2012 Pre-Draft Trades::

Steelers Send:
1.32
4.32

Chargers Send:
CB Chris Gamble
4.17

Early in the offseason, the Chargers were looking for cap space, and unfortunately one of the Chargers more productive players had to be moved. In return for Gamble, the Chargers were able to secure the last pick in the 1st round, and they also dropped 15 slots in the 4th. They felt it was pretty solid value for a regressing, highly paid CB at this point in his career.

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Titans Send:
RE Derrick Morgan

Chargers Send:
DT Tommie Harris

Another move with the cap in mind. The Chargers moved the highly productive Tommie Harris (2012 FA Signing), in a deal to the Titans. The deal ended up saving them over 3M in cap, but also brought back their starting RE for the upcoming season. Morgan is a young, athletic and big DE who will fit well in replacing Julius Peppers.

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Cardinals Send:
1.27

Chargers Send:
DT Terrance Knighton

Yet another cap-related move. The Chargers moved their other starter at DT from this past season in a deal that again brought back pretty good value, in a late 1st round pick. The move saved 7M in cap space, and gave the Chargers flexibility for the rest of the offseason.

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Buccaneers Send:
MLB Tyrone McKenzie
2.32
4.20

Chargers Send:
MLB Barrett Ruud
3.17

Do you sense a theme here? Another cap inspired move saw the MLB starter for the past 3 seasons, and a highly productive MLB go back to where he started his career. In return, the Chargers added a serviceable athletic backup in McKenzie, as well as a late 2nd round pick in a deep draft. Not to mention the 5M+ in cap that was saved.
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Bills Send:
1.31
2.27
4.13

Chargers Send:
1.17
6.17
7.17

A simple move down by the Chargers where they felt they received good value for their original 1st rounder. It still kept them in the first round, while adding two valuable picks in the 2nd and 4th rounds in a deep draft.

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Packers Send:
RE Michael Neal
5.9

Chargers Send:
1.32

The Chargers had been hot after Neal going back a few years, and they finally got a chance to acquire him. They moved the last pick in the 1st, for a young player that is athletic and will move to DT. Not to mention he is under team control for 3 more seasons at reasonable cost.

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2013 GZL Draft::


Melvin Ingram with Commissioner Roger Goddell minutes after getting selected with the Chargers 1st pick.


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1.27 -- MLB, Melvin Ingram, South Carolina
Key Attributes -- 6'3" / 264lbs / 83SPD / 79STR / 63AWR / 81AGI / 85ACC
Team Role -- Starting MLB
Scout's Take -- The value of Melvin Ingram was too great in the late 1st round to pass up. He was one of the Chargers top ranked player in the Draft, and to see him there at 1.27 was great value. LB wasn’t really a glaring need for the Chargers but the Chargers are always looking for talent, and that is what Ingram is. He will slot in day 1 as the Chargers starting MLB and be a force there for a decade.
Yahoo! Sports Grade -- A+

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** Trade Alert **
Chargers Send: 1.31
Cowboys Send: 2.14, 2.31

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2.14 -- DT, Fletcher Cox, Mississippi State
Key Attributes -- 6'4" / 295lbs / 70SPD / 90STR / 68AWR / 69AGI / 78ACC
Team Role -- Starting DT
Scout's Take -- Fletcher Cox was the pick for the Chargers at 1.31, but they got a call to move down, so they took that opportunity to stock picks. As soon as the 2nd round began, the Chargers were calling to try and move back up to get Cox, but he kept sliding and sliding until it was the Chargers time to pick. The Chargers were elated, they got what they believed to be a Top 20-25 talent, whom they were going to take in the late 1st, all the way down in the mid 2nd.
Yahoo! Sports Grade -- A+

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** Trade Alert **
Chargers Send: 2.17, Future 7th
Falcons Send: CB Brent Grimes, 5.3, Future 2nd

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2.27 -- FB, Trey Milliard, Oklahoma
Key Attributes -- 6'2" / 249lbs / 86SPD / 75STR / 70AWR / 85AGI / 89ACC / 65CTH / 80CAR / 57RBK / 57PBK
Team Role -- Starting FB
Scout's Take -- Here the Chargers replaced the departed Mike Tolbert who left in Free Agency. They got by far the best FB in the class, who is a stud from day one. The only question with the pick is taking a FB this high, but with limited needs elsewhere the Chargers filled a void with what they felt was the best player, and a player they had their sights set on as soon as Tolbert left.
Yahoo! Sports Grade -- A-


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2.31 -- CB, Brandon Boykin, Georgia
Key Attributes -- 5'9" / 186lbs / 94SPD / 54STR / 57AWR / 96AGI / 95ACC / 61CTH / 94 JMP / 62TKL
Team Role -- Starting Nickelback
Scout's Take -- Cornerback had been one of the positions that the Chargers were potentially looking heading into the draft, but never felt the value was right until late in the 2nd when Boykin kept sliding. Boykin’s only knock is his height, and while it is a big knock, he is a great athlete who will return kicks and punts as well as play in the nickel and dime packages on defense as he progresses.
Yahoo! Sports Grade -- B

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** Trade Alert **
Chargers Send: 2.32, Future 3rd
49ers Send: TE Vernon Davis, Future 7th

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4.13 -- WR, Dwight Jones, North Carolina
Key Attributes -- 6'3" / 230lbs / 88SPD / 51STR / 53AWR / 87AGI / 87ACC / 70CTH / 93JMP
Team Role -- Backup WR
Scout's Take -- One place where the Chargers are a little thin beyond their starters is the WR position. With this pick, the Chargers pick up a potential high upside, big physical WR depending on how the skew treats him. He has good size, solid speed and athleticism, but is still a little raw. A good skew could potentially help him become a future starter.
Yahoo! Sports Grade -- C+


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4.20 -- FS, Markelle Martin, Oklahoma State
Key Attributes -- 6'1" / 207lbs / 87SPD / 63STR / 60AWR / 91AGI / 92ACC / 56CTH / 65TKL
Team Role -- Backup Safety, Core Special Teamer
Scout's Take -- Markelle Martin is a solid player who was every bit as good as a few safeties that ended up getting selected ahead of him in the Draft. He brings good size, solid athleticism, and a pretty polished game to the table. He is ready to contribute from day 1, although that role will likely be as a backup for the foreseeable future. He has the ability to step in and play if needed, but will more likely be a nickel and dime package player along with special teams early on..
Yahoo! Sports Grade -- C+


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4.32 -- LE, Billy Winn, Boise State
Key Attributes -- 6'4" / 294lbs / 67SPD / 86STR / 51AWR / 67AGI / 73ACC / 77TKL
Team Role -- Backup DE / DT
Scout's Take -- Here with the last pick in the 4th round the Chargers were able to add some much-needed quality depth to their defensive line. They added a player in Billy Winn that is capable of playing both DE and DT in 4 man fronts and DE in 3 man fronts. With that great versatility, Winn is a valuable player to have at an affordable contract. He possesses great size, as well as solid athleticism for a man his size, and also is a strong player. He will be a contributor next year for sure as a backup.
Yahoo! Sports Grade -- B-


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5.3 -- LG, Blaize Foltz, TCU
Key Attributes -- 6'4" / 310lbs / 58SPD / 88STR / 62AWR / 60AGI / 70ACC / 79RBK / 78PBK
Team Role -- Career Backup OL
Scout's Take -- This pick was simply a pick to help fill the roster. Although that was the intent, the Chargers still like the player they drafted. They got a player similar to one they were thinking of picking in the early 4th round, but at much better value. Foltz will likely be a career backup at OL, but will play on a cheap contract, and is polished enough to step in and play whenever called upon.
Yahoo! Sports Grade -- C


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5.9 -- LG, Carson York, Oregon State
Key Attributes -- 6'5" / 292lbs / 60SPD / 85STR / 55AWR / 52AGI / 65ACC / 79PBK / 82RBK
Team Role -- Career Backup OL
Scout's Take -- Another pick simply to fill the roster requirements. York isn’t someone with starter potential down the line, and may find himself replaceable in a couple years even as the ‘cheap’ backup, but for now he is good enough. He has real good size, and ok athleticism, but beyond that he is a work in progress who needs to develop in a lot of areas.
Yahoo! Sports Grade -- C-


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5.17 -- WR, Juron Criner, Arizona
Key Attributes -- 6'3" / 224lbs / 86SPD / 58STR / 59AWR / 83AGI / 89ACC / 77CTH / 89JMP
Team Role -- Backup WR
Scout's Take -- With their last pick of the Draft, the Chargers took a wack at another high risk, high reward potential WR. Criner possesses good size, and decent athleticism, and like a few other picks before him, with a good skew can potentially be a player in the league. He would still need some work but with some added speed and some improvement in other areas, he could make a living as a #2 or #3 possession WR down the line.
Yahoo! Sports Grade -- C-




Fletcher Cox, the Chargers’ 2nd round pick out of Mississippi State






2013 PRESEASON POSITION BATTLES::
These are projections and much may change before the Preseason. To view the official team depth chart, click HERE.


Middle Linebacker
MLB Melvin Ingram VS MLB Ernest Munoz
Ernest Munoz was locked into a preseason battle last year with Barrett Ruud for the MLB job. When Ruud was traded back to TB early in the offseason, the belief was that Munoz would take over the starting gig. San Diego personnel and coaches alike are in love with Munoz and his potential, but apparently not so in love. The Chargers took Melvin Ingram with their 1st round pick in this year’s draft, leaving Munoz apparently on the outside looking in. Ingram and Munoz are actually pretty similar players, and both are forces. My belief is that the Chargers will eventually want to move back to a 3-4 scheme that won them the SB in GZL’s 1st season. That way they can utilize their 4 high end LB’s in Quincy Black, Ernest Munoz, Melvin Ingram and Shaun Phillips. But for now, we believe that Ingram will get the job as the team is presently constructed. Munoz will stay play a key role on the team, and is still a big part of the team’s future.
Projected Winner:: MLB Melvin Ingram

#2 CB
CB Jason McCourty VS CB Demarcus Van Dyke
This will be one interesting battle to watch in camp. McCourty is a veteran player acquired a few seasons back by the Chargers. He has played in various roles for the team since arriving, including starting on a number of occasions. But the Chargers also have CB Demarcus Van Dyke. The first round pick from 2011, which has now had 2 full seasons in the GZL to adapt, learn and grow. Word from inside the San Diego front office is that they are getting a little bit annoyed with Demarcus’ slow progress since being picked in the 1st, and they may give him one chance to prove he can make it this year as a starter. On the other hand, the Chargers knew what they were getting into when they took DVD as raw as he was in the 1st round. We will just have to see how things go, but our gut says that Jason McCourty gets the job, as the Chargers want to win NOW.
Projected Winner:: CB Jason McCourty

Slot WR
WR Lawrence Chavez VS WR Dwight Jones
Another interesting battle in camp will be the battle for the Slot WR position on the Chargers. Last year it was occupied by Devin Hester in what was a stacked wide receiving core. But this year, after letting Hester walk in Free Agency, it appears as if they almost forgot about the position altogether. They have a number of draft picks on the roster, but no high picks, and they are mostly high risk-high reward type players. The highest pick on the roster excluding the 2 starters is the 4th round where both Lawrence Chavez and Dwight Jones were picked, the two players detailed here. They are really two entirely different players. Chavez is a smaller, fast and quick player who looks more like your typical slot WR. Jones is extremely raw, but has the physical tools along with great size that can make him a force in the slot. We have to think at this point that the Chargers will go with the more experienced and more prototypical slot WR in Chavez. I also wouldn’t rule out a trade or FA signing before camp breaks that brings in a better player for the position.
Projected Winner:: WR Lawrence Chavez


2012 TRAINING CAMP::


LOLB Melvin Ingram | +1SPD (84) | +1STR (80)
DT Fletcher Cox | +10LBS (304LBS) | +1ACC (79)
RE Michael Neal | +1SPD (70) | +1STR (90)
C Joshua Taylor | +10LBS (289LBS)
LE Greg Romeus | +5INJ (83INJ)
CB Demarcus Van Dyke | +5INJ (87INJ)
MLB Ernest Munoz | +1SPD (83) | +1STR (79)


Training Camp was very successful again this year. The Chargers were able to improve the talents of a lot of their younger players and continue to push to get this team back to the playoffs. The focus this year of camp was speed, strength and acceleration. Which are three areas that San Diego values very highly. The first portion of camp was Offseason Training & Conditioning. This took place just after the draft, and this year 5 players were sent to it. The players were DT Fletcher Cox, LE Greg Romeus, MLB Ernest Munoz, CB Demarcus Van Dyke, and C Joshua Taylor. Both Demarcus Van Dyke and Greg Romeus were only there for the conditioning portion of the camp. Both players have had trouble at some point in their careers with injuries, so that was the focus for the two of them. They worked with team trainers and doctors to strengthen themselves in order to help prevent future injuries. They both got +5 INJ from this part of camp, bringing DVD to 87INJ rating and Romeus to 83INJ rating. Joshua Taylor and Fletcher Cox were two players that worked on the body diet portion of camp. Both players were a little lighter coming into camp then the Chargers desired, so the Chargers had trainers work with them in order to add muscle and strength to their core, and put on some more weight. Both Cox and Taylor added 10lbs, bringing them up 304lbs and 289lbs respectively. The last part of camp included only Ernest Munoz. Munoz, working with trainers improved both his SPD and his STR bringing them up to 83SPD and 79ST, further proof for San Diego’s commitment to him moving forward.

The next portion of camp was Training Camp Activities. 3 players were chosen to participate in this, and those players were Fletcher Cox, Michael Neal and Melvin Ingram. The three areas they worked on were all speed, strength and acceleration related. Since all 3 are defensive players, the drills and activities to help build on those 3 core principles were related and relevant to the defensive side of the ball as well as the technique involved with their positions within the Chargers’ scheme. Fletcher Cox mainly worked on ACC gaining +1ACC bringing him to 79ACC. The Chargers want Cox to be a disruptive force in the middle of the DL, as they would like Michael Neal to be as well. Michael Neal, another participant, worked on STR and SPD, also gaining +1 in both areas bringing him to 90STR and 70SPD. Cox and Neal are similar players with similar size and abilities, and they should fit nice providing that disruptive force that the Chargers are looking for. The last participant was 1st round pick Melvin Ingram who worked on his SPD and STR as well. The work brought him up to 84SPD and 80STR, hopefully making him even more of a force on the defensive side of the ball then he already is.

2013 Projected Depth Chart::
KEY = Returning Starter | New Starter | Rookie

DEFENSE
CB Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie | FS Michael Griffin | SS Victor Johnson | CB Jason McCourty
ROLB Quincy Black | MLB Melvin Ingram | LOLB Shawn Phillips
RE Derrick Morgan | DT Michael Neal | DT Fletcher Cox | LE Greg Romeus

OFFENSE
LT Brandyn Dombrowski | LG Jeremy Zuttah | C Nick Hardwick | RG Joshua Taylor | RT Marcus McNeill
WR Vincent Jackson | WR Sidney Rice | TE Vernon Davis
HB Ryan Mathews | QB Blaine Gabbert | FB Trey Milliard

SPECIAL TEAMS
K Nate Kaeding | P Robert Malone | KR Brandon Boykin


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Forum Discussion (by J_Stanley on 07/11/2012) Replies - 5 :: Views - 64
Chargers Start to Make Some Moves
2013 Offseason::
Chargers Start to Make Some Moves.

Monday, July 2nd, 2013


Marcus McNeill Signs on for 5 More Years


The Chargers are now 2 years removed from their Super Bowl victory in the GZL's Inagural season. 2 Years seems like a long time. They now have a new franchise QB in Blaine Gabbert and a roster that looks vastly different from the one that won the SB, with only 6 of a possible 22 starters still remaining from that team. Quite the turn around in just two years, but it is questionable if they are in any better shape..

So far this offseason the Chargers have been quiet, making a few moves, the moves made are below.


Players Released
WR Buster Davis
WR Danario Alexander

These moves were simply for salary cap purposes, they cleared close to 3M between the two of them. As for their contributions on the field, they caught a combined 11 passes last season, so their production won't be missed. With the removal of the required 53-man roster minimum, these players also weren't necessary to reach that minimum, making their release even easier.

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Players/Pieces Acquired
CB Chris Gamble
DT Tommie Harris
4.17
Future 3rd
Future 6th

Players/Pieces Traded Away
RE Derrick Morgan
1.32
4.32
Future 5th


Both Chris Gamble and Tommie Harris were moved mainly for salary cap reasons. The moves together cleared about 14M in cap space. With an eye on the cap, the Chargers still felt they did a solid job in bringing back quality assets. Gamble was traded to the defending champs along with SD's 4th Round Pick and brought back Pittsburgh's 1st and 4th. Tommie Harris, signed by the Chargers in Free Agency last year was traded with a Future 3rd and 6th to the Titans for RE Derrick Morgan and a Future 5th. Considering the circumstances, the Chargers liked what they were able to bring back in both deals.

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Other News

In other news, the Chargers were able to come to an agreement with longtime LT Marcus McNeill to keep him in San Diego for 5 more seasons. The 5 year deal is worth up to 29.35M with 11.7M in guranteed money. The move saved some money on the cap this season, while also extending one of the better and longest tenured Chargers.


© 2012 All Rights Reserved. GZL San Diego Chargers.
Forum Discussion (by J_Stanley on 07/02/2012) Replies - 0 :: Views - 19
2012 Chargers Training Camp
Chargers 2012 Training Camp::
"Rebuild Complete."

Monday, December 19th, 2012




2011 TEAM AWARDS::
These are the 2nd annual Team Awards. Past Editions Include:: 2011

Team MVP of the Year::
HB Ryan Mathews (left)
352 CAR | 1541 YDS | 4.38 YPC | 6 TD | 80 LONG | 4 FUM

Team Breakout Player of the Year::
CB Jason McCourty (center)
38 TKL | 3 TFL | 1 SCK | 1 FR | 4 INT | 15 DFL | 26 CTHA

Team Rookie of the Year::
CB Demarcus Van Dyke (left)
53 TKL | 3 TFL | 1 SCK | 1 FF | 0 INT | 9 DFL | 29 CTHA


In what was a disappointing year record-wise, there were a few bright spots on an individual basis, and here are a few of the highlights. For the 2nd year in a row, Ryan Mathews is the team MVP. While he didn’t replicate his 2000 yard rookie season, he still averaged 4.38 YPC and had over 1500 rushing yards. With a rookie QB, an overall disappointing year as a team, and less opportunities, Mathews made the most of it, and played rather well. The Breakout Player of the Year goes to Jason McCourty. McCourty, a former 6th round pick of the Titans in 2009, got a chance to start opposite Antoine Cason in his 1st season with the Chargers, and while he wasn’t exceptional, was a very solid starter. He hauled in 4 INT, made good plays on the ball, and continued to play well down the stretch when the team wasn’t in the playoff chase. The rookie of the year goes to Demarcus Van Dyke the 1st round CB from Miami (FL), instead of the departed Christopher Henderson, since DVD remains with the team. Van Dyke has exceptional physical tools, and while he isn’t polished quite yet, he has massive potential. He played solid during the year, and despite not much playing time until the final part of the season, played good in the nickel. He didn’t have any INT, but did force a fumble, and was a sure tackler on Special Teams and as a Nickel CB.


2012 Pre-Draft Free Agency::



DE Julius Peppers (left)
DT Tommie Harris (middle)
TE Shawn Nelson (right)


In a rather quiet Free Agency period with little money to go around, the Chargers broke their tendency under GM John Stanley, and went out and spent a little money. They brought in 3 extremely talented players, 2 along the DL and another to strengthen the TE position and recieving corps behind Kellen Winslow, in order to give their future QB as much weapons and good surrondings as possible. Nelson was signed to for 5 Years at 11.13M w/4.45M guranteed. This was seen as a rather affordable price for the role that Nelson will play in San Diego and a nice add. The biggest fish of them all was Julius Peppers, who in 2 seasons so far has disapointed in Chicago, but figures to play a key role in San Diego's defense, and hopefully so improved production (playing alongside Harris, Knighton and Romeus). He was signed for 3 Years at 24.98M w/9.99M guranteed. This was a hefty price tag, but in order to improve the team and bring in a player of that caliber, San Diego needed to spend a little, and they did just that. The last player Tommie Harris (pictured center), was signed for 3 Years as well, at 17.48M w/6.99M guranteed. He will be a pass rusher up the middle in the attacking 4-3 defense of the Chargers this year alongside Terrance Knighton.



2012 Pre-Draft Trades::

Bears Send:
WR Devin Hester
4.24

Chargers Send:
WR Arrelious Benn
CB Kelvin Hayden
3.18

The Chargers had been searching all offseason for the right fit for a #3 WR behind their top 2 threats, and they finally found the right fit. Devin Hester can provide immediate deep threat on the oustide, but also can fit in the slot, and will provide an immediate upgrade to the passing attack and another weapon for the new CB.


Giants Send:
3.21
3.28

Chargers Send:
DE Luis Castillo
5.28

This was simply a cap related move for the Chargers, trying to create space for future trades as well as their draft picks. With the 2 Pre-Draft FA signings, Castillo was no longer penciled in as a starter, as he has been for years in San Diego and was an expensive backup (4.49M), so he was moved for cost effective picks.


Cardinals Send:
CB Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie
2.18

Chargers Send:
CB Antoine Cason
1.2
3.26

This was the big shock and trade of the offseason. The Chargers seemed set on Julio Jones at 1.2, with Gabbert at 1.1, but because of cap related concerns, the team shopped the pick. The Chargers and Cardinals had multiple talks, until the Chargers finally gave in and added Antoine Cason to the package. While Cason is a great CB himself, when you have the chance to add the best CB in the league (one of most important positions) and one of the best and most valuable players in the whole league, you do it. That's exactly what San Diego did, instantly upgrading their secondary and saving money while they were at it.


Buccaneers Send:
CB Chris Gamble
OLB Quincy Black
3.12

Chargers Send:
1.12
LT Eugene Monroe

The Chargers were shopping both 1.12 and OT Monroe for a little while and when the right oppurtunity presented itself, they pounced on it. Gamble is one of the best CB in the league, and paired with DRC will make by far the best CB tandem in the league (not to mention McCourty and DVD on roster as well). They also added Quincy Black, a quick OLB who will start on the weakside for the team next year, and is on a very cheap contract. They downgrade a little along the line, but feel Bradyn Dombrowski or a rookie can take over at LT, with Marcus McNeill at LT for the season.




2012 GZL Draft::


Blaine Gabbert, Chargers #1 Overall Pick out of Missouri


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1.1 -- QB, Blaine Gabbert, Missouri
Key Attributes -- 6'4" / 234lbs / 95THP / 88THA / 75AWR / 90INJ
Team Role -- Franchise Quarterback
Scout's Take -- This was a no brainer pick. If all 32 GM had been surveyed, without a doubt almost all 32 would have said Gabbert was the #1 player in the Draft, much like Andrew Luck last year. Gabbert is very similar to Luck, coming out as a rookie, but steps into a much better situation with San Diego, then Luck did in Kansas City. Gabbert has all the weapons neccessary to succeed along with a great defense now built around 2 star CB. If there was every a rookie QB to win a lot of games and go a long way in there rookie reason, this is the situation and player to do it.
Yahoo! Sports Grade -- A+

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2.18 -- SS, Victor Johnson
Key Attributes -- 6'1" / 213lbs / 90SPD / 62STR / 63AWR / 80AGI / 90ACC / 63CTH
Team Role -- Starting SS
Scout's Take -- One of the only other starting positions needed in the draft besides the obvious position of QB, was Safety, specifically SS. With an early run on Safeties in the first 10 picks of the 2nd round, the Chargers and Co. were worried that their man wouldn't make it to them. But at last, at 2.18, Victor Johnson was available, and the Chargers were extremelly pleased. Johnson stands tall at 6'1", has good SPD(90) and ACC(90), as well as great STR(62) for a starting SS. Johnson is also very polished to start his career with AWR(63), CTH(63), and TAK(70).
Yahoo! Sports Grade -- A-


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3.12 -- MLB, Ernest Munoz
Key Attributes -- 6'1" / 258lbs / 81SPD / 78STR / 64AWR / 88AGI / 81ACC / 54CTH / 75TKL
Team Role -- Future Starting LB
Scout's Take -- If the Chargers liked Munoz before the skew, which they did, they will certainly like him after the skew. He gained +1 SPD as well as +3 AGI, in addition to what was already a very good skillset. Standing at 6'1" 258lbs, Munoz has good SPD(81), STR (78), AGI(88) and ACC(81). His upside is immense, and he could realistically start this year, but with the 3 starting LB in place already, Munoz is likely to contribute on ST on all 4 units, and be the 1st LB off the bench in all positions, inside and out. He represents good flexibility, and paired with his physical skills, Munoz will be a very good player in the future. The future just doesn't appear to be right now.
Yahoo! Sports Grade -- B+


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3.21 -- C, Joshua Taylor
Key Attributes -- 6'3" / 279lbs / 60SPD / 89STR / 57AWR / 57AGI / 75ACC / 86PBK / 82RBK
Team Role -- Potential Starting Center
Scout's Take -- Late in the 3rd round, the Chargers were looking for some depth. A player that presented himself was Joshua Taylor, a 6'3" Center, but a little undersized at 279lbs. The Chargers will aim to add 10lbs of weight to make him 289lbs before he starts. Taylor is an athletic center with 60SPD, 57AGI and 75 ACC, and above average 89STR. He has the ability to pull around the tackle, and make a lead block, as well as be an effective pass blocker. He was very good at Weber State making all his teams line calls as well as being the rock in the middle. In the future, Taylor is seen as the future of the center position for San Diego.
Yahoo! Sports Grade -- B


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3.28 -- LOLB, Doug Houge
Key Attributes -- 6'3" / 235lbs / 80SPD / 67STR / 56AWR / 82AGI / 85ACC / 46CTH / 77TKL
Team Role -- Backup, Key Special Teamer
Scout's Take -- The Best Available LB left on the board at 3.28, was Doug Houge for the San Diego Chargers. LB was a position of need, specifically for depth purposes for the Chargers, so they decided to take the athletic LB out of Syracuse. Houge is 6'3" 235lbs, with decent SPD(80), AGI(82) and good ACC(85). Houge lost 2SPD in the skew, 2 SPD that potentially took him from a potential starter in the future, to a more then likely career backup with great special teaming potential, with the current state of the rather deep San Diego LB corps.
Yahoo! Sports Grade -- C+


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4.12 -- DT, Jurrell Casey
Key Attributes -- 6'1" / 300lbs / 62SPD / 87STR / 60AWR / 63AGI / 72ACC / 76TKL
Team Role -- Backup, Starter Potential
Scout's Take -- In the 4th Round, the Chargers were happy to find a very viable player who not only can be a very good backup along the DL, but also a potential starter down the road as an athletic DT. Casey is 6'1" 300lbs, with 62SPD, 87STR, 63AGI and 72ACC. He is very athletic, has adequate size and has the ability to sit behind 2 very good starters at DT for a few years and see what he can become in the future. But he has the potential and was nice value in the 4th round.
Yahoo! Sports Grade -- B-


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4.24 -- HB, Jordan Todman
Key Attributes -- 5'9" / 203lbs / 96SPD / 65STR / 55AWR / 89AGI / 91ACC / 70BTK
Team Role -- 3rd Down Back, Kick Returner
Scout's Take -- With the Chargers 2nd pick in the 4th Round, they decided to address the backup RB position behind Ryan Mathews. To do this, they took the versitile and fast Jordan Todman out of the University of Connecticut (not Cinncinati). Todman is small but thick as a runner. Has great SPD(96), adequate STR(65), with decent AGI(89) and ACC(91). His BTK is a bit low at 70, but getting him open field with the chance to run away from defenders or cut past them, will give him a chance to excel. Todman also can return kicks and will be an assest on 3rd down behind Mathews, and can fill in when needed as well for Mathews.
Yahoo! Sports Grade -- B-


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6.10 -- QB, Pat Devlin
Key Attributes -- 6'3" / 225lbs / 93THP / 71THA / 65AWR / 79INJ
Team Role -- Career Backup QB
Scout's Take -- Next order of business for the Chargers was taking a backup QB to sit behind Blaine Gabbert. With cap tight, the answer would be coming through the Draft. The man they decided upon was Pet Devlin, QB from Delaware. Devlin was even helped by the skew, gaining athleticism, arm strength and accuracry and awareness. Devlin has solid size at 6'3", good THP(93), good AWR(65) and mediocre THA(71). He has all the makings of being a very good backup for years behind Gabbert, if he can progress slowly in AWR and THA. The only problem for SD is carrying only 2 QB, and both those QB being rookies, but if there was ever 2 to trust, these 2 would be a good combination.
Yahoo! Sports Grade -- C+


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6.17 -- LOLB, Omar Hunt
Key Attributes -- 6'2" / 243lbs / 76SPD / 78STR / 54AWR / 79AGI / 80ACC / 65CTH / 81TKL
Team Role -- Career Backup LB, Special Teamer
Scout's Take -- This was clearly just a pick to help to try and fill their roster. San Diego had a few holes left, one of which was OLB. Hunt was the best one available in their opinion, and while he got a poor skew, he will still hold the same value to the Chargers as solid backup. He has good size, good tackling ability (81), and decent SPD/STR/ACC for a backup. He will never be a starter most likely, but he will be in the league for a long time as a overall solid player.
Yahoo! Sports Grade -- C-


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6.17 -- LE, Ryan Winterswyk
Key Attributes -- 6'4" / 268lbs / 61SPD / 79STR / 63AWR / 72AGI / 79ACC / 78TKL
Team Role -- Backup DE
Scout's Take -- At the end of the Draft, the Chargers had one last position to fill in order to meet league roster requirements. That position was DE. Winterswyk a versitile player who played both DE and OLB in college as well as playing TE at times. He has mediocre SPD(61), good STR(79), and solid ACC(79), and will be a very servicable backup for many years. He has good size at 6'4" 268lbs, and a hard working kid like Ryan will always find a place in the league, at worst as a backup.
Yahoo! Sports Grade -- C




Victor Johnson, Chargers 2nd Round Draft Pick, Safety out of Baylor






2012 PRESEASON POSITION BATTLES::
These are projections and much may change before the Preseason. To view the official team depth chart, click HERE.


Middle Linebacker
MLB Barrett Ruud VS MLB Ernest Munoz
Before the Draft, Barrett Ruud was someone the Chargers were extremely happy with and is someone who has played very well in the 2 seasons since coming over from Tampa. In fact, they still are very happy with Barrett Ruud, but they are also extremely excited about what the future holds for 3rd round draft pick Ernest Munoz. Ernest is a huge favorite of the coaching staff and personnel department. They think he can be a future all-pro caliber LB, and have him selected to take part in extra sessions of Training Camp this year and likely for the 2 years following. Munoz has all the skills in the world and is pretty polished compared with most rookies. On the other hand, Ruud is the veteran who has played very well for the Chargers the past 2 seasons and was given a contract extension just last year. In the short term, Ruud will likely keep his starting job, but Munoz is someone to watch and will likely be the 1st LB off the bench both inside and outside as well as a key special teamer.
Projected Winner:: MLB Barrett Ruud

Center
C Nick Hardwick VS C Joshua Taylor
The Chargers are big fans of their 3rd round pick, Joshua Taylor out of the small school Weber State, he is an athletic center, with good size and pretty polished for a rookie. On the other hand, Hardwick is a savvy veteran center, who has been a starter on the OL for years now. He is a very sound player, technique wise and someone you can trust to get the job done. Long term, Joshua Taylor projects as the future of the center position for the Chargers, but short term and with a rookie QB in Blaine Gabbert, Hardwick appears the safer choice for this year.
Projected Winner:: C Nick Hardwick

#2 WR
WR Devin Hester VS WR Sidney Rice
This is likely to be an on-going battle the whole year in San Diego. Vincent Jackson is entrenched as the #1 WR in San Diego, but with the offseason acquisition of Devin Hester, the #2 spot is now open between Hester and Sidney Rice, last year’s #2 WR. This may very well be a game by game situation, based on what team the Chargers are facing and what players they’d like to exploit on the other team. Devin Hester offers your prototypical deep threat, and one of the best in the league, while Rice is your typical big, possession target at 6’4”. Since they will likely be battling all year, it is tough to project a winner out of camp, but I expect Sidney Rice to be the #2 WR on more occasions, with Devin Hester being a more natural slot WR, and someone who can bring many things to the table.
Projected Winner:: WR Sidney Rice


2012 TRAINING CAMP::


HB Ryan Mathews | +1SPD (94) | +1ACC (96) | +10LBS (228LBS) | +5INJ (82)
QB Blaine Gabbert | +5INJ (95)
LE Greg Romeus | +10LBS (274LBS), +1ACC (86)
CB Demarcus Van Dyke | +1SPD (98) | +1ACC (99)
MLB Ernest Munoz | +1SPD (82) | +1ACC (82)


In Training Camp this year, the focus was on player speed and acceleration. The Coaching Staff as well as Team Personnel stress a 3-year window from the time a player is drafted to fully reach physical potential in order to be the best player they can be. With that in mind, some of the team’s younger players and recent draft picks were among of a select few players on the team in Training Camp, who were chosen to work with World Class Track Coaches on improving both their long distance speed through wind sprints, as well as their short area quickness and burst. Some players also got treatment that was designed to help improve their endurance as well as durability over the course of the long season. Two other players were urged by the team’s staff to bulk up over the offseason, which they felt would improve their on-field production and make them that much better, to help the team win games.

One of the select five who was able to get extra offseason training was 3rd year RB, Ryan Mathews. After a monster rookie year and a very good 2nd year, the Chargers are looking for him to take another huge step forward. To do this, they got him fully entrenched in all aspects of the offseason training. They have him on a diet plan to add 10lbs on muscle, as well as working to increase his durability. In addition to adding weight, they want him to also improve his Speed and short area quickness and acceleration. This may be a tough task to complete while also adding weight, but if all goes as planned, Mathews will be a force next year. Blaine Gabbert, the rookie #1 Overall Pick was also told to improve his durability along with Mathews. While already pretty durable at Missouri, the Chargers can’t afford to lose him this season, so you can never to durable, was the thinking. Greg Romeus, the 2nd round pick out of Pittsburgh who will be entering his 2nd season, was another of the 5 selected. After starting last season in a reserve role, Romeus really came on late in the year when he started for the team. The Chargers still want him to improve, and with this in mind, they asked him to get on the same diet plan with Mathews, and attempt to add 10 more lbs to get his weight up to 274. In addition, the Chargers want Romeus to be even better off the edge, and have him working with the trainers to increase his acceleration and burst off the edge. The last 2 players, rookie LB Ernest Munoz (3rd Round Pick), and 2nd year CB Demarcus Van Dyke (1st round pick) both worked with the same trainers, to improve their long speed and acceleration, with great results. They both figure into the long term plans of the team and future starters, but project into backup roles and key special teamers this year, barring injuries.

2012 Projected Depth Chart::
KEY = 2011 Pro Bowler | Returning Starter | New Starter | Rookie

DEFENSE
CB Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie | FS Michael Griffin | SS Victor Johnson | CB Chris Gamble
ROLB Quincy Black | MLB Barrett Ruud | LOLB Shawn Phillips
RE Julius Peppers | DT Tommie Harris | DT Terrance Knighton | LE Greg Romeus

OFFENSE
LT Brandyn Dombrowski | LG Jeremy Zuttah | C Nick Hardwick | RG Louis Vasquez | RT Marcus McNeill
WR Vincent Jackson | WR Sidney Rice | TE Kellen Winslow
HB Ryan Mathews | QB Blaine Gabbert | FB Mike Tolbert

SPECIAL TEAMS
K Nate Kaeding | P Robert Malone | KR Devin Hester


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San Diego Chargers 2012 Draft Review
ROOKIE DRAFT RECAP::
San Diego Chargers 2012 Draft Review.

Friday, December 16th, 2012


Blaine Gabbert, Chargers #1 Overall Pick out of Missouri


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1.1 -- QB, Blaine Gabbert, Missouri
Key Attributes -- 6'4" / 234lbs / 95THP / 88THA / 75AWR / 90INJ
Team Role -- Franchise Quarterback
Scout's Take -- This was a no brainer pick. If all 32 GM had been surveyed, without a doubt almost all 32 would have said Gabbert was the #1 player in the Draft, much like Andrew Luck last year. Gabbert is very similar to Luck, coming out as a rookie, but steps into a much better situation with San Diego, then Luck did in Kansas City. Gabbert has all the weapons neccessary to succeed along with a great defense now built around 2 star CB. If there was every a rookie QB to win a lot of games and go a long way in there rookie reason, this is the situation and player to do it.
Yahoo! Sports Grade -- A+

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2.18 -- SS, Victor Johnson
Key Attributes -- 6'1" / 213lbs / 90SPD / 62STR / 63AWR / 80AGI / 90ACC / 63CTH
Team Role -- Starting SS
Scout's Take -- One of the only other starting positions needed in the draft besides the obvious position of QB, was Safety, specifically SS. With an early run on Safeties in the first 10 picks of the 2nd round, the Chargers and Co. were worried that their man wouldn't make it to them. But at last, at 2.18, Victor Johnson was available, and the Chargers were extremelly pleased. Johnson stands tall at 6'1", has good SPD(90) and ACC(90), as well as great STR(62) for a starting SS. Johnson is also very polished to start his career with AWR(63), CTH(63), and TAK(70).
Yahoo! Sports Grade -- A-


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3.12 -- MLB, Ernest Munoz
Key Attributes -- 6'1" / 258lbs / 81SPD / 78STR / 64AWR / 88AGI / 81ACC / 54CTH / 75TKL
Team Role -- Future Starting LB
Scout's Take -- If the Chargers liked Munoz before the skew, which they did, they will certainly like him after the skew. He gained +1 SPD as well as +3 AGI, in addition to what was already a very good skillset. Standing at 6'1" 258lbs, Munoz has good SPD(81), STR (78), AGI(88) and ACC(81). His upside is immense, and he could realistically start this year, but with the 3 starting LB in place already, Munoz is likely to contribute on ST on all 4 units, and be the 1st LB off the bench in all positions, inside and out. He represents good flexibility, and paired with his physical skills, Munoz will be a very good player in the future. The future just doesn't appear to be right now.
Yahoo! Sports Grade -- B+


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3.21 -- C, Joshua Taylor
Key Attributes -- 6'3" / 279lbs / 60SPD / 89STR / 57AWR / 57AGI / 75ACC / 86PBK / 82RBK
Team Role -- Potential Starting Center
Scout's Take -- Late in the 3rd round, the Chargers were looking for some depth. A player that presented himself was Joshua Taylor, a 6'3" Center, but a little undersized at 279lbs. The Chargers will aim to add 10lbs of weight to make him 289lbs before he starts. Taylor is an athletic center with 60SPD, 57AGI and 75 ACC, and above average 89STR. He has the ability to pull around the tackle, and make a lead block, as well as be an effective pass blocker. He was very good at Weber State making all his teams line calls as well as being the rock in the middle. In the future, Taylor is seen as the future of the center position for San Diego.
Yahoo! Sports Grade -- B


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3.28 -- LOLB, Doug Houge
Key Attributes -- 6'3" / 235lbs / 80SPD / 67STR / 56AWR / 82AGI / 85ACC / 46CTH / 77TKL
Team Role -- Backup, Key Special Teamer
Scout's Take -- The Best Available LB left on the board at 3.28, was Doug Houge for the San Diego Chargers. LB was a position of need, specifically for depth purposes for the Chargers, so they decided to take the athletic LB out of Syracuse. Houge is 6'3" 235lbs, with decent SPD(80), AGI(82) and good ACC(85). Houge lost 2SPD in the skew, 2 SPD that potentially took him from a potential starter in the future, to a more then likely career backup with great special teaming potential, with the current state of the rather deep San Diego LB corps.
Yahoo! Sports Grade -- C+


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4.12 -- DT, Jurrell Casey
Key Attributes -- 6'1" / 300lbs / 62SPD / 87STR / 60AWR / 63AGI / 72ACC / 76TKL
Team Role -- Backup, Starter Potential
Scout's Take -- In the 4th Round, the Chargers were happy to find a very viable player who not only can be a very good backup along the DL, but also a potential starter down the road as an athletic DT. Casey is 6'1" 300lbs, with 62SPD, 87STR, 63AGI and 72ACC. He is very athletic, has adequate size and has the ability to sit behind 2 very good starters at DT for a few years and see what he can become in the future. But he has the potential and was nice value in the 4th round.
Yahoo! Sports Grade -- B-


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4.24 -- HB, Jordan Todman
Key Attributes -- 5'9" / 203lbs / 96SPD / 65STR / 55AWR / 89AGI / 91ACC / 70BTK
Team Role -- 3rd Down Back, Kick Returner
Scout's Take -- With the Chargers 2nd pick in the 4th Round, they decided to address the backup RB position behind Ryan Mathews. To do this, they took the versitile and fast Jordan Todman out of the University of Connecticut (not Cinncinati). Todman is small but thick as a runner. Has great SPD(96), adequate STR(65), with decent AGI(89) and ACC(91). His BTK is a bit low at 70, but getting him open field with the chance to run away from defenders or cut past them, will give him a chance to excel. Todman also can return kicks and will be an assest on 3rd down behind Mathews, and can fill in when needed as well for Mathews.
Yahoo! Sports Grade -- B-


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6.10 -- QB, Pat Devlin
Key Attributes -- 6'3" / 225lbs / 93THP / 71THA / 65AWR / 79INJ
Team Role -- Career Backup QB
Scout's Take -- Next order of business for the Chargers was taking a backup QB to sit behind Blaine Gabbert. With cap tight, the answer would be coming through the Draft. The man they decided upon was Pet Devlin, QB from Delaware. Devlin was even helped by the skew, gaining athleticism, arm strength and accuracry and awareness. Devlin has solid size at 6'3", good THP(93), good AWR(65) and mediocre THA(71). He has all the makings of being a very good backup for years behind Gabbert, if he can progress slowly in AWR and THA. The only problem for SD is carrying only 2 QB, and both those QB being rookies, but if there was ever 2 to trust, these 2 would be a good combination.
Yahoo! Sports Grade -- C+


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6.17 -- LOLB, Omar Hunt
Key Attributes -- 6'2" / 243lbs / 76SPD / 78STR / 54AWR / 79AGI / 80ACC / 65CTH / 81TKL
Team Role -- Career Backup LB, Special Teamer
Scout's Take -- This was clearly just a pick to help to try and fill their roster. San Diego had a few holes left, one of which was OLB. Hunt was the best one available in their opinion, and while he got a poor skew, he will still hold the same value to the Chargers as solid backup. He has good size, good tackling ability (81), and decent SPD/STR/ACC for a backup. He will never be a starter most likely, but he will be in the league for a long time as a overall solid player.
Yahoo! Sports Grade -- C-


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6.17 -- LE, Ryan Winterswyk
Key Attributes -- 6'4" / 268lbs / 61SPD / 79STR / 63AWR / 72AGI / 79ACC / 78TKL
Team Role -- Backup DE
Scout's Take -- At the end of the Draft, the Chargers had one last position to fill in order to meet league roster requirements. That position was DE. Winterswyk a versitile player who played both DE and OLB in college as well as playing TE at times. He has mediocre SPD(61), good STR(79), and solid ACC(79), and will be a very servicable backup for many years. He has good size at 6'4" 268lbs, and a hard working kid like Ryan will always find a place in the league, at worst as a backup.
Yahoo! Sports Grade -- C




Victor Johnson, Chargers 2nd Round Draft Pick, Safety out of Baylor


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Chargers Pre-Draft News

Chargers Pre-Draft News.

Chargers Continue to Remain Active.


Since we last updated you, the Chargers have made a multitude of transactions including 3 Trades and 3 FA Signings of note. Here is the breakdown of these trades.


Pre-Draft Free Agency


DE Julius Peppers (left)
DT Tommie Harris (middle)
TE Shawn Nelson (right)


In a rather quiet Free Agency period with little money to go around, the Chargers broke their tendency under GM John Stanley, and went out and spent a little money. They brought in 3 extremely talented players, 2 along the DL and another to strengthen the TE position and recieving corps behind Kellen Winslow, in order to give their future QB as much weapons and good surrondings as possible. Nelson was signed to for 5 Years at 11.13M w/4.45M guranteed. This was seen as a rather affordable price for the role that Nelson will play in San Diego and a nice add. The biggest fish of them all was Julius Peppers, who in 2 seasons so far has disapointed in Chicago, but figures to play a key role in San Diego's defense, and hopefully so improved production (playing alongside Harris, Knighton and Romeus). He was signed for 3 Years at 24.98M w/9.99M guranteed. This was a hefty price tag, but in order to improve the team and bring in a player of that caliber, San Diego needed to spend a little, and they did just that. The last player Tommie Harris (pictured center), was signed for 3 Years as well, at 17.48M w/6.99M guranteed. He will be a pass rusher up the middle in the attacking 4-3 defense of the Chargers this year alongside Terrance Knighton.


Trades

Bears Send:
WR Devin Hester
4.24

Chargers Send:
WR Arrelious Benn
CB Kelvin Hayden
3.18

The Chargers had been searching all offseason for the right fit for a #3 WR behind their top 2 threats, and they finally found the right fit. Devin Hester can provide immediate deep threat on the oustide, but also can fit in the slot, and will provide an immediate upgrade to the passing attack and another weapon for the new CB.



Giants Send:
3.21
3.28

Chargers Send:
DE Luis Castillo
5.28

This was simply a cap related move for the Chargers, trying to create space for future trades as well as their draft picks. With the 2 Pre-Draft FA signings, Castillo was no longer penciled in as a starter, as he has been for years in San Diego and was an expensive backup (4.49M), so he was moved for cost effective picks.


Cardinals Send:
CB Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie
2.18

Chargers Send:
CB Antoine Cason
1.2
3.26

This was the big shock and trade of the offseason. The Chargers seemed set on Julio Jones at 1.2, with Gabbert at 1.1, but because of cap related concerns, the team shopped the pick. The Chargers and Cardinals had multiple talks, until the Chargers finally gave in and added Antoine Cason to the package. While Cason is a great CB himself, when you have the chance to add the best CB in the league (one of most important positions) and one of the best and most valuable players in the whole league, you do it. That's exactly what San Diego did, instantly upgrading their secondary and saving money while they were at it.


Buccaneers Send:
CB Chris Gamble
OLB Quincy Black
3.12

Chargers Send:
1.12
LT Eugene Monroe

The Chargers were shopping both 1.12 and OT Monroe for a little while and when the right oppurtunity presented itself, they pounced on it. Gamble is one of the best CB in the league, and paired with DRC will make by far the best CB tandem in the league (not to mention McCourty and DVD on roster as well). They also added Quincy Black, a quick OLB who will start on the weakside for the team next year, and is on a very cheap contract. They downgrade a little along the line, but feel Bradyn Dombrowski or a rookie can take over at LT, with Marcus McNeill at LT for the season.


That's all for now the Chargers head into the Draft with the following picks, 1.1 will assuredly be Blaine Gabbert.

1.1
2.18
3.12
3.21
3.28
4.12
4.24
5.2
7.22

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Chargers Acquire 1.1 and 1.2

Chargers Pre-Draft News.

Chargers Continue to Remain Active.


Since we last updated you, the Chargers have made a multitude of transactions including 3 Trades and 3 FA Signings of note. Here is the breakdown of these trades.


Pre-Draft Free Agency


DE Julius Peppers (left)
DT Tommie Harris (middle)
TE Shawn Nelson (right)


In a rather quiet Free Agency period with little money to go around, the Chargers broke their tendency under GM John Stanley, and went out and spent a little money. They brought in 3 extremely talented players, 2 along the DL and another to strengthen the TE position and recieving corps behind Kellen Winslow, in order to give their future QB as much weapons and good surrondings as possible. Nelson was signed to for 5 Years at 11.13M w/4.45M guranteed. This was seen as a rather affordable price for the role that Nelson will play in San Diego and a nice add. The biggest fish of them all was Julius Peppers, who in 2 seasons so far has disapointed in Chicago, but figures to play a key role in San Diego's defense, and hopefully so improved production (playing alongside Harris, Knighton and Romeus). He was signed for 3 Years at 24.98M w/9.99M guranteed. This was a hefty price tag, but in order to improve the team and bring in a player of that caliber, San Diego needed to spend a little, and they did just that. The last player Tommie Harris (pictured center), was signed for 3 Years as well, at 17.48M w/6.99M guranteed. He will be a pass rusher up the middle in the attacking 4-3 defense of the Chargers this year alongside Terrance Knighton.


Trades

Bears Send:
WR Devin Hester
4.24

Chargers Send:
WR Arrelious Benn
CB Kelvin Hayden
3.18

The Chargers had been searching all offseason for the right fit for a #3 WR behind their top 2 threats, and they finally found the right fit. Devin Hester can provide immediate deep threat on the oustide, but also can fit in the slot, and will provide an immediate upgrade to the passing attack and another weapon for the new CB.



Giants Send:
3.21
3.28

Chargers Send:
DE Luis Castillo
5.28

This was simply a cap related move for the Chargers, trying to create space for future trades as well as their draft picks. With the 2 Pre-Draft FA signings, Castillo was no longer penciled in as a starter, as he has been for years in San Diego and was an expensive backup (4.49M), so he was moved for cost effective picks.


Cardinals Send:
CB Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie
2.18

Chargers Send:
CB Antoine Cason
1.2
3.26

This was the big shock and trade of the offseason. The Chargers seemed set on Julio Jones at 1.2, with Gabbert at 1.1, but because of cap related concerns, the team shopped the pick. The Chargers and Cardinals had multiple talks, until the Chargers finally gave in and added Antoine Cason to the package. While Cason is a great CB himself, when you have the chance to add the best CB in the league (one of most important positions) and one of the best and most valuable players in the whole league, you do it. That's exactly what San Diego did, instantly upgrading their secondary and saving money while they were at it.


Buccaneers Send:
CB Chris Gamble
OLB Quincy Black
3.12

Chargers Send:
1.12
LT Eugene Monroe

The Chargers were shopping both 1.12 and OT Monroe for a little while and when the right oppurtunity presented itself, they pounced on it. Gamble is one of the best CB in the league, and paired with DRC will make by far the best CB tandem in the league (not to mention McCourty and DVD on roster as well). They also added Quincy Black, a quick OLB who will start on the weakside for the team next year, and is on a very cheap contract. They downgrade a little along the line, but feel Bradyn Dombrowski or a rookie can take over at LT, with Marcus McNeill at LT for the season.


That's all for now the Chargers head into the Draft with the following picks, 1.1 will assuredly be Blaine Gabbert.

1.1
2.18
3.12
3.21
3.28
4.12
4.24
5.2
7.22

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Chargers Make a Run



Chargers Make a Run.

Playoffs a Possibility but Not Likely.


Last time we talked, the Chargers, Super Bowl Champions from Year 1, were sputtering out of control at 2-6 and looking like they were in contention for the #1 pick. Fast foward 4 weeks, they have won 3 of 4 games, including a game against the Saints, as well as losing a late heartbreaker to the Bucs, and are in contention, in a weak division to possibly get a division title with a strong finish. Not to say that making the playoffs is a certianty by any stretch, there are 4 games remaining, trailing the Raiders by 2 games in the division. The remaining schedule for San Diego is: @OAK, @PIT, @NE, and @KC. Playing their best football during their Super Bowl run last year this wasn't any easy stretch at all. But with the last 2 games against NO and TB, having a chance to win both games, and having beat NO, it gives the organization and fan base, some confidence that they can compete now and especially in the future. Whether or not the Chargers do well closing out the season, the young team and young franchise QB have shown promise and hope for the future, which is all the fans can ask for.

Talking about individual players, young QB Christopher Henderson is having a wonderful year statistically for a rookie. He has thrown 19 TD to only 7 INT, has a modest 56 comp %, and 2779 yards thus far. All of these stats handily lead all rookies, and are up there within the league as a whole. 2nd year RB, Ryan Mathews has taken a step back after a monster rookie year that saw him gaining over 2000 yards on the ground and 13 TD. This year thus far he has only 1140 yards on the ground along with 4 TD, which don't even rank in the Top 10. You can call it a Sophmore slump, but I think it's closer to reality. He is a very good back but he isn't all-world, and being 11th in Rushing Yards isn't bad, just not what was expected after last year. Overall the recieving corps are doing well. With Sidney Rice and Vincent Jackson the #1 and 2 WR having 53 REC-939 YDS-5 TD and 59 REC-749 YDS-5 TD respectively, and have helped the young rookie Henderson tremendously in his growth and maturation process during the season. An even bigger help to Henderson has been TE Kellen Winslow who was aquired in the offseason in a deal with the Bucs, has had a career year catching 52 balls for 661 yards and 8 TD. Ironically he doesn't only lead Antonio Gates in those categories, but also leads the league in REC and TD, and is 2nd in Yards. Quite a year for someone who was seen as a downgrade to Gates. The offensive line as a whole has also played very well, including new acquisition Eugene Monroe who came over in the Rivers deal. Defensively, Shaun Phillips is continuing his success from last year with another 8 sacks thus far, and he needs 2 more to get over his total from last year. The defense hasn't been the best, but overall they have all improved as the season has wore on, and rookies such as Demarcus Van Dyke and Greg Romeus, have begun getting more playing time lately, and proving they deserve it with improved play.

Until next time, this is the Chargers update, and next time we talk, we hope the Chargers have made a late run to the playoffs in order to attempt to defend their title!



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GM Stanley Admits Mistakes



Stanley Admits Mistakes have been Made after Super Bowl Victory.


Citing the disapointing start to the season (2-6) after a Super Bowl win, GM John Stanley was asked if he thought mistakes were made regarding some personnel decisions following the Super Bowl, most notably Phillip Rivers trade, as well as some draft day decisions. Without fully divulging which moves he thought were mistakes, Stanley had this to say,

"Certainly some of things we did this offseason we'd like to have back. We disrupted the makeup of our team and made what was a Super Bowl caliber team and a Super Bowl winning team to a rebuilding team looking for an identity. Some of the positions on our roster have been weakened which we believes is directed related to the record we have now. With the moves we have also improved various parts of our roster including our offensive and defensive lines. But there is still much room for improvement. We will look to do so during the season and in the offseason in hopes of getting back to our winning ways, but yes mistakes were made. Not only off the field, but mistakes have been made on the field, which may lead to a personnel switch soon, in the formations we show up front along with our offensive scheme. That's all I have for now, but we here in San Diego are committed to getting back to winning ways, and what brought us a Super Bowl title last year."

That was all Stanley had to say as he then preceeded to leave the podium. It certainly has been a disapointment and failure for the team this year but you can't discount the Championship last year. Henderson has shown flashes of being a high quality starting QB in this league but also has shown the inability to finish football games and win. Ryan Mathews is no where near as successful as he was last year in what was a historic year which is another reason for the downfall of this team. As well as poor defense and special teams. Nothing has really gone right this year, but it appears the San Diego front office is committed to changing things and getting the team back on track, and we can only hope it isn't too long before we see the Chargers back in the hunt.


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2011 Chargers Training Camp



San Diego Chargers 2011 Training Camp.




2010 Season Recap::


What may be one of the most bizarre things to happen after a Super Bowl victory happened merely days after the San Diego Chargers took the inaugural Green Zone Championship. They traded away their Franchise QB who is in his prime and just led a young team to their 1st crown in years. It may be a strange decision, but GM John Stanley was 100% behind it and conducted the talks behind the scenes for days and weeks leading up to the big game, and knew it was a matter of time before his QB left town. GM Stanley had this to say, "I respect Phillip Rivers game and what he did for the team on the field, leading us to a title, but we feel with only 1 more year under club control, and with him not being a good fit with our club makeup going foward, that we maximized his value at just the right time. Teams rarely repeat in football, and if we kept Rivers, we'd still be against odds, so in trading him we aquired potentially 5 starters filling holes that this team had all year and won a Championship, even with them. We feel are team is better in the future for this, and it is why we made the move."

Focusing on the positives, the Chargers won the Green Zone League Championship, in the first year of exsistent, and did it with dominance and class. They handely took down the Raiders and Patriots in the first 2 rounds by 21 and 28 points respectively. This was more because of their potent offense more then their young, developing defense. For a team that had beaten the Chargers 2 of the 4 times all year, the Raiders for sure didn't look as good without Brett Favre in the Playoffs. Their offense mustered all of 161 yards and scored no offensive touchdowns in the loss. Phillip Rivers was efficient and Ryan Mathews took care of business like he had all year for the Chargers. Next came the Patriots, who again weren't great on offense but did put up 25 points, too bad that the Chargers offense was sensational to say the least, putting up 525 total yards and scoring 7 times. Phillip Rivers was again efficient but Ryan Mathews proved why he was great all year, putting up over 200 yards on the ground and scoring 4 times, the man simply couldn't be stopped and averaged 14 yards per carry on the ground. Then it was on to the Super Bowl. Where things weren't quite as easy for the Chargers, they struggled at times, but again pulled it out, this time by 7 points against the Bears 24-17, making them the first champion in the league's short history. For the 3rd game in a row, Phillip Rivers did his job and turned it over to Ryan Mathews to do the rest as Mathews had a 142 yards on the ground with 1 TD. It was a great season for the Chargers in year 1, capped off by a great game to take home the Championship, which they will hold the title too, until someone tries to unseat them next season. Time will tell if moving Rivers is the right move for the team, but all we know now is that the Chargers won a Championship, and have that to be happy with for the time being.


2010 Season Awards::




Team MVP::
Ryan Mathews:: 372 CAR 2079 YDS 5.59 YPC 13 TD

Team Breakout Player of the Year::
Larry English:: 44 TKL 4 TFL 8 SCK 1 FF 1 FR 3 INT

Team Defensive Player of the Year::
Barrett Ruud:: 107 TKL 12 TFL 3 SCK 0 FF 3 FR 3 INT

This year the team played well as a whole, and giving out only 3 awards doesn't do them any justice. But Ryan Mathews was for sure the Team MVP, he carried the team in the Regular Season to big victories and continued on doing this in the postseason. In just his first year in the league he was the most prolific rusher and deserves this award and got the league-wide award as well. English was someone who struggled his first few years in the league but with the new attacking 3-4 defense, and English standing up and rushing from a two-point stance, he proved why he was a 1st Round Pick a few years back and he will look to continue on this in the future years. Ruud, who was aquired in the preseason from Tampa Bay, was the stronghold on the defense all year, leading them in Tackles, Tackles for Loss, Tied for the Lead in INT, and was just great all around leader and a great player for the defense, without them, San Diego wouldn't have hoisted the Lombardi Trophy.


Team Offseason Movement::

Additions::
HB Stephen Jackson (Trade)
DT Terrance Cody (Trade)
TE Kellen Winslow (Trade)
P Robert Malone (Trade)
WR Arrelious Benn (Trade)
LT Eugene Monroe (Trade)
WR Sidney Rice (Trade)
DT Terrence Knighton (Trade)
CB Demarcus Van Dyke (Draft)
QB Christopher Henderson (Draft)
LE Greg Romeus (Draft)
FS Robert Sands (Draft)
TE Rob Housler (Draft)
WR Lawrence Chavez (Draft)
HB Daniel Thomas (Draft)
SS Sherwood Galarza (Draft)
LG Wilbur Hampton (Draft)
FS Jerrard Tarrant (Draft)


Subtractions::
DT Antonio Garay (Release)
TE Randy McMichael (Release)
WR Kelley Washington (Release)
TE Antonio Gates (Trade)
P Mike Scrifes (Trade)
DT Cam Thomas (Trade)
QB Phillip Rivers (Trade)
FS Chip Vaughn (Trade)
WR Malcolm Floyd (Trade)



2011 Training Camp Positional Battles::


Slot Wide Reciever
WR Lawrence Chavez v. WR Arrelious Benn
Projected Winner:: WR Lawrence Chavez


The Chargers were in love with Chavez when he slipped to them in the 4th Round of the Draft this year, and since they had so many picks they were able to pick him. He is the prototypical slot WR, that will be protected by the big boys on the outside in Rice and VJack. He will have room to run, and get open. He is not only fast but quick as well, and this will help him get open and help out rookie QB Christopher Henderson. Benn is a good player in himself, and will easily take the 4th WR spot if he doesn't win this spot, but I think Chavez's game breaking speed and quickness, will beat out Benn's bigger framed and more physical body type.

Starting Strong Safety
FS Robert Sands v. SS Sherwood Galarza
Projected Winner:: FS Robert Sands


Both are rookies, picked a few rounds apart, and both are very good football players. Galarza has impressed in camps so far causing the debate as to who will hold down the SS spot. I still think it will be Sands as he is the better football player with more talent, and if/when he puts it all together will be a great player to have next to Michael Griffin. That's not to say Galarza can't win this spot, he was a great player in college in his own right, but Sands is more talented and should get this. Sands also possesses better size, better hands and a better tackling ability that is very useful to have in the backend of your secondary.

Strong Side Outside Linebacker
ROLB Larry English v. LE Greg Romeus
Projected Winner:: ROLB Larry English


It's funny that this debate is even taking place, as English had his best season as a pro last year, is very talented and ever improving and you think that'd be enough to hold down his job. But then their is the Chargers having all the picks that they did, and selecting a very talented player out of Pittsburgh by the name of Greg Romeus. Greg is a great physical specimen, and the one part lacking to his game is his strength at the point of attack, besides that he is a great athlete who can rush the passer with ease and would be great in a 3-4 as an outside linebacker because part of the point of standing him up, would be getting him off the line of scrimmage and using his speed and quickness to get past offensive lineman and to the quarterback. I think English wins this year but this will be another close race next year if both players remain on the team.

Starting Cornerback
CB Jason McCourty v. CB Demarcus Van Dyke
Projected Winner:: CB Jason McCourty


It's a sad state of affairs when the defending Super Bowl champions have two of the biggest spots on the field, CB and QB, with young, inexperienced and some case no real starter there. Well that's what has happened. Van Dyke is a very very very raw QB out of Miami, who on athletic ability alone would've been a top 5 pick, but since the Chargers had so many picks they were willing to take a chance on developing a raw kid into a superstar, problem is, he shouldn't be starting year 1. McCourty on the other hand, isn't real developed himself, but is more developed than Van Dyke, although lacks premiere athletic ability. In the end, I think McCourty edges out Van Dyke based on being more ready to play right now.


2011 Training Camp::

FS Robert Sands:: +1 SPD (88)
QB Christopher Henderson:: +1 THP (93) : +1 THA (86) : +5 INJ (75) : +10lbs (219)
DT Terrance Cody:: +5 STA (54) : +10lbs (375)
HB Ryan Mathews:: +1 SPD (93)
WR Sidney Rice:: +1 SPD (90)
CB Antoine Cason:: +1 SPD (91)
LE Greg Romeus:: +1 STR (67)


This year the Chargers worked on a good deal of things in Training Camp to make sure the team was ready to go for the 2011 Season. First off a few players went on weight training diets along with stamina and injury prevention exercies. Terrence Cody and Christopher Henderson both added 10lbs of muscle or in Cody's case more fat to their frames in order to better player their positions. The Chargers now have a 6'5" 375lbs man among boys playing in the middle of their 3-4 defense. Cody also did some work with stamina exercies in order to have better endurance and be able to make more impacts on later downs and stay on the field more often. Christopher Henderson the 1st Round Pick, out of nessecity has worked real hard this Training Camp trying to improve his skills to make the pick worth it. He has added 10lbs of muscle to his frame along with working on injury prevention while on the field, so that he can eliminate the problem that hampered him in College. He also improved his throwing power and accuracy and the coaching staff is really impressed. Ryan Mathews at tailback has been working with an olmypic track coach at trying to improve on his long speed, and he has been doing so even before training camp, he really isn't satisfied with a 2000 yard season and he is hungry for me, which the Chargers love to see. Sidney Rice the newly aquired WR from Jacksonville (in the Rivers trade) along with Antoine Cason are also working the the same coach that Mathews has been working with to try and improve their long speed as well. If Henderson and his improvement continues, Rice and Henderson will be a nice pass and catch combination. Lastly, Greg Romeus the 2nd Round pick is working hard to improve the weaknesses in his game, adding strength in the offseason and he is ready to put it to test on the field.

While it may not be a Super Bowl winning team just yet, the Chargers are ready to continue to improve and give the Super Bowl their best shot once again.


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Chargers Win Super Bowl


Chargers Win Super Bowl.


Then Trade their Franchise QB in his Prime.


What may be one of the most bizarre things to happen after a Super Bowl victory happened merely days after the San Diego Chargers took the inaugural Green Zone Championship. They traded away their Franchise QB who is in his prime and just led a young team to their 1st crown in years. It may be a strange decision, but GM John Stanley was 100% behind it and conducted the talks behind the scenes for days and weeks leading up to the big game, and knew it was a matter of time before his QB left town. GM Stanley had this to say, "I respect Phillip Rivers game and what he did for the team on the field, leading us to a title, but we feel with only 1 more year under club control, and with him not being a good fit with our club makeup going foward, that we maximized his value at just the right time. Teams rarely repeat in football, and if we kept Rivers, we'd still be against odds, so in trading him we aquired potentially 5 starters filling holes that this team had all year and won a Championship, even with them. We feel are team is better in the future for this, and it is why we made the move."

Focusing on the positives, the Chargers won the Green Zone League Championship, in the first year of exsistent, and did it with dominance and class. They handely took down the Raiders and Patriots in the first 2 rounds by 21 and 28 points respectively. This was more because of their potent offense more then their young, developing defense. For a team that had beaten the Chargers 2 of the 4 times all year, the Raiders for sure didn't look as good without Brett Favre in the Playoffs. Their offense mustered all of 161 yards and scored no offensive touchdowns in the loss. Phillip Rivers was efficient and Ryan Mathews took care of business like he had all year for the Chargers. Next came the Patriots, who again weren't great on offense but did put up 25 points, too bad that the Chargers offense was sensational to say the least, putting up 525 total yards and scoring 7 times. Phillip Rivers was again efficient but Ryan Mathews proved why he was great all year, putting up over 200 yards on the ground and scoring 4 times, the man simply couldn't be stopped and averaged 14 yards per carry on the ground. Then it was on to the Super Bowl. Where things weren't quite as easy for the Chargers, they struggled at times, but again pulled it out, this time by 7 points against the Bears 24-17, making them the first champion in the league's short history. For the 3rd game in a row, Phillip Rivers did his job and turned it over to Ryan Mathews to do the rest as Mathews had a 142 yards on the ground with 1 TD. It was a great season for the Chargers in year 1, capped off by a great game to take home the Championship, which they will hold the title too, until someone tries to unseat them next season. Time will tell if moving Rivers is the right move for the team, but all we know now is that the Chargers won a Championship, and have that to be happy with for the time being.

A great year one GZL, keep it up for years to come!


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Chargers Clinch Playoff Berth


Chargers Clinch Playoff Berth.



Chargers go Streaking to Clinch.


Last time we discussed our beloved Chargers, they had just given up the division lead to the Oakland Raiders and were going in the wrong direction with only a few weeks left in the season to go. 3 Weeks later, the Chargers have gone 3-0 since the lost to Oakland, and pulled back ahead of them in the race for the division. With 1 week to go, the Chargers only need a Win and they clinch the division and a 1st Round Bye. If they lose, tiebreakers come into play, and the Chargers will likely be a 5 seed. With what was expected to be a tough last 4 weeks of the season against KC, SF, CIN and DEN. Has turned into 3 Wins and hopefully a 4th next week. How did the Chargers get here? With timely play from everyone on their team, and good play all around.

They have won in shootouts and also won in games where they put up the points and kept their opponent under 20 points (twice). They have done it with the run game and the pass game. With defensive touchdowns and kick returns. In the process, Ryan Mathews has become one of the few players in GZL history to rush for over 2,000 yards, and to go along with that has 13 TD. He has had a phenomonal rookie year and one that wasn't expected with a great receiving core and Phillip Rivers at the helm. But Mathews has been the reason more often then not, as to why the Chargers have won some high scoring or even low scoring games that were close. He runs hard and well, early and often and continues to do so through the final wistle. He has big play ability which causes him to get more then your average RB on a play-by-play basis.

While the passing attack hasn't be too bad thus far, as Rivers sports 23 TD and only 11 INT. It has just been solid and more of a complement to the rushing attack then the other way around. He only has an 80.2 QB Rating, thrown for less then 3000 yards and and mediocre 53.38 comp%. I think this tells you of Ryan Mathews rookie year success more then it does of Phillip Rivers' mishaps. The offensive line has also been a key point to this team, as they have kept Rivers pretty well protected and opened up large lanes for Ryan Mathews to run through, leading him to his 2000 yard season.

Focusing on the defense, there have not been many standouts individually and they have worked very well as a unit, as opposed to someone standing out. If there was one player that stood out, it would have to be Barrett Ruud the ILB in the 3-4, who was aquired from TB in a trade in the offseason. Ruud has 101 TKL 12 TFL 2 SCK and 2 INT, and has been a playmaker and a tackling machine just like is needed in that 3-4 alignment. He has been a key player in there success thus far. Two other players that are a key component to the 3-4 defense are the pass rushing OLB in Larry English and Shaun Phillips who have totaled 8 and 9 sacks respecitvely thus far. The Secondary has also been solid thus far, with each of the starters totaling at least 2 INT and some reserves totaling 2+. Overall the defense has played better as a whole unit, which is something you like to see out of a defense. They are also very young and for the team to still be able to run a 3-4 alingment with youth just about everywhere, is a testament to the skill this defense has, and how much better they will be in the future.

For now, that is Chargers news, tune in next time, when hopefully the Chargers will be on the road to the Lombardi Trophy!


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Chargers Keep on Rumbling.


Chargers Keep on Rumbling.



Leading the Division.


Last time we broke down the Chargers it was after a disapointing loss to the Patriots in Week 7. Looking back, that is old news, and since then the Chargers have gone 3-1 and continue to hold a 0.5 game lead on the Oakland Raiders. As we stand, the Chargers lead the division with some winnable games left, that could help them make the playoffs. The biggest game of the week though, will be next week against the Oakland Raiders. Winner of the game will have the inside track to a divison title in the inagural year of GZL. The Chargers have more to gain by winning because of their loss earlier in the year. If San Diego wins, then Oakland has a tough shot to make the playoffs, with San Diego holding a 2 game lead with 4 games to go. While if Oakland wins, they hold a 1 game lead with 4 games to go, but in the event of a tie, would win the tiebreaker and be the division champ. The stakes have been set high, but now it is time to reflect on the start to the season for the Chargers, which has seen them go 8-3 and win 4 of their last 6.

Phillip Rivers and Ryan Mathews has led the offense to a Top 5 scoring offense in the whole league. Although the Chargers are 27th in passing yards, it's Rivers efficiency along Mathews in the run game, that make them so affective. Rivers has completed 55% of his throws for 16 TD and only 7 INT. While those aren't staggering numbers, they show a team that has relied on its run game and when it has needed too thrown the ball, and rather efficiently. In the recieving game, 3 players have over 40 catches and more then 450 yards, showing how Rivers love to spread it around. With most of the targets being bigger, physical WR, which GM Stanley seemed to love to aquire during the offseason, it is no reason why Rivers is effcient and also why there YPC is so low. They are lethal in short yardage situations and in the red zone. Everyone of them can make catches over the middle, and make a 1 on 1 catch. The surprise of the year has to be Ryan Mathews though. The rookie has continued his early season success and is still exploding onto the scene. He leads the league in rushing yards, is 2nd in rushing TD's, and 5th in yards per carry. With such an elite QB and solid group of WR, it was figured that Mathews would be a side piece to an already good offense around him, but that hasn't been the case, as he has lead the team to victories in some cases.

Now onto the defense, who has improved from the beginning of the season now, and now boasts the 5th ranking in points per game allowed in the league, which is quite an improvement from the beginning of the year. While they rank close to last in yards allowed, they are in the school of thought of bend but don't break, which is why they are so succesful in keeping the opponents from scoring despite allowing all those yards. Individually on defense no one really sticks out, but one player who has played extremely well is Barrett Ruud, who was aquired from the Bucs in a trade at the beginning of the offseason. He leads the team in Tackes, Tackles for Loss, and Fumble Recoveries. He has also been the leader of the defense in the MLB in the 34, which was what they were looking for, and also been invaluable to the development of rookie MLB Donald Butler, who has had some injuries this year, but before injury and in the preseason was emerging. Now we hope that beginning with the Raiders, he begins to show the same ability coming off of injury.

That's it for this edition of the Chargers news and notes from the 3rd quarter of the season, tune in next time when hopefully the Chargers are poised to make the playoffs and make a deep run into them. Go Chargers!



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Chargers Taking Baby Steps Toward the Prize


Chargers Taking Baby Steps Toward the Prize.



Leading the Division.


Before the season began, the Chargers looked to have the best team on paper in the AFC West, and maybe one of the top teams on paper in the whole entire AFC. Having a good team on paper doesn't always translate to on-field success, but in the Chargers case they have rolled out to a 6-2 start with 2 losses against 2 tough opponents in the Raiders and Patriots. With the loss to the Raiders, the Chargers only hold a 0.5 Game grip on the lead in the AFC West, but with only 2 losses, they are playing good enough football to be a playoff team, so they are in a good position.

One of the biggest surprises is of the young campaign is how well rookie RB Ryan Mathews, has come out of the gate and preformed. In what was though to be a team, that would rely on the passing game, Mathews has come out and shown not to forget about the RB position. At 1146 yards through 8 games, Mathews leads the league in rushing, has the 2nd best YPC (6.14) with attempts over 80, and is 2nd in the league in rushing TD with 8. On the other hand, the passing game has been mediocre at best for what is expected of such an elite QB like Phillip Rivers. He has only 12 TD through 8 Games, to go along with 6 INT, not the worst, but not the best either. Rivers seems to have his favorites in Malcolm Floyd, Vincent Jackson and Antonio Gates, but why not when you have 3 great threats like that, as they are the only 3 above 15 catches. Overall Rivers is doing what he thinks he needs to do get the ball moving through the air, but don't forget about the big WR, aquired in the offseason. To round out the offense, the offensive line has been solid, and while they can improve, they are giving up a little more then 1 sack a game, which isn't too bad.

On the flip side of the success the offense is having, the defense has been average at best. Playing good against weaker offenses, and badly against better ones. Individually their have been some productive players though. At OLB, both Shaun Phillips and Larry English have done well rushing the passer with 5 and 7 sacks respectively in 8 games. The secondary has done well as a whole, but only Antoine Cason has more then 1 INT with 3. Overall with the defense, they need to make plays, they can hold off offenses enough to win games when they're offense puts up points, but when the offense has an off day, they can't help out the D. So turnovers, sacks, etc, will help the defense progress, but it's still a very young defense.

Well, the Chargers are in a good spot as we speak, we look foward to keeping up with their progress and reporting back to you guys in a few weeks on how they are doing. GO CHARGERS!


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Chargers Closing in on Deals?


Chargers Closing in on Deals?



AFC West Title Next?


League sources are indicating that the San Diego Chargers are involved in many discussions to improve their team, and there is a chance that a deal can be agreed upon shortly. The sources are saying that they are looking to improve their defense and are willing to give up some offense to get some deals done, as more information is compiled we will get it to you.


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San Diego Chargers Hire GM John Stanley.


GM Stanley to San Diego



New Era for Chargers


Today the San Diego Chargers have announced the hiring of veteran GM John Stanley to take over the team, who has continued regular season success but little sustainablity in the postseason.

Stanley takes over a team that has a strong roster to begin and is not a GM that is afraid to make a big move, nor does he care about people's opinions on the move. He has proven this with successful tenure's in Red Zone Football League, Gridiron Football League, Against All Odds League, United States Football League, Third and Long League, Western Hemisphere Football League, and The War Room. In all these leagues he has matured from a GM that didn't know exactly what he wanted and didn't always make the most sound decisions, and has morphed into one of the better GM's in the best current active league in Red Zone. Along with being an active trader, he also loves his draft picks, but is one who generally stays away from overbidding on average free agent players.

Asked to assess his team, Stanley had this to say: "This roster is already one of the better teams in the league, I like the base of our offensive skill players with Rivers, Floyd, Jackson, Gates, and Mathews. Along with us up front. Our defense is solid but could be improved definitely, but improvement can always occur." I am sure Stanley won't be shy about making a move if he sees it nessacary. He was later asked if he will listen to offers for his star players such as Rivers the franchise QB, he had this to say: "Well, you always have to come into a new situation with an open mind, and willing to do anything that can make the team better. That being said, Rivers and our other star players are the core of this team, and the return would need to be up to par with their talent and skills."

The future certainly looks bright for the Chargers, and hopefully Stanley has what it takes to propel this team not just to the postseason, but sucess behind GETTING to the postseason, and to wins some games and hopefully a Super Bowl.


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At A Glance

CHARGERS FRONT OFFICE
GM G_Hickman
Head Coach B.Cowher
Offensive Coordinator Jim Caldwell
Defensive Coordinator Steve Spagnuolo
Special Teams Jeff Rodgers
Salary $154.21M
Cap Penalty $18.76M
Cap Room $1.03M

INJURY REPORT
PLAYER POS OVR LENGTH
Chargers Asuncion Becerra HB 83 7 weeks
Chargers Blake Addis FS 81 5 weeks

AFC West
RNK TEAM W-L-T PCT DIV
#1 Chiefs Chiefs 2-0-0 1.00 1-0
#14 Chargers Chargers 1-1-0 0.50 1-1
#24 Broncos Broncos 1-1-0 0.50 0-0
#32 Raiders Raiders 0-2-0 0.00 0-1

CHARGERS SCHEDULE
WK DATE OPPONENT TIME/RESULT
1 Sun vs Raiders Raiders #32
Won 34-17
2 Sun at Chiefs Chiefs #1
Lost 22-31
3 Sun vs Dolphins Dolphins #28 4:05pm
4 Sun at Broncos Broncos #24 4:15pm
6 Sun vs Panthers Panthers #5 4:15pm
7 Sun at Buccaneers Buccaneers #8 4:00pm
8 Sun at Raiders Raiders #32 4:05pm
9 Sun at Falcons Falcons #2 4:00pm
10 Sun vs Saints Saints #27 4:15pm
11 Sun vs Bills Bills #13 4:15pm
12 Sun at Ravens Ravens #23 1:00pm
13 Sun at Patriots Patriots #4 4:15pm
14 Sun vs Chiefs Chiefs #1 4:15pm
15 Sun vs Jaguars Jaguars #16 4:05pm
16 Sat at Jets Jets #15 1:00pm
17 Sun vs Broncos Broncos #24 4:05pm

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