January 2013 - Los Angeles Chargers Wiretap

Seau's Family Files Suit Against NFL

Jan 23, 2013 2:32 PM

Junior Seau's family has filed a lawsuit against the NFL, claiming his suicide was a result of brain disease cause by violent hits during his career.

The wrongful death lawsuit, filed Wednesday in California Superior Court in San Diego, blames the NFL for its "acts or omissions" that hid the dangers of repetitive blows to the head. It says Seau developed chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) from those hits, and accuses the NFL of deliberately ignoring and concealing evidence of the risks associated with traumatic brain injuries.

Seau shot himself last May at the age of 43.

"Our attorneys will review it and respond to the claims appropriately through the court," the NFL said in a statement Wednesday.

Helmet manufacturer Riddell Inc., also is being sued by the Seaus, who say Riddell was "negligent in their design, testing, assembly, manufacture, marketing, and engineering of the helmets" used by NFL players. The suit says the helmets were unreasonably dangerous and unsafe.

AP

Tags: New England Patriots, San Diego Chargers

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Whisenhunt Hired By Chargers As Offensive Coordinator

Jan 17, 2013 2:48 PM

Ken Whisenhunt will become offensive coordinator of the San Diego Chargers.

Whisenhunt was fired this offseason as head coach of the Arizona Cardinals.

Adam Schefter/ESPN

Tags: San Diego Chargers, Misc Rumor

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NFL On Cycle Of Hiring Offensive-Minded, White Head Coaches

Jan 16, 2013 7:55 PM

The NFL appears to be in a cycle where franchises are looking for offensive head coaches. They have also been uniformly white men this offseason.

The NFL had eight head coach openings this offseason and all six of the hires have been by white men lauded for their ability to coach on offense.

Andy Reid (Chiefs), Doug Marrone (Bills), Rob Chudzinski (Browns), Mike McCoy (Chargers), Marc Trestman (Bears) and Chip Kelly (Eagles) have all been hired. 

The favorites for the final two positions are Bruce Arians for the Cardinals and Greg Roman for the Jaguars.

All of the general manager hires have also been white men.

The NFL requires the interview of at least one minority candidate for every head coach and GM position.

Michael Silver/Yahoo! Sports

Tags: Chicago Bears, Cleveland Browns, Jacksonville Jaguars, Kansas City Chiefs, Philadelphia Eagles, San Diego Chargers, Buffalo Bills, Arizona Cardinals, Misc Rumor

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Chargers Hire Mike McCoy

Jan 15, 2013 10:47 AM

Mike McCoy has accepted the head coaching position of the San Diego Chargers.

McCoy had previously been offensive coordinator of the Denver Broncos.

Before his Chargers interview, McCoy already had interviewed with Arizona, Philadelphia and Chicago. The Jaguars also were expected to talk with him.

McCoy will be asked to help revive the career of Philip Rivers.

Adam Schefter/ESPN

Tags: San Diego Chargers, Denver Broncos, Misc Rumor

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Whisenthunt Interviews With Eagles

Jan 14, 2013 2:01 PM

Ken Whisenhunt interviewed with the Philadelphia Eagles on Monday for their head coaching vacancy.

Whisenthunt also interviewed with the San Diego Chargers.

Jason La Canfora/CBS Sports

Tags: Philadelphia Eagles, San Diego Chargers, Misc Rumor

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Arians To Interview With Bears, Chargers, Eagles

Jan 12, 2013 1:29 PM

Bruce Arians has several head coaching interviews in the coming days.

Arians will meet with the Chicago Bears on Sunday, San Diego Chargers on Monday and Philadelphia Eagles on Tuesday.

Arians served as offensive coordinator of the Indianapolis Colts this season.

Adam Schefter/ESPN

Tags: Indianapolis Colts, Philadelphia Eagles, San Diego Chargers, Chicago Bears, Misc Rumor

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Jay Gruden Set For Interviews With Eagles, Chargers

Jan 11, 2013 7:42 PM

Cincinnati Bengals offensive coordinator Jay Gruden plans to interview with the Philadelphia Eagles and San Diego Chargers.

Gruden has head coaching experience in the Arena Football League.

Gruden's interview with the Chargers was reported by Albert Breer of the NFL Network.

RealGM Staff Report

Tags: Philadelphia Eagles, San Diego Chargers, Misc Rumor

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Seau Suffered From CTE

Jan 10, 2013 2:28 PM

Junior Seau suffered from the type of chronic brain damage that has also been experienced by dozens of deceased former NFL players, according to five brain specialists.

Seau's ex-wife, Gina, and his oldest son Tyler, 23, told ABC News and ESPN in an exclusive interview they were informed last week that Seau's brain had tested positive for chronic traumatic encephalopathy, a neurodegenerative disease that can lead to dementia, memory loss and depression.

CTE is a progressive disease associated with repeated head trauma. Although long known to occur in boxers, it was not discovered in football players until 2005.

"I think it's important for everyone to know that Junior did indeed suffer from CTE," Gina Seau said. "It's important that we take steps to help these players. We certainly don't want to see anything like this happen again to any of our athletes."

Seau committed suicide in May.

Mark Fainaru-Wada, Jim Avila, Steve Fainaru/ESPN

Tags: New England Patriots, San Diego Chargers

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Chargers Hire Tom Telesco As GM

Jan 9, 2013 5:29 PM

The San Diego Chargers have hired Tom Telesco as general manager.

Telesco, who had been vice president of football operations of the Indianapolis Colts, replaces A.J. Smith.

Telesco said at a news conference that he wants to instill "a culture and foundation for consistent winning."

Telesco is just 40 years old, but had been with the Colts for 15 years.

ESPN

Tags: San Diego Chargers, Indianapolis Colts, Misc Rumor

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Chargers To Pick Between Raye, Telesco For GM

Jan 6, 2013 10:45 PM

The San Diego Chargers have narrowed their general manager search to Jimmy Raye and Tom Telesco.

Raye is currently the Chargers' Director of Player Personnel.

Telesco is the Indianapolis Colts' Vice President of Football Operations.

With one of the two becoming GM within the next few days, the Chargers have begun to prepare their coaching search. 

Kevin Acee/San Diego Union-Tribune

Tags: San Diego Chargers, Misc Rumor

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Bears, Chargers Interested In Bruce Arians
Bruce Arians assumed head coaching duties of the Colts during Chuck Pagano's absence.

Ian Rapoport/NFL.com

Pro Football Focus Announces All-Pro Teams
Von Miller was one of three members of the Broncos to be named to PFF's All-Pro team.

Pro Football Focus