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The San Diego Chargers have lost their sheen. For the better part of the last decade, the Chargers regularly were considered Super Bowl contenders this time of year, but coming off back-to-back seasons of empty Januarys, Bolts buzz has dissipated considerably. Chargers general manager A.J. Smith isn't known to hold back his opinions, and he offered a frank one on his team in a recent conversation with SI.com's Peter King. "We have lost our respect in the league and our credibility in the league," Smith said. "We were an elite team. You miss one year in the playoffs? OK. You miss two? You deserve everything that's being said about you." It's the type of statement you'd expect to come from local sports talk radio, not a team's GM, but Chargers players don't disagree with Smith's blunt assessment. When told of the comments, center Nick Hardwick said, "Amen." Tight end Antonio Gates called it a truth that's "not acceptable, not negotiable." "That's the mentality we have right now," Philip Rivers said. "Not being in the playoffs the last two years, we've developed that feeling, and our feeling right now is we've had enough. We have a little edge about us now. But, you know, you've just got to go out and do it." Source: NFL.com
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Ryan Mathews suffered “minor injuries” in a two car collision according to Debbi Baker of U-T San Diego.
The California Highway Patrol reported Mathews was driving his BMW on Interstate 8 when he lost control and hit another car.
Mathews was brought to a local hospital after experiencing pain. The California Highway Patrol said speed could be the cause; however, no one in...
If you were unfortunate enough to have Antonio Gates on your team last season, there is most likely hesitation about taking him again. He was often injured or labeled the dreaded “game time decision”. Surprisingly, he was actually able to perform when limping around the field. What are people saying about his status this season?
Quarterback Kevin O'Connell was set to sign with the Chargers, according to the North County Times. San Diego signed Kyle Boller to temporarily replace injured Charlie Whitehurst (knee), but Boller abruptly retired the following day. A former star for San Diego State, O'Connell has spent time with the Patriots, Lions and Dolphins. Whitehurst is expected to miss about...
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Antonio Gates has been a staple as a fantasy stud TE for years. Toe and foot issues have limited him recently, but he feels as close to 100% as he has in years. He has been making phenomenal catches at camp and looks to be back to his old self.
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There was a time when the Chargers would make the playoffs every year and then disappoint once they got there. From 2004-2009, the Chargers won the division and made the playoffs 5 times in 6 seasons, going 67-29 over that stretch, but they went just 3-5 in the playoffs and never advanced past the AFC Championship.
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Comments on the San Diego Chargers by the AP Pro32 panel (ranking in parentheses):
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Rick Gosselin (Dallas Morning News, 12): If Philip Rivers can minimize turnovers, Chargers will again contend for Super Bowl; his 25 in 2011 took San Diego out of contention.
Cris Collinsworth (NBC Sports, 13): Ryan Mathews must take pressure off Phillip Rivers. Too many...
The Chargers held open practice for the second consecutive day Sunday and SDBoltReport.com’s Anthony Gentile was at the morning session to provide a breakdown. Who stood out on defense? Which running back saw an increased workload? Read on for those answers and a practice recap.
The Chargers continued training camp on Tuesday and SDBoltReport.com’s Anthony Gentile was at the afternoon practice for a closer look. How did the new QB fare? Which defensive rookie stood out? Which starting unit got the best of the two-minute drill? These answers and more inside.
Ryan Mathews missed practice as result of minor injuries sustained in a car crash – Though the injuries were undisclosed, they have been described as “minor” and given Mathews’ presence at camp, it’s safe to assume they’re no threat to his missing any significant practice time. The Chargers were likely just being cautious here. The other important note is that police...
Peter King of SI.com told Rich Eisen of the NFL Network via NFL.com, that San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Randy Moss that there’s no doubt Randy Moss has plenty of talent left.
“When I saw Randy Moss come off the line of scrimmage and fake Perrish Cox so severely that Cox slipped and Randy Moss ran across the middle and caught a beautiful crossing throw,” King...
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New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees said that players don't trust Roger Goodell when he was asked about players' attitudes towards the NFL commissioner.
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It doesn’t surprise me that Wilson is still in the mix, since both Tarvaris Jackson and Matt Flynn haven’t been very impressive.