In today's "Three and Out" we look at a couple of rumors surrounding former and current Chargers coaches, the team's focus after winning five straight, and some commentary about Antonio Cromartie's current legal bind...
RUMORS SURFACE REGARDING FORMER, AND CURRENT, CHARGERS HEAD COACHES
There are increasing whispers that Norv Turner will be offered a 5-year contract extension through the 2014 season. Unsubstantiated and little more than rumor at this point, but it does pose an interesting question: should the Chargers act now and tie up Turner, or should they let the season play out before making any decisions?
Meanwhile, former Chargers head coach Marty Schottenheimer is reportedly on the list of candidates being considered for the vacant Buffalo Bills job. Schottenheimer, fired in San Diego after going 14-2 in 2007, has been out of the NFL since.
An interesting connection is Buffalo's current Director of College Scouting, Buddy Nix, worked with Schottenheimer during his time with the Chargers.
AFTER FIVE WINS IN A ROW, CHARGERS QB PHILIP RIVERS STAYS GROUNDED AND FOCUSED
“I think if you look across the league at teams that give themselves a chance late in the year, they generally are playing their best. That’s something that we’ve been able to do is play our best late in the season. Usually the teams that are doing that have a chance late in the postseason. We’re not there yet but we’re headed in the right direction. I think this year’s been different. I know the records showed 2-3 at one point, but I don’t think it was as slow of a start. I know you are what your record is, but we were doing a lot of really good things. You look up and we were 2-3 because some plays got away from us. I felt like we are already further ahead than were a few years ago, so I don’t feel like we are that far off. We just keep improving. I think the best thing we’ve done all year, and maybe any year since I’ve been here, is have the focus about us and about the preparation from week to week. This is an excited locker room and it should be, but no one’s really caught up in the hoopla. We’ve won five in a row but we’re very focused and very grounded in our approach, which has had a lot to do with the success we’ve had in the last few weeks.”
CROMARTIE CLAIMS INNOCENCE IN BAR FIGHT, TEAMMATES SUPPORT HIM
Numerous reports have sprung up, and some graphic photographs have made their rounds, yet Antonio Cromartie has yet to be charged for his alleged assault of a man with a bottle of Dom Pérignon at a Pacific Beach bar this past Sunday night.
Gary Wichard, Cromartie's agent, insists his client is innocent: "Cro's fine. I'm not worried. It'll be taken care of. He hasn't done anything."
Cromartie's teammate linebacker Stephen Cooper, who was also at the bar that night, says "nothing happened."
Officially, the Chargers front office is not commenting until further details surface.
Legal troubles are nothing new to Cromartie; the father of seven kids living in five different states, Cromartie has been named in at least five paternity suits in the past two years.
While it remains to be seen if Antonio Cromartie is cleared of any accusations, the fact remains that Cromartie has drawn the ire of the Chargers fan-base for his unwillingness to play physical football.
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