The San Diego Chargers will open up training camp on July 25 at their training facility, Chargers Park in San Diego. New and old faces will be in attendance, most notably the team’s new head coach, Mike McCoy. He has promised under this makeover, camp will provide intense practices and he looks forward to fans attending them.
Training Camp Schedule
Friday, July 26: 3:00-5:00 p.m.
Saturday, July 27: 9:30-11:30 a.m.
Sunday, July 28: 3:00-5:00 p.m.
Thursday, Aug. 1: 9:30-11:30 a.m.
Monday, Aug. 5: 3:00-5:00 p.m.
Saturday, Aug. 10: 9:30-11:30 a.m.
Monday, Aug. 12: 3:00-5:00 p.m.
Saturday, Aug. 17: 9:30-11:30 a.m.
There will be two special sessions for season-ticket holders in the 3:00-5:00 p.m. time slot on July 31 and August 2. Then on Aug. 3, the team will hold its FanFest presented by Bud Light at Qualcomm Stadium. This event will run from 10:55 a.m.-12:50 p.m. and attendees will have an opportunity to enjoy some food and grab some players’ autographs.
August 8 – Seattle Seahawks 10:00 p.m. EDT
August 15 – At Chicago Bears, 8:00 p.m. EDT
August 24 – At Arizona Cardinals 10:00 p.m. EDT
Aug 29 – San Francisco 49ers 10:00 p.m. EDT
Training Camp Storylines
After finishing last season 7-9, the Chargers determined the Norv Turner coaching era needed to end and so they ushered in new general manager Tom Telesco, then former Denver Broncos offensive coordinator Mike McCoy as its new head coach. After his success getting the Broncos an AFC West title in 2012, the Chargers are hoping McCoy can do the same magic for their team.
Quarterback Philip Rivers hasn’t really played well in the last two seasons and this includes his 47 turnovers during this time period. The team is hoping the old Rivers can return and this will hopefully come under his new offensive coordinator, Ken Whisenhunt, the former Arizona Cardinals head coach.
One of the many contributors to Rivers regression has been the team’s offensive line. The team has lost its top lineman, guard Louis Vasquez to its rival, the Broncos and will now look for improvement with the addition of first-round draft pick tackle D.J. Fluker. Expectations are high for him as well as with its new veteran options, tackles King Dunlap and Max Starks and guard Chad Rinehart.
Then there’s the rookie wide receiver, Keenan Allen. He has a history of injuries including a 2012 knee problem that kept him out of the 2013 NFL Scouting Combine but he’s talented. He’s not competing against a wealth of talent (see Robert Meachem and Eddie Royal) but he’ll have to work hard for playing time. He’s been vocal about his desire to be a starter, now he’ll need to back it up with his play.
Fellow receiver local boy Vincent Brown has some buzz going around him. Last preseason, he got knocked out in the second game after playing well at its start; he was out for the regular season. He is expected to be 100 percent ready for training camp and many believe he’ll be a starter along with fellow receiver Danario Alexander.
Over at running back, if Ryan Mathews can perform well, coupled with new teammate, former New England Patriot, the diminutive Danny Woodhead, this could help Rivers. Mathews battled a clavicle injury last season and he’ll need to overcome this in 2013.
Should this happen, it will take even more pressure off of Rivers.
Sitting at the top of the defense’s topic of conversation is rookie linebacker Manti Te’o. After his stellar final season at Notre Dame, his implosion in the National Championship game against Alabama and that faux girlfriend problem, Te’o will need to prove everyone wrong and show why many considered him the top NCAA defensive player in 2012.
He’ll need to do this immediately, beginning with training camp.
Then there’s the addition of veteran linebacker Dwight Freeney. After 11 years with the Indianapolis Colts, the team didn’t re-sign the Pro Bowler and the versatile veteran was a man without a team. The Chargers saw some value and now Freeney will need to show he still has something left in the tank.