Kris Dielman of San Diego Chargers to Retire

Kris Dielman of the San Diego Charger is expected to have a news conference on Thursday, announcing his retirement from the NFL.  Dielman’s retirement does not seem to be voluntary, as he was on the Chargers roaster for the 2012 season and was expected to earn about $5.5 million for the season. Dielman was regarded as one the NFL players with great potential, and was hoping to risk his health in pursuit of winning a Super Bowl ring, but due to multiple injuries and other health issues, he is forced to retire at the early age of 31.

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Chargers 3 and Out – Two Coaches Leave But Team Will Stay in San Diego for 2012 Season

A disappointing season for the San Diego Chargers has resulted in the firing of one coach and the resignation of another long time Charger coach. Also, the Chargers were among the teams that were looking to take a gamble on moving their teams to Los Angeles. However, the Chargers will not be the team that will play roulette with their franchise by moving the team to LA. Check out these stories in the latest Chargers 3 and out.

After a disappointing 8-8 record this season, the San Diego Chargers fired defensive coordinator Greg Mandusky on January 5th after just one year at the position. They replaced him with linebackers coach John Pagano. The firing came just a couple of days after the team announced that general manager A.J. Smith and Chargers head coach Norv Turner would be returning next season.

Pagano was surprised at the move due to his closeness with Manusky but took the move in stride. He said that, “It’s a bittersweet day. I’m excited about the opportunity, don’t get me wrong, but I love him very dearly.” Coach Turner deflected some of the blame from the ex-Coordinator and onto some of the players. He stated that, “Under the circumstances, he and his staff have done a good job.”

Following Manusky’s firing, Chargers long time coach and offensive coordinator Clarence Shelmon decided to step down on January 10th and will not return to the team next season. Shelmon was with the Chargers for 10 seasons and served as offensive coordinator for the team from 2007-2011. In a statement from the former offensive coordinator, Shelmon stated, “I’m just done. You know when it’s time. It’s time for me to go and do some other things with my life.” Shelmon spent 21 of his 37 years in football in the NFL

Some good news for Chargers fans is that the Chargers will be staying in San Diego for the 2012 season. Team president Dean Spanos made an announcement last week that he will not exercise an option to move the Chargers out of San Diego for at least the next year. He stated that the and the mayor of San Diego are committed to trying to get a stadium deal done and will work closely to keep the team in San Diego.

Hopefully the potential of the new stadium will draw the fans out for the 2012 season and inspire the team to put on a performance that will convince the city to provide the funding for the stadium. Otherwise, they may have to take the gamble of going to Los Angeles. While that may seem like a good move, there is no guarantee that a move to LA will pay off significant dividends. For more games to gamble on similar to football, you can read more; click here; etc…

Chargers End Skid, Look to Buffalo Next

When the Chargers were 3-1, everyone thought the AFC West would go back to the Chargers. Then the unexpected happened, the Chargers dropped six straight games as did their place in the standings as they fell to last place in the West. But the Chargers were able to snap their 6 game skid against the Jaguars on Monday Night Football.

It was all Chargers early and it stayed that way as the Chargers won 38-14.  They scored on 5 of their first 6 drives and in total Philip Rivers threw for 294 yards and three touchdowns.

The Chargers are now 5-7 and to even think about the playoffs, they need to win out. That doesn’t even include the other loads of  help they will need to jump the Broncos and Raiders for the AFC West crown.

The Chargers start that journey Sunday when they return home to take on the Bills.  The Bills are in their own skid. After starting 5-2, The Bills have lost 5 straight and with each loss, are seeing their playoff chances slip away.

This is a favorable match-up. The Bills are without star running back Fred Jackson who they lost for the season. However, the most favorable of all match-ups in this game is that Philip Rivers will take on a defense with no pass rush. They only have 3 sacks during their five game losing streak.

Outcome: The Bills inability to the quarterback will allow Rivers to have another great game. Add that along with the play of Ryan Mathews who is showing you what he can do when healthy and this one has Chargers written all of it. The Chargers win 31-14.

Chargers drop 6th Straight, Norv on hot seat

The Norv Turner hot seat is heating up each week. The Chargers dropped their 6th straight game on Sunday when they fell to the Broncos 16-13 on an overtime field goal by Matt Prater.

The Chargers continue to struggle. During their six game skid, the Chargers have lost five games by seven points or less. Philip Rivers has 10 touchdowns and 10 interceptions in those six games. However, Rivers didn’t play all that bad on Sunday. He completed 19 of 36 passes and had one touchdown.

After Nick Novak missed a game winning 53 yard field goal wide ride, Tim Tebow had a 12-yard gain and Willis McGahee ran 24 yards up the middle to set up Prater’s 37 yard winning kick, which was right down the middle.

Look Ahead: The Chargers now sit at 4-7 and last in the AFC West. The final five games aren’t easier for the Chargers. They still have the Ravens, Lions, and Raiders for their final 3 games.

Need something to laugh about Charger fans? Check Nick Novak out peeing on the sidelines

Midseason Report Card

The Chargers have been one of the most interesting teams in the league this year. There inconsistency has led them to a 4-4 record and a three way tie for 1st place in the AFC West. But before they take on the Raiders tonight, here are the Chargers mid season report card.

Quarterbacks – “B” – Entering the season, the Chargers were returning their number one ranked offense from a year ago and leading their high powered offense was Philip Rivers. Rivers considered an elite QB, has not performed well this year. He’s on pace for his 4th straight 4,000 yard passing season but his efficiency can’t just be judged in passing yards. Where it matters most, Rivers has only thrown 11 touchdowns and has thrown 14 interceptions. Rivers only threw 13 passes to the other team last year. Luckily, Rivers can rewrite the 1st half with a strong 2nd half and lead the Chargers to the post season.

Running backs – “B+” – The running backs have been affective both in the passing game and running game. If he can stay healthy, Ryan Mathews looks like he will finish around the 1000 yard mark. But the rushing attacked (ranked 16th in the NFL) hasn’t been wear they have been needed the most. In the passing game, Mike Tolbert ranks 2nd on the team with 32 catches (two behind Vincent Jackson for the lead) and Mathews ranks 3rd with 30 catches. Look for the Chargers to continue to lean on their backs out of the backfield which will hopefully open up the long ball for their receivers.

Wide Receivers/Tight Ends – “C+” – I have high expectations for this group and they have underperformed thus far this season. Antonio Gates needs to stay healthy. He is a match-up nightmare and needs to be on the field. Vincent Jackson who looks to continue on his last weeks performance (7 receptions, 141 yards, 3 touchdowns) must step up with Malcolm Floyd down the stretch. This is still an offense that can be deadly if it is clicking and if Rivers turns it around, his targets will follow.

Offensive Line – “B” – The Chargers o-line has not been their problems on offense this year. Yes they can approve in run blocking but that’s not what this offense is based on. Rivers has been sacked 19 times which puts them ranked 18th. The bottom line is that Rivers needs time to get the ball to his weapons.

Defensive Line – “B-” The Chargers are allowing 120 rushing yards a game. To improve this, the Chargers need to win the battle at the the line of scrimmage so that their linebackers in their 3-4 scheme can get in the backfield.

Linebackers -” C+” – The linebackers are the best core the Chargers have on defense and like the receivers, they have under performed. Although, Takeo Spikes and Donald Butler are on their way to 100 tackle seasons, Shaun Phillips and Travis LaBoy have not done their job getting to the quarterback.

Secondary – “B+” – Take out last weeks game against Green Bay and this secondary has actually played pretty well. Eric Weddle is playing great and he is leading the Chargers secondary.

Special Teams – “B” – The special teams have performed well. Nick Novak has filled in nicely for Nate Kaeding and if the return game was better, they would have earned a better grade.

Coaching – “B-” – Its tough to give a low grade to the Chargers but Norv Turner has under coached this year. The keys to the second half will be the play of Rivers and the coaching of Turner.

A Look Ahead – The Chargers play a big Thursday night game which will be for the division lead against the Raiders. On there remaining schedule, the Chargers take on Oakland (x2), Chicago, Detroit, Baltimore, Denver, Buffalo, and Jacksonville. I still think they will win this division and finish 10-6.

Tough Week to End Skid

The Chargers picked a tough stretch to have a two game losing streak and trying to snap their skid. This week the Chargers coming off losses to the Jets and Chiefs face the undefeated Super Bowl Champion Green Bay Packers.

Philip Rivers who has played poorly of late takes on a great defense. He will be without RB Ryan Mathews  and will have to look to his receivers to have a big game against the Packers. Antonio Gates was more involved last week and Philip Rivers is going to be looking his way when he is under pressure.

On defense, the Chargers have the challenge of stopping Aaron Rodgers. No one has stopped the high power Packers on offense and with the Packers coming off the bye, they are even more prepared to the Chargers.

Key Match-up: Chargers offensive line vs. Packers defensive line – The only way I see the Chargers winning this game is if they are able to run the ball. Its more important to win the time of possession battle and keep the Packers off the field.

Outcome: The Packers win in a rout 35-14

Philip Rivers looks to step his game up and lead the Chargers against the Packers