Newsome: "One thing is they're going to be physical, especially in the front seven on defense and on the offensive line. They're always going to have a good running back, which LaDainian (Tomlinson) is in my mind."> Newsome: "One thing is they're going to be physical, especially in the front seven on defense and on the offensive line. They're always going to have a good running back, which LaDainian (Tomlinson) is in my mind.">

An interview with Ravens GM Ozzie Newsome

SAN DIEGO - Questions and answers with Baltimore Ravens general manager Ozzie Newsome: <P> Times: "What should people expect to see from a 0-2 San Diego Chargers football team coached by Marty Schottenheimer?" <P> Newsome: "One thing is they're going to be physical, especially in the front seven on defense and on the offensive line. They're always going to have a good running back, which LaDainian (Tomlinson) is in my mind.

"Wherever Marty has been, he has had two great corners starting with us in Cleveland with Hanford Dixon and Frank Minnifield, then Kevin Ross and Albert Lewis in Kansas City then Dale Carter and Lewis, then Champ Bailey and Fred Smoot in Washington. Now, he has Quentin Jammer and drafted some more corners this year. He wants to stack the box on you with eight people and play man-to-man outside."

Times: "Are you concerned about rookie quarterback Kyle Boller's mechanics and confidence?"

Newsome: "We were aware that under this process that he was going to struggle. He is a rookie playing quarterback. I think with the resources we have around him that we can help him through the struggle."

Times: "What sort of impression has outside linebacker Terrell Suggs made on you?"

Newsome: "He can rush the passer. We knew that coming in and he's been that and more with his ability to rush the passer."

Times: "Can this team maintain an even-keel approach after having a rough opening against Pittsburgh and then rebounding against Cleveland?"

Newsome: "I think this football team experienced some success last year, and to be successful in this league you have to learn to deal with success. This is still a young football team. "There are still some lessons to be learned, but we do have maybe 20 guys with a Super Bowl ring that know how to deal with success."

INJURY UPDATE: Ravens left guard Edwin Mulitalo (knee, ankle) is listed as doubtful and Casey Rabach will likely get the start. Fullback Harold Morrow (elbow) and running back Musa Smith (knee) are out while safety Gerome Sapp (knee) is doubtful. Cornerback Alvin Porter (groin) is questionable and quarterback Kyle Boller (knee) is probable.

The Chargers will probably have wide receiver David Boston (heel) available. He has practiced all week without setback. Linebacker Donnie Edwards (groin) and end Marcellus Wiley (hamstring) are questionable.

CHARGERS' OFF-FIELD WOES: Rookie linebacker Matt Wilhelm was arrested and charged with driving under the influence a week ago.

Last month in Mobile, Ala., defensive tackle Leonardo Carson was charted with first-degree burglary and second-degree kidnapping.

RETRO: The Chargers will wear their powder blue throwback jerseys and white helmets for the game, their uniform from three decades ago.

QUICK HITS: Ravens offensive tackle Orlando Brown has a new helmet after repeatedly cutting his lip against his visor last week. .. Return specialist Lamont Brightful bobbled a punt last week and nearly fumbled it away. "I'm looking for a clean week," he said. … When the Ravens and Chargers last met Dec. 10, 2000 in Baltimore, the Ravens clinched a playoff berth with a 24-3 victory and later won the Super Bowl. The Chargers finished 1-15. … The Chargers won the first two meetings of the series in San Diego in 1997 and 1998.

Aaron Wilson writes for the Carroll County Times.


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