Friday Notebook: Return to 3-3

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Oct 14, 2005

With a win Sunday at Oakland, the Chargers would find themselves at 3-3, the same place they were after six games a year ago. The 2004 Bolts promptly went on an eight-game winning streak to claim their first division title in 10 years.

“This would definitely be a great place to start,” Chargers Head Coach Marty Schottenheimer said. “We’d love to get on a roll like we did a year ago. We just have to find that consistency in several places.”

AFC Best

Since the NFL went to it’s current alignment in 2002, few players have enjoyed as much success in their respective division as LaDainian Tomlinson. His 19 rushing touchdowns in division games over the span are third best in the league, and his 1,885 yards against AFC West opponents are fourth best.

Going for 24

Schottenheimer will coach against the Raiders for the 31st time in the regular season in his illustrious career on Sunday. He’s beaten the Silver and Black 23 times, which is the most wins he has over any opponent.

Special for Morrison

Former San Diego State All-American linebacker Kirk Morrison will have to wait another two months before he returns to Qualcomm Stadium, but the Oakland native will get his first shot at the Chargers this weekend. The Raiders drafted Morrison in the third round of April’s draft and are very pleased with how he’s played.

“Kirk is a very versatile player, and we’ve asked a lot of him,” Raiders Head Coach Norv Turner said. “He plays in our first and second down package as well as our nickel package. He’s very instinctive. He is very smart and is very good in space, the open field. Those were areas that we needed to get better in from a year ago, and he’s one of the reasons we have.”

During the Raiders’ bye last week, Morrison was spotted in San Diego.

“Kirk was actually here on Monday I think scouting us a little bit,” Tomlinson said. “I saw him at the game. It’s going to be interesting.”

Injuries Update

There were no changes to the Chargers injury report Friday. Linebacker Steve Foley (abdomen) took the day off and did not practice after making his way back to the field Thursday. Offensive tackle Shane Olivea (knee) did some work but said he didn’t feel the explosiveness and sat out most of the team drills.

Foley, Olivea, linebacker Stephen Cooper (ankle), cornerback Drayton Florence (ankle), running back Darren Sproles (ankle), quarterback Drew Brees (calf), defensive end Jacques Cesaire (shoulder), linebacker Randal Godfrey (back) and Jue (shoulder) are listed as questionable.

Wide receiver Eric Parker (back) did not practice and is probable. Tight end Ryan Krause (foot) and guard Toniu Fonoti (hand) also missed practice and will not play this week.