USC Remembers Junior Seau
The Melvin Ingram handshake with the Commish
Artwork for a beverage billboard campaign of Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers.
Illustration of Antonio Gates by artist Will Murai featured in ESPN Magazine 2011
San Diego’s own Jessica Sanchez will again rock American Idol and with special Chargers support from LB Shaun Phillips tonight (4/11/12). Don’t miss it.
Sanchez twice sang the national anthem at Qualcomm Stadium.
Chargers equipment manager Bob Wick assigning jersey numbers to newly added players. *subject to change
Chargers new “logo lock-up” gloves.
4-way stretch, hydrophobic materials help increase range of motion, wet or dry
The new Chargers Nike Jersey. The color scheme of the Chargers uniforms will not change but the technology behind the uniforms will.
When the Charger Girls perform on the field of San Diego’s Qualcomm Stadium, music blares over the sound system at ear-splitting levels, but one girl hardly hears it. (via Hearing Impaired: Charger Girl focuses on sights, not sounds - KSWB)
Nicoletta Ruhl (Granddaughter of San Diego Chargers Owner Alex Spanos) and Tavia Hunt (Married to Kansas City Chiefs Chairman & CEO Clark Hunt) are featured in the new Rivalry Campaign showcasing women of the NFL Family in a little friendly competition.
Check out this video of Corey Liuget as he becomes the Chargers first-round pick of the 2011 NFL Draft. (by chargersdotcom)
Chargers defensive lineman Corey Liuget runs a drill at the NFL football scouting combine in Indianapolis.
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With a bust in Canton on the horizon, former Chargers running back LaDainian Tomlinson is being recognized for his work on the collegiate level as one of the 84 finalists on the ballot for induction into the College Football Hall of Fame.
According to the AP “The ballot is distributed to the more than 12,000 NFF members and current Hall of Famers. The votes are tabulated and submitted to the 14-member NFF’s honors court, which selects the class.”
Before Tomlinson was breaking tackles and records in the NFL, he spent his time terrorizing WAC opponents as a running back at TCU.
In his four years as a horned frog, Tomlinson would gain 5,263 rushing yards, sixth all time in Division I history. He would also set the single game rushing record as he amassed 406 rushing yards against UTEP in 1999, a record that still stands today. During LT’s time at TCU he led a school that had been to two bowl games since 1966 to three during his four years. All of this would be the foundation behind the Chargers decision to draft Tomlinson number five overall in the 2001 draft.
Other players on the ballot include Tommie Frazier, Ron Dayne, Eric Dickerson and more.
The ballots will be collected and the inductees announced at a press conference on May 7th.
For more information, click here.
Just came back from watching the last of the defensive linemen work out and I have a few minutes before heading back in to watch the linebackers.
Honestly, it was a bit tough to gauge how the d-line prospects were doing from where I was positioned. From the stands it was hard to see things like footwork and vision, but I still think I have a good grasp on who turned in the best performances. I’ll have more up on our site later today on them in more depth, but the guys who caught my eye were Margus Hunt, Dion Jordan, Corey Lemonier and the guy with the coolest name in the draft, Barkevious Mingo.
It may sound like a broken record, but the player everyone is talking about it Manti Te’o. All eyes are on him and how he will perform on the field. Some are sick of the Te’o talk, but it’s obviously a story line that isn’t going to go away anytime soon. From what I gather, teams are unsure what he will run in the 40 and that is the metric they have their eyes on. Someone told me on the broadcast Mike Mayock put the over/under on him at a 4.75, so that is the number I’m curious to see if he can beat.
A completely different vibe here inside Lucas Oil Stadium this morning. First off, most of the media is gone. With no more prospects scheduled to meet with the media and their access limited, I’d say about 30% of the guys who were here at the beginning of the Combine remain. Or at the very least they are sleeping in because it is very empty inside the interview room.
Inside the stadium, there is a different feeling in the air as defensive prospects hit the field for the very first time. Right now as I type, the defensive line prospects are working out. The first thing that caught my eye is how athletic these guys are. That’s been a common theme for the entire draft, and a trend that’s been going on for a number of years actually, but it doesn’t make it any less true. These prospects are big guys and are moving incredibly fast and quick.
For me, the guy who has really caught my eye is Southern Methodist’s Margus Hunt. This kid comes from a small school but is making his presence felt. Hunt is 6-foot-8, 245-pounds, had the most reps on the bench press (38) and clocked in the third fastest unofficial 40-time so far (4.60). I’ll be keeping a keen eye on him for the rest of the drills.
This will most likely be my last entry of the day as I need to focus on getting up our extensive scouting reports on each position group for Chargers.com. But before I check out, I wanted to point out that Wisconsin’s Montee Ball is coming up with the running backs next.
As a big Wisconsin football fan, he’s one of the guys I am most excited to watch, and I’m curious how he can translate his success in college to the pros. Ball scored 83 touchdowns for the Badgers, which is the most in college football history for any single player. Still, many project him going in the second or third round at best as he is a bit of a tweener. He’s too tall to be a quick scatback, yet too small to be a power guy. I’m curious to see how he does out on the field today and if that makes him one of the top running backs taken in this years draft. which is where I personally believe he belongs.
Official 40 times are in, and after rumors swirling that Austin and Goodwin’s times could actually improve, I’m sorry to say they’ve gone down. Goodwin now has run a 4.27 while Austin’s is down to a 4.34.
I was heading out from the media room to catch some workouts on the field when troubled defensive back Tyrann Mathieu came into the room for his press conference. He has struggled mightily with substance abuse and was kicked off of LSU’s team before the start of last season.
Here are the highlights from his session with the media:
* Mathieu marks October 26, 2012 as the date that changed his life. It was the last time he took a substance and he has been clean since. He thought getting kicked off of LSU was the lowest point of his life but getting arrested in October was the moment he hit rock bottom. Since then he has been going to rehab, counseling and has a sponsor.
* Mathieu said he is working hard to build back trust that he has lost. His exact words were that his best friend is honesty, and that he understands teams don’t trust him now, but he is working hard to prove they can. He is working on correcting himself as a person, not just a football player.
*Teams interviewing him all know about his past, but he’s facing more questions about football. They want to know if he still has it and can be the big impact player he was at LSU. He is looking forward to the opportunity at the combine to show everyone he is a true athlete, and is urging teams to go back and watch the tape on him. He’s convinced they will be impressed.
*Even though he is primarily a cornerback, Mathieu compared himself to Ed Reed and Troy Polamalu. He said he is prepared to play any position in the secondary at the pro level.
I’m not ashamed to admit it – I’m a sucker for speed!
That’s a main reason why I love watching the wide receivers the most at the combine. Well this morning certainly hasn’t disappointed as not one but TWO players clocked in an unofficial 40-yard dash time of 4.25. That could very well change in either direction when the official time comes in later this afternoon, but right now West Virginia’s Tavon Austin and Texas’ Marquise Goodwin rank second all-time, just 1/100th of a second behind Chris Johnson’s all-time park of 4.24.
I was there to watch it in person so I can tell you that it was just as impressive as I assume it looked on TV. The guys were an absolute blur. Kind of makes me feel bad for the guys who still run a sub-4.40, which is crazy fast, yet will be overshadowed.
Now I’m looking forward to watching how these two guys use their speed during routes and the infamous gauntlet drill.
Be back later.
I’ve been to countless press conferences and events in my time working in the sports industry, but I’ve never seen anything like the Manti Te’o presser that just went down here in the interview room. The amount of media crunched around the young man was without a doubt into the few hundreds.
I won’t get into the story…everyone knows it by now. But I will say that the linebacker and Heisman Trophy runner-up did an excellent job in my opinion in what was a tough situation.
Here are a few highlights from his 15 minute press conference.
*Te’o was surprised by the media attention and fascination they have with him and this story. He admitted he was embarrassed by what happened but has since moved on. Also, while he has dealt with the media a bunch during his career, he was taken aback by the amount of media here for his press conference. “This is pretty crazy,” he said. “I’ve been in front of a few cameras but never as many as this.”
*Te’o will be meeting with 20 teams here at the NFL Scouting Combine, and so far every team has asked about the incident. He expects that to be the case with each and every team he meets with. Te’o said they want to hear about the incident in his own words and what the truth is from him. Still, he said that usually lasts 30 seconds to a minute and the rest of the time is spent discussing football.
*The toughest part of the whole ordeal was when his sister called and said they had to sneak his family into their house because people were camped out in their front yard.
*Te’o isn’t worried about how he will be embraced by his teammates in the pros based on the incident. He plans to go out there and “focus on the things I can control.”
Along with our contributing writer Ryan Schuler, I’ll have a more in depth breakdown of each position group up on Chargers.com this afternoon. But I had to stop in and say how much I love watching the offensive linemen go through their workouts. They are probably my favorite position to watch save for the wide receivers.
Not the most graceful position, these guys put it all on the line. Even from my spot in the stands I could hear the grunting and groaning of each guy as they push themselves to post the best times possible. So far, I’ve been quite impressed with Eric Fisher and Chance Warmack (photo to the right), even though he had a disappointing 40-yard dash. It’s easy to see why these guys are projected to go high in April’s draft.
I’ll probably stop by with one more entry today on Manti Te’o's highly anticipated press conference. The media members who stayed away from Lucas Oil Stadium early this morning have come out in droves in the last hour getting ready to speak with the controversial linebacker.
It should be an interesting one!
There is a completely different feel in the air today as the morning marks the beginning of on-field testing. The players are understandably nervous. Most days so far when I walked past them they’d have a smile on their face and were eager to chat.
Today was all business, and understandably so. Today marks the most important day of their young professional careers to date.
Believe it or not, many members of the media are sticking in their hotel rooms to watch coverage on NFL Network. Their access is severely limited to just the interview room, so they figure that’s the best way to get coverage. Luckily, since I am with the Chargers, I have better access and get to watch the workouts live from the stands.
So far, the buzz is all about Arkansas-Pine Bluff’s Terron Armstead. If you come from a small school like Arkansas-Pine Bluff, you have to do something to distinguish yourself and Armstead certainly did that. The 306-pound offensive lineman ran a 4.65 in the 40-yard dash (ed. note – that has since been changed to a 4.71). Yes, you read that correctly. The big man’s time was equal to that of some wide receivers, and the closest time to his so far has been a 5.01 by both Eric Fisher and David Bakhtiari. In history, according to NFL.com the next closest time is a 4.84 by Allen Barbre in 2007.
I’ll have more directly from the stadium later on in the day.
Even though there is still a steady stream of NFL execs meeting with the media, things have quickly slowed down here at Lucas Oil Stadium.
I took advantage of the down time to meet with some of the top NFL pundits out there, including Peter King, Adam Schefter, Bill Polian and more. We spoke both on the record and off about the Chargers, and they couldn’t stop raving about the hirings of Tom Telesco and Mike McCoy. I’ll have something up on them on Chargers.com soon.
I’m actually packing up now and heading back to the team’s hotel to pound out some articles for the site, so look for them to be up relatively soon.
But before I head out, I ran over to the field as I heard some of the punters were working out. You can see a glimpse of it over to the right. It’s pretty bare out there, but it will be packed tomorrow with offensive linemen and tight ends working out.
“Now at Podium B, USC Quarterback Matt Bar-“
The announcer didn’t even get to finish Matt Barkley’s name and the entire media room rushed in unison over to the podium to hear what one of the biggest names in this year’s draft had to say. If I had to guess, I’d say it will be the biggest grouping of media for any individual player except for Manti Te’o who speaks tomorrow.
The USC QB won’t throw at this year’s combine as he is still recovering from a separated shoulder suffered in the fall, but he will go through the interviews and medical exams. He plans on throwing at his pro day later in the year.
My initial impression? Barkley is a bit smaller with a thinner frame than I anticipated, but he displayed the confidence and poise needed from a quarterback to be the leader of an NFL team.
He boldly stated that he believes he is the best QB in this year’s draft. A self-proclaimed traditional drop back passer, he lauded his ability to throw on the run as well as his experience and strong leadership qualities.
Where Matt Barkley ends up being selected is one of the more intriguing story lines of this year’s draft. Based on his press conference just now, it’s clear he is anticipating being a high pick and delivering right away.
Greetings from a dreary, snow-covered, foggy Indianapolis.
It’s quite a different scene inside Lucas Oil Stadium today. Yesterday you could barely move it was so packed tight with NFL brass and media members. Today it seems like there are maybe half as many here in the interview room.
Yesterday, offensive lineman and tight ends met with the media while today the more glamorous skill positions will make the rounds. It’s pretty much a free for all as a multitude of players all speak at the same time, but I’ll try to get you guys some info on the quarterbacks, running backs and wide receivers when they finally meet the media later in the afternoon.
Over at Chargers.com you will find a bunch of new content coming in throughout the day. Right now we are tentatively scheduled to post articles on John Spanos’ combine experiences, Tom Telesco’s return to Indy and some top quotes from NFL pundits on the Bolts.
If you have any ideas for content you’d like to see over the next few days from the Combine, leave them in the comments below!
I have to say, it was mighty impressive watching both Telesco and McCoy make the rounds here at Lucas Oil Stadium today. Everywhere they went, some of the best and brightest minds in the NFL flocked to both men. It seemed around every corner there was another member of the media or an NFL front office offering best wishes and congratulating them on joining the Chargers.
I expected Telesco and McCoy to do well in their press conferences, and they certainly did. For me the biggest takeaway was both men’s confidence in Ryan Mathews and how they have big plans for the Chargers running back.
Meanwhile, I took advantage of having some of the biggest names in the NFL being all in the same room to get their thoughts and impressions on the new Chargers regime. Look for that in the coming days on Chargers.com.
We’ve got another hour to go here in the interview room but I’m wrapping things up to head back to the hotel and meet with Tom Telesco to get some exclusive content for the website this week. As soon as I finish with Telesco I’ll have coverage of his and McCoy’s press conferences up on the site as soon as possible.
Eric Fisher is a mammoth of a man!
One of the prized prospects in this year’s draft, and a player that many mock drafts have going to the Chargers at 11th overall, Fisher was very engaging and commanded the room during his brief press conference.
Numerous times Fisher reiterated he plans on being the number one offensive tackle selected in the draft. That is his goal and he is working tirelessly at it. He has quite the story as he was only recruited by two colleges as a 230-pound offensive lineman out of high school. Now, the Central Michigan star weighs 306 pounds, stands 6-foot-7 and with nimble feet is skyrocketing up draft boards. In fact, some people have him possibly being the first overall selection come April.
I pulled Fisher aside as he finished his press conference and asked him about the possibility of joining the Chargers. His answer was quite vague, but this is what he had to say:
“Any team that will give me the chance to play football and would be happy to have me I’d love to play for.”
Again, it’s a cookie-cutter answer that I’m sure he’s been told to say, but based on his frame, the way he gave his answers and his rapid development on the field, it’s easy to see why Fisher is one of the biggest names in this year’s draft.
Denver Broncos’ head coach John Fox spoke with the media a short while ago. We will have a complete AFC West Breakdown later (save for the Raiders who are not scheduled to meet with the media), but here are a few highlights of what he had to say.
- San Diego State’s Ronnie Hillman will have a bigger role in the offense in 2013, his second year in the league.
- Fox is proud of his “coaching tree” in the AFC West in both McCoy and Raiders’ head coach Dennis Allen. Said it is tough to play against coaches you have a relationship with, but at this point in his career he has a relationship with many coaches in the NFL.
- The loss to the Ravens in the playoffs left him “scarred” but he has no choice but to move on.
- Fox said he is familiar with Chiefs’ new head coach Andy Reid based on their time together in the NFC East.
- Fox is sad to see his former offensive coordinator Mike McCoy go to the Chargers, but is happy for him that he has the opportunity. Said it will be tough to replace him but that they have no choice but to move on.
That’s the best way to describe what’s going on here at Lucas Oil Stadium right now as throngs of media are huddled over countless open tables getting ready for the first day of interviews.
The following player groups will be available to meet with media today: Offensive Linemen, Kickers, Punters, Long Snappers, Tight Ends
Meanwhile, here is the tentative schedule (eastern time) for coaches and GM’s for the day:
10:00 AM Marc Trestman, Chicago Bears Head Coach
10:15 AM Trent Baalke, San Francisco 49ers General Manager
10:30 AM Jim Schwartz, Detroit Lions Head Coach
10:45 AM John Fox, Denver Broncos Head Coach
11:00 AM Phil Emery, Chicago Bears General Manager
11:15 AM Jeff Ireland, Miami Dolphins General Manager
11:30 AM Greg Schiano, Tampa Bay Buccaneers Head Coach
11:45 AM Bruce Arians, Arizona Cardinals Head Coach
Noon Kevin Colbert, Pittsburgh Steelers General Manager
12:15 PM Rick Spielman, Minnesota Vikings General Manager
1:00 PM John Schneider, Seattle Seahawks General Manager
1:15 PM Dave Gettleman, Carolina Panthers General Manager
1:30 PM Steve Keim, Arizona Cardinals General Manager
1:45 PM Tom Telesco, San Diego Chargers General Manager
2:00 PM Mike McCoy, San Diego Chargers Head Coach
2:30 PM Chip Kelly, Philadelphia Eagles Head Coach
2:45 PM Howie Roseman, Philadelphia Eagles General Manager
3:00 PM Andy Reid, Kansas City Chiefs Head Coach
3:15 PM Ron Rivera, Carolina Panthers Head Coach
3:30 PM Gary Kubiak, Houston Texans Head Coach
3:45 PM Rick Smith, Houston Texans Executive Vice President/General Manager
4:00 PM Rex Ryan, New York Jets Head Coach
4:15 PM John Idzik, New York Jets General Manager
4:30 PM Ryan Grigson, Indianapolis Colts General Manager
You can find complete coverage of McCoy and Telesco’s press conferences on Chargers.com later in the day.
A few weeks ago we posted this image drawn by a Pixar animator re-imagining the Chargers victory over the Steelers. Today we continue this animation trend by answering the question that I know has been keeping you up late at night – what would the Chargers logo look like as a bad British stereotype?
Fear not, we finally have an answer.
David Rappoccio, creator of The Draw Play, a blog that mixes the NFL and cartoons, re-created every NFL logo to be more British. Here’s what he came up with for the Bolts -
The mustache, the monocle, the filament used as bad teeth, this logo would not be out of place in the classic Monty Python “Upper Class Twit of the Year” sketch.
Of course the Chargers do have some history in the UK, having played the second ever regular season game in London, a close loss to the New Orleans Saints in 2008.
To see the rest of the logos, click here.
Also, which drawing do you like better? The phone chargers or the British Bolt?
I arrived in Indy about an hour ago after taking a red eye flight that will (hopefully) go down as my worst flight in history. Sandwiched between a three-month old and a guy who seemed to have some type of strain of the bird flu is not the way you want to travel.
A bunch of players who will be working out at the Combine were on my connecting flight I took from Atlanta. Most of them were from Alabama and were repping their school proudly. Eavesdropping on their conversation it sounded like they are most worried about the bench press, which I suppose makes sense since they looked like offensive or defensive lineman.
Anyway, long story short, I’m here now and ready to go! After running into Coach McCoy in the lobby, I met up with Chargers Executive Assistant-Player Personnel Chris Hobbs who gave me a quick tour after getting my credential.
Now it’s time for a power nap (after not being able to sleep on the plane) before I head over to Lucas Oil Stadium. I’ll also be hosting a live chat at 2:00pm PST from there on Chargers.com to answer all your questions about the Combine, the Bolts and more.
Catch up with you later.
If you ever need a reminder why San Diego is called “America’s Finest City,” just visit the Midwest in the dead of winter. It is FRIGID out here.
I made my way down to Lucas Oil Stadium earlier but to be honest, there isn’t much going on right now. It’s really the calm before the storm. Most teams are huddled in last minute meetings in various hotels in the area. There is an occasional player you’ll see around roaming the street, but mostly the city is getting ready for a nonstop week of action.
I snapped a photo of the Chargers interview room while scouting out the areas which you can see to the right. This is where the Bolts brass will be interviewing prospects each night.
After grabbing a quick bite I headed back to get ready for our live chat that we’ll be having at 2:00pm PST. Really looking forward to chatting about the combine, Chargers and whatever else is on your mind! Click here to head over to our chat.
As we head into a long weekend let’s take a moment to remember that President’s Day isn’t all about shopping for a new car or sleeping in on Monday. Originally commemorating our first president’s birthday, President’s Day now celebrates all of our heads of state. So in that vein we’ve compiled a list of the top presidential Chargers.
The rules of the list are simple. To qualify share a last name with one of our presidents. While there are only 44 presidential names to choose from there are some limitations to this list, (and there’s yet to be a President Seau or a Commander in Chief Tomlinson) there are a number of bolts who meet the requirements. 49 Chargers fit the bill, sharing the last names of presidents from our first (running back Joe Washington) to our second most recent (linebacker Lew Bush) and many in between.
So cue up “Hail to the Chief”, put on a stove top hat and find out who are our top five presidential Chargers.
5. Vincent Jackson
Sharing the same name as our 7th president, Vincent Jackson was a dominant wide receiver in his time here in San Diego. Jackson is 8th all-time in receiving yards and tied for seventh in career touchdowns with the Chargers.
4. Rodney Harrison
You’ll have to decide which presidential Harrison our #4 ranked Charger reminds you of (the fighter William Henry or the Midwesterner Benjamin) the most. Either way Harrison was the defensive commander in chief during his time playing safety for the Chargers. The two-time pro bowler is 6th all-time in team history with 345 interception return yards and two pick sixes. The safety is also third all-time in interceptions, with nearly as many picks (26) as days that William Henry Harrison spent as president (32).
3. Keith Lincoln
Keith Lincoln begin his career with the Chargers two score and 12 years ago (1961) and is still a prominent part of the Chargers record books. The running back is 7th all-time in Chargers history for career rushing yards with 2,698. Lincoln was also a special teams standout, returning a kickoff 103 yards against the New York Titans in 1962, tied for the second longest in team history. He was added to the Chargers Hall of Fame in 1980.
2. Gary “Big Hands” Johnson
Coming into the league six years after President Lyndon Johnson left the White House, Gary Johnson’s credentials speak for themselves. Third all-time in career sacks. Single season sack record with 17.5. Four straight Pro Bowls from 1979 to 1982. “Big Hands” was one of the most dominant defensive players in the NFL over his nine years with the Chargers. The defensive tackle was inducted to the College Football Hall of Fame in 1997 and the Chargers Hall of Fame in 1999.
1. Russ Washington
To tweek a few words spoken about our first President, Russ Washington is first in war, first in peace and first on our list. Naturally taken first overall in the 1968 draft, the tackle out of Missouri was a rock on the Chargers offensive line for 15 seasons, tied for second most in team history. His longevity with the organization is legendary with Washington as the Chargers record holder for games started with 148 and second in games played with 178. The five-time pro bowler was inducted into the Chargers Hall of Fame in 1995.
Finally an honorary mention for offensive tackle Courtney VanBuren, who was with the Chargers from 2003 to 2004. I always want to make sure I stay on the good side of the Van Buren Boys.