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Chargers scouting report

Discussion in 'Latest Chargers News & Headlines' started by robdog, Oct 26, 2005.

  1. robdog

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    Source: <a href="http://www.nctimes.com/articles/2005/10/26/sports/professional/chargers/23_16_5110_25_05.txt" target="_blank">North County Times</a>

    Kansas City Chiefs: KICKOFF: 1:05 p.m. Sunday at Qualcomm Stadium

    > SERIES: Kansas City leads 47-42-1. The Chargers won the last meeting, 24-17, in 2004 in San Diego.

    PLAYER TO WATCH: RB Priest Holmes

    Holmes is 32 and has ended the last two seasons with injuries, but the Chiefs' concerns about his pending demise are premature. They began the season splitting his time with youngster Larry Johnson, an experiment that isn't lasting. Holmes is still the man, as he showed on a 35-yard scoring run last Friday against Miami, and the game before when he carried a screen pass 60 yards for a touchdown against Washington. Since the start of the 2001 season, he has an NFL-leading 76 rushing touchdowns, including six this year. During that same span, he is fifth in the league with 5,895 yards rushing and trails only the Chargers' LaDainian Tomlinson with 8,240 yards from scrimmage. Holmes is 5-foot-9 but runs with authority.

    OFFENSE

    The Chiefs produced a season-high 462 yards in last week's win over Miami. Both Johnson and Holmes had at least 90 yards rushing, and QB Trent Green threw for 289 more. The return of star LT Willie Roaf from an early-season injury has solidified an inconsistent attack, and the Chiefs have scored at least 28 points in three straight games. The Chargers allow only 76 rushing yards per game, but don't expect the Chiefs to shy away from giving the ball to Holmes behind an offensive line that averages 310 pounds. Green is completing 58.8 percent of his passes and rarely makes mistakes. With the Chargers' secondary crippled by injuries and poor play, he will be tempted to throw often, particularly to TE Tony Gonzalez, who is coming off his best game of the season (seven catches for 67 yards). Eddie Kennison is an effective wide receiver, but the Chiefs will try to find ways to get the ball to the explosive Dante Hall, who replaces injured Sammy Parker at the other wide receiver spot.

    DEFENSE

    Look for the Chiefs to copy Philadelphia's game plan and stack the line of scrimmage to stop Tomlinson. But there's one problem: the Chiefs' pass defense isn't nearly as good as the Eagles'. Kansas City is 30th against the pass, allowing 263.7 yards per game, and starting CB Dexter McCleon's participation is uncertain because of a groin injury. It will be interesting to see if the Chargers insist on establishing a running game to set up play-action passes or come right out throwing. The Chiefs are getting better at rushing the passer, thanks mainly to the play of DE Jared Allen, but the secondary has given up too many plays and missed too many tackles despite the addition this year of veterans Sammy Knight (safety) and Patrick Surtain (cornerback). Rookie LB Derrick Johnson has been a spark for the defense. He has great speed and has shown good instincts while leading the team in tackles with 44. Throw in newcomer Kendrell Bell and mainstay Kawika Mitchell, and the Chiefs have a solid linebacking crew. The Chiefs are giving up 22 points a game.

    NOTEWORTHY

    The Chiefs will have nine days between games after being forced to move up last week's game in Miami to Friday because of hurricane concerns. Thus, this marks the fourth straight week the Chargers will be facing a team fresher than they, their last three foes having come off byes. ... Chargers coach Marty Schottenheimer coached the Chiefs for 10 years (1989-98), guiding them to 101 wins and seven playoff appearances. ... Chargers LB Donnie Edwards also is a former Chief, having served them from 1996-2001. ... Dick Vermeil's Kansas City coaching staff features three former prominent Chargers properties. Assistant head coach Al Saunders was San Diego's receivers coach from 1983-86 and the heads coach from 1986-88. Defensive coordinator Gunther Cunningham was the Chargers defensive line coach from 1985-90, and receivers coach Charlie Joiner played the last 11 years of his Hall of Fame career with the Chargers (1976-86) before working five seasons as their receivers coach. ... Chiefs kicker Lawrence Tynes kicked the two longest (51, 52) field goals of his two-year career in last week's 30-20 win in Miami. ...Hall has returned a franchise-record 10 kicks for touchdowns in his career. ... Schottenheimer and Vermeil have split their eight head-to-head coaching battles.
     

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