Morning Dump

By Ernie Padaon

The San Diego Chargers have turned into a real head-scratcher of a team over the past couple of seasons. This is a good football organization that loses too many bad games. In a division as weak as the AFC West, finishing the 2011 season with an 8-8 record and missing the playoffs for a second year running is just not good enough.

The offseason is underway with emphasis on next season, that will either lead the Chargers to the playoffs, or send GM AJ Smith and Coach Norv Turner to the unemployment line.

The San Diego Chargers have many holes to fill this offseason, but they do have the capability to do so. They aren’t gaping holes, but they’re definitely an area of concern.

San Diego started the 2010 season with a 2-5 record.  They would go on to win four games in a row before losing a week 13 match-up against a 5-6 Oakland Raiders team.  San Diego finished the season at 3-1 in their last four games, and had an overall record of 9-7.  Kansas City won the division at 10-6 with a 2-4 record against the AFC West, while San Diego was 3-3 against the West, so they were one win away from a playoff berth.

He wonders why his success as New York Giants offensive coordinator, a gig that had him seated in Lucas Oil Stadium on Tuesday at his second Super Bowl Media Day in five years, has not led him to another chance at being a head coach despite the fact that so many others have been hired in recent years.

To many, the Senior Bowl is just another game with college players. Maybe if you’re a fan of one of the players because of your affiliation with a school, you tune in to see that guy play with his college team’s helmet on one last time. For NFL scouts and internet draftniks it’s a multi-day scouting process that starts with the weigh-ins on day 1, progresses to the practices and then culminates with the actual game (which many scouts don’t even attend). In today’s NFL draft news cycle every part of this process is televised in some fashion with NFL Network’s Mike Mayock guiding you along the way.

SAN DIEGO – Philip and Tiffany Rivers drove south along the Pacific coast a few years ago, towing a vehicle full of children back to San Diego after a day at Disneyland in Anaheim.