Former Chargers QB on the Team Playing in a Soccer Stadium “It is Embarrassing”

Pro Football Hall of Fame quarterback Dan Fouts was a witness to the first two Chargers games at the Carson soccer stadium known as StubHub Center and wasn’t impressed, Jay Posner of UT San Diego reports.

“It is embarrassing, I think, for both the Chargers and the National Football League, to be playing in a 27,000-seat stadium,” Fouts, a team-employed broadcaster during the preseason, said Monday in an interview with KNX-AM in Los Angeles. “In fact, the Chargers’ first game ever, when they beat the New York Titans in a preseason game, in the Coliseum, it drew 27,000.”

Fouts’ memory is accurate. The Chargers-Titans game on Aug. 6, 1960, attracted 27,778 to the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum.

Fifty-seven years later, the Chargers’ exhibition games against Seattle and New Orleans at StubHub had crowds of 21,054 and 21,197, respectively.

Fouts agreed with his KNX interviewer that the Chargers leaving San Diego for Los Angeles was a mistake but added, “Both the city and the ownership are to blame for where the Chargers are right now. They couldn’t get together on a deal for a new stadium for over 15 years, so both sides have to share in the responsibility.”

Chargers OL Max Tuerk Hit with Four Game Suspension

Max Tuerk of the Chargers has been suspended without pay for the first four games of the 2017 regular season for violating the NFL policy on performance enhancing substances.

Tuerk will be eligible to return to the Chargers’ active roster on Monday, October 2 following the team’s October 1 game against the Philadelphia Eagles.

Tuerk is eligible to participate in all preseason practices and games.

“This offseason, I made the mistake of taking over-the-counter supplements,” Tuerk said in a statement. ” In doing so, I opened myself up to the possibility of consuming a tainted supplement – something that ultimately led to a positive test for a banned substance. I accept responsibility for my actions and understand the NFL’s policy is very clear on this matter. This is a very hard way to learn a lesson, and I will never make this mistake again.”

Former Chargers RB LaDainian Tomlinson Speaks on Unity in HOF Speech

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With a powerful speech calling for “Team America” to be a place for inclusion and opportunity, LaDainian Tomlinson was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame on Saturday night, the Associated Press reports.

“Football is a microcosm of America,” Tomlinson said. “All races, religions and creeds, living, playing, competing side by side. When you’re part of a team, you understand your teammates — their strengths and weaknesses — and work together toward the same goal, to win a championship.

“Let’s not choose to be against one another. Let’s choose to be for one another. … I pray we dedicate ourselves to being the best team we can be, working and living together, representing the highest ideals of mankind. Leading the way for all nations to follow.”

Two of LaDainian Tomlinson’s Former Teammates Not Being Allowed to Go To His HOF Induction

Talk about a slap in the face. It looks like a couple of LaDainian Tomlinson’s former teammates – QB Philip Rivers and TE Antonio Gates are being barred from going to the former running back’s Hall of Fame induction on Saturday in Canton, Ohio.

Sporting News has the report:

Two of LaDainian Tomlinson’s former teammates with the now-Los Angeles Chargers are being blocked from attending the running back’s Pro Football Hall of Fame induction ceremony in Canton, Ohio.

Two sources told Sporting News that new Chargers coach Anthony Lynn is insisting that quarterback Philip Rivers and tight end Antonio Gates instead participate in the team’s first training camp session at the StubHub Center. One source said Gates is considering going, anyway, even if the trip draws a fine.

It’s common for coaches to give active players who are close with a Hall of Fame inductee the chance to attend the ceremony. One example is Arizona wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald, who was given permission to miss Cardinals practice this weekend so he can see Kurt Warner’s induction in person.

Is Rookie WR Mike Williams Really Done for the Season? Anthony Lynn Doesn’t Sound Too Confident

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There’s been plenty of speculation about Chargers rookie wide out Mike Williams and if he will be available at all in 2017. From the sounds of coach Anthony Lynn, it doesn’t sound very good to think that the receiver will be able to make much of an impact for the Bolts this season.

“I’m hopeful that it’s not [season ending], but who knows?” Lynn said, via ESPN.com. “It could be. I don’t know. You’d like to have him out [there], but fortunately we have depth at that position and we’re going to be OK.”

Lynn’s honesty in regards to Williams is a continuation of his Day One mantra. Lynn wants to make clear that he cares about the players on the field and that he won’t get caught up in lingering injuries. Back before Williams’ back issue was thought of as a serious injury, he wondered if Williams wasn’t falling behind by missing workouts.

Obviously losing a massive target and first-round pick is difficult to stomach. By design, Williams was going to take pressure off Philip Rivers’ typically over-worked targets and bolster the team’s presence inside the 20-yard line. But instead of panicking, Lynn is doing his best to turn the situation into a motivator for the healthier players on the roster.

The Chargers have already announced that Williams is done for the rest of camp, so if he can make a recovery and play at all in 2017, he’s already going to be playing catch up with the rest of his teammates.

Chargers Release Statement About Mike Williams Being Shut Down for Rest of Camp

The Chargers have released a statement announcing their decision to shut down first-round wide receiver Mike Williams for the remainder of training camp according to Josh Alper of ProFootballTalk.com.

Williams, the No.7-overall pick in this year’s draft out of Clemson, has been out since the first practice of rookie minicamp with a herniated disc in his back and started training camp on the PUP list. “Mike saw our doctors yesterday,” the statement reads, “and he will continue to progress on Dr. Robert Watkins’ plan. He will rehab and strengthen his back and is not expected to practice during training camp.”

It now seems increasingly possible that Williams will not be able to answer the bell for Week 1 of the regular season-and beyond. He is a likely candidate for the reserve/PUP list, which would cost him the first six games of the season, and any decision to undergo surgery to fix the back issue would keep him out for his entire rookie season.

Dress To Impress At Your Next Football Party

Are you dressed to impress when you host a football party?  Or perhaps you aren’t familiar with the way you need to look. The fact is, while the purpose of such a party is ostensibly to watch the Chargers take on a traditional foe with whom they have had a decades-long rivalry, the real purpose of the event is to party, talk business, and meet some folks who may play a significant role in your future. For that reason you should think about checking out the Rue 21 website to see what new styles are available before you saunter off to the event. 

 Of course, you don’t really have to worry about your appearance; after all, most sports parties are events where folks are dressed in their most casual garb. Just about anything goes, from team shirts and caps to shorts and sandals. Being relaxed and comfortable is the only real important criterion. But at the same time, there may be that one person there who is somebody you just might have had your eye out for, so you don’t want to appear overly casual or shabby. 

So it is best to use a Groupon for a 30% discount on the latest casual wear from Rue 21. Some comfortable yet stylish jeans, a blouse or tee and some nice sandals just might turn the head of the most avid supporter of the team’s defense. And you might even manage to land an interview while you are enjoying a snack together while watching the halftime show.  Often the most productive moments at a football party take place during those minutes that occur when the game is in “pause” or “time out” mode. 

So don’t take a ballgame party too lightly;  the best contacts and the longest-lasting friendships are made while you are watching a play being called in the huddle.  And you may outscore your competition if you are wearing your best outfit; while the game itself might not be so interesting, the event you watch it at may be far more memorable than you might have ever anticipated.

 

Chargers Grab QB Cardale Jones From Buffalo for a Conditional Draft Pick

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The Chargers today picked up a quarterback who has a history with new Bolts coach Anthony Lynn, as the team traded with Buffalo for quarterback Cardale Jones, for a conditional draft pick.

The writing was on the wall for Jones after his biggest supporter – now Chargers coach Anthony Lynn, left to go coach the Bolts.

Jones’ staunchest supporters left Western New York when Lynn departed for Los Angeles and general manager Doug Whaley lost his job in late April.

Buffalo proceeded to sign journeyman T.J. Yates and draft Nathan Peterman, leaving Jones as the odd man out of the quarterback rotation.

It’s no surprise that the former Ohio State star is headed to Southern California. Although Jones struggled in offseason practices as a rookie, he made quite an impression on Lynn, the Bills’ 2016 offensive coordinator-turned-interim head coach.

The Chargers worked out QB Robert Griffin III this week, but didn’t sign him, instead going for Jones in a deal instead.