Chargers Report

The city and the team are still working towards a deal. There has been a hold on all talks with the media regarding a new stadium, thus we have all been kept in the dark. The recent rookie camp left Dale Lindsey mum, and why did Bill arnsparger retire from the San Diego Chargers anyway?

--Among the reasons defensive assistant Bill Arnsparger, 76, retired was he didn't want to commit the time to the upcoming training camp. That, and he wanted to spend more time with his grandchildren. His biggest highlight in 43 years of coaching? Being the defensive coordinator for the 1972 undefeated Dolphins. In all, Arnsparger advanced to six Super Bowls -- including the only one the Chargers ever advanced to in capping the 1994 season.

--Defensive coordinator Dale Lindsey, while declining to comment specifically about his new crop of young cornerbacks, said he wasn't displeased with what he saw during the rookie camp.

--No. 3 QB Seth Burford is enjoying a solid season in NFL Europe. As the 4-1 Barcelona Dragons main guy, he's completed 47 of 82 passes (57 percent) for 431 yards and four TDs and no INTs. "We're in first, that's all that matters right now," Burford said. "We all came over here to get better, and we're all here for the same thing, to win the World Bowl." Burford didn't see any action last year in the regular season with the Chargers.

--Talks with the city and the team are ongoing over constructing a replacement for Qualcomm Stadium. The three-month trigger clause the team invoked over agreeing on what to do expires at the end of May. The parties could push back that date, or make an announcement.

--Drew Brees was out of his walking boot, something he was wearing last week when skipping the veterans portion of the rookies camp. Brees had calcium deposits removed in his right leg. He's expected to participate in the regular minicamp starting June 14.

--The Chargers will open their first training camp at Carson, a suburb of Los Angeles, on July 22. The team signed a five-year contract to have it there, after being in La Jolla since 1975.

QUOTE TO NOTE
"What kind of man is John Butler? The reason I ask it this way is because John Butler lives on. His legacy inspires us. He is with us all the time." -- Ex-Bills coach Marv Levy speaking at Butler's memorial service

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