“Football is Back in San Diego”
San Diego Chargers fans, left behind when ownership yanked their team, moving to LA, will get the chance to see pro football next February, when the Alliance for American Football puts a team into SDCCU Stadium. Highlites from their Press Conference at Stadium.
Coach Mike Martz–head coach…ex-Rams head coach (56-36) and Super Bowl appearance.
Jon Kitna-ex Seahawks-Bengals-Lions coch-hired Offensive Coordinator
Larry Marmie-ex Arizona State-Cardinals coch-Defensive Coordinator
Jackie Slater-legendary Rams tackle at OL coach
Dave Boller-Director Football Operations
75-players in camp to open in January
50-man active roster
Team offices at Qualcomm sight-not at Chargers Park.
JK McKay-Director of Operations-AAF
..1st thing we knew-had to get franchises in right cities
..Lot of players to look at-they just need a platform
..No age limit on players
..QBs will get more opportunities in AAF
..Football in purest form-chance to play -grow-not about money
..Season will run February 9th into March
..Will talk to NFL about accessing players on developmental squad
..Teams will have regional draft of players from West Coast
..NFL Europe discovered Kurt Warner-Jon Kitna-we can do same
..No independent owners-league run operation.
..San Diego is a great professional football city
Mike Martz-Head Coach
..I want speed-speed-more speed
..Jon Kitna is a great mind at QB-play calling
..Larry Marmie-defensive coordinator
..TJ Housmanzadeh-wide receiver coach
..Dre Bly-secondary coach
..Coaching football in San Diego doesn’t get any better than this.
..Don Coryell passing principals are my offense
..I have Don Coryell original offensive notes as a head coach
..Coryell was so ahead of his time..mismatches-how to attack defenses
..I learned at the feet of Coryell-Sid Gillman.
..I get chills being back in this stadium.
..We will throw the ball a lot