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Turner: Stifled air attack deflated run in second half

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    By Kevin Acee

    UNION-TRIBUNE STAFF WRITER

    October 2, 2007
    Kris Dielman, Nick Hardwick and Lorenzo Neal, in particular, were bulldozing holes. Eight-man fronts, seven-man fronts, blitzes, whatever, the Chargers were running the ball in the first half. That was their plan going into the second half as well. “At halftime we talked about coming out and running the football,” LaDainian Tomlinson said. “I thought that would be a point of emphasis for us, but it just didn't happen.” Tomlinson, who had 116 yards on 14 carries in the first half, carried just six times for 16 yards in the second. Kansas City stopped Tomlinson for three, zero and two yards in the third quarter, and the Chargers pretty much abandoned the run. Head coach Norv Turner explained it was the passing game going well in the first half that opened up the run. When the Chargers missed on similar pass plays in the second half “that would have got us into the same rhythm,” Turner said. He did say he might reconsider passing on a third-and-2 play that ended up being a fourth-quarter incompletion. “We could have run the ball in that situation,” Turner said. “There are times in that (third-and-2)-type situation that we need to run the ball more. Some of it is predicated on what the defense is doing, how they're playing it. This has been a big blitz team in that down and distance. “That's one of the things we have to look at and say, 'Hey, in that situation ... getting the ball to LT, is that in our advantage?' ”
    Parker a ways away

    Perhaps the most under-appreciated problem with the Chargers will remain an issue until at least after the bye week. Turner said yesterday that receiver Eric Parker is still three to four weeks from returning. While Parker has been running unimpeded for a few weeks, he still has yet to run routes or practice.
    With Chargers receivers failing to get open consistently, Parker is missed.
    Getting open is his specialty, and he was Philip Rivers' most frequent third-down target in 2006.
    While sure to say he was not disparaging the current receivers, Rivers said, “I don't think we should underestimate how much we miss him. He raises the play of everybody when he's out there.”
    Injury update

    Linebacker Matt Wilhelm tested his calf yesterday and is set to make his first start since the opener.
    Receiver Buster Davis walked with a protective boot after straining a tendon in his ankle. He will likely be limited in practice this week, along with linebackers Marques Harris (concussion) and Brandon Siler (thigh strain), defensive tackle Jamal Williams (sore knee) and left tackle Marcus McNeill (slight MCL strain). Also, backup fullback Andrew Pinnock had his arthroscopic knee surgery yesterday and will be out three to four weeks.

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