View Full Version : Chargers get backup QB Volek from Titans

09-19-2006, 05:28 PM
Things just keep going donwhill for Tennessee! First McNair, now Volek! This year keeps getting weirder and weirder, so weird that the Browns and Texans will probably be playing in the Super Bowl!

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SAN DIEGO (AP) -- After watching two division rivals lose their starting quarterbacks to injuries, the San Diego Chargers obtained Billy Volek from Tennessee on Tuesday to give them a veteran behind first-year starter Philip Rivers.

Volek wanted out of Tennessee since being demoted to third-stringer behind rookie Vince Young after the Titans signed Kerry Collins. He got his wish, but the deal was delayed for obvious reasons because the Titans played the Chargers on Sunday. San Diego won 40-7 to improve to 2-0 atop the AFC West. Volek was the inactive third QB.

"He's awfully enthusiastic about joining a team with the quality that the Chargers represent," said his agent, Drew Rosenhaus. "This is a nice opportunity for Billy to go to a team that is playing very well right now, and has a need for a veteran quarterback."

Rosenhaus was involved in the deal because Volek, who played at Fresno State, had to waive his no-trade clause in order to return to his home state.

The Chargers, who opened the season with the untested Rivers and rookie Charlie Whitehurst as their only quarterbacks, gave up a sixth-round draft pick that could become a fifth-rounder if Volek participates in 50 percent of San Diego's offensive plays this year.

"I think we're a good football team and I'd like to protect it," general manager A.J. Smith said. "We just like his experience factor, and he's a pretty solid quarterback. More importantly, the reason is it adds depth. He was looking for a change of scenery and we were contemplating if he was the right guy to add to our depth."

Division rival Kansas City reportedly inquired about Volek after Trent Green suffered a concussion in the Chiefs' season opener. On Sunday, Oakland lost Aaron Brooks for two to four weeks with a strained pectoral muscle. The Chargers sacked Brooks nine times in a season-opening 27-0 win.

Volek was chosen the Titans' starter in June after Steve McNair was traded to Baltimore. But when the Titans signed Collins on Aug. 29, Volek was dropped behind Young on the depth chart.

Rivers, a third-year pro, began the season with zero NFL starts and one touchdown pass. In San Diego's two routs, he's completed 33 of 46 passes (71.7 percent) for 343 yards and two touchdowns.

San Diego's only other quarterback through two games was rookie Charlie Whitehurst. He made his NFL debut in mop-up duty Sunday and scored on a 14-yard run with 1:53 left. His father, David, played for the Green Bay Packers from 1976-83.

San Diego released veteran backup A.J. Feeley on Aug. 28.

Volek is 3-7 as a starter, including eight starts in 2004 when McNair had a sternum injury. He made his second career start that season at San Diego, throwing for 279 yards and two touchdowns in a 38-17 loss.

Rosenhaus said he anticipated Volek would fly to San Diego on Tuesday. The Chargers are off this weekend before facing their toughest test yet, at Baltimore on Oct. 1.

"It's very fortuitous that the club has a bye this week because it gives Billy a chance to learn the system and acclimate himself before the next ballgame," Rosenhaus said.

09-23-2006, 10:47 AM
Browns will be lucky if they will win any games:hilarious:
They got more faith in Collens than i thought

09-23-2006, 12:05 PM
Jeff Fisher really ripped Volek a new one on some interviews talking about how he didn't want to compete for the starting job and he didn't agree with not being handed the job, etc. Sounds like Volek was expecting a handout. Dude, if the team drafted Vince Young, they obviously didn't think you were the answer the first place !

09-23-2006, 12:13 PM
The Titans basically threw this season away...Collins is no answer, Young needs at least a season or two of sitting and learning, and Volek is a more than capable QB. The worst case scenario is they rush Young and he becomes another Akili Smith...

House of Steel
09-23-2006, 12:14 PM
I agree with that, Suit. Tennessee has been a mess since they hit the salary cap hell. Letting Kearse go to Philly was a big mistake.

09-23-2006, 12:50 PM
This season doesn't bode well for Vince Young...he needs to get a year of learning under his belt, but Kerry Collins won't be able to hold that starting job.

House of Steel
09-23-2006, 12:53 PM
You got that right. Volek should of stayed the starter.