LA Chargers News

Morning Dump

By Ernie Padaon

The Chargers wide receiver is best known for his flashes on special teams, but he’s out to change that this year, working to become a more well-rounded and consistent player.

SAN DIEGO —- In late January 2011, Clemson’s Marcus Gilchrist and USC’s Shareece Wright were starting together in the backfield for the South defense during the Senior Bowl, college football’s premier all-star game, which also serves as a scouting showcase for NFL personnel evaluators.

First off, let me start by congratulating Ben Higgins and Chris Ello on being moved from lunchtime to 6am-9am on XTRA Sports 1360AM. They’ve been one of my favorite tandems in San Diego sports radio for a while, and are poised to challenge the Dave & Jeff show on 1090AM for those rush-hour ratings.

Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers joined Chris Ello and Ben Higgins on Xtra 1360 in San Diego to talk about offseason changes he and the Chargers are focused on, OTAs, the loss of Vincent Jackson, and the addition of Eddie Royal.

The Chargers installed the Wildcat offense Wednesday. One player who is plenty familiar in the offense is newly signed backup running back Ronnie Brown. Brown successfully ran the Wildcat offense in Miami. The Chargers have used the Wildcat in the past at times.

Rivers threw a career-high 20 interceptions in 2011, but history shows he’s simply too good go down that path again. A look at his splits also tells us the QB was able to make corrections (or at least got luckier) by the end of the season, throwing just three picks in the final six games after giving up a whopping 17 over the first 10.

Chargers head coach Norv Turner and his wife recently purchased a second home for $1.2 million, this one in Mission Beach, according to San Diego County real estate records.