December 2011 - Los Angeles Chargers Wiretap
Sources: Gruden Wants To Coach In 2012
Former Buccaneers and Raiders coach Jon Gruden has decided to return to head coaching in 2012, according to sources. ESPN, where Gruden works as a television color commentator, is already believed to be preparing for his departure. The Rams could bring in Chargers general manager A.J. Smith if San Diego fires the executive and Smith could court Gruden to replace Steve Spagnuolo as the team's coach.
Report: San Diego's Turner, Smith Could Save Jobs With Strong Finish
The final two games of the season will likely decide the futures of Chargers coach Norv Turner and general manager A.J. Smith. An ugly six-game losing streak reportedly had owner Dean Spanos feeling three weeks ago that he'd have to dismiss Turner and Smith after the season. However, an impressive win over the Ravens last weekend has forced Spanos to soften his stance. The Chargers are 7-7 and still in the playoff hunt. At 48-30, Turner has the highest winning percentage of any coach in Chargers history. Smith has been the team's general manager since 2003.
Ray Lewis Could Return To Face Chargers
Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis, who has missed the past four games with a toe injury, could return to the field on Sunday against the Chargers. He was a limited participant in practice on Friday and is listed as questionable on Baltimore's injury report. Sidelined since a Nov. 13 loss at Seattle, Lewis received an ovation from his teammates when he returned to practice on Wednesday. Lewis is expected to be a game-time decision.
Source: Ravens Expect Lewis To Play Sunday
After missing the past four games with a toe injury, Ray Lewis will practice this week and the Ravens expect him to play Sunday night against the Chargers, a team official told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter. On Tuesday, Lewis was noncommittal on whether he'll play Sunday at San Diego, but said he's "confident" that he'll return at some point this season.
Lew Bush Dead At Age 42
Former Chargers linebacker Lew Bush died Thursday at age 42. Bush played seven seasons with San Diego and played in a Super Bowl. It was not immediately clear where Bush died. Public records show he lived in San Diego and he had been a pregame commentator for the team's radio broadcast team. He is the seventh player from San Diego's 1994 Super Bowl team -- which lost 49-26 to the San 49ers -- who has died, and the second this year.
Bills-Chargers Blacked Out In South California
The Chargers say their game Sunday against the Bills will be blacked out in Southern California. The team says nearly 5,000 tickets remained unsold by Thursday's deadline. This is San Diego's second blackout this season. Their game against Miami on Oct. 2 also failed to sell out.
Kris Dielman Considering Retirement
The Chargers have issues on the offensive line and those problems could remain over the long-term. Kris Dielman and Marcus McNeill are on injured reserve with their respective injuries -- Dielman following a concussion and seizure and McNeill with an unspecified neck injury that is the latest of his ongoing neck ailments. According to sources, Dielman is considering retiring. Dielman, a four-time Pro Bowler, went on injured reserve Nov. 6, two weeks after suffering a concussion in the fourth quarter against the Jets and then a gran mal seizure on the team's return flight to San Diego. It is believed Dielman can return, but the scare of the seizure and ongoing recovery and uncertainty regarding brain injuries has him concerned enough to have broached the topic of retirement with those close to him.
Report: Chargers Weigh Firing Turner, Smith
The San Diego Union-Tribune has reported that the Chargers are at least thinking about firing coach Norv Turner and general manager A.J. Smith. After starting the season 4-1, the Chargers have lost six straight games. The feeling from those around the team is that Chargers president Dean Spanos has "no choice" but to fire Turner after the season. The future of Smith also appears to be in jeopardy, with one source indicating that San Diego's longtime general manager will "almost certainly" be sent packing. "The decisions are not made," a team source said on condition of anonymity, "but everything is lined up."