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Sanders adds to defensive mindset
SAN DIEGO – Bob Sanders may make a great football coach someday.
If he played in the NBA, Allen Iverson might not be the best backcourt pairing for him.
Sanders preaches about the importance of practice. If he feels the intensity level isn’t at championship level, he’ll transform his 5-foot-8, 206-pound frame into a projectile and deliver just enough of a hit to say, ‘This is how all of us should be practicing.’
“My goal coming here is to make us more physical,” Sanders said. “I think we’ve always been physical, but it’s always good to continue to grow and be more physical. You want to set the tone early on, especially for the younger guys. You want to set that tone.”
Head Coach Norv Turner places high value on veteran players who approach practice every day in a professional manner. Sanders adds to a collection of guys that fit that description in his estimation.
“Any time you add a guy that has played as long as he has and played at the level he has, and won a Super Bowl, he brings instant credibility to the other defensive players in the locker room,” Turner said. “I think what we have is a bunch of guys with real peer pressure on them to go out and play at a high level, and they feed off each other.”
BINN REACTION: Players coped with the decision to release long snapper David Binn on Tuesday.
Several called Binn a well-liked guy and a staple of the organization’s special teams for nearly two decades.
“Dave has been a great part of this organization as a player and in the community for an awful long time and I have nothing but the greatest respect for him,” Turner said. He called it a tough decision but wanted to make it now to give Binn a better chance of getting picked up by another team if he’d like to keep playing.
“I don’t think anyone likes to be told they’re not going to be with a team,” Turner said. “It’s hard. But I think he knows he was in a competition with another guy. There are a number of things that played into it.”
Said Mike Windt, who played long snapper in 11 games for the Chargers last season: “His day-in and day-out routine is what I learned from him. He’s a great pro. He’s unbelievable at what he does. You can’t be in the league for 18 years unless you do it perfect.
“I don’t want to fill anyone’s shoes. I just want to do my job to the best of my ability.”
BLACKOUT?: The Chargers received a second 24-hour extension to sell enough tickets to lift the local television blackout of Thursday night’s Chargers-49ers game at Qualcomm Stadium (7 p.m.). The team now has until 7:00 pm PT Wednesday to sell approximately 2,100 general admission tickets. Several hundred Club seats – some of the best seats in the stadium – also are available.
Tickets may be purchased on chargers.com, by calling (800) 745-3000 or by visiting the Chargers Ticket Office located at Gate C at Qualcomm Stadium (open weekdays, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.).
If the blackout is lifted, the game will be seen in San Diego on KFMB-TV (Channel 8) and in Los Angeles and Orange County on KCBS-TV (Channel 2). Ron Pitts and Billy Ray Smith will call the action.
Fans interested in attending Thursday night’s game also have the opportunity to purchase a unique two-game ticket package that includes tickets to see the Chargers-Packers game on Nov. 6. Prices start as low as $108. Purchasers of this package along with season ticket holders and mini pack holders are the only fans currently guaranteed the opportunity to see Philip Rivers and the Chargers duel quarterback Aaron Rodgers and the defending Super Bowl Champion Packers.
THE WRIGHT MINDSET: Third-round pick Shareece Wright plans to donate money for Type 1 diabetes research. The daughter of Wright’s high school football coach, Isabella Morales, has Type 1 diabetes.
Wright missed the first half of training camp with an injury and plays cornerback, a position also occupied by Quentin Jammer, Antoine Cason, Dante Hughes and Marcus Gilchrist.
If Wright makes the roster and plays, he’ll donate $100 to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation for every tackle he makes.
ANNUAL TRADITION: The Chargers will hold a walk-through at Marine Corps Air Station Miramar on Wednesday.