Morning Dump

By Ernie Padaon

Thank Goodness it’s Thursday!!!!

ALAMEDA, CA – The old-style philosophy of the Raiders under Al Davis used to be, “We don’t take what the defense gives us, we take what we want.”

SAN DIEGO — The Chargers are contemplating changes at the top. It’s no secret that coach Norv Turner and general manager A.J. Smith are on the chopping block after a second straight season without a playoff berth.

Jackson, who is an unrestricted free agent after the season, sat out Wednesday’s practice with the groin injury that limited him this past Saturday in Detroit. It is difficult to imagine the Chargers pushing him to play in a game that is meaningless to the team.

Nick Hardwick won’t make a rash decision.

He loves the playing the game, being around his teammates, sharing in the victories and battling through the defeats too much to not think this through.

Philip Rivers, who averaged just more than 11 interceptions in his first five seasons as a starter, has been picked off 19 times this season.

That’s more than any Chargers quarterback since Craig Whelihan was intercepted 19 times in 1998. Not since 1986, when Dan Fouts was intercepted 22 times, has a Chargers quarterback had more passes taken away in a season.