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Chargers scouting report

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

  1. robdog

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    Source: <a href="http://www.nctimes.com/articles/2005/11/16/sports/professional/chargers/111505185558.txt" target="_blank">North County Times</a>

    By Jay Paris

    Vs. Buffalo Bills

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

    > SERIES: The Chargers lead 19-11-2. The Bills won the last meeting 20-13 at Buffalo in 2002.

    PLAYER TO WATCH: QB J.P. Losman

    Losman was among the four quarterbacks taken in the first round of the 2004 draft ---- as was the Chargers' Philip Rivers ---- and so far has had mixed results. He played in only four games last year, throwing just five passes. This season, Losman began the season as the Bills' starter, then was replaced by Kelly Holcomb after going 1-3 out of the gate. But Losman got another chance on Sunday and directed the Bills on scoring drives in two of his first four possessions, leading the Bills to a 14-3 win over the visiting Kansas City Chiefs. Saying he used his demotion to motivate him, Losman completed 9-of-16 passes for 137 yards and two scoring strikes to Lee Evans. Bills coach Mike Mularkey hasn't said if Losman or Holcomb ---- a nine-year pro who left Sunday in the second quarter with a concussion ---- would start against the Chargers. Given the boost Losman provided and the enhanced mobility he offers over Holcomb ---- especially considering the Chargers' effective pass rush ---- Losman will likely get the nod.

    OFFENSE

    If Losman can stretch the field like he did against the Chiefs, it could give inconsistent RB Willis McGahee more running room. McGahee, the former University of Miami star who suffered a serious knee injury in the 2003 national championship game against Ohio State, has run for four touchdowns and 856 yards on 205 carries for a 4.2-yard average. McGahee's 1,128 rushing yards last season was the second highest single-season showing ever by a Bills rookie. His 13 rushing touchdowns were the second-highest for any Buffalo player. But the Bills are counting on wide receiver Evans to help give the offense balance. Evans, like Losman a first-round pick in '04, had touchdown receptions of 33 and 29 yards in the win over the Chiefs. Although Evans has caught 21 fewer passes than wide receiver Eric Moulds (42), Evans has the same number of touchdown catches. And his average per catch is 5 yards more than Moulds at 14.3.

    DEFENSE

    LaDainian Tomlinson's bid for MVP consideration could pick up steam against a Bills run defense which is among the NFL's worst. Only the lowly Houston Texans are ranked lower in stopping the run than the Bills, who give up a whopping 150 yards per game. Last Sunday, Kansas City's Larry Johnson rushed for 132 yards. Buffalo's defense is missing injured linebacker Takeo Spikes' run-stuffing skills and leadership. Linebacker London Fletcher is still a force and leads the team with 75 tackles, as well as two sacks and two fumble recoveries. Angelo Crowell, another linebacker, has contributed 56 tackles, three sacks and two interceptions. Four-time Pro Bowl cornerback Lawyer Milloy, a former New England Patriot, also has two picks; cornerback Troy Vincent has three, but his availability for Sunday isn't clear after he injured his shoulder against the Chiefs. Buffalo's defense, which is ranked 13th overall, is second only to the Jaguars in defending the pass. That number could be skewed a bit, as teams don't want to risk throwing the ball given the ease with which they can run it.

    NOTEWORTHY

    The Bills' Terrence McGee figures to provide quite a challenge for the Chargers' shaky kickoff coverage unit. McGee leads the NFL with a 31.1-yard average; he doesn't have a touchdown, but has a long return of 82 yards. ... Chargers GM A.J. Smith was with the Bills in their personnel department for 14 years. ... Chargers defensive coordinator Wade Phillips was the Bills' head coach from 1998-2000 after serving as their defensive coordinator from 1995-97.Ã As head coach, Phillips was 29-19 with two playoff appearances. ... Chargers wide receivers coach James Lofton played part of his Hall of Fame career with the Bills. He was with them from 1989-92 and played for three AFC championship teams. ... Carl Mauck, the Chargers' offensive line coach, served in a similar capacity with the Bills from 1998-2000. ... In 1964, the Bills ended the Chargers' quest for back-to-back American Football League titles with a 20-7 victory in the AFL championship game at Buffalo's War Memorial Stadium. That gave the Bills three wins against the Chargers that year.
     

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