Morning Dump: San Diego Chargers News Around the Web


The Browns may be struggling to find their winning recipe with 16 rookies on their active roster, but the Chargers arguably have recently had more distractions than any other NFL team.

The bye week offered no reprieve for San Diego, which blew a 24-0 halftime lead en route to a historic 35-24 loss to the Broncos on Monday Night Football in Week 6.

The Chargers (3-3) are desperate for a rebound. With the bye week, the last two weeks have felt like an eternity after San Diego’s historic collapse against the Broncos on Monday Night Football. San Diego is hopeful a young, struggling Browns (1-6) team will provide the much needed win.

The agent for the San Diego Chargers’ Nate Kaeding says the team is skirting NFL rules in hopes of avoiding having to pay out $1.2 million in termination pay to the veteran kicker.

Kaeding, one of the most accurate kickers in NFL history, was placed on injured reserve Oct. 22 with the expectation he would be released when healthy. He kicked in the Chargers’ first three games this season before injuring his groin Sept. 28. The Chargers signed kicker Nick Novak, who is the only active kicker currently on the team.

I have a real problem when a team doesn’t pay attention to detail, especially when those details are costing them games.

I have ranted and raved about the Chargers becoming a fumble-forcing factory on defense and stingier than stingy on the offensive side of the ball. That must start with this game against the Browns and continue into the remainder of the season. Otherwise, the Chargers will look back and realize that the season, as is almost always the case, was lost in the turnover ratio

A local sheriff’s deputy wounded in the line of duty got a surprise Wednesday when a few players from San Diego Chargers paid him a special visit at the hospital.

Detective Ali Perez, along with Sgt. Craig Johnson, were shot and seriously injured by suspect Dan Witczak on Sept. 25 during an extensive shootout in Lakeside.

SAN DIEGO — One of the sheriff’s deputies wounded in a shootout with a suspected child molester got a special hospital visit this week from three Chargers players.

Chargers Cam Thomas, Antonio Garay and Vaughn Martin checked in Wednesday with child abuse Detective Ali Perez, who has been hospitalized since Sept. 25. after being shot twice at the Mapleview Apartments in Lakeside.

Local sportswriters have done their part. As Norv Turner noted a week before the collapse against the Broncos, he’s read that the Chargers need to finish games.

Chargers fans, told by a club official to take a chill pill, are supplying motivation.

The Bolts wouldn’t dare lose Sunday, considering the fallout: Return to face the agitated masses or stay in Cleveland.

What’s the matter?

As it often is, it was a simple question that served as the spark.

Philip Rivers spent the better part of the next hour just talking football, because that’s what he likes to do. And because he doesn’t like conversation being about him — almost never accepting praise, rarely deflecting blame.