LA Chargers News

Morning Dump

By Ernie Padaon
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July 16, 2012; San Diego, CA, USA; San Diego Chargers former punter Darren Bennett (right) and wide receiver Anthony Miller (left laugh during a press conference at Charger Park. Bennett and Miller will be a part of a fan ballot selection process to become the 36th member of the team

The Chargers announced Monday morning that fans will select the player via an online vote, and the winner will be announced on Sept. 17. The induction will be at the Nov. 25 game against the Baltimore Ravens.

he San Diego Chargers offense had key contributors that had an off season. The leader of the pack, quarterback Phillip Rivers, played out of character during the 2011 season by throwing plenty of interceptions. Rivers has been a model of consistency over the last few years completing a high percentage of his passes and keeping the turnovers to a minimum.

The San Diego Chargers are the 33rd most valuable sports franchise, according to the latest compilation by Forbes.com. The team is worth $920 million, says the publication. “The Chargers have been trying in vain to get a taxpayer-funded stadium built in downtown San Diego,” says Forbes.

Folks covering the team were convinced late last season that coach Norv Turner and G.M. A.J. Smith were on the outs in San Diego. After a 4-1 start, the Chargers dropped six straight games in October and November. While they closed strong with victories in four of their final five, owner Dean Spanos’ January 3 announcement that Turner and Smith would be retained was something of a stunner.

One of the biggest enigmas in the NFL is the Norv Turner coached San Diego Chargers. They seem to have the talent needed and at times look like a championship caliber team, but they struggle with consistency and go on prolonged losing streaks. The streaky offense can be a nightmare for fantasy owners too, so we asked Ernie Padaon of the FanSided blog Bolt Beat to help us preview the Chargers.

“It’s achievement on the field and these three guys have all made an impact in the game. We have players of various positions and various lengths of tenure in our Hall of Fame, and it’s similar to the Canton Hall of Fame policies; it’s somewhat subjective. We’re excited to have three more recent players; players who played under the Spanos family ownership.

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