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 08-31-2007, 07:23 PM         #101
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Chargers immediately turn attention to Bears
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By Casey Pearce, Chargers.com
As Chargers players milled around the locker room following Thursday night’s preseason finale, there was more talk about a game they’re about to play than one that they just completed.

“It’s time to get ready for the Bears,” tight end Antonio Gates said. “We’ve already done some work on them, but now’s when it really turns on. We’re starting our season with the defending NFC champions and that’s where our focus is. We can’t wait.”

Bolts players left Qualcomm Stadium Thursday night with a sense of mission. Emotions led some players to say that they felt like playing Chicago immediately, but in reality the Bolts will take advantage of a long week to prepare.

“We need to be ready in nine days,” Head Coach Norv Turner said. “That’s part of the week of preparing and going through all of the things. This group of players has the mindset that they’re going to do what they have to do to get ready.”

Turner praised his men for the work they’ve done throughout the season as they’ve continually improved.

“I think we’ve done the things, starting in our offseason program all the way through, to do what we need to do to get ready for the season,” Turner said. “We’ve done what we need to get done in the preseason. It’s time to go. The games start counting for real.”

Playmaker

Safety Eric Weddle loves playing in San Diego and it shows. In two college games against San Diego State, he intercepted four passes. He picked off another in the Bolts’ preseason opener against Seattle and added two more Thursday night to give him seven picks in four games in San Diego.

“I just hope it continues,” Weddle said. “The guys in front of me are doing an awesome job. I’m out there having fun and executing.”

Weddle played more than three full quarters and finished the game with six tackles to go along with his two interceptions.

He also got his wish and got to face an old friend. San Francisco’s first drive yielded a 3rd-and-5, so the Bolts’ second-round draft pick was able to get on the field with the first-team dime defense against his former college teammate Alex Smith. The 49er quarterback threw at Weddle on the play, and Marlon McCree helped the rookie break up a pass intended for tight end Vernon Davis.

Copycat

Charger fans showered Davis with boos following his imitation of Shawne Merriman’s “Lights Out” dance, and the Pro Bowl linebacker joked following the game that he didn’t think much of it either.

“There have been a lot of guys that have tried to imitate it, and Vernon was by far the worst,” Merriman said of his college teammate.

Midway through the first quarter, Davis jumped to his feet after making a 13-yard catch and received a loud round of boos from the Chargers faithful as he mocked his former college teammate.

Later in the game, Chargers linebacker Jyles Tucker also paid homage the celebration after he sacked 49ers quarterback Shaun Hill. Merriman was much more impressed with Tucker’s performance.

“His was pretty good,” Merriman said. “It looked like he’d been practicing, but I know he really just jumped up and did it.”

Merriman said earlier this preseason that he’s at least temporarily retired the dance and doesn’t plan to do it this season.

Final say

Several rookie linebacker entered Thursday’s contest hoping to make a strong final impression before the Chargers trim their roster to 53 players on Sunday, and each played like men on a mission.

Tucker finished the game with two tackles on defense, a sack, two special teams tackles and a forced fumble.

“All you can do is play your heart out and see,” Tucker said. “That’s what I did.”

Brandon Siler also turned in an impressive night with four tackles on defense, one on special teams and a fumble recovery. Antwan Applewhite added four tackles, and Nick Roach tallied three tackles and a sack.

Bouncing back

Linebacker Matt Wilhelm saw his first action of the preseason Thursday night, and while his time on the field was limited, he was productive. The first-year starter, who missed the team’s first three preseason games with a calf injury, was credited with two tackles and a quarterback pressure in just 10 plays.

“It felt good to be back out there with the guys running around,” Wilhelm said. “It was a good test for it.”

Wilhelm feels certain that he’ll be ready to start against Chicago.

Sitting out

Quarterback Philip Rivers, tight end Antonio Gates, running back LaDainian Tomlinson, defensive tackle Brandon McKinney, wide receiver Eric Parker and running back Michael Turner all watched Thursday’s game from the sideline.

The Chargers reported three injuries following the game. Center Cory Withrow left the game in the third quarter with a sprained right foot, linebacker Nick Roach suffered a neck injury and running back Germaine Race left the game after injuring his toe.

Quick hits

- Kicker Nate Kaeding nailed all three of his field goal attempts Thursday to finish the preseason a perfect 11-for-11.

- Quarterback Charlie Whitehurst entered the game in the second quarter and went 7-for-14 passing for 76 yards and a touchdown with no interceptions.

- Rookie linebacker Anthony Waters saw his most extensive action of the preseason and led the Bolts with eight tackles.

- Rookie cornerback Paul Oliver added a sack to go with his interception.


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Safety Eric Weddle loves playing in San Diego and it shows. In two college games against San Diego State, he intercepted four passes. He picked off another in the Bolts’ preseason opener against Seattle and added two more Thursday night to give him seven picks in four games in San Diego.



Highlights: Chargers 16, 49ers 13
The San Diego Chargers beat the San Francisco 49ers 16-13 in Week 4 of the 2007 Preseason.
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Preseason Week 4: Shawne Merriman
Linebacker Shawne Merriman after Thursdays Preseason game talks about his thoughts about this years preseason and how the team is focusing on week 1 against the Chicago.
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Preseason Week 4: Antonio Gates
Following Thursdays final preseason game vs. San Francisco Tight End Antonio Gates talks about his excitement to start the season.
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Preseason Week 4: Craig Davis
After Thursdays preseason game vs. San Francisco Rookie Wide Receiver Craig Davis talks about how he has played at this point in the preseason.
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Preseason Week 4: Norv Turner Press Conference
After Thursday's last preseason game vs. San Francisco at Qualcomm stadium Head Coach Norv Turner talks about the upcoming season and what he expects from the team.
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 08-31-2007, 09:29 PM         #102
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 Simba said
Stay off my pipe if you ain't got nothin but smart alec sh*t to say....


and we will OWN Chicago in week one.....HOMER!......

Couldn't fu*k with us last year or this year or next year......I think the person that need to learn is you......

And stay the fu*k out this thread til that day......cuz I damn sure ain't over in the Chicago thread talkin sh*t.....

You talkin out your a.ss and I don't care to take the time to expose all the holes in your dumb a.ss theories......

but whatever :rolleyes: Rex Grossman is the greatest dog :rolleyes:
couldn't fu*k with you last year? you played chicago? i didnt think so...

we could have seen you last year, but somebody choked and was a one and done...

and you cant expose any holes in my statement because there isn't any... :rolleyes:

most bx heads are fu*king retards with the sports knowledge

 08-31-2007, 09:31 PM         #103
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 gorilla_proof said
if your judging rex off of pre-season your obviously on the "pipe" and seeing your profound rex love you seem to be riding another "pipe" as well
isn't that what you were doing? "rex grossman looks the same as last year"

nice double standard



so when he does sh*tty, it's LOL but when he does well, you wanna downplay and ignore it

gotcha

its called being a hater

 09-01-2007, 01:42 AM         #104
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 kr0nikk_F8L said
couldn't fu*k with you last year? you played chicago? i didnt think so...

we could have seen you last year, but somebody choked and was a one and done...

and you cant expose any holes in my statement because there isn't any... :rolleyes:

most bx heads are fu*king retards with the sports knowledge
as evidenced by your dumbass posts.....

Class dismissed.....

 11 years ago '07        #105
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 kr0nikk_F8L said
isn't that what you were doing? "rex grossman looks the same as last year"

nice double standard



so when he does sh*tty, it's LOL but when he does well, you wanna downplay and ignore it

gotcha

its called being a hater
dude let the season play out...right now your sounding like pat summerall after one to many drinks'
every fan will defend there QB good or bad...but please dont act like grossman is the second coming of jesus christ...just because you went to a superbowl (that u didnt win) doesnt mean you can turn water into wine'

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 gorilla_proof said
dude let the season play out...right now your sounding like pat summerall after one to many drinks'
every fan will defend there QB good or bad...but please dont act like grossman is the second coming of jesus christ...just because you went to a superbowl (that u didnt win) doesnt mean you can turn water into wine'

THE BEARS ARE WHO WE THOUGHT THEY WERE!




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Rex Grossman 18/42 210 yards 3 INTs 2 Fumbles


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 09-03-2007, 11:36 AM         #107
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^^^^^lol

Why are yall even arguing against that dude, nobody can really say much until the 9th so lets just wait till then and we'll prove to him that grossman is trash

Rex WILL throw at least two interceptions and wont be able to handle the best front 7 in the league(61 sacks-1 in NFL)

 09-03-2007, 01:45 PM         #108
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^^Preach...

 09-04-2007, 11:53 PM         #109
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Tuesday, Sep 04, 2007
By Casey Pearce, Chargers.com




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September has officially arrived, and that means it’s time for LaDainian Tomlinson to go to work.

For the second-consecutive season, Tomlinson sat out all four of the Chargers’ preseason contests and now the NFL’s reigning MVP is raring to hit the field.

“I’m pretty anxious,” Tomlinson said. “I’ve been waiting to get back on the field in a game situation for a while now. Now that it’s finally here, I’m very excited.”

Like most Sundays, Opening Day of the NFL season has brought out the best in Tomlinson. In six Week 1 contests, Tomlinson has rushed for at least 100 yards four times and has scored six touchdowns. His best Week 1 performance of his career came last season when he carried 31 times for 131 yards and a touchdown in a win over the Oakland Raiders.

“The first week is exciting for everybody,” Tomlinson said. “You look forward to it for a long time. When it finally gets here, you want to start strong and play your best. It’s a special week.”

This season, however, brings perhaps his toughest Week 1 challenge to date. The Bolts face the defending NFC Champion Chicago Bears. Led by Pro Bowl linebackers Brian Urlacher and Lance Briggs, the Bears finished fifth in the NFL it total defense last year and finished sixth against the run.

“They’re aggressive, fast and smart,” Tomlinson said. “Urlacher is a big part of it, but Tommie (Harris) wreaks havoc in the middle and Lance is tough. They’re going to be a big challenge.”

Fortunately for Tomlinson, he’ll have plenty of help in his attempt to gash the Bears. For the first time in his career, the Chargers return all five starting offensive linemen from a year ago. The group includes a pair of 2006 Pro Bowlers and is widely regarded as one of the NFL’s top units.

“Those guys know me, and I know them,” Tomlinson said. “We can read each other and know what each other is thinking. It’s a great feeling to have. I’ve never had that feeling before. Having a guy like Kris Dielman come back for less money, it really tells everybody how special he thinks our group is and what he thinks we have for the future of this team.”

Charger fans are anxious to see the NFL’s most dynamic player return to the field after a historic 2006 season. Tomlinson establish 13 new NFL records including touchdowns in a season (31) and points scored in a season (186) while earning his first rushing title of his career by posting a career-high 1,815 yards. On a personal level, it would be extremely difficult for Tomlinson to top that, but isn’t necessarily one of his goals.

“My thing is not to try to repeat the performance from last year,” Tomlinson said. “I’m just going to do everything that I can to win games. I might need to catch it 10 times, and Norv (Turner) may use me that way sometimes. He may need me to beat people one-on-one out of the backfield. If that’s the case, that’s what I’m going to have to do. I’m a team guy. I’m going to do what’s asked of me.”

As a younger player, Tomlinson occasionally threw out personal numbers he’d like to reach prior to a season, but those days are in the past.

“I will always have individual goals in my mind, but I am more catering to what this team needs and winning a championship,” Tomlinson said. “I just want to be consistent. I think that’s the biggest thing.”


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 11 years ago '07        #110
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off topic....dayum if you need a running back look no further then texas' hopefully mackbrown can start keeping more of the better players in texas we'd be fine

 09-06-2007, 08:53 PM         #111
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Thursday, Sep 06, 2007
By Casey Pearce, Chargers.com

As Chargers rookie wide receiver Buster Davis prepares for his first NFL game Sunday, he can’t help but think back to another special moment in his football career.

“I was scared and really nervous,” Davis said as he recalls the first time he stepped on the field as a freshman at LSU. Davis was 17 years old playing in front of 95,000 fans as well as a national television audience has his no. 11 ranked Tigers hosted Georgia, who was ranked seventh in the country.

“Skyler Green, who I was playing behind, dropped a couple of passes and they took him out,” Davis said. “I caught a pass and everything seemed to settle down. That was the beginning for me.”

Davis begins a new era Sunday has his professional career kicks off when the Chargers host the Chicago Bears. The stage is different, as is the feeling for the Bolts’ top draft pick.

“I’m going to be excited and all but I’m not going to be as nervous,” Davis said. “I understand what’s going on. I know it’s a different level but I’ve played in big games. I think I can relax and just play. I just hope I get to make a couple plays and help us win a big game.”

Chargers Head Coach Norv Turner plans to give Davis a chance to do just that. While the team has not yet announced who will be on the field for the first offensive snap, Davis will see plenty of action and have a chance to contribute.

“He’s ready to do the things that he can do,” Turner said. “He missed a lot of time at the end of camp when we were really zeroing in on some things, but he’s going to be able to help us. He’s worked hard.”

The Chargers drafted Davis in hopes that the speedster would help stretch defenses and make plays down the field. Davis gave Bolts fans a preview of that in the team’s preseason finale when he caught a 40-yard touchdown pass that encouraged his head coach.

“He showed in that last game that he can run,” Turner said. “He can make the plays up the field and that’s going to be an added dimension for us.”

Veterans such as wide receiver Eric Parker have been impressed with the way the team’s top pick has carried himself since arriving in San Diego in April. Davis has spent time picking Parker’s brain and in doing so he’s shown the veteran that he understands what is being asked of him.

“He has a good grasp on a lot of things,” Parker said. “He just needs to get that game experience, which is going to come right away. He’s smart and he works hard. He’s going to really help us.”

As a first round pick, Davis knew he would be a part of the offense right away, but he feels fortunate that he can have a role without feeling like he has to do too much.

“There are multiple guys here who can do multiple things,” Davis said. “That’s the luxury of being a San Diego Charger. I’m glad that I’m getting a chance to jump in there and be a part of this. The coaches are going to put me in places where I can show different aspects of my game. I can’t wait to do that.”

Injury update

After being limited Wednesday, center Cory Withrow (foot) and running back Michael Turner (ankle) participated in all phases of Thursday’s practice. Parker (toe) and linebacker Anthony Waters (personal) did not work. Waters was excused to be with his family following the death of his grandmother in South Carolina.

The only player listed on Chicago’s injury report was rookie tight end Greg Olson, who missed a portion of practice with a knee injury. The Bears’ top pick in April’s draft sprained his knee in the team’s preseason finale and his status for Sunday’s opener is unknown.

New look

Running back LaDainian Tomlinson won’t just be wearing a new uniform when he takes the field Sunday. He’ll also be sporting a new facemask. Teammates refer to the new mask as LT’s “Vader look” because the front looks a little like the mask worn by Darth Vader in the Star Wars movies.

Return investment

Running back and return specialist Darren Sproles is a man of few words, but his ear-to-ear smile on Thursday said it all.

When asked what it would mean to bust a long return Sunday, Sproles just flashed that grin and said, “I’m ready.”

Sproles thrilled fans throughout the preseason with his shifty moves and ability to make people miss. However, the third-year back is hardly satisfied with a strong August.

“Now is when they count,” Sproles said. “I’ve got to keep it up.”

Getting ready

One of the biggest challenges teams face heading into a new season is preparing for a game without the luxury of film from the current year. Players have watched tapes from Chicago’s four preseason contests but know not to put too much stock in what they’ve seen.

“It’s tough,” Quarterback Philip Rivers said. “It’s all you really have. I’ve watched a ton from last year. In the preseason, they’re only going to do so much. It gives you a decent feel for who you are. They’ve had all summer to prepare just like we have. I’m sure we’ll be prepared to see anything.”

Added Turner, “I’ve never been in a game where a team didn’t have new wrinkles for you.”


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 09-06-2007, 08:56 PM         #112
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I like this kid davis.....

I think he could possibly turnh into the deep threat we've lacked.....


mc cardell couldn't burn toast

 11 years ago '07        #113
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yeah davis could be huge for you guys' its still to early to tell yet'...looks to be an exciting match up for the chargers this weekend

good luck

-go colts

 11 years ago '07        #114
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i was shocked that the bears are talking smack and trying to get a reaction out of merriman' but i was surprised by his reaction...he has more of a (get it done) attitude this season.

im still sick that the colts didnt try to pick up figurs...but hey it is what it is hopefully the chargers handle business and continue to show ppl that the AFC is a powerhouse

 09-09-2007, 08:57 PM         #115
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Sunday, Sep 09, 2007
By Tom Shanahan, Chargers.com


The Chargers bounced back from a scoreless first half with touchdowns in the third and fourth quarters to beat the defending NFC champion Chicago Bears 14-3 in the 2007 season opener Sunday before 67,837 fans at Qualcomm Stadium.

Chargers running back LaDainian Tomlinson threw a 17-yard touchdown pass on an option play to tight end Antonio Gates for the Bolts' first score and a 7-3 lead with 45 seconds remaining in the third quarter.

Six plays after the ensuing kickoff, Chargers inside linebacker Stephen Cooper forced running back Adrian Peterson to fumble on a run up the middle. Strong safety Clinton Hart pounced on the loose ball at the Chargers' 44-yard line.

The Bolts drove 56 yards in eight plays for a 14-3 lead as Tomlinson broke off two big gains. He caught a screen pass he carried for for 20 yards to the Bears' 24-yard line and five players later scored on an 11-yard run on second-and-4.

The two touchdowns erased a 3-0 Chicago lead that the Bears took with 14:13 left in the second quarter on a 27-yard field goal by Robbie Gould.

Before the second-half rally, the Bolts were poised to put up their first score midway through the third quarter, but the drive was ended by a controversial fumble. The Chargers had a second-and-goal at the 1-yard line when Chicago defensive tackle Tommie Harris appeared to jump the snap and dislodge the ball from Rivers. But no flag for encroachment was thrown and such a played can't be reviewed.

The Chargers' first scoring opportunity in the opening quarter was thwarted when Nate Kaeding's 33-yard field goal attempt was blocked
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 09-09-2007, 09:26 PM         #116
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damnit son i need rivers to throw a damn TD


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 09-09-2007, 09:33 PM         #117
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I feel you.....luckily rivers was on my bench while LT started

 11 years ago '07        #118
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this is what i do know'

rivers wont have the numbers he had last yr'...and hopefully teams will come after him a little more

rex grossman still cant identify the blitz taking a sack from playside is uncalled for

if rex grossman could make better decisions the charger secondary would have been burnt to a crisp'

LMAO@ tommie harris saying the bears will go 15-1 <<< its ok to think that but to say that to the media your asking for trouble the rest of the season.

LMAO@ rex grossman looking like a bobble head doll taking shots to the face like a pr0nstar

Good luck next week against the crown'd superbowl champs hopefully some one will jam moss and decide to run with him instead of jogging'

im still trying to figure out how the hell LT sees in that dark vador a.ss visor it seem'd like a couple of catches he could have had was a result of not seeing the ball ???

who knows...ppl called this a defensive game but to me it was a game of poor QB play

is figurs? ok

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not reading all these posts, but its no surprise we took it to the bears. Proof this team isnt just LT. Defense played real well but thats expected against wack a.ss rex. Next week is pretty much the afc championship game in my mind. If we win it, we're takin the sb.

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thats a bold prediction but hey your entitled to your opinion ive never seen anyone be correct about a superbowl prediction after just a week of evaluation'
and the score can be mis-leading for ppl who didnt watch the game'

"we took it to the bears"?

from the way i saw the game if the bears didnt have the turn overs giving you guys a short field the game could have ended 3-0

ive learned over the yrs to keep and even keel when it comes to being a fan and being realistic about what i see and not trying to read to much into it'

good luck next week

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U know what it is, Charger Fans stand up!!!!

Next week: REDEMPTION AT ITS FINEST!!!!!


Payback's gonna be a bi*ch for Tommy Brady and company, look out for murder Merriman!!!!!!

 09-10-2007, 03:20 PM         #122
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It's gonna take a nickel defense to beat the patriots........I'd like to see us put Cromartie on Moss since he's the only one who physically matches up.....


It'll be a knockdown dragout affair definitely........I won't even go as far as to guarantee victory but I will say I feel confident in our chances.......

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i dunno??? about that during the jet game the pats used alot of 3te sets and had moss as the single wide out...having a 3-4 def like the jets your going to have to blitz...the jets decided to blitz in the redzone playing a softer coverage outside the 20's

to me the jets just looked overmatched and i wasnt really suprised with the out come brady is 7-0 vs the jets in the meadowlands


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 09-12-2007, 10:17 AM         #124
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The Chicago Bears spent the week preparing for the Chargers in Sunday's season opener by trash-talking about a Nike commercial that featured Bolts running back LaDainian Tomlinson running wild over the Bears' defense.

But when the Bears traveled to San Diego and lined up at Qualcomm Stadium, they left the trash-talking behind. The NFC defending champions just played football.

"There was very little talking going on," Chargers outside linebacker Shawne Merriman said after the Bolts' 14-3 win.

The Chargers believe they've developed that kind of game-day focus with maturity. In fact, the Chargers have taken it a step further than the Bears, resisting the temptation to trash-talk the New England Patriots, this week's opponent that eliminated the Bolts in last year's playoffs. No one popped off in the locker room after the win over the Bears or on Monday in the first day of preparations for the Patriots.

"It's a testament to the character of the players in our locker room," Chargers tight end Antonio Gates said. "We take it one game at a time. This victory against Chicago got us off on the right path, but now it's time to tune in and get focused on New England in spite of what happened last year. We want to go out and play the best San Diego Chargers football that we can."

A year ago the Chargers were 14-2 and held the home-field advantage in the AFC playoffs, but the Patriots came to San Diego and went home with a 24-21 upset of the Bolts. After the game, Chargers players were upset with the Patriots for celebrating on the Chargers' logo while mocking Shawne Merriman's "Lights Out" dance. But Gates said the Chargers aren't focused on avenging the loss or the Patriots' post-game antics.

"We're much more prepared and experienced than last year," Gates said. "Emotions may get in the way of a game when you have a battle like we had last year. Emotions get involved, but at the same time we understand this is our job. This is our business to go out and perform to our highest level. We weren't able to do that last year."

Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers admitted some emotions will be churning from last year's upset, but the Chargers will shift their focus by game time.

"Emotions will be going and I guess some of it will be stimulated from the playoff game," Rivers said. "But this game doesn't change that one win or loss. You can't fix that game. It's a new year. Two years ago we went out there and won and then we didn't make the playoffs. For us, what's important is this is the second game on the schedule. We're 1-0, one of 16 teams that are 1-0 after the first week. Chicago and New England are two teams picked to be playing in early February, so we're getting some tests early."

Gates described New England this year as the 2007-2008 Patriots, a reference to the playoffs taking place in the new year.

"Sometimes emotions get out of hand, and we felt we didn't play that well in the postseason," Gates said. "But this is a new start and a new beginning. Fortunately, we came away with a win against Chicago. Now it's time for us to get focused on the 2007-2008 New England Patriots."

It might also help the Chargers' mental preparation that they have a new coach in Norv Turner. He didn't suffer the pain of a promising season ending so suddenly. He didn't talk revenge against the Patriots; he talked about learning from last year's narrow losses at Baltimore, at Kansas City and in the playoffs to New England.

"I haven't spoken specifically about (the playoff loss)," Turner said. "I think the players understand a lot of things stem from that game and that type of game in Baltimore. Those experiences, if you learn from it, help you. In a lot of ways, (the Patriots) are the same team but there are some differences. We'll start getting ready for this year's team."

 09-12-2007, 10:18 AM         #125
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The Chargers were pleased with much of what they accomplished offensively in Sunday’s win over Chicago, but as the Bolts move forward, they hope to get more of their weapons involved.

“We’ve got a lot of guys on this team who can make plays,” tight end Antonio Gates said Sunday. “I got some opportunities to take advantage of man coverage (Sunday), but there are going to be times when we’ll spread it out more.”

Against the Bears, quarterback Philip Rivers completed 22 passes, and 16 went to either Gates or running back LaDainian Tomlinson. LT had his number called - either on the ground or in the passing game - on each of the team’s first six plays.

Head Coach Norv Turner said Monday that the team’s inability to sustain a long drive early contributed to the fact that they didn’t get as many players involved as they’d like. The Chargers gained just five first downs in the opening half.

“When you’re not converting first downs, it’s hard to get in a rhythm,” Turner said. “When you start making first downs on first and second downs, I think you get in a rhythm that it’s easier to get everyone involved. I expect all of our guys to be involved in the offense.”

While Gates always has a prominent role in the offense, the Chargers used him even more often Sunday because of how the Bears defended the Pro Bowler.

“We saw them play a lot of Cover One,” Gates said. “Obviously we wanted to take advantage of any opportunities in man coverage.”

Gates turned in his ninth-career 100-yard game as he caught nine passes for 109 yards and a touchdown. Vincent Jackson finished Sunday’s game with three catches for 28 yards, and Buster Davis added two catches for 15 yards. Malcom Floyd did not record a reception.

When asked if he expects teams to continue to play him the way Chicago did, Gates smiled and said, “I hope so.” In reality, the Chargers know they’ll likely have to find ways to spread the ball around.

Perfect timing

During Fox’s broadcast of Sunday’s game, analyst Troy Aikman commented that he thought Bears defensive tackle Tommie Harris might have picked up on something that was tipping him on the Chargers’ snap count. Harris disrupted a handful of plays Sunday when he got off the ball before the Chargers’ offensive linemen were able to pick him up.

Defensive linemen have been known to pick up tendencies from quarterbacks that allows a defender to get off the ball quickly, but Rivers didn’t believe that was the case Sunday.

“I don’t think so,” Rivers said. “I talked to Tommie after the game and he didn’t hint to it.”

The Bolts did everything they could to hold Harris and company back, but the Pro Bowler still guessed right on a couple of occasions.

“We changed the cadence up I would say 10 to 15 times I went on a hard count to slow them down a little bit,” Rivers said. “He jumped the count once or twice and timed it. That’s going to happen.”

Feeling good

Despite playing an extremely physical game Sunday, the Chargers came out with only three injuries, none of which appear to have major consequences.

Running back Darren Sproles suffered a concussion on the game’s opening kickoff, but according to Turner, he could have gone back in the game in the fourth quarter if the team had chosen to use him. Fullback Andrew Pinnock (hamstring) and safety Clinton Hart (quad contusion) are day-to-day with minor injuries.

Turner would not say if he plans to use Sproles on kick returns this weekend.

“I just see how he is and where he’s at,” Turner said. “I obviously like Michael Turner back there, too. We’ll have the option and some of that will depend on the type of return we have up.”

More commercial appeal

Last week, LaDainian Tomlinson’s Nike commercial featuring him running through the Bears defense was a hot topic. This week, another Chargers star is in an advertisement that features a piece of the Bolts’ Week 2 opponent.

Linebacker Shawne Merriman’s Nike commercial that shows him against several teams began airing over the weekend. One segment includes him hitting a Patriots quarterback.

“It was a nice lick, but it was only a commercial,” Merriman said.

Tomlinson said Monday that the producers who worked on his commercial initially wanted to use New England but changed the opponent before filming.

Nice improv

While it appeared like a genius call, Turner admitted Sunday that Rivers did some improvisation on his three-yard run for a first down in the opening quarter.

Turner opted to leave his offense on the field for a 4th-and-1 play at the Chicago 15 and called for a handoff to Tomlinson. When the timing of the play was thrown off, Rivers tucked the ball and scrambled for the first down.

“I was hoping that someone thought I really lost my mind and that we had a ‘quarterback follow’ play in,” Turner said. “The ball came up a little late and he just didn’t feel comfortable getting the ball handed off.”

Quick hits

- Turner called Mike Scifres' afternoon “as good a punting performance as you’re going to see.”

- He also praised defensive tackle Jamal Williams, who was credited with four tackles but played a huge role in the Bolts holding Chicago to just 80 rushing yards.

- Linebacker Stephen Cooper and defensive end Jacques Cesaire both grew up in the Boston area. Cooper joked Monday that they two will be f!ghting over tickets. The Bolts leading tackler already has roughly 50 requests to fill.

- The Chargers generally travel on Friday when they play on the East Coast, but since Sunday’s game doesn’t start until after 8 pm Eastern Time, the team will fly to Boston on Saturday.

- Including the playoffs, Tomlinson has played against New England four times. Those games have produced 548 rushing yards (5.5 per carry) and seven touchdowns.

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