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Chargers postgame show

Discussion in 'Latest Chargers News & Headlines' started by robdog, Sep 18, 2005.

  1. robdog

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    Source: <a href="http://www.nctimes.com/articles/2005/09/19/sports/professional/chargers/91805204946.txt" target="_blank">North County Times</a>

    By: JAY PARIS - Staff Writer

    KEY STAT: 6 - Number of consecutive losses in Denver for the Chargers.

    TURNING POINT

    On the second half's first play, Champ Bailey baited Drew Brees into an interception and returned it 25 yards for a touchdown.

    NEXT GAME

    + New York Giants

    + Sunday, 5:30 p.m.

    QUOTABLE

    "This is the worst game we have played up front. I don't know what the deal is but we have to get this straight for next week.'' ---- C Nick Hardwick on the offensive line's terrible play

    SIDELINES

    WHO'S HOT

    TE Antonio Gates

    Led Chargers with six catches and 80 yards in his first game since January.

    WHO'S NOT

    The Chargers' offensive line Swiss cheese comes to mind.

    INJURY REPORT

    C Nick Hardwick

    > finger

    DE Jacques Cesaire

    > elbow

    GATES' RETURN

    Drew Brees got his favorite target on the field with All-Pro TE Antonio Gates' three-game suspension behind him.

    "It's nice to have him back, and I think he made a difference today,'' Brees said.

    But it wasn't enough to put the Chargers in the win column.

    "It's hard to be happy with my play after the loss,'' said Gates, who had six receptions for 80 yards. "We all feel that we could have done more to help us win this game.''

    Gates said as the game wore on, he kind of wore out.

    "I definitely got tired; I played my heart out,'' he said. "If I wasn't tired, I wasn't playing hard.''

    Added coach Marty Schottenheimer: "He did a terrific job for us. There were hanging all over the kid.''

    TRICKY, TRICKY

    Among the Chargers' plays was one in which WR Keenan McCardell snapped the ball directly to Darren Sproles while Brees and Tomlinson lined up out wide on the right side.

    "That was different,'' McCardell said.

    Sproles gained 12 yards on the play and said it could have gone for more if the play developed faster.

    "We had to make sure everyone was set first,'' McCardell said.

    MERRIMAN PLAYS

    OLB Shawne Merriman, the draft's 12th overall pick, made his NFL debut and quickly made the statistical sheet when he recorded a tackle on the opening kickoff. For Merriman, who didn't play last week partly because of a sprained knee, it was his only tackle on the day.

    QUICK HITS

    > Marty Schottenheimer's record against the Broncos, including the playoffs, is 11-21.

    > The Chargers have won twice in their last 19 visits to Denver.

    > DE Igor Olshansky missed the game because of a leg injury but said he will return next week.
     

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