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Chargers confident despite tackle inexperience

Discussion in 'Latest Chargers News & Headlines' started by robdog, Aug 23, 2010.

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    Source: <a href="http://sports.yahoo.com/nfl/news?slug=ap-chargerscamp" target="_blank">Associated Press</a>
    By Bernie Wilson

    <div class="alignright"><a href="http://sdboltfanatic.files.wordpress.com/2009/12/ap091206123357-nfl_medium_540_360.jpg"><img class=" " title="Brandyn Dombrowski" src="http://sdboltfanatic.files.wordpress.com/2009/12/ap091206123357-nfl_medium_540_360.jpg" alt="" width="227" height="151" /></a></div>SAN DIEGO (AP)-After two exhibition games without holdout left tackle Marcus McNeill, the San Diego Chargers' company line remains the same-Brandyn Dombrowski is doing just fine protecting Philip Rivers' blind side.

    "I've got a lot of confidence in Brandyn," coach Norv Turner said Monday. "His guy has not gotten close to the quarterback."

    Dombrowski is a second-year pro who gained significant playing time last year at right guard and right tackle.

    Rivers was sacked once in Saturday night's loss to Dallas, which Turner said was due to rookie running back Ryan Mathews not being sure where to block. Rivers was intercepted once; Turner said he wasn't pressured, but rather held onto the ball too long.

    McNeill might not report until the 11th game, if at all, because he's unhappy about not getting a long-term contract.

    The Chargers lost a veteran presence at the crucial position when 35-year-old Tra Thomas retired on Saturday, some two weeks after having arthroscopic knee surgery.

    Backing up Dombrowski will be another second-year pro, Tyronne Green, who has had an ankle injury during camp.

    "We've got two guys who can play left tackle. Last year we had one, when we started the season-Marcus," Turner said. "We've got two I feel we can play with."

    Rivers agreed.

    "In fairness to Marcus, Marcus is a great player," Rivers said. "We know what a player he is and what enthusiasm and energy he brings to our team, and we certainly miss him. But at the same time, in all fairness to Brandyn, Brandyn's gone against two of the top guys in the league and played very well. He's hungry and focused and excited and we've got a great deal of confidence in him.

    "From my standpoint and the locker room's standpoint, there is no panic whatsoever. At the same time, I say that with all respect to Marcus and the player that he is and we'd certainly love to see him at some point."

    Dombrowski has squared off against Chicago's Julius Peppers and Dallas' DeMarcus Ware.

    Rivers explained why he ran a sneak for a 1-yard touchdown in a meaningless exhibition game.

    "It didn't come in quarterback sneak. The headset was down," Rivers said. "I couldn't get a play, so it was down to 12 seconds, on the half-yard line there, so I just kind of said, ‘Let's hurry up and get it over with.' "

    Also Monday, the Chargers signed rookie free agent guard Lee Grimes. He was released by Tampa Bay in July.

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