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San Diego Chargers Notes, Quotes 2008-10-23

San Diego Chargers Notes, Quotes 2008-10-23
--While the Chargers have been lax about getting after quarterbacks DE Luis Castillo said the key is keeping rivals' running games in check. "You look at what we're trying to build our defense around and I think it starts with one (thing): stopping the run," he said. "That's something we struggled with early. It's something we've done a much better job of the last few weeks. I thought we started the game great against the Bills. The next thing is getting after the quarterback. We haven't played at our level. That's something we need to make sure we get back to."

--The Giants played in London last year and won the Super Bowl. The Chargers are hoping to duplicate that feat. "That would be something pretty unique to continue to happen," WR Vincent Jackson said. "I'm sure everybody would want to jump on the wagon to get over here next year."

-- While the Chargers' game against the New Orleans Saints isn't their first one played outside America, it is their initial regular-season game on foreign land. Here are the Chargers' other road trips to foreign countries, all of which were exhibition games: Tokyo, 1976, 1996; Berlin, 1994; Australia, 1999.

--Before heading for Buffalo and London, the Chargers had a game earlier this month at the Miami Dolphins. All told, the Chargers will fly 15,771 air miles in October, which is more than 11 of the NFL's 32 teams will travel in a full season. Here is a breakdown of the Chargers' October ramblings: San Diego to Ft. Lauderdale - 4,536 miles round trip; San Diego to Buffalo - 2,196 miles; Buffalo to London - 3,560 miles; London to San Diego - 5,479 miles

--Coach Norv Turner and his staff aren't treating this week any different than others. While the players are seeing the sights, the coaches are seeing to it that the team is prepared for Sunday. "We're grinding pretty good," Turner said. "We've seen the inside of these meeting rooms. That's (sightseeing) not the purpose for us. Tuesdays are always the long day for us. Monday we were like everyone else: trying to get situated and adjusted to the time change. We got some work done Monday night, and yesterday was a good day."

--After all this travel, the Chargers will get a week off with a bye. That timing of it will also help RB LaDainian Tomlinson (toe) and WR Chris Chambers (ankle) get healthy.

--The Chargers have three divisional leaders looming on the remainder of their schedule -- Pittsburgh, Tampa Bay and Denver. But the entire slate isn't that daunting as the combined record of the nine remaining opponents is 28-29. It helps having two remaining games with the last-place Chiefs.

--The Chargers have lost three of four road games this season. After facing the Saints in London, they will travel to Pittsburgh, Kansas City and Tampa Bay.

BY THE NUMBERS: 2 -- Seasons Chargers QB Philip Rivers sat on the bench behind Drew Brees, before Brees left as a free agent for New Orleans.

QUOTE TO NOTE: "Man, we've been to TGI Friday's, Angus Steakhouse, McDonald's. That's where we've been. We haven't really tried anything else, really." -- CB Antonio Cromartie, on where he's been eating in England for the team's visit.

Author:Fox Sports
Author's Website:http://www.foxsports.com
Added: October 23, 2008

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