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Chargers postgame show

Discussion in 'Latest Chargers News & Headlines' started by robdog, Sep 26, 2005.

  1. robdog

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    Source: <a href="http://www.nctimes.com/articles/2005/09/26/sports/professional/chargers/92505230132.txt" target="_blank">North County Times</a>

    By: MICHAEL KLITZING, JAY PARIS and MARC FIGUEROA

    Key stat 268 Rushing yards by the Chargers, the third-highest total in team history

    Turning point

    When LaDainian Tomlinson hit Keenan McCardell for a 26-yard TD early in the third quarter, which gave the Chargers a 28-20 lead.

    Next game

    + at New England Patriots

    + 10 a.m., Sunday

    Quotable

    "Maybe Marty Ball is not dead, it just may be asleep.''

    ---- Coach Marty Schottenheimer on the awakening of the Chargers' running game.

    WHO'S HOT

    LaDainian Tomlinson

    You were expecting someone else?

    WHO'S NOT

    Tiki Barber

    Restricted to 60 yards rushing and no scores.

    INJURY REPORT

    >C Nick Hardwick (sprained ankle)

    > LB Randall Godfrey (forehead laceration)

    Dielman plays well in start

    The last time Chargers offensive lineman Kris Dielman started a game was 2002 ---- as a defensive tackle at the University of Indiana.

    The third-year pro picked up his first NFL start Sunday, playing at left guard in place of the injured Toniu Fonoti, who sat out the game with a broken hand.

    "The adrenaline was pumping, I had goose bumps, everything you could think of," Dielman said. "I calmed down a little bit after warm-ups, and then once I got in there, everything came into rhythm."

    Dielman seemed to mesh well with the starting unit.

    The line, which had been a weak link in the Chargers' first two games, turned in a solid effort. What's more, each of running back LaDainian Tomlinson's three touchdowns went to the left side ---- Dielman's side.

    So how does he rate his performance?

    "There's room for improvement," he said. "There's a few things I need to fix ---- but I did all right."



    The other back

    During camp, Chargers head coach Marty Schottenheimer spoke highly of rookie running back/kick returner Darren Sproles.

    With good reason, it appears.

    Against the Giants, two big Sproles kick returns put the Chargers in good field position for a pair of key second-half scores. The 5-foot-6 speedster took the second-half kickoff at the goal line and raced to the 30, and early in the fourth quarter he set the offense up with a 58-yard return.

    But his impact was not relegated to special teams. With Tomlinson lined up at wideout in the third quarter, Sproles weaved his way to the Giants' 11 on a 21-yard run to set up a touchdown.

    Now count Tomlinson among those impressed by his backup.

    "He can really make things happen," Tomlinson said.

    Anything works

    The Chargers put the ball in LaDainian Tomlinson's hands and look what happened ---- their rushing total of 268 yards turned out to be third-highest in team history. But don't think for a second that strategy was rocket science.

    "When things are going well for you, you can call anything and it works," said Chargers coach Marty Schottenheimer.

    "That is what all the media said that we should do. You are 1-0. I am a little less inclined to listen to advice when we win."

    The Chargers' output didn't come against slouches, considering the Giants' rushing defense was ranked second coming into the game.

    McCardell in 10,000 club

    WR Keenan McCardell had another big game for the Chargers, one that helped him become only the 23rd player in NFL history to surpass 10,000 career receiving yards. He caught four passes for 80 yards and two touchdowns, including a 26-yard score from Tomlinson on a halfback option play in the third quarter.

    "We've been working on it all week and we were just hoping for the right defense and we got it," said McCardell, who also had two touchdown receptions against Dallas in the season opener.

    "The play only works when you establish the run, and tonight we established the run and let everyone know that we are back."

    As for the milestone?

    "It's a great honor," he said. "I know there are a lot of guys that are striving for that and it puts you in an elite class. But I have a lot more in me and I'm going to keep working."

    Quick hits

    < WR Plaxico Burress was held out of the Giants' first two series because of disciplinary reasons. Coach Tom Coughlin suspended Burress for arriving late to a pair of meetings midweek.

    > Tomlinson's first touchdown moved him past Dennis Partee (380 points) on the Chargers' all-time scoring list. The fifth-year back now has 396 career points.

    < QB Drew Brees posted an .863 completion percentage (19-of-22). It was the second-highest figure in team history, trailing only the .880 he notched last season against the Raiders.

    < Tomlinson's touchdown pass to McCardell was the running back's second career scoring toss. His first was a 21-yard pass to Brees in a 2003 game with the Raiders.
     

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