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Charlie Joiner calls it quits after 44 NFL seasons as coach, player




Hall of Fame receiver coach Charlie Joiner has been coaching the Chargers’ receivers since 2008. But he won’t be part of the new coaching staff.
The Chargers have announced that Joiner has retired as 44 total NFL seasons.

He played from 1969 through 1986, with the Oilers, Bengals, and Chargers. He immediately went into coaching, working with the Chargers from 1987 through 1991, the Bills from 1992 through 2000, the Chiefs from 2001 through 2007, and the Chargers again for the last five years.

Through it all, Joiner made it to only two Super Bowls, with no victories in the championship game.

“It’s time for retirement,” Joiner said. “This is definitely a young man’s game, and it’s time for new blood, new insight and new ways of doing things. I think the players need to be introduced to those new things. It’s time in my life that, at 65, I should be doing something else.”

Joiner was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1996.
 

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Former Ram Danario Alexander has done his ACL , that means three ACL's in three months for the Chargers , not a great start to the pre-season.
 

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Report: Philip Rivers has significant back injury
Posted by Mike Florio on December 18, 2014, 7:29 AM EST
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For several weeks, questions have swirled regarding whether and to what extent Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers is playing with injuries. He could be playing with an injury that is bad enough that perhaps he shouldn’t be playing.

The Chargers recently acknowledged that Rivers has a back injury. He missed practice Tuesday and Wednesday, critical sessions before a Saturday game against the 49ers, due to the injury.

According to Adam Schefter of ESPN, the back injury is “more severe than the team has acknowledged.”

Technically, teams aren’t required to acknowledge the severity of any injury. Teams simply must disclose on the thrice-weekly practice reports whether the player didn’t practice, practiced on a limited basis, or practiced fully with one or more injuries. Once per week, the team must apply a label reflecting the player’s anticipated availability for the game.

In Rivers’ case, the fact that he actually missed practice due to the back injury suggests that it’s significant, given that he had missed no practices due to what teammate Antonio Gates told reporters was a “severe rib injury.” (Gates later backtracked, predictably; the team eventually disclosed that Rivers has a chest injury.)

Rivers said Wednesday that he’ll play on Saturday. Thursday’s final injury report before the Saturday night game will reveal plenty about whether Rivers will indeed be able to go.

Given that the guy once played a postseason game with a torn ACL and presumably has battled through plenty of other injuries to do his job, don’t be surprised to see him play.
 

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I read that too about Rivers who isn't like cry baby Cutler... will tough it out and hopefully his teammates will show up to make his weakness less exposed.

With the Niners officially ruled out of the play-off picture.. expect the Niners to break their 14 year hoodoo against the Chargers who are one less quality WR to help them this week.
 

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San Diego mayor creates stadium task force, including Jim Steeg
Posted by Darin Gantt on January 30, 2015, 3:39 PM EST
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While Roger Goodell was talking about the potential for the Rams to move to Los Angeles, another possible suitor was talking about plans to stay put.

Via David Garrick of U-T San Diego, mayor Kevin Faulconer announced a nine-member task force to create a proposal for a new Chargers stadium.

The group includes longtime NFL executive Jim Steeg, who worked for the Chargers for five years, but left in 2010. Steeg spent 26 years working for the league prior to that stint.

The group also includes local business leaders, but having Steeg on board will provide the kind of insight into league business they need, if they’re going to find a viable way to keep the Chargers for looking elsewhere.

But NFL commissioner Roger Goodell urged Faulconer to get moving during his press conference Friday.

“I’m glad to hear he’s got a task force going,” Goodell said. “But they’ve been working at this for 12 years, and it’s something we need to see tangible results sooner rather than later.”

That’s a fairly broad swipe at the city, which hasn’t been able to come up with a deal to upgrade one of the worst stadiums in the league.
 

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Chargers mark 54th anniversary in San Diego

Posted by Mike Wilkening on February 10, 2015, 10:51 PM EST
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Entering 2015, 15 of the NFL’s 32 teams have been in the same city and have played without interruption for at least 50 seasons.

The San Diego Chargers are one of those clubs.

On this day in 1961, the American Football League allowed Chargers owner Barron Hilton to move the club from Los Angeles to San Diego after just one season. A lack of fan support in Los Angeles purportedly was the catalyst for the move.

Ever since, the Chargers have remained in San Diego, capturing an AFL title in 1963 and making the Super Bowl in 1994. They have had just two home fields — Balboa Stadium and Qualcomm Stadium, the latter of which they have called home since 1967.

About Qualcomm Stadium: The Chargerscontinue to seek a new home field, an issue that has dragged on for more than a decade. But as PFT’s Mike Florio noted in December, the Chargers’ patience might be wearing out.

Thirteen other NFL teams have been in their cities longer than the Chargers. Five fellow AFL members — the Jets, Patriots, Broncos, Cowboys and Bills — have just one more year under their belts in their respective homes. The 49ers, Steelers, Lions, Eagles, Giants, Packers, Bears and Washington are the other clubs who have remained in place longer than San Diego.

The Vikings, like the Chargers, began play in their home city in 1961. Unlike the Chargers, the Vikings recently got a stadium deal done, ensuring they will remain in Minneapolis for the forseeable future.

Pro football has roots in San Diego — deep roots, a half-century’s worth. Team and city proved an apt pairing all those years ago, and it has worked since. The question now is whether the Chargers get their third stadium in San Diego. They figure to get one relatively soon, given the age of their current digs. It’s just a matter of location and how the tab is split up.
 

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Grubman to talk with San Diego stadium proponents
Posted by Mike Florio on April 7, 2015, 9:36 AM EDT
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As the Chargers lay the foundation for a potential move to Los Angeles, San Diego continues to lay the foundation for building a stadium in the team’s current town.

Via the Associated Press, NFL executive V.P. Eric Grubman will conduct a conference call on Tuesday with the nine-member advisory group that is exploring opportunities for constructing a new facility for the Chargers in San Diego.

“They’ve been very open and candid with us, wanting to kick the tires and find out what we’re like as a committee,” committee chairman Adam Day said Monday, per the AP. “We’re a serious group committed to solving this problem and we’re working hard to develop a fair and workable financing plan.”

Day takes solace in public comments from Grubman that the NFL prefers that teams find stadium solutions in their home markets.

“Our emphasis aligns closely with that sentiment,” Day said. “We want to find a way to make it work. We hope the NFL will be an honest broker in making sure that the city and team can negotiate a good deal.”

That won’t be easy. Given the size and dynamics of the market, coupled with the practical unavailability of public financing and the fact that it will be a one-team venue, it will be hard to crunch the numbers in a way that allows the operation to be profitable. In contrast, a two-team stadium in the L.A. market would generate much greater revenue streams, and would in turn be more profitable.

At the league meetings in Arizona, the scuttlebutt was clear and unmistakable: The Chargers are intent on leaving San Diego. While circumstances could change, steps like Tuesday’s conference call are more likely to confirm the path that the Chargers already have selected — a path out of San Diego and back to L.A., where the Chargers spent the 1960 season, the first year in franchise history.
 

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Hey Guys. First post on the Chargers page. Just wondering how many of you will continue to follow the Chargers should they end up making the move to LA. Personally I'm a fan of San Diego the city as opposed to a Chargers fan. Having been lucky enough to travel over to the States a coupe of times I also don't really think much of Los Angeles as a city. Not sure what ill do if they do end up making they move. Fingers crossed it doesn't get to that.
 

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Dean Spanos gives up day-to-day control of Chargers

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There is a change at the top of the San Diego Chargers' flow chart, but the Spanos family continues to run the show.

The team announced Monday that Dean Spanos will no longer run the day-to-day operations of the team. His son AG Spanos will take over that responsibility as President - Business Operations, while John Spanos has assumed the role of President - Football Operations. Dean Spanos will still be the team's Chairman of the Board.

The change in responsibilities comes at a crucial time for the Chargers. They have partnered with the Oakland Raiders on a possible new stadium in Los Angeles. TheChargers also continue to work with coming up with a stadium solution in San Diego.

John Spanos oversees the football operations of the Chargers, including player personnel, coaching, salary cap/player finance as well as the medical, equipment, video and security departments. He held the position of executive vice president of football operations for the past two seasons. He was instrumental in hiring general manager Tom Telesco and coach Mike McCoy.
 

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Chargers advisory group says no new taxes needed for stadium
Posted by Darin Gantt on May 18, 2015, 10:33 AM EDT
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While the ongoing Patriots drama could overshadow this week’s owners meetings in San Francisco, there’s other business to attend to.

And one of the bigger non-#DeflateGate storylines got a bit of a twist this morning.

The Chargers Citizens Stadium Advisory Group is about to reveal its stadium plan to keep the team in place, but they unveiled a big piece of the puzzle already.

According to NBCSanDiego.com, sources close to the group say they’ve found a way to build a $1.2 billion stadium without asking citizens for more tax money.

The details of their plan aren’t known yet, but the report says the Chargers would be asked to up their share from $200 million to $300 million.

It’ll be curious to see how they’re able to make up the difference without going to the taxpayers, and they have a press conference scheduled for later today in which that might be revealed.

And with plans drawn for a shared stadium up the road in Carson, the Chargers might not be interested in the plan, anyway.
 

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Mayor’s task force lays out financing plan to get Chargers to stay
Posted by Darin Gantt on May 19, 2015, 6:02 AM EDT

Even as the Chargers were bringing in a hired gun to help their stadium efforts in Carson, the mayor of San Diego was announcing a separate plan to keep the team where it was.

Via David Garrick and Lori Weisberg of U-T San Diego, mayor Kevin Faulconer announced plans for the financing of a new $1.1 billion stadium (unlike in Atlanta, the price seems to be going down, as previous reports had it at $1.2 billion).

Faulconer’s stadium task force presented a 42-page plan, which includes $200 million from the NFL, $300 million from the Chargers, and $173 million in bonds secured by the Chargers’ future rent.

There would be public money, with the city and county coughing up $121 million each, but no tax increases were necessary because they’re pulling it from their respective general funds over a 30-year period. The additional money would come from the sale of the land Qualcomm Stadium’s currently sitting on, and ticket and parking surcharges and PSLs.

The $467 million total in public money includes the land the new stadium would sit on.

“We believe the plan we’ve developed is fair for everybody — the city, the county, the taxpayers and the team,” said task force chairman Adam Day. “This is not a perfect plan — I don’t expect that either the city or the team will accept it 100 percent. But I think it’s an excellent starting point. It’s a solid foundation for future negotiations”

Day said the stadium could be ready for the 2020 season, with construction beginning no later than 2018. No public votes are required, since the tax rates aren’t going up to pay for the project.

But all that planning, and all that wrangling of dollars from many pots might become a moot point, if they can’t make the offer sweeter than the one offered in Carson.

Which it doesn’t seem they can.
 

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Chargers, San Diego finally will negotiate potential new stadium
Posted by Mike Florio on May 28, 2015, 7:01 AM EDT
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It’s been a long time coming. Probably too long. And it’s possibly too late.

Next week, the Chargers and San Diego finally will sit down and try to negotiate a deal to build a new football stadium in the town the team has called home since moving from L.A. after an inaugural season in 1960.

As noted by Tom Krasovic of U-T San Diego, the process had never previously gotten to this point in 14-plus years of trying, with a detailed proposal developed and presented for discussion.

But it also could soon be the point of no return for the Chargers and San Diego, if a deal can’t be finalized based on the $1.1 billion stadium plan as a starting point for talks.

The Chargers would contribute $300 million to the new stadium, but rent ($1 million per game; $173 million over 30 years) and other expenses could eventually reach $1 billion. The NFL would separately contribute $200 million to the project.

The deal as structured would, in theory, avoid a public vote for any public money needed to pay for the project.

Next week’s negotiations should reveal fairly quickly whether the Chargers truly want to do a deal in San Diego, or whether they’re intent on moving back to L.A. At the March league meetings in Arizona, an unmistakable sense emerged that the Chargers want out — in part because the team believes it would be a mistake to stay put and watch one or two teams move to Los Angeles.

Maybe the end game for the Chargers entails a two-front negotiation aimed at getting a new stadium in San Diego and limiting the number of teams moving to L.A. to one. If that’s the case, the team’s partner on a proposed stadium in Carson, California could still be the odd man out in L.A., even if the Chargers don’t move there.
 

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The Chargers' defense forced just seven interceptions last season.

Only the Chiefs, Jets and Jaguars had fewer picks. San Diego only has two defensive backs taller than six-feet, which could spell trouble against taller wideouts like Calvin Johnson and A.J. Green. The Chargers' secondary also needs to stay healthy. Starting corners Jason Verrett and Brandon Flowers missed a combined 12 games last season.


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The Chargers have kicked D.J. Fluker inside to guard.

He's been practicing there the last few days, with Joseph Barksdale moving up to the first team at right tackle. This combination gives San Diego its best-possible offensive line, with King Dunlap at left tackle, Orlando Franklin at left guard, Chris Watt at center, and Fluker-Barksdale on the right side.


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After attending Chargers camp, CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora reports Melvin Gordon's pass protection "remains a work in progress."

Gordon was a willing-but-deficient pass protector at Wisconsin. Pass protection is an attribute that can be taught, but one with which rookie running backs often struggle. Gordon's continued pass-protection woes will likely result in him getting pulled on all passing downs in favor of Danny Woodhead.


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Live at Chargers camp, CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora reports "people around here are thinking Stevie Johnson could do big things in this offense.

Particularly in the first four games -- with Antonio Gates on suspension -- Johnson will be a candidate for seven-plus targets per game. La Canfora reports Johnson and Philip Rivers are already "simpatico," and that Johnson "will be an integral moving part who could line up in the slot, out wide, wherever."


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The Union-Tribune San Diego describes Chargers first-round pick Melvin Gordon as "more patient than most rookies and almost too patient at times."

It could be nothing, or it could be something: Gordon had a tendency to slow or even stop his feet behind the line of scrimmage at Wisconsin, and was stuffed or thrown for a loss on nearly 20 percent of his college runs. Gordon also remains "a work in progress" as a pass protector. Gordon is priced reasonably at his third-/fourth-round ADP, but we'd probably balk if he started going higher.


Source: Union-Tribune San Diego
 

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Oliver > Gordon ;) GG

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First-round pick Melvin Gordon realizes he has to be more "decisive with my runs."

Gordon earned a reputation for stopping his feet at Wisconsin, leading to a high volume of "stuffs" and "negative runs." He managed 11 yards on six carries in his preseason debut. It's good to know Gordon is at least aware of his bad habit. "It's just being decisive with my runs," Gordon explained. "Just being sharp and clean. ... You've got to calm down and keep telling yourself, 'It'll come to you.' I think that's what a lot of players and probably a lot of rookies have to learn. You want to be great so fast. Sometimes, it just doesn't happen that way. It's a process."


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Coache always lie....could be something in it...

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Melvin Gordon (ankle) will miss the Chargers' second preseason game.

Gordon has resumed practicing after a "minor" ankle injury, but the Chargers are opting to play it safe instead. Expect Branden Oliver and Donald Brown to get longer looks against the Cardinals. Coach Mike McCoy insisted Gordon would be ready to go were Saturday's contest a regular season affair.

Source: Union-Tribune San Diego
 

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