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Chargers report card

Discussion in 'Latest Chargers News & Headlines' started by robdog, Oct 3, 2005.

  1. robdog

    robdog Code Monkey Staff Member Administrator

    Jun 29, 2009
    Source: <a href="http://www.nctimes.com/articles/2005/10/03/sports/professional/chargers/10205192418.txt" target="_blank">North County Times
    By Jay Paris

    QUARTERBACK: A - In two straight games, Drew Brees has been overshadowed by his counterparts. First it was Eli Manning and Sunday it was Tom Brady. But with a bunch of wise decisions and accurate passes, there's no denying Brees is back in the groove, which is groovy for Chargers fans.


    LaDainian Tomlinson again showed why he is the heart and soul of the Chargers with his hard-nosed running against a hard-nosed defense. Was Tomlinson's task made easier with Rodney Harrison sidelined? Maybe. But Tomlinson is always a hit, man, and he proved it again. Don't overlook Michael Turner, who is showing to be a capable backup.


    We're going to overlook the yellow flags by four of its five members because it was the Pats raising a white flag when they figured they couldn't penetrate the front. Brees wasn't sacked, and the line blocked well enough that Tomlinson became only the second back in 16 games to rush for 100 yards against the Patriots. The big men need to receive a big backslap.


    Count but one dropped pass. Because it was by Antonio Gates, he gets a, well, pass. Otherwise, Gates caught everything in the 508 area code. Of his team-best six receptions, five resulted in first downs. Keenan McCardell had another score, Reche Caldwell made his presence known, and Eric Parker had four catches.


    Jamal Williams had only two tackles but did his usual blue-collar job; one tackle was for a loss. Jacques Cesaire added a tackle behind the line and had a critical pressure on Brady. Luis Castillo had three tackles, but we still await that first NFL sack.


    Ben Leber was all over with the game's only sack and a tackle for a loss. Shawne Merriman tipped a pass astray on a third down. And savvy Donnie Edwards wasn't fooled on a screen and little else with a game-high 11 tackles.


    It's another small step on the road to respectability for this bunch. It still allowed 239 passing yards, which isn't too far off its average. But any time Brady is held to one touchdown at Gillette, the pass defenders have to be sharp. The starting four combined for 24 tackles, an interception and three passes defensed.


    Kickoff coverages allowed a 54-yard return by Bethel Johnson which set up Brady's lone touchdown toss. The Chargers Darren Sproles didn't do much after his second return for 29 yards. Nate Kaeding kicked two field goals, one from 42 yards. P Mike Scifres had a long of 53, but two of his three efforts found the end zone for touchbacks.


    The Chargers didn't wake up Sunday and beat the Patriots. Their conquest was the result of a demanding week of practices and the coaching staff instilling a belief in them that they could win at Gillette. Offensive coordinator Cam Cameron prevails in the battle of wits with defensive genius Bill Belichick? That deserves a feather finding a hat. Defensive coordinator Wade Phillips gave the Pats' offense a rare look of bewilderment. Marty Schottenheimer and his entire staffs need the curtain to rise for one last bow.

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