Chargers have history at Senior Bowl

Marty Schottenheimer and his staff got to work closely with members of the South squad at last year's Senior Bowl. The result was a draft that consisted of seven players who practiced throughout the week in Mobile. The San Diego Chargers had but ten picks – meaning 70 percent of their choices made a lasting impression that reverberated in their minds until April.

This year, the Chargers aren't afforded quite the same luxury. They don't get to implement their gameplan to see how the pieces fit. Ironically, the Chargers selected five members of the opposing team and only two, via a technicality, off the team they coached.

A look at the Chargers who played last year and the team they were on:

Michael Turner- north
Nick Hardwick- north
Shane Olivea- north
Shaun Phillips- north
Nate Kaeding- north
Philip Rivers- south
Dave Ball- south

Based on the results, the members of the team they did not coach had to have good sessions out in Mobile. They must have wowed the Chargers staff and dismantled their own players. It could also mean that San Diego can get the same feel from the players this week.

North Squad reports from 2004 Senior Bowl

South Squad reports from 2004 Senior Bowl

Two of the last four MVP's of the Senior Bowl have ended up as San Diego Chargers.

The Bengals, by contrast, did not pick any members of the team they coached. They instead selected three South squad members, and all were members of the defensive backfield. Head coach Marvin Lewis must have figured that if they could cover any play he tried to implement, they could cover anybody.

As of Friday night, San Diego has not brought back any coach not under contract already. That could mean a heavy reliance on scouts to form a gameplan for the coaches that will go into place.

Just as important as the player is, the coaching staff and rapport will be just as vital. This week is information gathering and a lasting impression this week could mean training camp at Murphy Canyon come summer.

Denis Savage of will be at the Senior Bowl all week long, getting the inside skinny for San Diego Chargers fans. Coverage from the Senior Bowl begins on Sunday.

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