OPPOSING VIEWS: San Diego Wary of Patriots Tight Ends

Ian Logue
September 15, 2011 at 09:56am ET

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Some interesting headlines out of San Diego this morning:

Scott Bair of the North County Times out in San Diego has a scouting report on New England, heading into Sunday's game.

Bair also writes that the team is wary of New England's tight end tandem after watching what they did against Miami.

Bair also had a good article from yesterday on Takeo Spikes, who apparently hasn't taken very long in taking over that defense.

The conference call that Bill Belichick and Tom Brady did yesterday with the San Diego media finally appeared on Chargers.com sometime just before midnight last night, and features some interesting comments from both.

Christopher Smith of Chargers.com writes that tempo is going to be important with dealing with New England.  I have to say that they may have the worst team coverage I've ever seen on an official team site.  The organization seems to care even less about covering the team than the fans do about going to the games.  On the biggest media day of the week I saw just two entries (this one and the conference call transcript - which as I said, didn't appear until nearly midnight) along with a little one and a couple of videos.  To only have that many collective posts on the official page is just very disappointing, especially compared with how comprehensive Patriots.com is.

Anyway, moving on - Chris Jenkins of the San Diego Union Tribune feels that listening to Brady's comments yesterday about saying the fans should "start drinking early", he feels that after throwing for half-a-thousand yards Brady 'has every right to be giddy'.

Kevin Acee of the San Diego Union Tribune writes that the 4:15 start favors the Chargers in this one since it's the equivalent of 1:15 instead of 10:00am Pacific Time.
“Good, that’s how it should be,” safety Eric Weddle said. “(Games at) 10 a.m. are the worst. I don’t care what anyone says. Just your body, mentality, physically, you’re just not up. It takes you a quarter, and that’s a huge advantage whether you can get down or if you can maintain just staying even with team. You know the records … not just us. Everyone.”

Nick Canepa of the Union-Tribune looks at the mutual admiration between Belichick and Chargers coach Norv Turner.

And finally, an interesting article about the fact that if you think the Chargers struggle to put people in the seats, Brent Schrotenboer of the Union-Tribune has an interesting article on the fact that SDSU isn't having much luck either, causing many potential prospects to want to play elsewhere.

For any fans who want to follow what's going on out there on Twitter, Scott Bair is @nctchargers, while Kevin Acee of the SD Union-Tribune handle [email protected].  Nick Canepa can be found at @sdutCanepa.  I didn't see Chris Jenkins' Twitter handle, so if anyone else spots it feel free to leave a comment.  You can also follow Dan McLellan at @sandiegosports.