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Chargers Team Report

Discussion in 'Latest Chargers News & Headlines' started by robdog, Jun 24, 2006.

  1. robdog

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    By Kevin Acee (San Diego Union-Tribune)

    <font class="text"><strong>PERSONNEL ANALYSIS: </strong>There still is talk among the players expect to run more in the beginning of the season to help ease the transition of QB Philip Rivers. Surely, that would be Marty Schottenheimer's preference. But the ability to do so will largely depend on an offensive line that was inconsistent in 2005. The big ifs: the health of LT Roman Oben and the improvement of RT Shane Olivea. Maybe the energy at the beginning of the season and knowing how important it is that they excel will help the line improve and keep linebackers from reaching LaDainian Tomlinson at the line of scrimmage. Maybe the addition of big TE Brandon Manumaleuna will cut down on teams being able to stack one side. . . . </font>

    <font class="text">K Nate Kaeding's chances of being the only kicker on the roster seemingly improved this offseason. Maybe Kurt Smith will blossom in training camp. But he was drafted solely to boot balls into the end zone on kickoffs, and he did not do that consistently in minicamps. Meanwhile, Kaeding did. Still, Kaeding showed flashes of greater hang time and distance early last year before hurting his back. His field goal kicking never faltered, but his low and short kickoffs often sabotaged a good coverage unit.</font>



    <font class="text"><strong>SCOUTING REPORT: </strong>LG Kris Dielman has added bulk, especially to his lower body. The muscle is a part of his attempt to maintain endurance throughout the season. Dielman (6-4, 310) was remarkable in his first year as a starter. He infused the line with intensity and established himself as a fine finisher in run blocking. But he was not the same player at the end of December that he was in the early part of the season. He knows he cannot play at his ferocious level throughout the season without getting both better and bigger. </font>

    <font class="text"><strong>REHAB UPDATE: </strong>LT Roman Oben is expected to be out of his protective boot by the end of the month, pending X-rays showing his surgically repaired foot has healed sufficiently. Already able to walk on his still-swollen foot, operated on twice this offseason, Oben will then try to jog, run and eventually push off. The only real injury question going into training camp, Oben also occupies a position that is perhaps the biggest concern for the 2006 Chargers. His experience and ability make him the best option ahead of rookie Marcus McNeill or '05 fill-in Leander Jordan, who has been impressive in the offseason but lacks the consistency required of a left tackle. </font>

    <font class="text"><strong>INSIDE DISH: </strong>Indications through the offseason workouts and minicamps are that Clinton Hart is the strongest candidate to start at strong safety. The question is whether he is far enough ahead to relegate Bhawoh Jue to a reserve role. Jue was signed as a free agent in 2005 and started last year at free safety but will be replaced this season by free agent Marlon McCree. Schottenheimer is fighting for his job, and he has the final say once training camp starts. So it is likely he goes with who he thinks gives him the best chance -- giving no thought to which player the Chargers have more invested. </font>

    <font class="text"><strong>WIDE RECEIVERS ANALYSIS: </strong>B-plus. There is no deep threat, just a bunch of reliable runners and catchers. </font>
     

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