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Tales from the SunnySide: Holidays with the Chargers

It’s a strange thing to be in Southern California when the holiday’s roll around. As Steve Goodman used to say, "There’s not a single reindeer and it hardly ever snows: the temperature is 84 degrees."

 I’m hanging out on the beach with Shelby: She’s kind of polite about the trench coat and in SoCal, it’s not the strangest thing you see at the beach. Santa? He’s in Malibu, driving a Rolls-Royce limousine, fronting a flock of surfer chicks doing foofy drinks with the elves in the back. The reindeer are training in the sand for standing takeoffs with a couple of Frisbees working on the side. They have a few illegals handling the cleanup duties to keep the sand flies happy. It’s California.

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Mario Haggan

Mario Haggan | # | LB Height: 6-3 Weight: 263 Age: 28  #57

Mario Marcell Haggan is a happy guy. Far from those players who are to locker rooms what a succubus is to a camp site, Haggan likes to laugh, to joke, and is far from shy. When he was at his Senior Bowl Weekend, he walked up to Coach Dick Vermeil, interrupted his conversation and started to talk to him. On the Monday before that game he shuffled through a few personnel types at the Adams Mark Hotel, Senior Bowl headquarters, to introduce himself to the future NFL head coach, interrupting Vermeil’s conversation in the process. The coach and the future NFL player shared a few laughs, and then Haggan moved on.

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The good news

There’s good news? You bet! Despite the failings of the Broncos as they go into Atlanta to try and upset the heavily favored Falcons, there is a lot of good news to report. Not surprisingly, a lot of the good news is coming out of our offense.

Last Thursday showed that the Broncos continue to have the potential to put 40 points on the board week after week. Despite some issues of getting in sync and the normal progression of a young QB, the Broncos are at or near the top of the AFC in several key categories.

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New running backs: Pope and Boyd

Since we're in desperate need of a couple of new running backs, I took a look at the background of two who might both help the team and avoid pilfering their luggage. A quick trip to the SunnySide is in order.

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Chargers update

It was the best of games; it was the worst of games. It’s been that way throughout the Chargers 2008 season. This Sunday might be a chance to change that.

At 3-5, the Chargers have been advancing to the rear for most of their contests. A propensity for losing in the 4th quarters, a tepid defense that ranks dead last in the league against the pass (26th overall) and a long string of untimely turnovers have changed the Bolts Super Bowl hopes to a Parade of Homelys. With a home contest against the bumbling Chiefs coming up on Sunday November 9, they have a new defensive coordinator, are laying claim to a different defensive philosophy, winning ugly, and oy, yes – trying to figure out where to play football.

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Tales from the SunnySide: Iron Clady

No one becomes an offensive lineman for the accolades. The past Broncos requirement that no O lineman speak to the media may have been snuffed by the NFL, but it lives on in their hearts and traditions. Ryan Clady fits right in.  

He’s used to a quiet approach to life. As a young player, he couldn’t get any interest from the schools in his home city of Rialto CA. He was a DT at Eisenhower High Schools there, and got offers from San Diego State, Idaho State and UTEP before settling on Boise State. Once a Bronco, always a Bronco.  

Clady is one of the reasons that his college Broncos changed their stars. They perennially went undefeated in the regular season and blew their chances at the upcoming bowl games. When he was a freshman, it was a 44-40 lose to Louisville in the Liberty Bowl. In 2006 he started 11 of 13 contests at right tackle and his offense ranked ninth in the nation in scoring at 36.1 points per game, 19th in rushing and fifth in rushing touchdowns before dropping another one to Boston College in the MPC Computers Bowl.

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Tales from the SunnySide: Determination

It was a display of brute determination.

"Just when it appeared the Titans' good luck had run out, something happened to signal that this just might be their year: The Packers made the wrong call on the coin toss to determine overtime possession. It was anything but luck that determined the Titans' fate in overtime. Taking possession at their 22, they proceeded to thrash the Packers' suddenly vulnerable defense by pounding the ball on the ground. Seven of their nine plays were of the running variety, including five straight (four by Johnson) for 35 yards before Bironas redeemed himself. It was a display of brute determination."

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Ryan Harris an early All-Pro recommendation

Matt Bowen has out his first All Pro recommendations. It's not surprising that a Denver offensive tackle is on there. It's a little surprising that it's Ryan Harris.

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Tales from the SunnySide: Chad Jackson

 Will the Real Chad Jackson Please Stand Up?

The signing of Chad Jackson may be the offense’s answer to Jarvis Moss. Surprised? Don’t be. Chad Jackson is the perfect combination of incredible metrics, minimal experience and knowledge of the game, and all the potential in the world. He’s the definition of upside with a side order of frustration. It will be up to the Broncos to teach him the game, make sure he knows the playbook, and bring him along slowly. If they try to thrust him into too much too soon, he’ll be just another confused and released player. And this is why.

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Headbanger’s ball

Buffalo QB Edwards has been a Headache for Bills opponentsEd Zieralski (Contact) Friday, October 17, 2008 ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. – Shortly into his Wednesday briefing with the media here, second-year Buffalo Bills quarterback Trent Edwards called an audible to avoid a blitzing paparazzi.

Just three days back from a bye week and 10 days removed from being knocked out cold on the third play in the Bills' loss at Arizona, Edwards was tired of answering questions about his noggin. Edwards underwent tests here to see if the resulting concussion from the hit caused any aftershocks. He was cleared Tuesday to play after he passed his final neurological tests at a Buffalo hospital.

"I talked a lot about (the concussion) Monday, so let's move on and talk about this game (against the Chargers) Sunday," said Edwards, a Stanford alum who shows a lot more poise, cockiness and leadership than your average second-year NFL quarterback. "Let's talk about the team and not my concussion."

Life is full of headaches. Just ask Brandon Stokley. A smaller guy for an NFL player, Stokes just recorded a new personal record.

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