And so it begins. The game of cat and mouse continues in San Diego with the first piece of cheese being thrown out as bait. The Chargers started out not even wanting a quarterback per ownership and now it is tough to hear any other talk besides QB. ">
And so it begins. The game of cat and mouse continues in San Diego with the first piece of cheese being thrown out as bait. The Chargers started out not even wanting a quarterback per ownership and now it is tough to hear any other talk besides QB. ">

Chargers all talk, little substance

"I personally have no issue with (trading down) whatsoever. None whatsoever," Marty Schottenheimer said yesterday. <br><br> And so it begins. The game of cat and mouse continues in San Diego with the first piece of cheese being thrown out as bait. The Chargers started out not even wanting a quarterback per ownership and now it is tough to hear any other talk besides QB.

"You have to do what's in the best interest of the franchise," Marty Schottenheimer added. "If the decision is made that we should take a quarterback, I would heartily endorse it."

Schottenheimer has the coach speak down to a "T". One minute he endorses trading down, the next a quarterback and then, well, who knows!

As if that wasn't enough, "(Gallery) is very impressive, very impressive," said Schottenheimer.

Still, Schottenheimer could barely contain himself when he talked about the top quarterbacks from Palm Beach. Most notably was his gushing praise on Ben Roethlisberger whose arm strength he termed rare.

"The thing I feel is unique is that every one of these guys is different," Schottenheimer added.

The poker game has begun.

Rumors have been bandied about regarding trades, but as of Tuesday there were no inquiries into the top spot.

"I have not had any phone calls," AJ Smith said. "I covet the pick.

"I am preparing for the draft as if I will remain."

He did add that if he makes a deal, he wants draft picks and players in return. The price will certainly be high and any team wanting the pick will certainly have to surrender a second rounder in 2003 because of how deep this draft is.

The Giants seemingly crave Eli Manning. The Cardinals want Larry Fitzgerald. Cleveland wants Robert Gallery. Are any willing not to settle?

A late entrant yesterday in trade rumors – the Chicago Bears. With the 14th overall selection it would take a boatload to move up, including this year's number one and two and next year's number one.

In the end, the Schottenheimer we all know is a master of words. He can spin the tale as he sees fit. Remember Schottenheimer saying how well Marcellus Wiley played at the end of the year? That is the Schottenheimer that was on display Tuesday. Talking up the prospects because he wants desperately to move down and acquire more picks.

Let it Die: "I don't think David is a bad individual at all," said Schottenheimer, who let Boston go. "The dynamic just wasn't what we were looking for and as a result we made the decision that we've made."


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