Morning Dump

By Ernie Padaon

Friday, Friday, gettin’ down on Friday!!!!

The San Diego Chargers aren’t the best team in the NFL but few, if any, teams have as much talent.

The Kansas City Chiefs were one of the NFL’s breakthrough teams in 2010. So far this season, they’ve done nothing but break down.

Hopefully, it can’t get any worse for the Kansas City Chiefs in Week 3 of the 2011 NFL season. Their next game is in San Diego against their first AFC West division opponent this year. In 2010, the Chiefs split the season series with the Chargers, winning at home and losing on the road. Their road loss was a 31-0 shutout, but that was only because quarterback Matt Cassel(notes) was recovering from an appendectomy.

SAN DIEGO — The Chargers’ offense has started fast and slow at the same time.

Experiencing soreness from the torn plantar fascia suffered last season, San Diego tight end Antonio Gates did not practice again Thursday as the Chargers prepared for Sunday’s game against Kansas City.

Mayor Jerry Sanders has long said he wants to both keep the San Diego Chargers here and build a big expansion of the convention center. Now the Chargers have taken the bold and perhaps foolhardy step of rebuffing the mayor.

The Chargers defense held quarterback Donovan McNabb to only 39 passing yards in the season opener. However, quarterback Tom Brady threw for 423 yards and three touchdowns against the Chargers last Sunday. Head coach Norv Turner reacted to the poor performance by saying his defense needs to do a better job of communicating and working together. His players agree.

SAN DIEGO — Patrick Crayton hasn’t played a down this regular season. His return from preseason ankle surgery has been slow, keeping him out of the first two games.