Chargers Invigorated By Controversy?

The Vikings' next opponent might have life after all, but it is a sad state of affairs when it takes a quarterback controversy to get players to see some hope.

The quarterback controversy has finally breathed some life into the lifeless Chargers.

And it looks like there is no quick end in sight.

Coach Marty Schottenheimer declined to name his starter for Sunday's game against the Vikings. He said he could pick either Drew Brees or Doug Flutie on Wednesday at the earliest, or by Friday at the latest.

Flutie replaced Brees in the fourth quarter of Sunday's 20-7 loss and directed the Chargers to their lone scoring drive of the day.

Defensive end Marcellus Wiley, one of the team leaders, wasn't shy about stating that the majority of the team wants Brees to be benched in favor of Flutie.

Schottenheimer said he would pick the quarterback based on which player gives the 1-7 Chargers the best chance to win, and not what the popular opinion will be in the locker room.

  • CB Quentin Jammer aggravated his ankle injury, and will be monitored in practice this week.

  • WR/PR Eric Parker (shoulder) will undergo surgery and is lost for the year. Tim Dwight or Leon Johnson will return punts.

  • DT Jamal Williams (calf) exited the game and didn't return. He's the best run-stuffer the Chargers have.

  • WR Tim Dwight (shoulder) got dinged, but he didn't leave the game.

  • WR Reche Caldwell (concussion) should be fine this week. He said he could have returned Sunday, but the medical staff declined to let them back in.

  • C Jason Ball (ankle) is going to be listed as questionable on Sunday.

  • RT Solomon Page (ankle) is also going to be questionable.

    QUOTE TO NOTE: "No. 7, 7, 7, 7 for the next eight games. He can play that position. It's not Drew's fault and it is nothing personal. I know I'm about to get in trouble, but shoot I'm tired of guys walking by me and whispering. Say the damn thing. You know where the leak is in the ship. Don't tell me, go plug it." — Defensive end Marcellus Wiley, on how the time is now for Doug Flutie to replace Drew Brees.

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