Flutie to start at QB Sunday for the Chargers

Updated: November 7, 2003, 4:48 PM ET

SAN DIEGO - At age 41, quarterback Doug Flutie rides again.

San Diego Chargers coach Marty Schottenheimer made it official Friday, naming Flutie his starting quarterback for Sunday's game against the Minnesota Vikings.

The move was not surprising since Flutie had received most of the first-team snaps in practice ahead of Drew Brees and Schottenheimer needed to shake up the Chargers, who share the NFL's worst record at 1-7.

Flutie replaced Brees in the fourth quarter of last week's 20-7 loss to the Chicago Bears and led the Chargers on their only scoring drive, completing 8-of-11 passes for 70 yards. Brees was 7-of-15 for 49 yards with an interception.

Flutie started all 16 games in 2001 for San Diego, but that was before Schottenheimer became coach. He set a career high with 3,464 passing yards that season along with 15 touchdowns, but was also intercepted 18 times. After leading the Chargers to a 5-2 record, they lost their last nine games and Flutie lost his job.

Schottenheimer took over in 2002 and switched to Brees, who started all 16 games and passed for 3,284 yards and 17 touchdowns with 16 interceptions. But the Chargers collapsed again, losing seven of their last nine games after starting 6-2.

In his 11th NFL season, Flutie has a record of 35-25 as a starter. But the diminutive quarterback always will be remembered for winning the 1984 Heisman Trophy at Boston College and a legendary career in the Canadian Football League, where he won the Grey Cup three times and was named Most Outstanding Player an unprecedented six times.

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