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Chargers-Seahawks review

Discussion in 'San Diego Chargers Hall of Champions' started by robdog, Aug 14, 2007.

  1. robdog

    robdog Code Monkey Staff Member Administrator

    Jun 29, 2009
    By Curtis Egan
    <em>BoltTalk Staff Writer</em>

    <img src="http://i1.chargers.com/assets/183/33661_699w393h.jpg" title="Chargers.com photo" alt="Chargers.com photo" align="right" height="241" width="252" />The first preseason game is in the books. A game that saw some good plays on both sides of the ball and some not so good plays. Lets first set the table, this is the first preseason game. That pretty much means it is a baby step above a scrimmage, in other words the objective is to escape the game without injuries and get a look at those players who are not shoe ins for making the roster. So there is no reason to panic. No reason to wonder if buying that new Charger jersey was a mistake. The only mistake would be to worry that the season is lost because the first preseason game did not look like the game played in midseason.

    <strong>So let's look at the game. Who was looking good?</strong>

    Philip Rivers hardly got in the game going 5/7 for 71 yards playing in only two series. After the game Rivers said of the sloppy play; "We're going in with a lot of expectations, feeling pretty good about who we are," Rivers said. "Not to say we haven't been getting after it hard, we have. But maybe this will say, 'Hey, guys, listen, we need to focus in a little more than maybe we think we were focusing in.' These penalties that essentially cost us the last time we were on this field, clean up some other things and move on."

    Billy Volek solidified his hold on the backup position throwing 13/18 for 143 yards and a 14 yard touchdown pass to Malcom Floyd, on a series that covered 55 yards. He showed some poise in the pocket and an ability to get the ball to the receiver.

    Charlie Whitehurst started out looking like he was going to overtake the backup position; his first drive was a very good one where he had some very crips passes and had poise in the pocket. He hit 11/22 for 79 yards and one interception on the evening.

    Darren Sproles may have just saved his roster spot with some solid returns and runs. He ended the evening with a 9 yard rushing average and 63 yards on the ground, and caught four passes for 36 yards. He had a kick return for 22 yards and a punt return for 13 yards. It is in the return game that he will have to continue to excel if he wants to remain on the roster. His performance tonight showed me that he does indeed want to remain a Charger.

    Malcom Floyd lead the team in receptions on the evening with a 13 yard average, catching 5 passes for 65 yards. He was on the receiving end of the Billy Volek touchdown in the second quarter.

    Craig Davis had a good catch showing some of his ability as he brought in an 11 yard catch

    Eric Weedle looked sharp in his first game as a Charger, he intercepted Wallace early in the second quarter and returned it 16 yards.

    <strong>What was lookin bad?</strong>

    Fumbles. They can kill the best team and we had far too many of them. Rivers had a fumble, recovered by the Chargers, Billey Volek had two, losing one, Vincent Jackson had one that was lost.

    Almost as bad are penalties, and too many yellow hankies were thrown at the Chargers. Penalties can be forgiven in the preseason by the fans, but they can kill someone's attempt to make the team. The Chargers did not look particularly good in the first outing under new Head Coach Nort Turner. They were penalized eight times for 45 yards and gave up five sacks, two by defensive end Darryl Tapp. Each team lost three turnovers.

    The Seahawks had little difficulty passing on what appeared to be a very soft secondary defense on the evening. There was little pressure against the opposing quarterbacks and the Defense looked very plain. Again this is just the first preseason game, no reason to begin to worry at this point, the team needs time.

    They need time with themselves and in more games to get the kinks ironed out. As Rivers suggested they will have to focus a little bit more. Some players are going to have to show that focus to avoid the dreaded Turk.

    Next game is against the Rams in St. Louis. The starters should get a little more time, and we can start to see if there are perhaps some trends to consider or worry about.

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