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    Friday, May 6, 1977 6:40 pm

    1st round 21st pick Tennessee selects A.J. Duhe, linebacker, LSU
    1st round 22nd pick New York selects Wesley Walker, California
    1st round 23rd pick Washington selects Wilson Faumuina, defensive tackle, San Jose State

    7:04 pm Harry Gilmer approaches the podium for the 24th time on the evening, “with the twenty-fourth pick in the 1977 NAFL draft the Atlanta Falcons select Warren Bryant, tackle, Kentucky. Dallas is now on the clock.”

    “Well that does it……Dallas picks Cory and we are going with a defensive back,” barked Sanders when he heard the news.
    “I agree….if we can’t get Sweitzer then we need to focus on Herman Edwards. What does everyone think,” exclaimed Coryell.
    “Hey guys…Gilmer is already heading to the podium,” observed Altizer. “Only two minutes and their pick is in……It’s Tony Hill.”

    1st round 25th pick Dallas selects Tony Hill, wide receiver, Stanford

    Coryell smiled and circled Sweitzer’s name on the board, “Call it in…….wait…..let’s take our time…..wait until eight minutes in on the clock before we call it in…..” the room broke into a barrage of clapping and laughter.

    7:14 pm “With the 26th pick in the 1977 NAFL draft the San Diego Chargers select Cory Sweitzer, tackle, Arizona State. Toronto is now on the clock.” Scouting report on Sweitzer: This kid has a strong future, but he’s not there yet. Give him time. Sweitzer, 6’6” 275 lbs, is a big bodied offensive lineman who started 22 games at Arizona State at left tackle. He is s strong pass blocking tackle and has great discipline.

    1st round 27th pick Toronto selects Gary Jeter, defensive end, USC
    1st round 28th pick New England selects Stanley Morgan, wide receiver, Tennessee
    1st round 29th pick New Orleans selects Ted McKnight, running back, Minnesota-Duluth
    1st round 30th pick Green Bay selects Ezra Johnson, defensive end, Morris Brown

    7:57 pm Commissioner Gilmer walked up to the podium for the last time of the evening. “With the thirty-first pick in the 1977 NAFL draft the Jacksonville Bulls select Vince Ferragamo, quarterback, Nebraska. That concludes the first round.”

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    Saturday, May 7, 1977

    “Day 2 of the NAFL draft began today at 9 AM” – David Warner, San Diego Tribune

    Day 2 of the NAFL draft began quickly this morning as the Atlanta Falcons submitted their pick 2 minutes after going on the clock. The Falcons acquired the 2nd round pick from the Detroit Lions last season and used it to strengthen their offensive line with Arkansas guard R.C. Thielemann. Today each team got 7 minutes on the clock as they negotiated through the second and third rounds. The draft concludes on Sunday with rounds 4-7. San Diego’s team representatives stationed at their specific table at the venue kept in contact with its draft room all afternoon. As the news was communicated, it became clear that targeted defensive backs on the Bolts draft board may not be available when the Chargers went on the clock. With the 33rd pick Baltimore snagged Elon University cornerback Brent Sexton. San Diego State’s Herman Edwards joined the Pittsburgh Steelers as the 37th pick. Meanwhile, Tampa Bay used the 46th pick to secure Southern Miss defensive back Carl Allen. At roughly 12 pm Sanders, Altizer and Coryell gathered with Zampese in the “war room” and concluded that a change to the planned strategy was required. Having two picks in the third round and surprised that quarterback Glenn Carano was still available it was decided to take the UNLV signal caller. At 12:07 pm, with the 57th pick, San Diego selected quarterback Glenn Carano. Carano threw for 5,095 yards and 37 touchdowns as a Rebel and will battle for the backup job to incumbent starter Dan Fouts.

    The third round began at 1 pm and Detroit kicked it off with the 63rd pick and selected wide receiver Emery Moorhead out of Colorado. San Diego had two picks in the third round. They used the 67th pick to grab linebacker Linden King out of Colorado St. and the 88th pick to add Northwestern safety Pete Shaw to the roster. “We had a great afternoon. We got a solid quarterback in Carano. King is a great linebacker with great run defense and pass rush skills. Shaw is a solid tackler with good pass defense skills. So yeah I would call today a success,” reflected Coach Coryell on the day’s journey. “I look forward to seeing Cory, Glenn, Linden and Pete in our rookie minicamp in a few weeks.”

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    Sunday, May 8, 1977

    “Draft weekend provides San Diego with 10 rookies” – David Warner, San Diego Tribune

    The 1977 NAFL draft concluded Sunday evening in New York. It was a busy afternoon as the San Diego Chargers added 6 more players to their roster. The Bolts began their day with the 99th pick, acquired from Pittsburgh, and selected fullback Tony Benjamin out of Duke University. Benjamin is a really impressive prospect with good speed and size. “We will need to work on his blocking skills, but I am thrilled we got another big back on the roster,” commented Earnel Durden about the new addition to his offensive backfield. Joining Benjamin in the 4th round with the 119th pick was Boston University defensive end Dave Lindstrom. All the picks from the weekend include:
    1st round 26th pick Cory Sweitzer, tackle, Arizona State
    2nd round 57th pick Glenn Carano, quarterback, UNLV
    3rd round 67th pick Linden King, linebacker, Colorado State
    3rd round 88th pick Pete Shaw, safety, Northwestern
    4th round 99th pick Tony Benjamin, fullback, Duke
    4th round 119th pick Dave Lindstrom, defensive end, Boston University
    5th round 150th pick Clarence Williams, running back, South Carolina
    6th round 167th pick Jerome Dove, cornerback, Colorado State
    6th round 181st pick Curtis Townsend, defensive tackle, Arkansas
    7th round 212th pick Hank Bauer, running back, California Lutheran

    Upcoming dates for the San Diego Chargers
    Rookie minicamp May 20-22 (rookies and undrafted free agents; second year players optional)
    OTA (organized team activities) offseason work outs May 27-29; June 3-5; June 10-12
    Mandatory team minicamp June 17-19
    The Rookie Symposium (orientation program) Cleveland, Ohio June 23-26
    Training camp (Rookies report) July 20
    Training camp (Veterans report) July 22
    Training camp (First practice) July 23
    Pre season opener (San Diego @ St. Louis) Saturday, August 6
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    Monday, May 23, 1977

    “Weekend rookie minicamp concludes” David Warner, San Diego Tribune

    All recently drafted rookies, numerous undrafted rookies, and some second year players attended a minicamp this weekend. The camp began on Friday and ran through the weekend. It was aimed at getting newly drafted rookies acclimated to the speed and pace of the NAFL. “The playbook was the size of a college text book and it might as well been written in a different language,” remarked rookie running back Clarence Williams. “It was a tough weekend.” Overall Coach Coryell was pleased with the turnout, “it was a good weekend we had a descent turnout. Some of the guys had a difficult time adjusting the speed and intensity of the practice.” The 10 drafted rookies were joined by 12 undrafted rookies, 14 tryouts, and 7 second year players making a total of 43 men on the field and in the meeting rooms throughout the three day event.

    “Construction well under way on new facilities” – David Warner, San Diego Tribune

    Construction on the new “Chargers Park” practice facility/business offices, which began in early March, is making great progress. Murphy Canyon Road has been busy with construction activities and traffic throughout the month of May. “I am told construction is right on schedule and we should be moving over in March or April,“ mentioned Coach Coryell Monday afternoon.

    Preseason Power Rankings have been released. Roger Staubach and his Dallas Texans top the list, while Fouts and Company settle into 5th place. Listed below are the top 12 in the league as of May 23, 1977
    1. Dallas Texans
    2. Arizona Wranglers
    3. Jacksonville Bulls
    4. Toronto Argonauts
    5. San Diego Chargers
    6. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
    7. Chicago Bears
    8. Los Angeles Express
    9. Pittsburgh Steelers
    10. Carolina Panthers
    11. Oklahoma City Outlaws
    12. Green Bay Packers

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    Tuesday, May 24, 1977

    “Two undrafted rookies find a home in southern California” – David Warner, San Diego Tribune

    Two undrafted rookies had a very successful camp this past weekend and it landed them an invitation to join the team on a more permanent basis. University of Tennessee wide receiver Larry Seivers and Nicholls State receiver Gerald Butler both impressed receivers coach Aaron Thomas enough that he petitioned to get them added to the active roster. “Both men exhibited great skill set and performed well throughout the weekend,” mentioned Thomas. “I look forward to seeing those guys on the field this weekend at our first OTA.” Larry Seivers had a productive college career at Tennessee compiling 117 receptions for 1,924 yards and 8 touchdowns in 35 games. Gerald Butler snagged 107 receptions for 1,644 yards and 5 touchdowns for the Colonels of Nicholls State. “Both men are very athletic and showed lots of promise this past weekend,” commented Coach Coryell after agreeing with Thomas to bring the two on board. Both men will attend the first OTA of the year this weekend at San Diego State University. The addition of the two receivers put the total roster count at 81.

    Free Agent Tracker

    The Atlanta Falcons and free agent wide receiver Ron Shanklin hava agree to a 2 year contract worth $805,000 a year with a $40,000 signing bonus. Shanklin, who spent the last four seasons in Oklahoma City, has 295 receptions, 4,056 yards, and 36 touchdowns in his seven year career

    Injury report

    Linebacker David Wright is making great progress toward a full recovery and should be ready to go when training camp officially begins in July. Wright is entering his eight season with San Diego. He holds the Bolts single season tackle record with 132 and is the career tackles leader with 689. Wright has averaged 6.2 tackles per game over his career, also a San Diego record. “I am going to attend the OTA this weekend. Matter of fact, I will be at all of them. Being around these guys just makes me feel better and work harder to get back on the field.” Wright is recovering from a torn ankle ligament he suffered last October.
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    Friday, July 1, 1977

    “Class of 1977 Hall of Fame Inductees introduced” – David Warner, San Diego Tribune

    The first class to be inducted into the NAFL Hall of Fame was introduced Friday afternoon at the Roosevelt Hotel in New York City, New York. The 46 member selection committee elected long time Green Bay Packers Tackle Forrest Gregg and Linebacker Ray Nitschke, and Los Angeles Rams/Express Linebacker Maxie Baughan. In addition, the 9 member seniors committee, which submits nominees prior to the 1970 season, selected FB/HB John Henry Johnson, Center Jim Ringo, DG/G Bill Willis, and DT/T Leo Nomellini. The seven members of the Class of 1977 will be inducted into the New Hall of Fame Facility in Canton, Ohio on July 31.

    “OTA’s and mandatory team minicamps complete” – David Warner, San Diego tribune

    Coach Coryell announced this afternoon that the OTA/minicamp season has concluded and all players have been released for a month of rest and relaxation. They have to report back here in San Diego at the end of July for the official start of training camp. This year’s training camp will be held at San Diego State University while the new “Chargers Park” is being constructed. Camp will officially begin July 23. “We had great month and our OTA’s were a success. The rookies performed well and most of the veteran players were in great shape,” Coach Coryell said with a smile.”Those few that struggled should be ready for the beginning of camp.” Coach also mentioned that there will be 81 names on the roster when the camp begins, “Getting that down to 66 by the start of the regular season is always a challenge,’ he continued, “But we have a great coaching staff so I am positive the right decisions will be made.”

    Presented is a list of those players that will be arriving in San Diego at the end of July to begin their personal quest to make the starting roster

    Head Coach Don Coryell

    Offensive Coordinator Ernie Zampese

    Offensive Backs Coach (RB/FB/QB): Earnel Durden
    QB: Dan Fouts, Glenn Carano, Neal Jeffery, Josh Hatch
    RB: Chuck Muncie, Mike Montgomery, Clarence Williams, Hank Bauer, Gary Davis, Glenn Lee Bonner
    FB: Don Woods,Tony Benjamin

    WR/TE Coach: Aaron Thomas
    WR: Charlie Joiner, John Cathey, Johnny Rodgers, Dwight McDonald, Brian Hazeltine, Gary Garrison, Artie Owens, Larry Dorsey, Gerald Butler, Larry Seivers, Dan Christensen, Joe Harper
    TE: Gary Parris, Bob Klein, Chuck Bradley, Jim Thaxton, Jim Stansik

    Offensive Line Coach: Bobb McKittrick
    G: Doug Wilkerson, Ed White, Ralph Perretta, Booker Brown, Charlie Harper, Greg Peters
    T: Ron Singleton, Billy Shields, Jim Nicholson, Cory Sweitzer, Thomas Thigpen, Charles Alu
    C: Don Macek, Alex Parkinson, Mark Markovich

    Defensive Coordinator: Jackie Simpson

    Defensive Line Coach: Rudy Feldman
    DE: Gary Johnson, Leroy Jones, Keith Harris, Dave Lindstrom, John Grant, Ernie Kirk
    DT: Wally Chambers, Louie Kelcher, Charles DeJurnett, John Lee, Curtis Townsend

    Linebackers Coach: Jeff Staggs
    LB: David Wright, Woodrow Lowe, Fred Dean, Bob Horn, Linden King, Don Goode, Ray Preston, William Singletary, Jon Knoble, Wesley Reynolds, Rick Middleton

    Defensive Backs Coach: Larrye Weaver
    CB: Ron Bolton, Mike Williams, Brandon Stewart, Hal Stringert, Shawn Wilson, Sam Williams, Jerome Dove, Joe Green
    S: Bruce Laird, Mike Fuller, Pete Shaw, Clarence Duren, Chris Fletcher

    Special Teams Coach: Mike Eischeid
    K: Gary Ellsworth
    P: Mike Appleton

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    Sunday, July 24, 1977

    “Training camp season has arrived around the NAFL” – David Warner, San Diego Tribune

    With the first weekend of training camp nearing a conclusion, teams around the NAFL are digging in for the long season ahead. “On Saturday we operated in full gear for the first time this year,” commented Coach Coryell. “Some tempers flared as the veterans flexed their muscles and the rookies tried to find their place.” Coach Coryell noted that Linebackers Coach Jeff Staggs had a particularly difficult time at the start as several disagreements broken out amongst his troops. That is until veteran leader David Wright quelled the disputes. “He was instrumental in getting us back on track. A couple of the rookies and first year players trying to make an impression got a little carried away. David, rather quickly I might add, took care of the issues then turned to me and said…..Ok coach let’s get to it,” remarked a smiling Jeff Staggs when asked about the incidents. Coach Coryell also mentioned that the battle for roster spots within the wide receiver and tight end corps is going to particularly tough, “Thomas has got seventeen men under his wing and they are competing for 9 positions on the starting roster. We will carry 6 receivers and 3 tight ends into the regular season. Of course there will be some designated for the practice squad. But nobody comes into training camp trying to make the practice squad.” Coach Coryell released his available roster positions to David Warner Sunday evening

    A total of 66 players (53 starters, 13 practice squad) by the August 30 deadline

    Quarterbacks: 3 (active)
    Running Backs: 3 (active) 1 (practice squad)
    Fullbacks: 2 (active)
    Tight Ends: 3 (active) 1 (practice squad)
    Wide Receivers: 6 (active) 3 (practice squad)
    Tackles: 4 (active) 1 (practice squad)
    Guards: 4 (active) 1 (practice squad)
    Centers: 2 (active)
    Defensive Ends: 4 (active) 1 (practice squad)
    Defensive Tackles: 4 (active) 1 (practice squad)
    Linebackers: 7 (active) 2 (practice squad)
    Cornerbacks: 5 (active) 1 (practice squad)
    Safeties: 4 (active) 1 (practice squad)
    Special teams: 1 kicker active; 1 punter active

    News from around the league

    All eyes around the NAFL are fixed on the heated quarterback competition taking place in Baltimore. Veteran signal caller Joe Reed and rookie Matt Robinson had an excellent weekend practice. “Both are ready to go. It’s going to a tight race. But it’s only been three days….We’ll see how things play out over the next three weeks,” commented Baltimore lead man Tom Bass when asked about his quarterback situation.

    Free Agent Tracker

    General Manager Johnny Sanders and the San Diego Chargers have expanded their roster to 82 players this past weekend when they signed undrafted rookie free agent Keith Jenkins. Jenkins, out of the University of Cincinnati, signed a one year league minimum deal on Sunday morning. “Jenkins was with us back in May and with veteran safety Chris Fletcher’s durability a question we have opted to carry another safety for the time being. The kid showed promise….so Coach Coryell, Edwin and I have decided to give him a chance to make the team.”
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    Thursday, July 28, 1977

    Team practice report

    The team has worked through mid 80 degree weather through the first week of training camp at San Diego State University. “It’s been warm out there on the field. We’ve been monitoring the players well-being throughout the two-a-days,” observed Coach Coryell. “Keeping these young men healthy while getting them prepped for our first pre season contest can be a challenge.” This afternoon the team held their first scrimmage. The team ran through a nearly full games worth of plays and Coach Coryell was pleased with the results. He noted the play of rookies Clarence Williams and Cory Sweitzer. “Both men are determined to make the team and are playing hard. They will both see some significant playing time next week in St. Louis.”

    Front Office Report
    GM Johnny Sanders met with Chief Scout Nicholas McKenzie Thursday afternoon to discuss the undrafted free agent and general free agent market. Sanders confirmed with David Warner later that day that the organization is looking into a few of the unsigned offensive linemen and Linebackers populating both markets. He also noted that several teams have expressed some interest in ten year veteran tackle Thomas Thigpen. “The Assistant Director-Pro Scouting Bernie Erickson has been evaluating our options.” In Addition, Sanders had an evening meeting with Chester and Claude Altizer and the financial department concerning this year’s financial direction. In attendance at the meeting were the President of Football Operations Edwin Altizer and the Director of Player Personnel Lorne Altizer. The budget was set forth as follows

    Franchise Value: $204 Million

    Per game expenses
    Scouting: $16,330
    Medical: $24,210
    Player Salaries: $914,518
    Operating Expenses: $118,757
    Owner Dividends: $445,944

    Last Year’s Revenue: $24,525,372
    Last Year’s Expenses: $22,006,829
    Cash: $4,314,521

    “Bolts reward Fouts with contract extension” – David Warner, San Diego Tribune

    Sources indicate that the San Diego Front office has awarded their ace quarterback Dan Fouts a contract extension keeping him in a Bolts uniform through the 1981 season. The deal is reportedly worth $1,645,000 a year and makes Fouts the third highest paid quarterback in the league as we head into the 1977 season. Fouts has completed 1,668 passes for 19,120 yards and 136 touchdowns during his career with the Chargers, all team records.
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    San Diego Chargers @ St. Louis Stampede preseason pre-game report
    Location: Busch Memorial Stadium, St. Louis, Missouri
    Date/time: Saturday, August 6, 1977; 1:15 pm

    Opening weekend of Preseason football has arrived. The San Diego Chargers travel to Missouri to take on the St. Louis Stampede. This is the first opportunity for Coach Coryell and his staff to evaluate the rookies in game time scenarios. “We are looking forward to seeing these guys on the field after two weeks on the practice field in and the meeting rooms,” remarked Coach Coryell when asked about the up and coming contest. Coryell also mentioned two positions that he is particular interested in. “Our starting quarterback and running back positions are pretty much locked up. But the backups are as of yet to be decided.” Quarterbacks Glenn Carano and Neal Jeffery will see a significant amount of playing time as they battle to backup Dan Fouts. Meanwhile, running backs Mike Montgomery and Clarence Williams are in a tough fight tp backup the incumbent Chuck Muncie.

    Thursday, August 4, 1977

    “White and Shields inked to extensions” –David Warner, San Diego Tribune

    General Manager Johnny Sanders was instrumental in getting guard Ed White and tackle Billy Shields inked to multi year extensions. “It all starts with the offensive line.” Ed White signed a 3 year extension keeping him in a Chargers uniform through the 1979 season. The deal is worth $877,000 a year. Tackle Billy Shields signed a 6 year deal worth $670,000 a year and keeps him in Southern California through the 1982 season. “We still have numerous players whose contracts end this year. It will be interesting to see how the financial department works the budget and keeps us under the salary cap.”

    Contracts ending in 1977
    FB Don Woods; QB Neal Jeffery; TE Chuck Bradley; WR Johnny Rodgers, Dwight McDonald, Gary Garrison: DE Keith Harris; LB Don Goode; CB Ron Bolton, Brandon Stewart, Hal Stringert, Sam Williams; S: Clarence Duren, Chris Fletcher, Keith Jenkins.

    General Manager Johnny Sanders and President of Football Operations Edwin Altizer also announced that The Chargers and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers have worked out a deal that will send 12 year veteran tackle Thomas Thigpen to the state of Florida in exchange for the Bucs 6th round pick in the 1978 NAFL draft. “It was a good deal for both sides. Thigpen moves into in the top backup spot in Tampa Bay while we freed up about $450,000 in cap space.” In addition, Edwin also mentioned that they had come to terms with free agent tackle Barry Darrow. Darrow, who was drafted by Bolts in 1973, rejoins the team after being cut last season.

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    Saturday, August 6, 1977
    San Diego Chargers @ St. Louis Stampede
    Location: Busch Memorial Stadium, St. Louis, Missouri
    Attendance: 39,504
    Weather: Sunny, 84 degrees, no wind
    Game MVP: Cliff Olander

    “Stampede rookie Cliff Olander throws two TD’s in 21-16 Win” – David Warner, San Diego Tribune

    St. Louis rookie quarterback Cliff Olander threw for 167 yards and 2 touchdowns as the Stampede ran past the San Diego Chargers 21-16 Saturday afternoon. The San Diego Chargers offense stalled earlier and often in the first two quarters and fell behind 14-0 after the first 30 minutes. “We had a hard time getting anything going in the first half. We did not execute on offense and did not react on defense. I was not happy with our overall performance, we got a long way to go,” stated Coach Coryell after the game.
    Top performers
    San Diego
    QB Glenn Carano 11-21-1, 127 yds, 1 td
    RB Clarence Williams 12 carries, 44 yards
    TE Bob Klein 4 receptions, 47 yds, 1 td
    DE Charles DeJurnett 5 tackles, 1 sack
    LB Don Goode 7 tackles
    St. Louis
    QB Cliff Olander 14-24, 167 yds, 2 tds
    RB Kermit Johnson 16 carries, 71 yds, 1 td
    WR Rodney Jennings 4 receptions, 51 yds, 1 td
    WR John Gilliam 4 receptions, 66 yds, 1 td
    DE Phil Dokes 4 tackles
    LB Kurt Allerman 7 tackles
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    Monday, August 8, 1977

    “San Diego returns from Missouri beat but not broken” – David Warner, San Diego Tribune

    The San Diego Chargers returned from their weekend excursion to Missouri this past weekend a little beat up but were in good spirits Monday morning. That is until they hit the practice field. “No day off today. Our performance on Saturday did not go as expected. So we will hit the ground running this week as we prep for our next game,” commented Coach Coryell in his Monday afternoon ‘meet and greet’. Coach did point out that running back Clarence Williams and linebacker Don Goode had a great game. In addition, Defensive Backs Coach Larrye Weaver noted the play of safety Clarence Duren.

    League Round up (preseason week 1)

    Minnesota Vikings quarterback Brian Drew threw for 207 yards and 2 touchdowns as he guided his team to a 22-17 victory over the Los Angeles Express. “He had a great game led our offense on two fantastic drives,” remarked Head Coach Bud Grant.

    Head Coach Chuck Fairbanks and his Kansas City Chiefs were shut out in Michigan Saturday morning. Monte Clark’s Detroit Lions rolled to a 17-0 victory. Rookie running back Tony Dorsett racked up 117 yards on the ground including a brilliant 47 yard touchdown run in the first quarter. “There is a reason he was the number one pick. The kid has got talent.”

    Other scores from the EFC west

    Baltimore 8 @ Denver 14; WR Charles Smith 5 receptions, 77 yards, 1 td
    Seattle 24 @ San Francisco 34; QB Bob Avellini 14-17, 227 yds, 3 tds
    Houston 0 @ Oakland 40; RB Greg Oliver 11 carries, 77 yards, 2 tds

    Free agent report

    Shortly after noon on Monday the team officially announced that 11 year veteran guard Charlie Harper has retired. The 33 year old NAFL veteran, who was entering his 12th season, did not travel with the team to Missouri this past weekend. Harper spent his entire 11 year career with the San Diego Chargers. He appeared in 165 games with 68 starts while in a Bolts uniform. “We all wish Harper the best as he begins a new chapter in his life,” stated General Manager Johnny Sanders. “Harper will be joining the coaching staff on Wednesday and the team’s new strength and conditioning coach. He and his family, who live in Chula Vista, are very excited about his new opportunity.” Sanders also mentioned that the team has signed undrafted rookie free agent guard Mickey Marvin to a three year deal. Marvin, out of the University of Tennessee, will join the team on Tuesday.

    Front office report

    Contract extensions offered and accepted by Fouts, White, Shields, and the addition of Mickey Marvin have pulled the team salary 1.1 million closer to the 1977 salary cap. We’ve got some additional contract negotiations to deal with this season and some decisions have to be made getting our roster down to 66 players by August 30,” declared Edwin Altizer after a meeting with Coach Coryell and GM Johnny Sanders Monday evening. “We need to get Bolton signed to a multi-year deal. However, that is going to impede our ability to sign some other key players. Some tough decisions are going to have to be made this year. That is part of the job. Fielding a team that has the talent to win a title while staying under budget, it is a business after all,” Altizer continued.
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    Wednesday, August 10, 1977

    “First cuts of preseason are in – four are out” – San Diego Tribune

    The San Diego Chargers trimmed their roster by four this afternoon. “This is the part of the job that can very difficult. Calling players to my office have them hand in their playbooks and wish them the best in their future endeavors,” stated Coach Coryell during a midday press conference. For running back Glenn Lee Bonner, wide receiver Dan Christensen, defensive end Ernie Kirk, and linebacker Wesley Reynolds preseason training camp came to a conclusion about 1:30 pm Wednesday afternoon. The four will join the free agent market on Thursday morning. The cuts dropped the preseason week 2 pre-game roster to 78 players.

    San Francisco 49ers @ San Diego Chargers preseason pre-game report
    Location: San Diego Stadium, San Diego, California
    Date/time: Saturday, August 13, 1977; 1:15 pm

    The San Diego Chargers are looking to improve on their poor performance last week in St. Louis. “We are looking at giving the first team offense more reps this Saturday and we are hoping for better results.” Coach Coryell also mentioned that quarterbacks Glenn Carano and Neal Jeffery will get a significant amount of playing time. The San Francisco 49ers will arrive in southern California on the heels of a fantastic offensive performance against Seahawks. The 49ers compiled 400 yards of total offense and put up 34 points in their first preseason match up last week.”Our defense will have their hands full against ‘em,” remarked Defensive Coordinator Jackie Simpson.

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    Saturday, August 13, 1977
    (1-0) San Francisco 49ers @ (0-1) San Diego Chargers
    Location: San Diego Stadium, San Diego, California
    Attendance: 26,620
    Weather: Sunny, 81 degrees, wind from the SE 7 mph
    Game MVP: Linden King and Clarence Williams

    “Bolts strike down 49ers 32-13 in San Diego” – David Warner, San Diego Tribune

    The San Diego Chargers were firing on all cylinders Saturday afternoon as the rolled over the San Francisco 49ers 32-13. Dan Fouts guided the Bolts offense to 10 unanswered points on the first two drives of the first quarter. Glenn Carano then took the reins and marched the offense down for two more touchdowns to take a 24-3 halftime lead. “Fouts and Carano were on fire in the first half and they could not miss. And our defense….well….it was a much better performance than last week. We had a great practice….I guess it showed on the field today,” answered Coach Coryell when asked about his team’s preseason victory. On the defensive side of the ball rookie linebacker Linden King played a great game and made a strong statement in his efforts to make the team. King finished the afternoon with 9 tackles. Coach Coryell also praised running back Clarence Williams performance. Williams carried the ball 14 times for 61 yards and had 2 receptions for 21 yards. San Diego evened up their preseason record at 1-1.
    Top Performers
    San Diego
    QB Dan Fouts 9-11, 122 yds, 1 td
    QB Glenn Carano 13-20-1, 176 yds, 2 tds
    RB Clarence Williams 14 carries, 61 yds; 2 receptions, 21 yds
    WR Charlie Joiner 3 receptions, 43 yds, 1 td
    WR Johnny Rodgers 5 receptions, 66 yds, 1 td
    TE Bob Klein 5 receptions, 71 yds, 1 td
    K Gary Ellsworth 3 FG’s (24, 31, 37) 2 PAT; 11 points
    DE Charles DeJurnett 5 tackles, 1 sack for a safety
    LB Linden King 9 tackles
    San Francisco
    QB Bobby Mercer 6-12, 66 yds
    QB Bob Avellini 9-17-1, 97 yds, 1 td
    WR Ray Jarvis 6 receptions, 67 yds, 1 td
    RB Wendell Tyler 11 carries 42 yds
    LB John Keys 8 tackles
    CB Rocky Turner 6 tackles, 1 int

    Scores from the EFC West
    St. Louis 7 @ Denver 15; RB Larry Barnes 12 carries, 46 yds, 1 td
    Pittsburgh 21 @ Kansas City 23; RB Ed Davis 9 carries, 74 yds, 1 td
    Chicago 13 @ Oakland 20; QB Mike Boryla 13-17-1, 174 yds, 2 tds
    Dallas 17 @ Seattle 23; QB Jim Zorn 12-20, 194 yds, 2 tds
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    Re: The San Diego Chargers "Glory Road....or not"

    Tuesday, August 16, 1977

    The San Diego Chargers evened up their preseason record this weekend with a dominating performance over the San Francisco 49ers. “We had a great week of practice and executed well in the game this past weekend. Nearly all of our rookies contributed in the win. We spent most of our day Monday in team meetings and in the film room. We will be back on the field today….Saturday will be here before you know it,” stated Coach Coryell in his Tuesday morning interview with David Warner. In addition to Coryell, Ernie Zampese attended the morning conference. “Working with Coach and our staff makes my job easy.” Zampese smiled and continued, “We have a solid core of veteran players and some talented young rookies. It’s going to be a great year.” Both Coach Coryell and Zampese acknowledged that some tough decisions will have to be made by Thursday afternoon concerning roster moves. Both coaches also praised the continued performances of rookie standouts Clarence Williams and Linden King. “Williams has got a long ways to go to wrestle the starting job from Muncie, but he is making a strong case to be his backup over Mike Montgomery,” added Zampese at the close of interview.

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    Re: The San Diego Chargers "Glory Road....or not"

    Oklahoma City Outlaws @ San Diego Chargers preseason pre-game report
    Location: San Diego Stadium, San Diego, California
    Date/time: Saturday, August 20, 1977; 1:15 pm

    Leeman Bennett’s Oklahoma City Outlaws come to town this weekend to take on the San Diego Chargers for a week 3 preseason contest. The Outlaws are coming off a 23-7 loss last week in New Orleans and are looking for their first win of the year. “We’ve given up 42 points this preseason. I would like to see something out of our defense this weekend,” commented Bennett when questioned about his team’s 0-2 start. On the other side of the fence, Coach Coryell mentioned Thursday afternoon that Fouts would not get much playing time this weekend.”We are giving the game to Carano, Jeffery, and Hatch. This Saturday will be their opportunity to show us what they got.” In addition, Coryell also mentioned that running backs Hank Bauer and Gary Davis would see some significant playing time as well.

    Thursday, August 18, 1977

    “Second set of preseason cut are in” – David Warner, San Diego Tribune

    Johnny Sanders and Edwin Altizer announced this afternoon that the San Diego Chargers have trimmed their roster to 74. Cornerback Joe Green, guard Greg Peters, tight end Jim Stansik, and wide receiver Joe Harper were all given their walking papers at roughly 1:30 pm this afternoon. The four will be eligible for free agency on Friday. “I will say it again. Tough decisions have to be made. We can only have so many men on the team at the start of the regular season,” remarked Coach Coryell when asked about the recent roster changes.

    Front Office Report

    With the salary cap looming large General Manager Johnny Sanders made a move to keep cornerback Ron Bolton in a Chargers uniform for a few more seasons. Bolton signed a 4 year extension keeping him in San Diego through the 1980 season. “I am very pleased we were able to work something ouit before the start of the season. Now I can get down to the business of playing football,” stated Bolton when question about his new deal. Joining Bolton with a contract extension is cornerback Hal Stringert. Stringert extended his stay in Southern California through the 1978 season. It was reported that the two extensions put a significant dent in the salary cap budget. “We’ve got some work to do. There are a few other key players we need to get signed. Sometimes it’s tough when the financial department runs the numbers and informs us what we can and cannot do. I would really like to get veterans Rodgers and Stewart signed before the start of the season. But it might turn out to be a tough task.”

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