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Chargers scouting report: Miami Dolphins

Discussion in 'Latest Chargers News & Headlines' started by robdog, Dec 7, 2005.

  1. robdog

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    Source: <a href="http://www.nctimes.com/articles/2005/12/07/sports/professional/chargers/13505193706.txt" target="_blank">North County Times</a>

    By Jay Paris

    > KICKOFF: 1:15 p.m. Sunday at Qualcomm Stadium

    > SERIES: Series tied 12-12. The Dolphins won the last meeting 26-10 at Tempe, Ariz., in 2003.

    PLAYER TO WATCH: WR Chris Chambers

    If not for Chambers' performance Sunday, it's doubtful the Dolphins would be heading to San Diego riding a two-game winning streak. Chambers caught 15 passes for 238 yards, which includes the winning touchdown with four seconds left as the Dolphins rallied from a 20-point fourth-quarter deficit to shock the Buffalo Bills. Chambers always has been full of promise but had a hard time delivering consistent production in his previous four seasons. It appears he has turned the corner with a breakout game that will gives him additional confidence in competing against a Chargers secondary that has only five interceptions ---- none by the top three CBs: Quentin Jammer, Drayton Florence and Sammy Davis. The Chargers, who were hyped to contain the Oakland Raiders' Randy Moss and Jerry Porter last week, can't afford to go to sleep on Chambers.

    OFFENSE

    It appears QB Gus Frerotte will be fit for Sunday after suffering a concussion that catapulted Sage Rosenfels into the game even though Rosenfels delivered a comeback that might ultimately cost Bills coach Mike Mularkey his job. A familiar face will be in the backfield as Ricky Williams, the former Patrick Henry High standout, has ditched his world travels and is again part of the Dolphins' attack. But Williams (89 carries, 365 yards and three touchdowns) is playing second fiddle to top-pick Ronnie Brown (176 carries, 811 yards, four TDs), the team's first-round pick out of Auburn; although Williams had two more carries Sunday than Brown. It addition to Chambers in the passing game, TE Randy McMichael is having a decent season with five touchdowns receptions among his 45 catches for 451 yards.

    DEFENSE

    One Sunday after shutting out NFL sack leader Derrick Burgess, the Chargers face another huge test in Jason Taylor. The Pro Bowl defensive end leads the Dolphins with eight sacks. On the other side is Kevin Carter, who helps give Taylor additional room to get to the quarterback. Carter has five sacks and is a decent run stopper, to boot. But there are not many Dolphins who are stout against the run, and that's especially true without injured MLB Zach Thomas, the Dolphins' leading tackler, on the field. His availability for Sunday has yet to be determined. The Dolphins rank 23rd in the league against the run, allowing 119 yards per game. Rookie LB Channing Crowder, who has 65 tackles, is showing some skills. Miami is average in defending the pass ---- much of what success they have can be attributed to their pass rush. The defense does have two more interceptions than the Chargers, with S Lance Schulters and S Travares Tillman with three each. The starting cornerbacks are Sam Madison, an eight-year pro, and Travis Daniels, a rookie. Look for QB Drew Brees to try to exploit Daniels if the Chargers' pass protection is up to the task.

    NOTEWORTHY

    The 5-7 Dolphins are the final losing team the Chargers will face this year. Including the Dolphins, the combined record of the Chargers' final four opponents ---- Dolphins, Colts, Chiefs and Broncos ---- is 34-14. ... Former Chargers great Junior Seau, an Oceanside High alumnus, won't be in uniform. The linebacker has landed on injured reserve for the second-straight year. This time, a calf injury derailed his season. ... Miami's No. 3 quarterback is Cleo Lemon, the ex-Charger who was peddled to the Dolphins earlier this year for a package that included one-time Dolphins starting QB A. J. Feeley. ... Miami offensive line coach Hudson Houck held a similar position with the Chargers from 2002-04. ... Dolphins KR/PR Wes Welker played the opener for the Chargers in 2004, then was waived.

    > DOLPHINS: DT Keith Traylor had surgery to clear debris from his right knee and will be evaluated on a week to week basis. He has not been ruled out of Sunday's game against the Chargers.
     

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