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Chargers report card

Discussion in 'Latest Chargers News & Headlines' started by robdog, Nov 28, 2005.

  1. robdog

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    Source: <a href="http://www.nctimes.com/articles/2005/11/28/sports/professional/chargers/112705193102.txt" target="_blank">North County Times</a>

    By Jay Paris

    Quarterback: D - Drew Brees never found his rhythm as early pressure from the Redskins' pass rush proved to be effective. He had three interceptions and two close calls on two other heaves. To demonstrate how off Brees was, consider this: LaDainian Tomlinson missed on his lone pass attempt and compiled a 39.6 passer rating, about four points higher than Brees.

    Running backs: A

    Tomlinson didn't let a pedestrian first half (37 yards) get him down as he busted the Redskins by collecting 147 the rest of the game. He scored three TDs on a day in which the Chargers' offense had trouble getting out of its own way. Hopefully, Tomlinson is never restricted by term limits because the Chargers sing: "Long may you run."

    Receivers: C

    Counted six drops here, with three coming from the usually sure-handed Antonio Gates. The Chargers' vertical game was nonexistent as Brees was forced into three- and five-step drops because of the intensity of the Redskins' pass rush. That kept most everything underneath, but it was Gates' overtime catch for 24 yards that led to the win. Eric Parker had a team- and season-high seven receptions for 98 yards.

    Offensive linemen: C

    The men up front have had better days. Brees seldom was able to set his feet in the pocket; he was sacked three times. There were also two penalties by LT Leander Jordan in the second half. But the group rallied in the second half to help gather the victory.

    Defensive line: B

    Jamal Williams had another solid game, and this time it was even revealed on the stat sheet: five tackles. Igor Olshansky was causing the Redskins some trouble as he had four tackles. And what made Luis Castillo's three tackles impressive was that on two of them he drilled Redskins ball-carriers.

    Linebackers: B

    Shawne Merriman was left out instead of "Lights Out," failing to record a sack for the first time since Oct. 16. But Steve Foley was back, as in back in the pocket, bringing down QB Mark Brunell. Shaun Phillips also had a sack. Randall Godfrey and Donnie Edwards, the two guys inside, tied for a game-high eight tackles.

    Secondary: B

    Kept Brunell under 200 passing yards and allowed but one touchdown when Bhawoh Jue and Drayton Florence were slow in converging on Santana Moss. The work here was more special considering how much time Brunell usually had to throw. Florence's return has helped stabilize the unit, which he led with seven tackles, although his tackling wasn't always keen. Quentin Jammer and Jue each had three tackles.

    Special teams: C-

    Coach Marty Schottenheimer was downright giddy over the play of his kickoff coverage team, which allowed just 14.8 yards on four chances. Nate Kaeding missed his first two attempts but was true on a 48-yarder in the fourth quarter. Darren Sproles had a long of 46 on a kickoff.

    Coaching: A

    The Chargers had to turn into beasts in the East ---- they won three of four games there this season---- as Schottenheimer doesn't allow his players to use traveling three time zones as an excuse. Schottenheimer also gets credit for his positive manner as the team didn't get in the dumps while it took its lumps early on. Some curious play-calling, though, when Brees was asked to go long on a day in which he was usually short. But the long and short of it is an NFL road win is something any coach cherishes.
     

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