San Diego Chargers Wiretap

Philip Rivers Battling Serious Back Injury

Dec 18, 2014 1:15 PM

Philip Rivers, who missed practice Wednesday, is battling a back injury that is more severe than the team has acknowledged, a league source said.

Rivers' back injury was quietly added to San Diego's injury report last week, to go along with the rib injury he has been battling for weeks. By now, Rivers' rib injuries are improved, making his back injury the significant issue, a league source said.

Rivers has struggled in recent weeks, but he expects to play on Saturday at the San Francisco 49ers.

"At this point in the week I think there's no doubt," he said Wednesday.

 

Adam Schefter/ESPN

Tags: San Diego Chargers, Injury

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Chargers Won't Relocate For 2015 Season

Dec 16, 2014 10:32 PM

The San Diego Chargers have announced they will not relocate ahead of the 2015 season.

“It’s great news,” Mayor Kevin Faulconer said Tuesday night. “The Chargers belong right here in San Diego. I’m looking forward to working productively with them on a solution, and I’m confident we can achieve one together -- and one the public will support.”

The Chargers would have had to pay the City of San Diego $17.6 million to leave in 2015.

Chargers special counsel Mark Fabiani, the team’s point man in its quest to get a new stadium built, said in a statement that the Chargers will “keep working to find a publicly acceptable way to build a Super Bowl-quality stadium in San Diego. Calendar year 2015 will constitute the team’s (14th) year of work on a San Diego stadium solution.”

Kevin Acee/San Diego Union-Tribune

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Keenan Allen Likely To Miss Week 16 With Broken Collarbone

Dec 16, 2014 3:38 PM

Keenan Allen has a broken collarbone and is expected to miss the San Diego Chargers' Week 16 game at the San Francisco 49ers.

Allen hasn't had surgery to repair the collarbone, and no such procedure is currently planned.

His 77 catches for 783 yards lead the team, also adding four touchdowns.

Michael Gehlken/San Diego Union-Tribune

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NFL Appears Unlikely To Relocate To L.A. In 2015

Dec 15, 2014 11:29 AM

Roger Goodell is expected to spend more time working on the NFL's issues with getting a team or teams to Los Angeles now that the new personal conduct policy is in place.

It currently sounds unlikely that a team will arrive in Los Angeles in time to play in 2015.

“There’s a schism about what to do in Los Angeles,’’ said one source with knowledge of L.A. effort. “The big issue is not only whether it should be one or two teams, and where the team or teams will be, but also which franchise should get the first shot? There is sentiment that [Rams owner] Stan Kroenke shouldn’t have the first shot. The Raiders are in horrible shape. The Chargers have a terrible stadium. In St. Louis, the city is trying at least to find a solution.”

Peter King/Sports Illustrated

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Chargers Seek Consensus On San Diego Stadium Deal

Nov 25, 2014 12:39 PM

The San Diego Chargers are keeping a watchful eye on what happens in Los Angeles, with 30 percent of the team’s premium sales -- including advertising, sponsorships, club seats and suites -- originating in the Los Angeles market. 

The club continues to discuss a new stadium in downtown San Diego. 

The proposal has yet to build consensus among city business and civic leaders, an important step for the team if it wants the project to succeed when inevitably placed on a countywide ballot for voters to weigh in. 

Kroenke and Chargers owner and president Dean Spanos talked briefly on the field at Qualcomm Stadium about an hour before their teams played over the weekend. 

Eric D. Williams/ESPN

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Raiders, Seahawks Could Switch Divisions Depending On L.A. Moves

Oct 9, 2014 8:00 PM

The Oakland Raiders and San Diego Chargers are two of three main candidates to move to Los Angeles.

If the Raiders and Chargers were to both move to Los Angeles, the NFL would like one of those teams to move to the NFC West to avoid having two teams in the same division in the same city.

Mark Davis has volunteered to move to the NFC West and the Seattle Seahawks could move back to the AFC West.

The Seahawks moved from the AFC to NFC in 2002 as part of realignment.

Jason Cole/Bleacher Report

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Report: NFL Plans To Send 1-2 Teams To L.A. Within Two Years

Oct 5, 2014 10:37 PM

The current plan is that the NFL will send one or two teams back to Los Angeles within the next 12 to 24 months, according to a league source.

The timeline would include a team announcing its intention to move in the 2015 or 2016 offseason, with arrangements to play at the Rose Bowl or the L.A. Coliseum pending the construction of a new stadium.  Possible sites for a venue in L.A. include the AEG project at L.A. Live in downtown, the land purchased recently by Rams owner Stan Kroenke at Hollywood Park, Chavez Ravine, and a couple of locations that have not yet been publicly disclosed. 

Ed Roski’s shovel-ready site at City of Industry is not regarded as a viable destination.

The St. Louis Rams, Oakland Raiders and San Diego Chargers are considered the three teams that could relocate. All three also previously played in Los Angeles.

Mike Florio/ProFootballTalk

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Danny Woodhead Out For Season With Broken Fibula

Sep 22, 2014 5:58 PM

Danny Woodhead will miss the remainder of the season with a broken fibula.

Woodhead was an excellent fit at running back for the San Diego Chargers due to his versatility.

"We're going to miss him. But we've got to move on," Mike McCoy said.

NFL.com

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Belichick, Carroll, Payton Considered Best HC's In NFL By Peers

Aug 27, 2014 12:26 PM

Bill Belichick is ranked as the best coach in the NFL, according to a poll of 30 league insiders.

Pete Carroll and Sean Payton are ranked second and third and are also in their first tier.

"The most important thing to me is the ability to control the offense, the defense and the special teams," a GM said in describing the ideal coach. "You can change and you can coach multiple things and you have the ability to teach almost every position group. Then you can lose any coach you want and replace from within because the head coach is the talent. Belichick is the ultimate model of that."

 

Belichick commmanded a 1 vote on 28 of 30 ballots.

In Tier 2 are Andy Reid at No. 4, Tom Coughlin at No. 5, Mike McCarthy and Mike Tomlin at No. 6, Jim Harbaugh at No. 8, John Harbaugh at No. 9, John Fox at No. 10 , Jeff Fisher at No. 11, Chip Kelly at No. 12, Bruce Arians at No. 13, Lovie Smith at No. 14 and Mavin Lewis at No. 15.

Tier 3 is led by Chuck Pagano At No. 16, followed by Rex Ryan (17), Mike Smith (18), Gus Bradley (19), Ken Whisenhunt (20), Mike McCoy (20), Marc Trestman (22) and Ron Rivera (23).

Tier 4 features Mike Zimmer (24), Jay Gruden (25), Bill O'Brien (26), Jim Caldwell (27), Doug Marrone (28), Joe Philbin (29), Jason Garrett (30), Mike Pettine (31) and Bruce Allen (32).

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Wilson, Luck, Rodgers, Watt Headline Barnwell's Trade Value List

Jul 23, 2014 1:26 PM

Brill Barnwell has released his 2014 NFL Trade Value rankings, headlined by Russell Wilson at No. 1 and Andrew Luck at No. 2.

Wilson is ranked ahead of Luck because he is still two years away from being paid market value.

Aaron Rodgers is ranked No. 3, though Barnwell writes that he would rank him as the most talented quarterback in the NFL right now. But Rodgers is 30 and makes far more money than younger, cheaper quarterbacks.

J.J. Watt is the first defensive player on the list and ranks No. 4.

Colin Kaepernick and Cam Newton are ranked No. 5 and No. 6 respectively. 

Robert Quinn is at No. 7 as the second-highest ranked defensive player.

Peyton Manning, Matt Ryan, Drew Brees and Tom Brady rank No. 8-No. 11.

Here's the rest of Barnwell's top-50:

12. Patrick Peterson

13. Earl Thomas

14. Richard Sherman

15. Robert Griffin III

16. A.J. Green

17. Calvin Johnson

18. Von Miller

19. Philip Rivers

20. Eli Manning

21. Ben Roethlisberger

22. Joe Thomas

23. Joe Staley

24. Luke Kuechly

25. Greg Hardy

26. Jadeveon Clowney

27. Jimmy Graham

28. Tyron Smith

29. Duane Brown

30. Julio Jones

31. Dez Bryant

32. Tony Romo

33. Matthew Stafford

34. Patrick Willis

35. Darrelle Revis

36. Lavonte David

37. Demaryius Thomas

38. Muhammad Wilkerson

39. Trent Williams

40. Joe Haden

41. Nate Solder

42. Adrian Peterson

43. Ryan Tannehill

44. Mike Iupati

45. Ndamukong Suh

46. Gerald McCoy

47. Dontari Poe

48. Sheldon Richardson

49. Jim Harbaugh

50. Nick Foles

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Danny Woodhead Signs Two-Year Extension With Chargers Through 2016
Danny Woodhead proved to be an excellent fit last season in joining the Chargers from the Patriots.

RealGM Staff Report

2014 NFL Draft: Complete First Round
Teddy Bridgewater was a candidate to go first overall to the Texans back in January, but they instead went with Jadeveon Clowny and the QB was selected by the Vikings at No. 32.

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Telesco: NFL Teams Don't Seem To Make Huge Draft Mistakes Anymore
The Chargers employ six area scouts who each cover about 35-45 schools.

Tom Krasovic/San Diego Union-Tribune

Seahawks To Host Packers To Launch 2014 NFL Season
The Seahawks will play the Packers to open up the NFL season.

RealGM Staff Report

Chargers Exercise Option On Corey Liuget
Corey Liuget's option is worth $6.969 million instead of $10.633 million, a savings of $3.694 million.

Michael Gehlken/San Diego Union-Tribune

Shawne Merriman Joins WWE
Shawne Merriman played collegiately at Maryland and was a three-time All-Pro with the Chargers.

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Donald Brown Signs $10.5M Deal With Chargers
The Chargers have agreed to a three-year, $10.5 million deal with Donald Brown.

Mike Florio/Pro Football Talk

Raiders, Broncos, Rams, Chargers, 49ers Have Toughest 2014 Schedule
The AFC West also plays the NFC West in inter-conference games this season.

ESPN

Seahawks, Broncos, 49ers Listed As Early Super Bowl XLIX Favorites
The Las Vegas Hilton has posted its early odds for Super Bowl XLIX, which will take place in Arizona in 2015.

David Fucillo/Niners Nation

Philip Rivers Named NFL Comeback Player Of The Year
Philip Rivers received 13 votes, ahead of Knowshon Moreno and Jason Peters, who each had eight votes.

Chris Wesseling/NFL.com

Bengals Become 3rd Team Since '90 To Have Both OC, DC Become HCs
The Bengals join the '94 49ers and '06 Chargers in having both coordinators leave for head coaching jobs.

Chase Stuart/Football Perspective

Divisional Round Games Average 34.3M Viewers
The Broncos' win over the Chargers drew 41.2 million viewers.

Michael David Smith/Pro Football Talk

Titans Hire Ken Whisenhunt
Ken Whisenhunt spent the 2013 season as offensive coordinator of the Chargers.

RealGM Staff Report

Frank Reich In Chargers' Plans For OC
The Chargers would most likely make Frank Reich their new offensive coordinator if Ken Whisenhunt leaves the club.

ESPN.com

Peyton, Broncos Advance To AFC Title Game
The Broncos will host the Patriots in the AFC title game next Sunday.

ESPN.com

Full List Of 2013 All-Pros
Josh Gordon joined Calvin Johnson as a first-team All-Pro.

NFL.com

Chargers Advance To Playoffs Over Steelers On Mistake By Refs
The Chargers were in an illegal formation when Ryan Succop missed a 41-yard field goal.

ESPN

Playoff Schedule For NFL Wild Card, Divisional Rounds
The 49ers won four more games than the Packers, but will play at Lambeau Field and Aaron Rodgers.

RealGM Staff Report

2014 NFL Pro-Bowl Complete Rosters
NaVorro Bowman was one of eight 49ers to be named to the Pro Bowl.

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Keenan Allen Nearly Quit Football In September
Keenan Allen leads the Chargers with 957 yards and is a frontrunner for NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year.

Michael Gehlken/San Diego Union-Tribune