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Chargers report card

Discussion in 'Latest Chargers News & Headlines' started by robdog, Oct 16, 2005.

  1. robdog

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    Source: <a href="http://www.nctimes.com/articles/2005/10/17/sports/professional/chargers/101605194659.txt" target="_blank">North County Times</a>

    By Jay Paris

    QUARTERBACKS: A - Drew Brees delivered another winning performance, completing 14-of-20 passes for 164 yards and a touchdown. He didn't turn the ball over and claimed he's not overly concerned about LaDainian Tomlinson gunning for his job. Nothing spectacular here, just another solid outing.

    RUNNING BACKS: A

    Tomlinson digs returning to Oakland as much as Ken Macha. The Raiders never can manage to contain Tomlinson, and he scored on the ground, through the air and by tossing a touchdown pass to Justin Peelle. Cherish Tomlinson in his prime, because one day his bust will reside in the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Good showing, too, from backup Michael Turner ---- he averaged 7.1 yards on seven carries.

    RECEIVERS: B

    One would have won many wagers betting Lorenzo Neal would have more catches than Randy Moss. Neal had a team-high four receptions, four more than Moss. Tomlinson was wide open on his TD catch and Peelle wasn't ---- but LT was able to squeeze in the scoring toss. Keenan McCardell had his mitts on a ball in the end zone but wasn't able to corral it.

    OFFENSIVE LINE: A

    This unit was absorbing so many injuries that at one point OL coach Carl Mauck was seen limbering up. Not really, but don't overlook the contributions of LG Kris Dielman, RT Leander Jordan and C Bob Hallen. These three guys were wearing baseball caps on opening day, but they traded smash-mouth love with the Raiders with panache.

    DEFENSIVE LINE: A

    Good stuff here as the line was able to put the heat on Kerry Collins, letting the Chargers stay away from many blitzes and give help on the back end. Igor Olshansky continues to elevate his game ---- a career-high two sacks. And line mates DeQuincy Scott and Jacques Cesaire also brought Collins down.

    LINEBACKERS: B

    Donnie Edwards, as usual, led the Chargers in tackles (eight). But he also added two passes defensed. Shawne Merriman just missed getting to Collins; that doesn't mean his pressure wasn't effective. Steve Foley is ailing with that abdominal strain, and it showed with but one tackle.

    DEFENSIVE BACKS: B-

    We know, Collins went for 292 yards through the Oakland air. But he didn't throw a TD pass and threw his first interception of the season, with Bhawoh Jue having the honor. This unit, much like the OL, was being manned by backups and delivered more than it didn't.

    SPECIAL TEAMS: B

    Mike Scifres must have watched that Minnesota-Wisconsin game with that dropped snap in the end zone ---- but he rallied and got the punt off. Reche Caldwell showed some spark filling in for Darren Sproles; Caldwell averaged 33 yards with a long of 60. K Nate Kaeding was good on his two attempts to stay perfect on the year. The coverages were fine.

    COACHING: A

    If the players had a nickel for every time Marty Schottenheimer said, "It's Raiders week!" leading to the game, they could buy at least a gallon of gas. Schottenheimer always gets up for the Raiders, and this was no exception as he ran his record to 24-7 against them. The Chargers were bent on stopping the run; they did that and were helped by racing to an early league. Offensively, the balance between pass and run was enough to keep a mediocre Raiders defense on its heels.
     

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