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09-14-2004, 03:48 PM
Wilson On Football: Don't get too excited about Chargers' 1-0 start

By BERNIE WILSON, AP Sports Writer
September 14, 2004

SAN DIEGO (AP) -- So the San Diego Chargers shocked the NFL and won their season opener.

Maybe the city should honor them with a parade down Broadway. Or declare a Drew Brees Appreciation Day -- heaven knows the Chargers won't be doing that.

For this franchise, a season-opening win is practically dynastic.

As complete as the Chargers' performance was in their 27-20 win at Houston on Sunday, it was completely a surprise.

Really, who didn't expect the Chargers -- LaDainian Tomlinson excluded, of course -- to come out and bungle it? Remember, it was mid-October before they got their first win last season.

Then they went into a loud stadium and didn't fall apart. Tomlinson had his usual productive game, Brees kept his cool and the ball, and second-year tight end Antonio Gates -- who played hoops, not football, at Kent State -- posted up the Texans and had an impressive day.

Was it a tease? Probably.

Fans might want to save the NFL standings that show the Chargers tied with the Denver Broncos atop the AFC West, because it's not likely to last. In the next three weeks the Chargers play the New York Jets, the Broncos and Tennessee Titans.

To paraphrase Bobby Ross -- still the only coach to get the Bolts to the Super Bowl -- all it really means is the Chargers can finish 1-15.

``We've got a long way to go, so let's not get excited by one win,'' coach Marty Schottenheimer said.

If the Chargers are cautious, so are the fans. More than 15,000 tickets are available for Sunday's home opener against the Jets.

Relief seems to be the dominant emotion.

``I think it's always important to get the first one because it's the hardest one to get,'' Schottenheimer said. ``I've said this before and it's real, I mean, there's always that specter of, 'Geez, will we go through a year and not have a victory?' In my best years in Cleveland and Kansas City, that first one was always important because you don't want that hanging around you.''

That's some admission from an old-schooler like Schottenheimer. But hey, these are the Chargers.

It was just four seasons ago that the Bolts were plummeting toward the wrong kind of history. They lost their first 11 games before the accurate right leg of popular kicker John Carney spared them from the possibility of going 0-16.

Carney's reward following that one-win season was having a contract offer pulled from the table because he didn't jump at it quick enough.

He was replaced by Wade Richey, who in his two seasons here couldn't hit the Pacific Ocean if he were kicking from La Jolla Shores.

And so it goes for the Chargers, who might be one of the most dysfunctional franchises in all pro sports. No matter what they do, their sad-sack image remains as certain as the San Diego sunshine.

In the last year alone, they were an NFL-worst 4-12, sued the city of San Diego in a Los Angeles court and were informed that Eli Manning wanted nothing to do with them.

To their credit, the Chargers drafted Manning anyway with the No. 1 pick, then extracted Philip Rivers and a handful of picks in a trade with the New York Giants.

But was it too much to think the Chargers could get a high draft pick to camp on time? Of course. Rivers missed the first 29 practices and two exhibition games during a contract holdout. After making an NCAA-record 51 starts at North Carolina State, Rivers has been introduced to the bench. He's the third-stringer, behind Brees and Doug Flutie, who turns 42 next month.

After figuratively being thrown under the bus by the front office in the offseason, Brees is back as the driver. He threw two TD passes and zero interceptions Sunday, a promising start.

On the legal front, the Chargers' lawsuit against San Diego was dropped as part of a deal that wi

09-14-2004, 04:13 PM
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09-14-2004, 06:02 PM
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