Morning Dump

CAPTION: August 30, 2012; San Francisco, CA, USA; San Diego Chargers running back Jacob Hester (22) is consoled after dropping the catch against the San Francisco 49ers during the second quarter at Candlestick Park. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-US PRESSWIRE

What matters: Rookie coach Dennis Allen, the youngest coach in the NFL at 39, will make his debut and face a San Diego team that beat the Raiders in Week 17 last season to keep them out of the playoffs. From the moment new general manager Reggie McKenzie hired him, Allen has talked about building a smart, tough and disciplined team. We’ll see how much progress Allen has made in his overhaul. This will also be a key measuring stick for new defensive coordinator Jason Tarver’s attacking, multiple scheme and new offensive coordinator Greg Knapp’s offense.

LT Jared Gaither found redemption in San Diego last season after he was released by the Chiefs. He allowed only three QB pressures and no sacks in the final five games for the Chargers. He then parlayed less than one third of a season into a $24.6 million four-year contract with an $8 million signing bonus and $13.5 million guaranteed. With the new contract, there were visions of Gaither playing in the Pro Bowl, now many wonder if he’ll play at all this season.

The Chargers began implementation of their game plan for Monday night’s season-opener against the Raiders with their first full-pad practice of the regular season Friday.

The Chargers’ latest defensive play-caller will make his debut on Monday against the Oakland Raiders, a moment he doesn’t consider a major milestone.

OAKLAND, Calif. — From the Bay Area to down near the Mexican border, change has been the approach for two of California’s NFL teams.

ALAMEDA — If Raiders defensive end Matt Shaughnessy is looking at Chargers undrafted rookie free agent left tackle Michael Harris as fresh meat, he’s doing a good job suppressing his appetite in public.

Safety Darrell Stuckey was chosen as the Chargers 2012 special teams captain before their first game of the season on Monday.

The Oakland Raiders field a track team of wide receivers. And their running backs can go, too; the top two on the depth chart clocked at 4.33 seconds in the 40-yard dash out of college.

It’s no secret that the Chargers have preached the importance of depth all off-season long.  On the eve of the team’s season opener against the Oakland Raiders, one unit in particular sticks out as being incredibly rich with talent – the linebacker corp.

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