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Chargers get group effort on offense

Discussion in 'Chargers Fan Forum' started by Johnny Lightning, Nov 16, 2009.

  1. Johnny Lightning

    Johnny Lightning Go Bolts

    Feb 7, 2006
    Casey Pearce
    Posted Nov 16, 2009
    The Chargers’ leading receiver had just one catch Sunday but others stepped up in a 331-yard, and more importantly, victorious afternoon.

    Vincent Jackson[​IMG], who entered Sunday’s game ranked third in the NFL in receiving yards, had just one catch against the Eagles. Bad news for most teams, but not one that boasts a bevy of playmakers like the Chargers.
    With the Eagles’ attention to Jackson, Antonio Gates[​IMG] caught seven passes Sunday, Legedu Naanee[​IMG] and Malcom Floyd[​IMG] had three each and LaDainian Tomlinson[​IMG] rushed for a season-high 96 yards in a Chargers victory.
    “That’s the beauty of this offense,” Gates said. “You never know who is going to step up and make plays for us.”
    San Diego’s longest pass play Sunday covered 22 yards as Philip Rivers[​IMG] completed 80 percent of his passes for a respectable 231 yards. While the Chargers have had a propensity for pushing the ball up the field this season, he regularly dumped the ball to Gates over the middle and took what he was given, even if that meant little for one of his favorite targets.
    “They were very careful and were not going to let us get the ball up the field to Vincent,” Head Coach Norv Turner said. “They doubled him most of the game.”
    Jackson’s one catch was a big one. It came on a fourth-quarter drive and gave the Chargers a first down when they were clinging to a five-point lead and trying to get out of the shadow of their own end zone. Later in the drive, Gates and Naanee had clutch third-down catches as well, and earlier Naanee delivered his first regular-season touchdown of his career.”
    “It kind of shows the completeness of our offense,” Naanee said. “We’re not just one dimensional. LT had a big day and Philip hit some other guys today. I think it just shows that we can attack teams more than one way.”
    Added Turner, “There was mixture. When you can do that it’s a little tougher for them to defend you. And we got the running game going, too.”
    Turner reached deep in his bag of tricks Sunday to solve a defense that ranked in the top 10 in the NFL. The Chargers ran three plays out of the Wildcat, one on which Naanee rushed for 10 yards for a first down on a scoring drive. He also setup Mike Tolbert[​IMG] for his first touchdown of the season, a 20-yard score in the first quarter.
    “They’ve got a ton of exotic stuff they do on defense and we wanted to take advantage of that early,” Gates said. “Norv did a tremendous job of putting us in position to make plays. A lot of guys did that.”

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