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Chargers report card

Discussion in 'San Diego Chargers Hall of Champions' started by robdog, Nov 21, 2005.

  1. robdog

    robdog Code Monkey Staff Member Administrator

    Jun 29, 2009
    Source: <a href="http://www.nctimes.com/articles/2005/11/21/sports/professional/chargers/112005203321.txt" target="_blank">North County Times</a>

    By Jay Paris


    Drew Brees played so well one wonders whether Lance Alworth wants to amend his halftime remarks about former teammate John Hadl being the best quarterback around. Brees heaved four touchdown passes in the first 30 minutes and completed a whopping 84.8 percent of his passes. What a performance. Philip Rivers got to kneel down for the final play.


    LaDainian Tomlinson was pushed to the side stage with Brees' showing. He had to work only three quarters in collecting his rushing touchdown and 67 yards. Don't overlook Michael Turner. His nickname is "Burner," but "Bowling Ball" would be more appropriate as he ricocheted off the Bills for 48 yards and a score on eight carries.


    C Nick Hardwick returned, and the line's nasty streak went up a notch. The run-blocking was fine for the backs; Brees heaved it 33 times and was sacked but once. The line got a break when DT Sam Adams aggravated an ankle injury, but one can still toast this unit for a job well done.


    These guys might start calling Brees "Peanut Butter" as he spread it around so well. Four different Chargers ---- Keenan McCardell, Antonio Gates, Lorenzo Neal and Eric Parker ---- caught touchdown passes. Overall, eight Chargers got their mitts on passes. Counted only one drop, and that was from the usually sure-handed Gates.


    Jamal Williams was a load in the middle as he helped collapse the pocket while the others collected the sacks; he did have five tackles. Luis Castillo was active with four tackles and a sack; he was close on a couple of other sacks.


    Scary good, this bunch is getting. Shawne Merriman, the team's sack leader, added two more for seven on the year. Shaun Phillips displayed his quickness with another sack. Donnie Edwards had a team-high six tackles and a sack. Randall Godfrey recovered a fumble, and backup Matt Wilhelm got his second career interception.


    Progress was seen here once again. JP Losman threw it 36 times and couldn't break the 170-yard barrier. The defensive backs had six passes defensed, and the tackling was solid when the Bills did catch a Losman offering. This unit is getting healthy, which should aid its growth.


    Over and over, coach Marty Schottenheimer stressed how much work was done on special teams leading up to the Bills game. But the coverage teams were again atrocious as the Bills racked up 239 yards on nine kickoffs, with long returns of 45 and 42 yards. Lucky the Chargers have a good defense because these short fields opponents are routinely given would be game-killers.


    What next? Schottenheimer trading his Cadillac for a Corvette? His three-button golf shirts for eye-straining Hawaiian shirts? Three times in the first half, Schottenheimer threw caution to the wind and found his target. He went for it on two fourth downs, which resulted in touchdowns, and then let Brees drive the offense in for another score just before half instead of sitting on a lead like a mother hen does an egg. That Schottenheimer, he's one wild and crazy guy.

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