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News » San Diego Chargers Notes, Quotes 2009-02-07

San Diego Chargers Notes, Quotes 2009-02-07

San Diego Chargers Notes, Quotes 2009-02-07
-- The Chargers have signed a marketing agreement with a Los Angeles firm to promote the team in Orange County and L.A. The team is currently in a window in which it could claim it is leaving San Diego for another city, but team officials said the team is going nowhere -- for now.

-- Don Johnson will become the club's new defensive line coach and Steve Wilks will coach the secondary. Both coaches are former Chicago Bears assistants and worked with defensive coordinator Ron Rivera.

-- Former All-Pro CBC Cris Dishman, who spent the 2008 offseason with the team's NFL's Minority Coaching Fellowship program, was hired as the assistant secondary coach and Greg Williams will be an assistant linebackers coach.

-- RB LaDainian Tomlinson is due to count $8.8 million against the 2009 salary cap, and there are indications the Chargers might be seeking to trade the eight-year veteran. Tomlinson, who will turn 30 in June, is under contract through 2011, but he has been slowed by injuries the past two years.

Team president Dean Spanos addressed the growing rumors that Tomlinson might not be back with the team by telling the team's website that: "We can't let our emotions taint our decisions." Spanos and Tomlinson talked Thursday. "We talked about the situation and I just tried to explain everything that must be considered," Spanos told Chargers.com.

"I told him we haven't even started our discussions and won't for awhile, so don't jump to any conclusions. And I told him I would call him personally to make sure he's aware of everything that's going on."

--In a vote among Chargers, QB Philip Rivers and DT Jamal Williams were named the team's co-Most Valuable Players. Rivers was also the Offensive Player of the Year; Williams the top defender and lineman. RB/KR Darren Sproles took the special teams honor and CB Quentin Jammer was named the most inspirational.

--The Chargers' soon-to-be unrestricted free agents are RG Mike Goff, DE Igor Olshansky, OLs Jeremy Newberry and Kynan Forney, OLB Marques Harris and RB Darren Sproles. Olshansky was grumbling after the season that he wasn't used properly. Olshansky, a former second-round pick, isn't expected back. Same goes for Goff.

The Chargers look to 2009 and hope to figure out why they consistently get off to slow starts, requiring a big push at the end to make the playoffs. "The last two years, September didn't go the way we'd hoped," s Eric Weddle said. "Doing it this way is tiring. We've got to be a complete team from day one next year."

--ILB Stephen Cooper would have mixed emotions if the Chargers lost defensive coordinator Ron Rivera to one of the head-coaching vacancies around the league. "Guys would be sad but it's part of the business," he said. "Guys come and go, whether it's players or coaches. If it does happen, more power to him. He deserves a head-coaching job. He's a great coach and a great person."

--The Chargers have the 16th overall selection in next spring's draft.

--QB Philip Rivers' offseason plans? "A whole lot of nothing," he said. "The first couple days are tough because you've been in such a routine and such a focus for ... 20 weeks now. All of the sudden it's over. It'll settle in and you kind of get away from it a little bit and then you gear up and go at it again."

QUOTE TO NOTE: "You are never surprised about anything. That is just something that goes along with the territory and the business we're in and something everyone must deal with." -- LB LaDainian Tomlinson, on if he would be surprised if the Chargers don't bring him back.

Author:Fox Sports
Author's Website:http://www.foxsports.com
Added: February 7, 2009

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Philip Rivers Name: Philip Rivers
Position: QB
Age: 26
Experience: 5 years
College: North Carolina State
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