The Chargers made football news on Friday — no really.
They signed free-agent Jacoby Jones, a dynamite returner. If Jones, 31, can out run Father Time as well, the Chargers really got something.
But in thinking free agents, were surprised and maybe the Chargers aren’t big enough for two Sues?
Make one of those a Suh
It’s clear Susie Spanos’ spot with the Chargers is secure. If not, team president Dean Spanos has some ‘xplaining to do to his wife.
But I’m surprised the Chargers aren’t making a run at free-agent Ndamukong Suh, and when remembering Jamal Williams, you know of what I speak.
The Chargers have been desperate for a defensive anchor since Williams left for Denver before retiring. Their 3-4 alignment, which the Chargers went to in 2004, is consistently compromised by not having a stud defensive tackle.
So when there’s a man named Suh available, don’t the Chargers have to at least kick his tires?
Maybe kick isn’t the appropriate word for Suh.
We’ve been told how rich the Chargers are — no, not to contribute to a new stadium, but I like you’re thinking.
Rich in that they have plenty of dough to spend by being a zillion or two under the salary cap and let’s get busy. Finishing in third place in consecutive years and going 2-4 in the AFC West last season is no way to reach the Super Bowl.
Word is the Lions aren’t going to push hard to keep Suh. There’s chatter he’ll land with the Dolphins, but he’s also considering the Colts, Jaguars, Titans and Raiders.
Going to a team with a 12-year streak of playing losing football doesn’t make sense.
Oh, I get it. If he signs with the Raiders, they can loan him to their co-tenant in Carson. …
If not Suh, why not Darnell Dockett? But after 10 years with the Cardinals, he was scooped up by the 49ers.
So Dockers — coach Jim Harbaugh — is out and Dockett is in.
Still can’t believe Dockers, I mean Harbaugh, won’t be roaming the Levi’s Stadium sidelines. …
The newest Chargers, Jones, is also a receiver and had a key role in the “Mile High Miracle,” catching a game-tying 70-yard touchdown pass with 31 seconds remaining in the 2012 AFC divisional playoffs against Denver. The Ravens beat the Broncos in overtime.
Jones took advantage of among the most crushing defensive breakdowns in playoff history, and if you don’t mention that Chargers secondary coach Ron Milus was in that role with the Broncos that day, I won’t.
A spark on and off the field, Jones gives special teams a boost. He’s brought back five kickoffs and four punts for touchdowns. What’s it take to be a good returner?
“Be a fast fool,” Jones said. …
The Padres will win a game, right? Maybe Friday is the day as the Padres have proven they got a head-start on April.
That’s a joke and is manager Bud Black smiling?
But it’s clear the Padres can’t do their usual bolt from the gate, resembling a jalopy minus a spark plug or two.
With 17 of their first 20 games against NL West rivals, the Padres need to make an early in-season statement which matches their off-season one.
This just in: GM A.J. Peller has traded April for June. …
So outfielder Carlos Quentin is working at first base? Hopefully he’ll do as well as the last guy over there nicknamed “Tanglefoot” in Lou Gherig.
The way Black talks of Quentin’s foot work, if nothing else, the part-time Padre will soon head to “Dancing With the Stars.” …
Love the competition between Wil Myers and Cameron Maybin in center field. Both have plenty to prove. …
It’s Senior Night at Viejas Arena on Saturday, and no wise guy, we’re not talking about coach Steve Fisher.
JJ O’Brien will get the spotlight and he deserves it. He carried the team in its win over UNLV and will be asked do the same in the tournaments. …
It’s CIF-San Diego Section weekend for the preps and there’s never a better bang for your athletic bucks than watching the teenagers compete. Win or lose, these players will form memories — and friends — that last a lifetime and isn’t that what amateur sports is all about?
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