In 2003, A.J. Smith decided to make Sammy Davis his first draft pick as general manager of the Chargers. It turns out, that decision was a bad one. Davis was inconsistent in coverage, intercepting just three passes during three seasons in San Diego.
During the offseason, Smith traded Davis to the 49ers in exchange for fellow first-round bust Rashaun Woods. That decision was even worse, as Woods was cut during training camp. Davis had his struggles in San Diego, but still may be a better cover corner than the likes of rookie free agents Cletis Gordon and Steve Gregory.
Davis said the trade in April "was something that I wanted to happen, and once it happened I was excited about it. I was blessed to have some opportunity there, but it probably wasn't the same as everybody else."
Of course, the Chargers will target him often when he is on the field on Sunday and burned him in the preseason during their meeting. Perhaps it wasn't a bad move after all. The Bolts can taste the candy in their mouths already.
Draft Day Connection
When Mike Nolan was preparing for his first draft as coach of the 49ers, he was hoping that he may be able to steal Luis Castillo with the first pick in the second round. Instead, the Chargers wisely drafted him five spots earlier.
"It wasn't going to happen," said Nolan of landing Castillo. "Obviously, the draft dictates a lot of it, but we thought he was a good player."
Actually, Castillo is better than good. In just his second season, he has already established himself as one of the best - if not the best – defensive ends in the league.
So what's it going to be?
The Chargers have shown the ability to win in a variety of ways. In their 27-0 win over the Raiders, the Chargers ran more than four times as much as they passed. Last week, the team passed more than it ran for the first time this season and beat the defending Super Bowl champions 23-13.
So what will it be this week?
"I don't know what we are going to do this game," LaDainian Tomlinson said. "When you look at it as a team, as a whole, whatever it takes to move the ball and put it in the end zone."
The deal with Donnie
The uncertainty is almost over for Donnie Edwards. After spending the last several months on the trading block, it is now only a matter of days until the Oct. 17 trading deadline, at which point he will know whether or not he will be finishing the season in San Diego.
So far this season, Edwards has 20 tackles, an interception, a fumble recovery and half a sack.
Last season, only four trades were consummated at the deadline. The Chargers were involved in two of them.
Malcom Floyd and Philip Rivers both joined the Chargers in 2004, honing their skills on the scout team. The work has clearly paid off. Three of Rivers' five career touchdown passes have gone to Floyd.
"I just want to contribute," Floyd said. "Whether it's on offense or special teams, I just love to contribute."