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Charger Team Report - 10/27/10

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    No more talk of winning their fifth straight AFC West title. No more chatter of going on a long winning streak. No more yapping about hoping other teams don't do what the Chargers desperately need to do: win.
    The Chargers are in a funk, are in a three-game losing streak and are in serious jeopardy of seeing what they promised would be a special season go right down the drain.

    The Chargers have seldom looked more ill-prepared for a game than when opening Sunday's outing with a dreadful display of football. The Chargers had four straight possessions in which they turned the ball over.

    Until that gets fixed, the Chargers will continue to be in a pickle — and possibly out of the playoffs.

    "We're working as hard as I've been around on taking care of the ball," coach Norv Turner said.

    That's the crime with Sunday's pratfall — the defense played well in limiting the Patriots to 179 yards.

    But until the Chargers quit being so sloppy, it won't matter what the defense does.

    "We are what we are," Turner said. "Like I said, if we do the things we did in the first half, I don't care who you have on your football team ... you're not going to win. Obviously until we quit doing those things we're going to have a rough time."

    It gets no easier Sunday when the Titans visit. Then it's a road trip to Houston before the Chargers embrace their bye.

    Trouble is, will they already have said so-long to their playoff hopes by then?

    Probably not, with this being the AFC West. But it's not a lock that even that will save this team. The Chiefs are playing well and the Raiders just scored the most points in franchise history. Plus, they both already own a win over the Chargers — the Chargers are 0-2 in AFC West play.

    "You just keep fighting," quarterback Philip Rivers said. "I don't know that there can be more of an emphasis of protecting the football and doing those things. You just keep driving it home."

    NOTES, QUOTES

    —Among the reasons that PK Kris Brown's 50-yard, game-tying field goal wasn't good was because on the play before the kick, the Chargers' Louis Vasquez was flagged for a false start. But Brown, who is filling in for the injured Nate Kaeding, didn't use that as an excuse. "Absolutely not," he said. "I went out there, hit it, and it came off my foot pretty good. It just stayed right down the harsh mark and hit the upright."

    —TE Antonio Gates said it isn't lack of discipline that has the Chargers in a 2-5 funk. "We have a great group of guys with a ton of character and the coaching staff has talked about it day in and day so now it's just time to translate it to the game on Sunday, and that's the biggest adjustment."

    STRATEGY AND PERSONNEL

    PLAYER NOTES

    —WR Legedu Naanee, who has missed the past two games with a hamstring injury, is expected to play this week.

    —WR Malcom Floyd, who didn't play against the Patriots, is down at least one more week.

    —PK Nate Kaeding isn't going to kick this week and could be out the following Sunday as well.

    —SS Steve Gregory is out two more weeks to satisfy his four-week suspension for using performance enhancing drugs.

    —OLB Antwan Barnes continues to show well after his recent signing. He had two sacks of Tom Brady.

    REPORT CARD VS. PATRIOTS

    PASSING OFFENSE: C — Too many drops, too many careless throws, too much pressure, although when throwing 50 times, two sacks might not be all that bad. But it's clear the more Philip Rivers throws the more likely the Chargers are facing a losing situation. The balance the team craved is nowhere to be found. Antonio Gates turned in a gritty effort with a bad toe. Richard Goodman caught his first NFL pass and then laid the ball on the ground for a fumble. Then Jacob Hester didn't go after what he thought was a swing pass — it was a fumble.

    RUSHING OFFENSE: D — Five different rushers handled the ball and not a one could spit out a two-yard average. The Chargers fell behind — their excuse — so they didn't establish the running game. Instead, it was the lack of running lanes with the backs often making their best moves just trying to get back to the line of scrimmage.

    PASS DEFENSE: B — Good stuff here with Tom Brady never really carving up the secondary. There was decent pressure on Brady as OLB Antwan Barnes continues to show he is a player. Antoine Cason was nailed for a questionable pass interference call late in the game, which was critical. Brady managed but 159 passing yards and an 82.7 rating.

    RUSH DEFENSE: B — Not much here for the Patriots as they were consistently stuffed by the linemen and the linebackers. Antonio Garay was solid in the middle — save a 15-yard personal foul on third down that kept a Patriots scoring drive alive. DE Luis Castillo, hard to believe, had one less tackle than Philip Rivers — no, really.

    SPECIAL TEAMS: D — A pooch kick that went wrong, a field-goal attempt that hit the upright, a 34-yard punt return - should we go on? This unit continues to rob the Chargers of yards and momentum. They did recover an onside kick.

    COACHING: F — Different week, same bugaboo. The Chargers seldom exit the locker room looking prepared and it showed again when the team went behind 13-3 in the first half. There is very little inspired play or even the hint of it from a vast majority of the team. That's on Norv Turner. Kudos to Ron Rivera and his defense as they played so well but had so very little to show for it.
     

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