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Chargers scouting report

Discussion in 'Latest Chargers News & Headlines' started by robdog, Dec 14, 2005.

  1. robdog

    robdog Code Monkey Staff Member Administrator

    Jun 29, 2009
    Source: <a href="http://www.nctimes.com/articles/2005/12/14/sports/professional/chargers/121205205249.txt" target="_blank">North County Times</a>

    By Jay Paris

    OPPONENT: Indianapolis Colts

    > KICKOFF: 10 a.m. Sunday at the RCA Dome

    > SERIES: The Chargers lead 12-9. The Colts won the last meeting 34-31 in overtime Dec. 26 last year at Indianapolis.

    PLAYER TO WATCH: RB Edgerrin James

    James is to the Colts what LaDainian Tomlinson is to the Chargers. James, a three-time Pro Bowler, is second in the NFL with 1,440 rushing yards and second in yards from scrimmage with 1,743, He has 13 touchdowns, 12 on the ground. The Colts' career rushing leader is nearing his fourth season with 2,000-plus yards from scrimmage, something done only by Walter Payton and Eric Dickerson. The 6-foot, 214-pound James has the most 1,500-yard rushing seasons (three) among active players, one more than Tomlinson, Priest Holmes and Curtis Martin. James, a seven-year pro, reached 25 games of 100 yards rushing in 40 contests, faster than anyone in NFL history.


    The name, the arm: ugh, a Manning. The NFL family Chargers fans love to hate offers its finest product in QB Peyton Manning. The NFL record holder for touchdown passes in a season is at the helm of this impressive attack which is as potent as it is diverse. Manning is first in completion percentage (68.3) and tied for first in touchdown passes (27). No other quarterback has a higher rater. And no other quarterback has the options in WR Marvin Harrison (72 catches, 992 yards, 12 touchdowns), WR Reggie Wayne (71, 943, five), TE Dallas Clark (three touchdowns) and, of course, James. No offense scores more points, collects more yards, gets more first downs in a game ---- you get the idea. A huge challenge awaits the Chargers.


    This side of the ball is no longer embarrassing for the Colts. The team allowed a total of 16 points in its first three games. It's ranked first in total defense in the AFC, giving up 96 rushing yards a game and not quite 190 passing yards a game. DE Dwight Freeney, the NFL sack leader last year, is shooting for his third straight Pro Bowl invitation. He has 9 1/2 sacks, but that's not good enough for the team lead --- that goes to Robert Mathis, with 11 1/2. Mathis' total is third-best in the NFL. Seven Colts have sacks, with five with at least four. MLB Gary Brackett leads the club with 103 tackles. WLB Cato June has a team-best five interceptions, but he could be down with a leg injury. Their solid secondary features CB Nick Harper (two INTs, 55 tackles) and safeties Bob Sanders (79 tackles) and Mike Doss (two INTs, 64 tackles).


    The Colts are the third team since 1970 to begin a season 13-0. The others were the 1972 Dolphins and the 1998 Broncos. ... Coach Tony Dungy, whose defensive slant gave the team more balance, was the defensive backs coach for Marty Schottenheimer in Kansas City from 1989-91. Offensive line coach Howard Mudd was also on that Schottenheimer staff.

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