Chargers Team Notes

The veterans had to participate in just the first of three practices at last weekend's minicamp. After that, the rookies took center stage. The entire team will take part in the next minicamp in mid-June.

--Defensive assistant Bill Arnsparger has retired. Arnsparger, in his second stint with the Chargers -- he was the defensive coordinator from 1992-94 -- will still do some scouting for the team. Arnsparger, 76, coached for 43 years, including 26 in the NFL. Arnsparger gave Marty Schottenheimer his first NFL coaching job, when hiring him for his New York Giants staff in 1975.

--Donnie Edwards, Darren Bennett and David Binn were on the USS Abraham Lincoln off the San Diego coast when President Bush made his historic visit last week.

"You know, I'm a foreigner and if he realized I was Australian, he might kick me off," Bennett joked.

--"It was like a blur went by," Schottenheimer said about a play in which rookie Sammy Davis closed the gap on a receiver. Davis is the Chargers' top pick, and will be given a shot to supplant Cody at one of the cornerback positions.

--In another nod to the Los Angeles market, Chargers games will be broadcast on KMPC in L.A. The Chargers are holding training camp, for the first time, in Carson this summer. Carson is a suburb of L.A. With the buzz heating up on a possible NFL stadium being constructed in a rebuilt Rose Bowl, the Chargers continue to be mentioned as a possible tenant.

--Although the moves were made a while back, it still took some getting used to not seeing Junior Seau and Rodney Harrison -- they combined for 14 Pro Bowls -- not practicing with the Chargers doing the minicamp. "Change is the one constant about this business," Schottenheimer said.

--Schottenheimer flopped guards Toniu Fonoti and Kelvin Garmon at practice. Fonoti was on the left side, Garmon on the right.


"It's nice when the president calls you `a big guy.' He kept saying how big I was. Little did he know how small I am compared to my peers." -- 6-2, 227-pound linebacker Donnie Edwards, on his conversation with President Bush aboard the USS Abraham Lincoln.

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