Morning Dump: San Diego Chargers News Around the Web


Feb.14, 2013; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Lakers shooting guard Kobe Bryant (24) questions a foul call in the second half of the game against the Los Angeles Clippers at the Staples Center. Clippers won 125-101. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

There is no question on which basketball team is the King of LA this season. The Los Angeles Clippers put a whipping on the Lakers last night to a score of 125-101. A WHOOPIN’!

Did anyone see that meteor flying through Russia yesterday?! I swear I would crap my pants seeing that fly through the sky and shaking the earth.

Here are a couple of vids:

OK OK OK…. that last one was from Independence Day the movie.

FRIDAY! Get that coffee! Grab a donut! Enjoy your dump:

Over the next few weeks, “Shutdown Corner” will pay homage to “Office Space” (TPS reports) as we take a quick look back at each team’s 2012 season and a look at what lies ahead for the 2013 offseason. We continue in the AFC West with the San Diego Chargers.

However, new general manager Tom Telesco hasn’t yet revealed his plan. According to Kevin Acee of the San Diego Union-Tribune, Telesco hopes to upgrade via the draft. Of course, that’s what AJ Smith promised as well.  But AJ’s draft record from 2007-2009 couldn’t offset the defections via free agency.

A better question is “what’s not changing?” The San Diego Chargers finally blew up the tag-team of general manager A.J. Smith and head coach Norv Turner, replacing them with ex-Indianapolis Colts executive Tom Telesco and former Denver Broncos offensive coordinator Mike McCoy. Ex-Arizona Cardinals coach Ken Whisenhunt will take over play-calling duties as the offensive boss. McCoy and Whisenhunt both cited the opportunity to work with quarterback Philip Rivers as a primary reason for landing in San Diego. John Pagano stays on as defensive coordinator, though he will be charged with overseeing a rebuilding effort.

The San Diego Chargers have had a long and often terrible history. Despite prolonged runs of success, they have only one American Football League title and zero Super Bowl championships. Along the way there have been some truly awful moments.

The San Diego Union-Tribune asked Texas Gov. Rick Perry about the possibility of San Diego Chargers owner Dean Spanos taking his NFL team to South Texas. The question was not so far-fetched as the Chargers have had a tough time in recent years filling seats or making much headway on a new stadium.

Tom Telesco is pals with 49ers offensive coordinator Greg Roman, with whom he played football at John Carroll University, a small school in suburban Cleveland.