Wednesday, March 30, 2005

For Your Information

Despite two rookies and a third-year pro among their five starters on the offensive line last season, the Chargers already are thinking down the line, and it could influence what they do in the draft. The club was thrilled with the development of rookie C Nick Hardwick, who started all but two games and they believe he will be a fixture at the position for years to come. But there are questions with right tackle Shane Olivea and left guard Toniu Fonoti. Some believe Olivea is better suited to play guard because of his compact build and occasional problems in space. It's possible he could be the heir apparent to veteran RG Mike Goff. Fonoti showed great promise last year after missing all of 2003 because of an injury, but the organization wants to see him have another strong season before committing to him long-term. Such a move is a gamble because Fonoti is scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent next season. If he has another strong season, he surely will receive a long-term, big-money offer from another club. That means the Chargers might have to franchise him to keep him off the open market. . . .

The Chargers aren't saying so publicly, but there is concern about their long-term situation at noseguard. Jamal Williams was a monster last season, earning first-alternate status to the Pro Bowl. But his contract expires at the end of the 2005 season and there is no proven replacement on the roster. The team will look to groom Ryon Bingham, a seventh-round draft choice in 2004 who missed all of last season because of injury, but there are no guarantees. . . .

The Chargers likely will seek to add to their linebacker corps in the draft. Two of their starters are entering their 10th season and another is entering his eighth. Because one of the keys to a successful 3-4 defense is athletic linebackers, the team wants to be prepared in case one of the veterans shows slippage or sustains an injury. Currently, the organization is high on only two young reserves: Stephen Cooper (inside) and Shaun Phillips (outside).

Monday, March 07, 2005

QB Decision

We all know that Drew Brees was tagged as the franchise player. We all know the mess the Chargers went through Eli Manning, and now they have Phillip Rivers. Rivers was supposed to be the golden boy to come in and save the Chargers QB position.

Yet after the year Drew Brees had, why willed any one let him go, after all Brees did go to the pro bowl. Brees did take his Chargers to the playoffs as well.

The idea was to tag Brees as a franchise player then trade him to make room for the young Phillip Rivers. Now it seems the management wants a competition to take place. It was said by Charger officials that the QB position will be an open this next season.

Some one should make up there mind…