With the off-season we have had, it’s always good to to hear about more Chargers returning to the lineup rather than leaving, holding out, or getting in trouble with the law.
It’s been a balancing act for the Chargers front office to keep the good things rolling and the bad things in check. Safety Kevin Ellison, who was arrested just two days before May’s minicamp for the possession of one-hundred vicodin pills after being pulled over for speeding in a school zone. After his release, he was ordered to stay out of minicamp in order to avoid a distraction. Yesterday, (Monday) Ellison was at the teams facility and is supposedly attending today’s (Tuesday) coaching session.
However, mixed feelings are flying all over the place behind blue and gold doors. Everyone is happy about the return of Malcom Floyd, as well as Ellison who closed out last season as the starter. I just hope that they are really thrilled so that the holdouts with Vincent Jackson and Marcus McNeill don’t become major distractions. Perhaps the impending salary cuts for both players will get things moving along.
It would seam that the messages being sent to stars like, Merriman, V.J. and McNeill are affecting talent all the way down the roster. Floyd immediately saw that if they played hard ball with their Pro Bowl receiver, then nothing was to be gained by holding out. If Jackson holds out for the whole season or just part of it, then Floyd will be Philip Rivers’ go-to-guy. Something is bound to be gained through that.