Morning Dump

By Ernie Padaon

Happy October everybody! I hope Norv likes October, but I looked back and since 2008, Norval has a record of 4-8 in October. Overall as the Bolts head coach, he has a 7-8 record in the month of October. Norv’s teams usually don’t heat up until Norvember. I might expand on this later today.

Enjoy your dump:

SAN DIEGO — Misleading stat of the week: Since the start of the 2010 season, the Chargers are 6-1 in games that Antonio Gates doesn’t start.

However, injuries have started to affect his availability. Plantar fasciitis limited Gates to 10 games last season, the first time in his career that the 31-year-old had played fewer than 15 games in a season and it now appears that he’s going to remain out of the lineup this week against Miami, hoping that rest will allow his foot to get healthy and allow him to produce at an elite level when he does return.

It’s Saturday morning, time to talk Miami Dolphins at San Diego Chargers football.  What better way to find out about the Dolphins’ opponents than to talk to John Genarro from Bolts From The Blue, SB Nation’s outstanding San Diego Chargers blog? He agreed to stop by and answer my questions, letting us all know what’s been happening out on the west coast this year.

San Diego has thrived on deep passing plays in recent years with Antonio Gates, Vincent Jackson, Malcom Floyd and whoever else is targeted. It’s part of Turner’s offense. The best way to score a lot of points is to get them easy – in one or two big plays.

Slow starts have been a common theme for the San Diego Chargers in recent years, but few teams have stumbled out of the gates as badly as the Miami Dolphins have over the past few seasons.

San Diego cornerback Quentin Jammer is likely to join tight end Antonio Gates on the sidelines against the Miami Dolphins. But the Chargers expect several other players dealing with injuries — running back Ryan Mathews and wide receivers Vincent Jackson and Malcolm Floyd — to play Sunday.

“I know the work that’s put in by this coaching staff. I know the work that’s put in by this football team. My greatest frustration is not seeing them smile. I want to see the guys smile in there.” – Dolphins coach Tony Sparano on the 0-3 start