--Coach Norv Turner isn't shy about letting a young player know when he does something wrong. His salty language is usually heard numerous times during a practice. But one guy not on the receiving end -- this summer -- is league MVP LaDainian Tomlinson. That wasn't the case back in 2001 when Tomlinson was a rookie and Turner was the team's offensive coordinator. "He didn't' miss a chance to tell me I wasn't in college my rookie year -- let's just say that," Tomlinson said. "When I did the wrong things and went the wrong way or dropped the ball, he'd be, 'Hey man, this is not TCU anymore.'"
--Turner was saddened by the recent passing of coaching legend Bill Walsh. "The last year-and-a-half being in San Francisco was fun for me because I got to spend a little time with Bill and talked football with him," said Turner, who was on the 49ers' coaching staff last year. "He was really interested in (49ers quarterback) Alex Smith."
-- Right guard Mike Goff clipped his hair, which went well beyond his shoulders during the offseason. He donated his hair to Locks of Love, an organization which makes hair prosthetics for children 18-and-younger who have lost their hair for medical reasons. "I just did it because I thought it was a good cause," Goff said.
--Why is LaDainian Tomlinson smiling? For the first time in his career he has all five offensive linemen returning. That bunch did a decent job last season in opening holes for Tomlinson to set single-season league marks in rushing touchdowns (28) and total touchdowns (31). "I'm excited about that because those guys know me and I know them."
--T.J. Cottrell, the son of defensive coordinator Ted Cottrell, is among the five tight ends in camp. T.J. was a ball boy in Buffalo when his dad coached with the Bills.
--The Chargers are eager to not face the same distractions as last year, when off-the-field incidents clouded the team's focus. That included LB Steve Foley being shot in a drunk-driving incident and SS Terrence Kiel being arrested at the team's facility by DEA agents -- both players are no longer with the team. "I think we learned from some of the past mistakes," CB Quentin Jammer said. "I don't think anything like that will every happen again."
--The team drew an estimated 15,000 for a practice at Qualcomm Stadium.
QUOTE TO NOTE
"You know, I'm pulling for the Chargers. We had a great five-year run. Only two other teams in pro football (Indianapolis and New England) had a better record in that span of time than we did." -- Ex-Chargers coach Marty Schottenheimer, on keeping tabs on his former team.
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