The Justice Files

I was pretty surprised to read the article in the Union-Tribune regarding Donnie Edwards' constant grousing for a new contract. Edwards has done a nice job filling the leadership void left by the trade of Junior Seau in 2003.

Even in his prime, Edwards was never the player Junior was. He has a knocking for getting his hands on the football, but I've never seen him as a true playmaker. The aforementioned piece cited that many of Edwards' tackles come after the ball carrier has gone at least five yards beyond the line of scrimmage.

However, I did not expect to read about Edwards' attitude being a locker room distraction. I know that any Charger article needs to be taken with a grain of salt, but this topic wasn't even on my radar screen.

It will be interesting to see how Jammer plays this year. It's no secret that I have never been a big fan of his. In fact, he falls just below Schottenheimer on the list of guys I think are poisoning The Organization. But Jammer is at least saying all the right things.

According to the films of last year, he allegedly only gave up two touchdowns. But his performance was helped by Drayton Florence's massive regression. A.J. upgraded the safety position supposedly fix the leaks in the secondary. Jammer and Marty are both in the same boat—if we fail to make the playoffs this year, they'll both be somewhere else.

I also am eager to see what Rivers can do. However, I still wish we had gotten something for him. The Dell technician who came to fix my computer a couple of weeks ago couldn't believe that we let Drew go.

Of course, when he saw all my Chargers crap, he also asked if I was a "bandwagon" fan. Quite to the contrary, I said. When he mentioned that I looked a bit young to have seen the Grateful Dead with Jerry Garcia, I didn't have the heart to tell him that I had—138 times.

Speaking of my favorite band, many of you may have heard that Vince Welnick committed suicide last week. Vince, our last keyboardist, was never a fan favorite. Even though I loved his work on "Talk To You Later" during his days with The Tubes, I never enjoyed watching him play on that Schroeder-like piano. However, I was really surprised to hear that much of his depression (before battling cancer) came not only from the passing of Jerry, but his increasingly icy relationship with the rest of the band. Apparently, they didn't invite him to play at any of their shows. It goes to show, you don't ever know. Watch each card you play and play it slow.

R.I.P, Vinny

-RLW


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