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Chargers Report Card

Discussion in 'Latest Chargers News & Headlines' started by robdog, Dec 5, 2005.

  1. robdog

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    Source: <a href="http://www.nctimes.com/articles/2005/12/05/sports/professional/chargers/12505501432.txt" target="_blank">North County Times</a>

    By Jay Paris

    QUARTERBACKS: B - A couple of misfires early had some people fidgeting, but Drew Brees played another solid game. He was patient going through his reads, and the result was not trying to force passes into coverages that wouldn't allow it. His game didn't quit match his off-the-charts showing the last time the Raiders visited, but missing on just five passes and not turning it over works for the Chargers.

    RUNNING BACKS: B

    LaDainian Tomlinson rushed for 86 yards and it hardly mattered. What does is he's confident his rib injury isn't serious, and the sigh you heard came from a grateful Charger Nation. Backup Michael Turner spelled Tomlinson and showed again that he could start on many other teams. He added a score and averaged 4.9 yards on seven carries.

    RECEIVERS: A

    Didn't see any drops, which was different from the game in Washington. Antonio Gates and Eric Parker found the end zone; Gates had to plead his case before the officials arms raised to the sky. Five different receivers got into the act, with Tomlinson hauling in a team-high five catches.

    OFEENSIVE LINE: B

    The run-blocking was fine, and Brees was deft enough that when the pressure came he moved and continued firing. Two sacks here, which was enough to get these guys grumpy, but what of NFL sack-leader Derrick Burgess? He was kept from the pocket, which hasn't been done much of late. C Nick Hardwick is the owner of the game's lone penalty, which resulted from a scuffle with Danny Clark.

    DEFENSIVE LINE: A

    DeQuincy Scott had two of the Chargers' three sacks after missing most of the practices leading up to the game with a calf injury. Jamal Williams was a stud inside. That opened things up on the outside. Williams was steamed Zach Crockett got that 24-yard run in garbage time near the game's end.

    LINEBACKERS: A

    Donnie Edwards had a team-high eight tackles and smacked Kerry Collins' arm once to force an incomplete pass. Shawne Merriman had six tackles but no sack for the second straight week. Matt Wilhelm did get one; Randall Godfrey didn't, but had four tackles and fumble recovery.

    SECONDARY: B

    Pressure up front is helping the boys in the back, and the result is the secondary no longer gets picked on. The coverages have tightened up, and Clinton Hart delivered a spark with his 70-yard interception return for a touchdown. Bhawoh Jue had his mitts on a pick, too, but it bounced off his pads. Drayton Florence looked more comfortable after returning from his ankle injury and led the unit with seven tackles.

    SPECIAL TEAMS: B

    Mike Scifres' 71-yard punt had the blimp pilot worried. Scifres got back on track, booming both of his attempts. Hanik Milligan supplied pressure on punt attempt, which coaxed Shane Lechler to take off ---- bad move.

    COACHING: A

    Marty Schottenheimer treats wins over the Raiders like Randy 'Duke' Cunningham once did lobbyists: he's got plenty, but he's always seeking more. The win ran Schottenheimer's mark to 25-7 against the Raiders, a margin so lopsided that an investigation might be in order. Schottenheimer and staff didn't mince words at halftime, and a different Chargers team came out. Focus is what the Chargers had, and among the reasons it arrived was Schottenheimer's will.
     

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