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Brandon Mebane brings winning attitude for Chargers

Brandon Mebane has brought confidence and swagger to the Chargers' defense. AP Photo/Gregory Bull

SAN DIEGO -- One final week of offseason workouts remain, as the San Diego Chargers hold a mandatory minicamp beginning on Tuesday.

Wednesday's practice will be open to the public, with gates set to open at 9:30 a.m. local time.

The Chargers are also scheduled to practice Thursday, but head coach Mike McCoy could give them a day off and a head start on a five-week vacation if he likes the team’s effort on the first two days.

Let’s get to your questions:

@eric_d_williams: It’s hard to replace the leadership Eric Weddle brought to the defense because of his preparation and attention to detail, but there’s a handful of players stepping up to fill that role.

One of the vocal leaders is Manti Te'o, who calls the plays for the defense and is being called open to serve as an emotional leader during practice and on game days.

It’s a role Te'o embraced at Notre Dame, and he is excited to take on even more entering his fourth year in the NFL.

Players such as Jason Verrett, Denzel Perryman and Jahleel Addae are tone setters because of the way they play in practice and in games that give energy to the rest of the defense.

And once they get comfortable in the scheme, Dwight Lowery and Joey Bosa will be called upon to lead in their own quiet way. Bosa already has set a tone with how much he’s been seen at Chargers Park working to get better.

But the one person who has really given the defense confidence and swagger is Brandon Mebane.

The Cal product created a stir last month by saying that he believed San Diego’s defense had more talent in terms of draft picks compared to his former team the Seattle Seahawks.

But there’s also a quiet confidence that Mebane exudes that has rubbed off on the rest of San Diego’s defense. The Chargers know that Mebane won a Super Bowl ring in his last stop with Seattle and that he understands the effort it takes to reach that lofty goal. They appear to be following Mebane’s lead.

“It’s definitely good to have him here,” Te'o said. “He brings that winning mindset. A lot of what people don’t understand is the difference between winners and losers is winners believe they are going to win before the game even starts.

“Before the kickoff even happens, when they run on the field they know they’re going to win. And now we have that constant reminder (from Mebane) that this is what it’s going to take to win.”

@eric_d_williams: That’s a fair question. One thing you have to consider is the Chargers already have a deal in place to relocate to Inglewood should things not work out in San Diego, so they are operating from a certain leverage in negotiating a deal here.

Ideally, the Chargers would like to build a new stadium and convention center expansion in San Diego. As it stands, there’s been no clarity on whether the team’s citizens stadium initiative will require a two-thirds or simple majority vote, if the measure qualifies for the November ballot.

“Right now were waiting to see what the Supreme Court is going to do,” Chargers Chairman Dean Spanos said. “There’s a case before them now. We’re hoping in the next four to six weeks there’s some sort of resolution to this. Until that happens, we’re not sure exactly if it’s 50-plus-1 or two-thirds.”

The Spanos family would rather be in San Diego as the lone NFL tenant than share a facility with the Rams in Los Angeles, so why not take a shot at the deal you want -- even though it’s unlikely to win at the ballot box -- when you already have a deal with Rams owner Stan Kroenke in your back pocket?

While it certainly looks like an uphill climb for the Chargers to get a stadium deal done in San Diego with mayor Kevin Faulconer still mulling a decision on whether he will support or oppose the project, there’s still time for things to unfold before we have a true understanding of what will take place later this year. Stay tuned.