Putting Words into Action

All week the words have been right on, from Tomlinson not backing down from his statements after a loss to St. Louis, to Conway being animated during a meeting. Earlier in the week we reported on how the Chargers seem more accountable than last year's group. The proof is in the pudding though:

"We don't want anyone, whether it's a player or a person in this community, to think this is resemblance of last year," defensive end Marcellus Wiley said. "So we've got to change those thoughts by going out and winning a game."

"It's a long season; it's a journey," Schottenheimer said. "And I've never put much stock in the halfway point. Ultimately, the only time they pass out any bouquets are at the end. That's what is important, and if we play like we can play, we will be there."

"I agree," defensive tackle Jamal Williams said. "Because right now we are tied for first place and we're trying to stay in first place. And in order to do that, we have to win the rest of them.

"This is the second of two seasons, and we have to improve each week and each game. That is the key if we are trying to make the playoffs, and our main goal is to get to the Super Bowl and win it. To do that, we can't play like we have in the past."

It starts today as the Chargers prepare to play the San Francisco 49ers. By 4:00 PM we will know where this team stands and if their words from this week had anything to back them up.

"There is no doubt on this team," Williams stressed. "Our confidence is way up. We know what we are capable of, we just have to go out and perform."

That is definitely in our conscious thoughts, of not letting a tornado, a hurricane, a light rain, a thunderstorm to bring down the house that we built to this point," added Wiley. "But we've got a strong foundation. We definitely need to stop the bleeding, if you can say we're bleeding.

"But every team loses, so I don't want to overreact."

"But this is the beginning. This is where you are going to make you name, make your statement, and get into that next season. Then go on a three- or four-game winning streak and bring that trophy home."

This is the beginning and it could be the end. The battle is still a winnable one with the Chargers tied for the AFC West lead at 6-3. The statement game comes today, or possibly not at all.

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