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Chargers Team Report

Discussion in 'San Diego Chargers Hall of Champions' started by robdog, Jul 4, 2006.

  1. robdog

    robdog Code Monkey Staff Member Administrator

    Jun 29, 2009
    Source: <a target="_blank" href="http://www.sportingnews.com/nfl/teams/chargers/index.html">The Sporting News</a>

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    By Kevin Acee (San Diego Union-Tribune)

    <font class="text"><strong>PERSONNEL ANALYSIS:</strong> DE Igor Olshansky was dominating at times in minicamp, running over offensive lineman. If he has continued last year's improvement as a pass rusher, the Chargers front seven will be even more fearsome than expected. Known primarily as a run stuffer, Olshansky has dropped weight while managing to look bigger. Always among the team's strongest players, adding speed would be a huge benefit to the Chargers' pass rush. . . . </font>

    <font class="text">Among the first-year players who had many at minicamp talking was fifth-round draft pick Tim Dobbins. An inside linebacker, Dobbins flies around, as advertised, and seems primed to level someone. He also was fairly up-to-speed on the playbook. With a full quad at linebacker, however, it remains likely he will start the season on the practice squad.</font>

    <font class="text"><strong>SCOUTING REPORT:</strong> FB Lorenzo Neal remains the quintessential fullback, perhaps a dinosaur in the NFL but a necessity on the Chargers. A line with some question marks can feel good about a player with knowledge, vision and a love for hitting behind it protecting RB LaDainian Tomlinson and QB Philip Rivers. Neal is entering his 14th season, but remains as effective as ever due to his innate ability to pick up and stop blockers and a fantastic work ethic. </font>

    <font class="text"><strong>COACH UNDER PRESSURE:</strong> Offensive coordinator Cam Cameron is blessed with fantastic talent with which to work, including perhaps the game's best tight end and running back. He seems to also possess a good mind that sometimes thinks too much, stalling all those weapons. And this year, he gives the controls to a new quarterback. But Cameron's greatest liability might be that he is Marty Schottenheimer's man, and Schottenheimer is on a seat as hot as the sun. Should Cameron's offensive line be as inconsistent as it was last season, it could be a long season. Cameron needs to find a way to make all that talent fruitful regardless. </font>

    <font class="text"><strong>INSIDE DISH:</strong> For all the positive vibe about Rivers' performance in spring, there is concern about what happens if he goes down. A.J. Feeley was not sharp in offseason workouts. He was lost at times, checking down and getting picked off left and right. If Rivers gets hurt and that's all Feeley has, then general manager A.J. Smith will never hear the end of letting Drew Brees go. </font>

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