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Monday, April 13, 2009

San Diego Chargers' All-Time Roster Dwarfs the Oakland Raiders'

By J.D. Harrison

Raider fans always seem to talk about their all-time players, as the greatest that ever played the game. But in all reality, when you compare them to their rival the San Diego Chargers, you see that not only is the all-time roster of the Chargers better than the Raiders, but in some aspects, they straight up embarrass them!

Comparing both sides CURRENT roster is a laughable thought, so I will give them the benefit of the doubt and dig deep into the Raider's past they talk so proudly about.

Now I know by now any Raider fan reading this, will probably say something like the Raiders have three Super Bowls and we have zero.

This is not what this article is about! This article is about the sheer all-time talent that each team has produced, based on stats. I picked the best the Raider nation had to offer and compared them to the San Diego Chargers.

There are many reasons why a team can go to the Super Bowl, other than sheer talent. Bad referee calls can be made resulting in somebody advancing or not advancing, players getting hurt etc. Many times the Raiders have squeaked by in big games because of bad calls or just straight up cheating.

So I factored all of these hypotheticals out of the equation, and compared the two teams solely on sheer talent.

This article is not about talking trash. It's about comparing the best of each side!

So here we go! The top five star positions and their players.

Lets start with the QB position.

George Blanda is the only QB in the Hall of Fame for the Raiders. Ken Stabler is not in the Hall of Fame yet, but he was voted the number two greatest Raider of all-time by On the other side of the ball, we have Dan Fouts, also the only QB for the Chargers in the Hall of Fame.

After 26 years with the Raiders, Blanda retired with 236 touchdowns, 277 interceptions, 26,920 yards, 4 pro bowls and retired with a QB rating of 60.6.

Ken Stabler played for 16 years (only 11 years with the Raiders). Stabler retired with 194 touchdowns, threw for 27,938 yards, four pro bowls, and retired with a QB rating of 75.3.

Dan Fouts tops ALL of these stats, while shattering a few in the process. Not to mention, doing it almost as twice as fast as Blanda! After only 14 years, Fouts threw for 254 touchdowns, 242 interceptions, 43,040 yards, six pro bowls, and retired with a QB rating of 80.2!

Moving on to the TE position.

Dave Casper is the Raider's greatest TE and the only one in the the Hall of Fame. He played for 10 years and had 378 receptions, 5,216 receiving yards and was voted to the pro-bowl 5 times. Compare that to the greatest TE of all time, Kellen Winslow.

Even though Casper played two more years than Winslow did, he still couldn't catch up. Winlslow retired with 541 receptions, 6,741 receiving yards and went to the pro bowl five times. I won't even begin to mention Antonio Gates and everything he has and will accomplish.

Now the WR position.

Fred Biletnikoff was voted the greatest Raider of all-time by and is the teams only WR in the Hall of Fame. He retired with 76 touchdowns, 8,974 receiving yards, 589 receptions and six pro bowls. Compare that to the Charger's greatest WR, Lance Alworth. He retired with 85 touchdowns, 10,266 receiving yards, 542 receptions and seven pro bowls.

Now moving to the DE position.

Howie Long is arguably one of the most famous Raiders of all-time. He sits in the Hall of Fame as the teams greatest DE. He played for 12 years and had a total of 9.5 sacks in 179 games.

On San Diego's side, we have the great Fred Dean proudly representing the position in the Hall of Fame for the Chargers. He only played HALF the time as Long did and still has better numbers.

In only six years, Fred Dean had 93 sacks, in 141 games. More sacks, in half the time.

Last but not least, the RB position.

The Hall of Famer Marcus Allen is by far the greatest RB the Raiders have ever produced. Ranked the No. 5 Raider of all-time by and by some he is considered No. 1. He played a 16 year career and retired with 12,243 rushing yards, 123 touchdowns, six pro bowls and averaged 4.1 yards a carry.

Try and compare those numbers to one of the greatest running backs of all-time, LaDainian Tomlinson.

If LT stopped playing today he would be in the Hall of Fame, period. Arguably the greatest Charger of all-time, LT has only played half the time Allen did.

LT's current career stats: 11,760 rushing yards, 141 touchdowns, averages 4.4 yards a carry and has five pro bowls. Keep in mind that is only eight years, half Allen's career. Not to mention the 16 NFL records LT holds, including the most touchdowns scored in a single season by a running back, the most in NFL history.

Now days the once "great" Raider Nation has fallen from grace. The franchise has done a complete turn around and is now one of today's worst teams. The last record the Raiders set, was losing more games in a six year period than any other team in NFL history.

On the other hand, the San Diego Chargers have turned their franchise around, but in a good way. They are currently one of the top teams in the NFL. Shooting for their fourth Division title in a row and their 12th straight win against the Raiders this season, the Chargers are on their way to a Super Bowl.

So there it its. The star positions and their players. I'm sure the Raiders will throw some names out there that I missed, but even if they do, this article still proves that the Chargers are the dominant all-time roster. The stats speak for themselves.

Thursday, April 9, 2009

Inroducing The New Charger Girls of '09-'10

The new Charger Girls were introduced today...Enjoy!

The Chargers have been knocking on the Super Bowl the past two seasons.

Two years ago they advanced to the AFC Championship Game before falling to Patriots.

Last year they fell one game short of the conference title tilt when losing to the Steelers in the playoffs.

Is this the year the Chargers finally crash through that door to reach their second Super Bowl in franchise history?

“I think we’re very close,” running back LaDainian Tomlinson said. “Obviously over the past two years we’ve been hampered a little bit by injuries. That’s been the unlucky part of it. I’ve got to figure that it’s our time. I’ve got to figure that this is not going to continue to happen to us where we get so close and get injured and really hurt ourselves in that way where we can’t be at full strength.”

Tomlinson knows about the health issues all too well.

It was a torn groin muscle that prevented him from playing at Heinz Field when the team stumbled against the Steelers.

The previous season, Tomlinson was done for the game after the first quarter when aggravating a knee injury against the Patriots. Others ailing that frigid New England day were quarterback Philip Rivers and tight end Antonio Gates.

“When we’re at full strength, we’re a tough team to deal with,” Tomlinson said. “I think everyone has seen that in the past. I’m looking forward to being at full strength with this team.”

The Chargers are hopeful it’s not trend with Tomlinson being beat up and unable to go when he is needed most. He soon turns 30 years of age and its possible Tomlinson’s bumps and bruises will take longer to heal.

Tomlinson said he is eager to show he can stay fit for 16 games, plus a postseason.

“Absolutely,” he said. “I feel like I do have to prove I can stay healthy. I’ve always felt like I needed to prove something.”

Tomlinson said his status reminds him of when he was drafted fifth overall and some wondered if he would last - he’s entering his ninth year.

“When I first came into the league, I wanted to prove that I could play in this league and that I could be dominant,” he said. “I know I can do that.

“Going on 30, I want to prove that I can stay healthy a full season and still be that dominant player. Honestly, I haven’t had any serious injuries with surgeries. I don’t see why I can’t continue to be a dominant player.”

Which would mean the Chargers would continue to be a dominate team.


—The Chargers have been busy in welcoming in potential players as the draft draws nears. Among those expected to break bread with the Chargers are: S William Moore (Missouri), LB Rey Maualuga (USC), DT Ziggy Hood (Missouri), DT Tyson Jackson (LSU) and DT Jarron Gilbert (San Jose State).

—The Chargers are hopeful S Clinton Hart can bounce back after a so-so season. Hart’s season was derailed after he broke his hand in the second game. And he heard his detractors before eventually losing his starting job. “Nobody is more critical of my play than I am,” he said. “I had a lot of swagger and confidence in 2007. I wasn’t out there hurt. I believed I could tackle with the best of them, cover the best tight ends and do my job. For some reason, 2008 wasn’t that way. It was a tough year and I know I have to be better than that.”

—The San Diego City Attorney is contemplating drunken driving charges against DT Jamal Williams, who was arrested in February.

—The Chargers’ preseason opponents, with the actual dates to follow: Seattle, at Arizona, at Atlanta and San Francisco. The game at Atlanta will be nationally televised by CBS on Aug. 29.

QUOTE TO NOTE: “My mind is fresh. I think my body is as young as anybody’s here. My work ethic is just as good as anybody’s here.” — SS Clinton Hart, on why he thinks he can rebound after a disappointing 2008 season.


No free agents are expected to meet with the Chargers until after the draft.

The team continues, it seems, to waffle between going for a running back with its first-round pick to start grooming as LaDainian Tomlinson’s eventual replacement or filling another hole.

There are also needs on the defensive side, after losing starting end Igor Olshansky to free agency and questions about the durability of veteran defensive tackle Jamal Williams.


While the Chargers are seldom players early in free agency with any significant signings, keep an eye on them once the draft is history.

General manager A. J. Smith is keen at filling needs not addressed through the draft by picking up veteran players let go or have yet to sign as training camp draws near.

Last year he picked up backup linebacker Derek Smith and center Jeremy Newberry - both players were starters in the early part of the season because of injuries.

So just because the Chargers have yet to make a splash in the free-agent pool, that doesn’t mean they won’t dip their toe in the water again at some point after the draft.


1. Strong safety: The Chargers’ pass defense was horrible last year. It wasn’t all Clinton Hart’s fault but it’s obvious the team seeks a hard-hitter on the back end to strike some fear into receivers. That pass defense should improve with the return of a healthy Shawne Merriman, but an upgrade at strong safety would help as well.

2. Right guard: The departure of Mike Goff as a free agent and the lack of depth behind him is a concern. If the Chargers can fill the right guard spot, there might not as much urgency to try and replace right tackle Jeromey Clary as well. The Chargers must shore the right side of the line, but the biggest void is at tackle.

3. Defensive end: With Igor Olshansky being allowed to flee in free agency, the Chargers aren’t certain they have a bona fide started on the roster. The team could fill this need through the draft.

MEDICAL WATCH: OLB Shawne Merriman (knee) is expected to be a full go in the offseason workouts.

FRANCHISE PLAYER: RB Darren Sproles: Tendered at $6.621M.



—OLB Marques Harris was used on passing downs and has shown some promise, but he won’t be re-signed.

—C Jeremy Newberry was a valuable backup when Nick Hardwick was injured early last season, but the Chargers won’t re-sign him.


—WR Malcom Floyd (tendered at $1.545M with second-round pick as compensation) has a good connection with QB Philip Rivers and can be a solid red-zone target. Injuries slowed him some down the stretch last year.

—CB Cletis Gordon (tendered at $1.545M with second-round pick as compensation) surprised some by getting that tender as some of his shortcomings were exposed when playing extended stretches last year. But he is a solid special teams player and has potential as a returner.



—OT Jeromey Clary: ERFA; $460,000/1 yr.

—OG Kynan Forney: Potential UFA; $4.8M/2 yrs, SB unknown.


—LB Kevin Burnett: UFA Cowboys; $5.5M/2 yrs, $2M SB.


—RB Eldra Buckley (released).

—OG Mike Goff: UFA Chargers; $3.5M/2 yrs, guarantees unknown.

—DE Igor Olshansky: UFA Cowboys; $18M/4 yrs, $8M guaranteed.

—LB Anthony Waters (released).