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Chargers Team Report - 11/11/10

Discussion in 'Latest Chargers News & Headlines' started by RaiderRay, Nov 11, 2010.

  1. RaiderRay

    RaiderRay RIP SD Chargers...Go Padres, Gulls, Ducks, Raiders Staff Member Administrator Podcaster

    Jun 20, 2005
    Source: USA Today

    Some teams use their bye week to revamp schemes and make significant adjustments.
    The Chargers, in a manner many in San Diego are accustomed to, are just going to kick back.

    There are three workouts during this down stretch, with the last one being on Thursday. But as the Chargers try to gather themselves for yet another stretch run, getting healthy is their main concern.

    "I want to use the bye to get better mentally and physically," coach Norv Turner said. Some of the guys have played a ton of snaps, and they need rest to get back to 100 percent and play at as high a level as possible."

    The Chargers are playing their best ball of the year, winning two straight for the first time this season. That has lifted their record to 4-5, within striking distance of the Chiefs (5-3) and Raiders (5-4).

    But there is still plenty of work to do in making up that ground. Both Kansas City and Oakland have defeated the Chargers, holding the edge there.

    There's plenty of opportunity to break down the AFC West race, a division the Chargers have won four straight times. But at this time, many of the key Chargers will put their feet up and get revved for the season's second half.

    "We'll work on some technique and fix some things, but the most important thing is that we relax and take a deep breath before we move on," said running back Mike Tolbert, who leads the Chargers' rushers with seven touchdowns.

    "We only have seven games left to make something of this season."

    What Turner won't be doing is making changes on his coaching staff. Despite his special teams under veteran Steve Crosby being by far the worst in the league, the Chargers' bye week won't include saying so long to Crosby.

    "There's about five guys I'd let go before him, and that'd be the five guys that have had mental errors and given up blocked punts," Turner said. "He's not out there doing it. He gets them ready to play."

    But for the most part the Chargers' manner of getting ready to play this week means getting plenty of rest.

    "It is a good feeling," Tolbert said, "to have this time to rest and recuperate before kick-starting this season again."


    —Coach Norv Turner continues to bristle when asked about his special teams play, which has been woeful. Among its biggest woes is blocking on punts; four have been blocked, another one didn't qualify when trickling beyond the line of scrimmage. "We're going to fix the issues we have in the punting game," Turner promised once again. "We will not have another punt blocked for the rest of the season."

    —PK Kris Brown had some mixed emotions when returning to Houston to face his old team, the Texans. "When you drive past your house and the street you live on and drive in to work the same way you did for eight years — it was a lot more emotional than I thought it would be."

    —TE Randy McMichael, after two touchdowns, would love staying in the passing game mix even when the starters return. "Oh yeah," he said. "At the same time you get to sit back and relax and get those guys healthy again. Once we come back and get ready for whatever game is next, we are going to have all our guys back, hopefully, and we are going to be clicking on all cylinders."

    —LT Marcus McNeill said the Chargers had no choice but to get to 4-5 before the week off. "Had to get a win going in to a bye so we can get that confidence going and roll with that momentum coming out," he said. "We have a lot of guys banged up so we needed this bye. When we get everybody back we'll have the cavalry coming back in and hopefully everybody's back ready to go when Denver comes in."

    —QB Philip Rivers said it's important how the Chargers come out of the bye just as much as how they went into it. "We've had everybody healthy this season and still lost," he said. "The key thing is keeping our focus from the bye."

    —The Chargers have an estimated 4,000 tickets remaining for their game against the Broncos on Nov. 22. The Chargers have lifted their local TV blackout but once in four home games.

    BY THE NUMBERS: 1 — The Chargers' NFL ranking in offense and defense.

    QUOTE TO NOTE: "We certainly will be glad to get guys back, but that doesn't mean you're going to win." — QB Philip Rivers on the rest of the season with the Chargers getting healthy during the bye.


    The Chargers will keep a close eye on their offensive interior lineman and be thankful they have Tyronne Green.

    Green got some work during the preseason at left tackle when Brandyn Dombrowski and Green were helping fill the void left by the unsigned Marcus McNeill.

    But Green, at 6-2, 316, is more of an inside guy and he proved it again when spelling Pro Bowler Kris Dielman in Sunday's win. If Dielman suffers any setback, Greene will get the first shot at replacing him.

    Scott Mruczkowski also filled in for RG Louis Vasquez, who went down with a neck injury. Mruczkowski has proved his versatility by starting 13 games last year at center.

    Vasquez should be OK for the next game — if not, "Mooch" gets the call and has the coaches' confidence.


    —TE Antonio Gates will not practice possibly up until the later stages of next week. The Chargers are hopeful giving their Pro Bowler nearly 14 days of rest will aid his sore foot and toe.

    —OLB Larry English played a handful of snaps Sunday and didn't suffer any setbacks in his first game back since Sept. 19, following his foot surgery.

    —RB Ryan Mathews is hurting. Mathews aggravated his sprained ankle in Sunday's victory and is wearing a walking boot to take the pressure off it. Mathews might be pressed to practice next week.

    —RG Kris Dielman is staying away from the field to let his concussion settle down. Dielman is expected to play on Nov. 22.

    —WR Malcom Floyd (hamstring) should play on Nov. 22. He has looked good this week in practice, running well.

    —WR Legedu Naanee (hamstring) is also expected to return for the next game if he continues to progress.

    INJURY IMPACT: K Nate Kaeding (groin) is kicking again and will possibly be ready for the Nov. 22 game. Kaeding hasn't played since Oct. 17.

    —SS Steve Gregory (shoulder) has returned to practice in a limited capacity. He was hurt Sunday in Houston.

    —RG Louis Vasquez (neck) is also slowly being worked into the mix after leaving Sunday's game.

    —DL Travis Johnson (shoulder) is doing some work on the side.

    —DE Luis Castillo (knee) isn't taking many reps but will do so next week.

    —RB Mike Tolbert (ankle) is seeing limited action but he should be fine for the next game.

    —ILB Brandon Siler (foot) continues to be brought along slowly in what has been a chronic injury this year; he's missed four of the past five games.

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