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2006 Team Report: San Diego Chargers

Discussion in 'Chargers Fan Forum' started by ChargerRay, Jun 20, 2006.

  1. ChargerRay

    ChargerRay Producer/Host of BoltTalk Staff Member Super Moderator Podcaster

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    Originally posted on the UT forums by "bayarealightning".

    A very good breakdown of our team.


    Quarterbacks

    Starter: Philip Rivers
    Backup(s): A.J. Feeley, Charlie Whitehurst

    Starting QB: Philip Rivers, the fourth pick in the 2004 draft (selected by the Giants and traded to the Chargers), has spent two seasons carrying a clipboard, but now gets his shot to start after the offseason departure of Drew Brees to the Saints. He is one of the most accomplished QBs in NCAA history, and will now see how far his accuracy and quick release will take him at the next level. He has plenty of talent around him, including Pro Bowlers LaDainian Tomlinson and Antonio Gates as outlet receivers. Rivers will not be asked to win many games with his arm; the plan is to emphasize the running game and avoid costly mistakes. In what little playing time Rivers has received as a pro, however, he has shown the ability to recognize the blitz, make quick reads, and deliver the ball on time. He has a stronger arm than Brees, and will seek to make teams pay for loading up on the line of scrimmage to stop the run. Two concerns with Rivers, apart from his lack of NFL experience, are his lack of mobility and his sidearm throwing motion. His low release point could cause balls to be batted down at the line of scrimmage.

    Backup QB: The Chargers swapped backup quarterbacks with the Miami Dolphins last season, sending over Cleo Lemon for A.J. Feeley and a sixth-round draft pick. Feeley struggled in his eight starts for the Dolphins in 2004 after having compiled a 4-1 record in his five starts for the Eagles (filling in for Donovan McNabb and Koy Detmer). He has a strong arm and the potential to improve, but tended to force the ball and make poor decisions in Miami. The Chargers added Clemson QB Charlie Whitehurst in the third round of the 2006 draft. Whitehurst, like Feeley, has a strong arm and good mechanics, but has shown a tendency to force the ball into coverage. Whitehurst has better mobility than Feeley, and will provide strong competition for the number two job behind Rivers.

    Running Backs

    Starter: LaDainian Tomlinson
    Backup(s): Michael Turner, Darren Sproles
    Fullback(s): Lorenzo Neal, Andrew Pinnock

    Starting RB: LaDainian Tomlinson is a stud. Despite playing with a nagging groin injury for much of 2004 and a broken ribcage for much of 2005, Tomlinson is fourth in the league in yards from scrimmage over that period, and second in the league (among RBs) in total fantasy points. (Shaun Alexander is first.) Tomlinson heads into the 2006 season in full health, and with any luck will stay that way. The last time Tomlinson stayed healthy all season (2003), he led the league in yards from scrimmage. With a first-year starter at QB this season, the Chargers will emphasize the running game, and have added strong run-blockers through the draft and via trade for that purpose. If Tomlinson can avoid injury, he is a cinch for another 300+ carry season. A true multiple threat, Tomlinson can rack up fantasy points as a receiver and even as a passer to compliment his rushing prowess. Tomlinson has had more than 50 receptions in each of his first five seasons in the league, and has thrown four career touchdown passes to boot.

    Backup RBs: Michael Turner was fantastic in relief of LaDainian Tomlinson last season. On only 57 rushing attempts, he compiled a 5.9 yards-per-carry average and an impressive highlight reel. Turner has a fine combination of power and speed. He is a tough inside runner who gains yardage after contact, and has the speed to break long runs. If Tomlinson misses time with an injury, Turner would be the featured runner, and based on his performance last year, could do quite will. Behind Turner is Darren Sproles, a nifty, undersized runner with great acceleration and quickness. Sproles may be in on certain personnel packages in third-and-long situations, but will likely contribute more as a return man than as a running back.

    Fullback: Lorenzo Neal was brought in three seasons ago to spring LaDainian Tomlinson for big gains, and has performed up to expectations. The 13-year veteran is still one of the better run-blocking fullbacks in the league. Neal does not have great rushing or receiving skills, however, so his fantasy relevance is indirect. Behind Neal, Andrew Pinnock is a bit of a “tweener” – he is a below-average blocker for a fullback and a below-average runner for a halfback. Given the Chargers’ roster composition at RB and FB, Pinnock is not expected to get much playing time.

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  2. BFISA

    BFISA Well-Known Member

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    I listened to the 1st Power Rankings on ESPN Radio yesterday...it came out on the 'Herd.

    The Chargers are ranked 17 in this poll...apparently the rest of the football world doesn't share our optimism.

    All the better.
     
  3. AthensPhilipRiversFan

    AthensPhilipRiversFan New Member

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    nahh see...yall lookin at this alllllllllllllll wrong.

    it's one of them karma thangs...

    we GOT #17...

    they ranked us #17...

    we gonna kick some *** n take some names and we gonna end up #1:tup: :yes:
     
  4. Trumpet_Man

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    Fuggem all !!:yes:
     
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    Chargers | Hart leading candidate at strong safety
    Fri, 23 Jun 2006 18:07:19 -0700

    Kevin Acee, writing for the Sporting News, reports indications through the offseason workouts and minicamps are that S Clinton Hart is the strongest candidate to start at strong safety. The question is whether he is far enough ahead to relegate S Bhawoh Jue to a reserve role. S Marlon McCree is expected to take over as the team's starting free safety.
     
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    Chargers | Training camp update
    Fri, 23 Jun 2006 21:04:33 -0700

    The San Diego Chargers will hold their 2006 training camp at Chargers Park in San Diego, CA. Rookie players will report to camp July 24 and veteran players July 28.
     
  7. Trumpet_Man

    Trumpet_Man New Member

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    July 24 is a Monday and Vets report the following Friday....so basically one month away for the next tailgater :icon_smile:
     
  8. Johnny Lightning

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    Adam Schein / Special to FOXSports.com
    Posted: 2 hours ago // front-end hack to remove postedTime from Rumors page until a better way can be determined if (document.URL.indexOf("/name/FS/rumors") != -1) document.getElementById("postedTime").style.display = 'none';
    7. I've been very critical of the Chargers' decision to let Drew Brees go. Thus, I feel compelled to write how three vital offensive players all said the same thing when pressed about Philip Rivers: He is a natural leader.
    Receiver Keenan McCardell said Rivers really showed poise and took over the huddle.
    Bruising fullback Lorenzo Neal waxed poetic about Rivers' attitude.
    But center Nick Hartwick took it a step further. The offensive lineman said, "Everyone gravitates towards Phil. His personality is magnetic. He is so funny and so smart. He is going to blossom this year." A.J. Smith smartly wrapped up the emerging Hartwick long-term before he even got into his contract year.
     
  9. sdchrger

    sdchrger Well-Known Member

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    Good find JL. That's the first positive thing I seen from Schein about the Bolts in over a year.
     
  10. Thumper

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    I like your thinking! :)
     
  11. Thumper

    Thumper WHS

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    He's not lying when he saws he's been critical of the Chargers. I'm just really surprised he has something good to say about Rivers, albeit, indirectly. I still think he's a hack.
     

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