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CHARGERS VS. SEAHAWKS
KFMB-TV, Channel 8 in San Diego, will carry the game live with Ron Pitts and Billy Ray Smith calling the action. 760 KFMB AM will broadcast the game on radio with Dan Rowe calling play-by-play and Hank Bauer providing game analysis.
The Chargers head into the 2003 season looking to improve upon last year's 8-8 record, which included a disappointing four-game losing streak to end the season. Seattle, under the direction of Head Coach Mike Holmgren, is also looking to build on last season's 7-9 mark that included four wins in the final six games, among them a 31-28 overtime victory against the Chargers in the 2002 season finale.
The Chargers have re-loaded for the 2003 season under the direction of President Dean Spanos and General Manager AJ Smith. A strong draft class, led by cornerback Sammy Davis from Texas A&M, is complimented by one of the NFL's top free agent classes that included wide receiver David Boston from the Arizona Cardinals, fullback Lorenzo Neal from the Cincinnati Bengals, offensive lineman Solomon Page from the Dallas Cowboys and safety Kwamie Lassiter, also from the Cardinals.
Saturday night's game will mark just the fifth preseason meeting between the Chargers and Seahawks. The series is tied 2-2. San Diego defeated Seattle, 24-14, last season in a preseason contest in San Diego. This will be the Chargers' first preseason game in Seattle since 1978, a game won by the Seahawks, 17-9. San Diego is looking for redemption after ending last season on a sour note in a loss to Seattle 31-28 in OT
SEAHAWKS AT A GLANCE
Head Coach Mike Holmgren is in his fifth season as head coach of the Seattle Seahawks and his 12th year as an NFL head coach. Holmgren is one of just four active coaches with 100 career wins, posting a career record of 106-70, including a mark of 31-33 during his tenure in Seattle.
Quarterback Matt Hasselbeck goes into the 2003 season as Seattle's starting quarterback. He started 10 games last season, completing 267 of 419 passes for 3,075 yards with 15 touchdowns and 10 interceptions. Backup quarterback Trent Dilfer began the 2002 season as the team's starter, however he was limited by injuries, including a torn Achilles tendon which landed him on the "Reserve-Injured" list for the final nine games. Before going down with the injury, Dilfer completed 94 of 168 for 1,182 yards with four touchdowns and six interceptions.
Running back Shaun Alexander is coming off a big year in 2002. He led the NFC and ranked second in the NFL with 16 rushing touchdowns. Alexander carried the football 295 times for 1,175 yards and also caught a career-high 59 passes for an additional 460 yards and two touchdowns. Koren Robinson was Seattle's leading receiver, catching 78 passes for 1,240 yards and five scores.
On defense, safety Reggie Tongue paced the Seahawks with 93 tackles and five interceptions. Defensive tackle John Randle had a team-high seven sacks and linebacker Chad Brown ranked second with six.
CHARGERS HONOR BUTLER
Former General Manager John Butler will be honored by the team throughout the 2003 season. The Chargers will wear a commemorative patch on the jerseys shaped like a football and embroidered with the initials "J.B." stitched to the chest of each player's jersey. Butler died on April 11 at the age of 56 after a nine-month battle with lymphoma.
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