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Chargers scouting report

Discussion in 'San Diego Chargers Hall of Champions' started by robdog, Nov 2, 2005.

  1. robdog

    robdog Code Monkey Staff Member Administrator

    Jun 29, 2009
    Source: <a href="http://www.nctimes.com/articles/2005/11/02/sports/professional/chargers/22_14_4311_1_05.txt" target="_blank">North County Times</a>

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    New York Jets -- KICKOFF: 10 a.m. Sunday at the Meadowlands

    + SERIES: Chargers lead 17-12-1. The Jets won the last meeting, 20-17 in overtime, in the AFC wild-card playoff game at Qualcomm Stadium last January.

    PLAYER TO WATCH: RB Curtis Martin

    One season after winning the NFL rushing title by a single yard over Seattle's Shaun Alexander, Martin is clearly laboring under the burden of having to tote the sickly Jets offense on his back. Since QB Chad Pennington suffered a season-ending shoulder injury in Week 3, opposing defensive coordinators are focusing their attention on Martin all the more. As a result, the 32-year-old veteran has been held to 60 yards or fewer in three of the past four games, with the exception being a 148-yard outburst against Buffalo on Oct. 16. That marked his only 100-yard game of the year, and with 461 yards through seven games, he's on pace for 1,054 yards, which would be the lowest total of a probable Hall of Fame career. Martin's 13,827 rushing yards in 11 years place him first among active players (just ahead of Pittsburgh's Jerome Bettis) and fourth all-time behind Emmitt Smith, Walter Payton and Barry Sanders. He'll need to play like a Hall of Famer against the Chargers' third-ranked rushing defense.


    The Jets (2-5) weren't exactly lighting up the scoreboard even with Pennington, as they averaged fewer than 15 points in their first three games. Since their young star went down, however, New York's offense has been downright putrid. Under untested backup Brooks Bollinger, it produced only three points and 152 yards in a Week 4 loss to Baltimore. The ancient Vinny Testaverde, signed off the street, took the reins from Bollinger and delivered an upset of Tampa Bay in his first start. But the Jets haven't produced more than 300 yards in a game since the season opener. How bad has the quarterback position been? Chargers RB LaDainian Tomlinson has as many touchdown passes (three) as the Jets' team. It doesn't help that the Jets have gotten the worst of the offseason receiver swap in which they sent Santana Moss to Washington for Laveranues Coles. While Moss ranks second in the league with 777 receiving yards, just 61 short of his total from 2004, Coles has about half as many (385) and only one touchdown. Six-time Pro Bowl C Kevin Mawae (torn triceps) was placed on injured reserve Monday, ending his season, and Testaverde is recovering from a strained calf.


    New York's defense has held up respectably considering the ineptitude on the other side of the ball. The Jets rank in the upper half of the league, surrendering an average of 303.9 yards per game, although their vulnerability against the run (140.6) could translate into a big day for Tomlinson. Their rush defense took a hit this week when LB Eric Barton, their leading tackler in 2004, joined Mawae on injured reserve, also with a torn triceps, which he sustained in a loss to Atlanta on Oct. 24. Assuming Barton's leadership role is second-year pro Jonathan Vilma, the defensive rookie of the year from 2004 whose 81 tackles put him third in the NFL behind Miami's Zach Thomas and the Chargers' Donnie Edwards. The secondary has been fortified by veteran CB Ty Law, the longtime Patriot has four interceptions this season and 40 in his career.


    The Jets have beaten the Chargers three consecutive times and were the only team to beat them twice last season, with both victories coming in San Diego. ... New York received some criticism for using its first draft pick last April (a second-rounder) on K Mike Nugent, and the Ohio State product has yet to prove worthy of the high selection. Nugent has made only 5-of-8 field goals, with a disappointing 50 percent conversion rate from beyond 40 yards. ... Jets coach Herman Edwards was a star defensive back at San Diego State in the 1970s, and his son, Marcus, is a senior receiver for the Aztecs.

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