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Chargers's plan is to follow up on success

Discussion in 'Latest Chargers News & Headlines' started by robdog, Sep 15, 2006.

  1. robdog

    robdog Code Monkey Staff Member Administrator

    Jun 29, 2009
    Source: <a target="_blank" href="http://www.sdboltreport.com">SD Bolt Report</a>

    <img align="left" alt="Shawne Merriman already a leader" title="Shawne Merriman already a leader" src="http://media.scout.com/Media/Image/35/355571.jpg" />The San Diego Chargers will be on much surer footing if they can win this Sunday against the Tennessee Titans in their home opener.

    The Chargers are coming off a big win as they prepare for Sunday's visit by the Titans.

    Is that a good thing, or a bad thing?

    Good question.

    Last season, the Chargers often followed up a big win with a big stinker.

    That point was illustrated best when they knocked the Indianapolis Colts from the ranks of the unbeaten last December. While the Chargers were pounding their chests, they went toes up at home against the Miami Dolphins.

    "When I talk about some of the mistakes we made last year (that) we'll come back and correct this year, that's one of them," linebacker Shawne Merriman said. "We can't let that happen this year. We realize that."

    So they eye the Titans with a dose of confidence accompanied by a degree of apprehension. The front end of the Chargers' schedule is built in a manner that the time is now to load up on some wins.

    But the Titans, coming off a season-opening loss to the Jets, might present a problem or two.

    Or maybe the biggest problem is the Chargers themselves. That Monday night game with the Raiders was so built up, so hyped, it will be interesting to see if the Chargers can produce another solid performance.

    Coach Marty Schottenheimer is certain they will. Although he is just as certain -- while the players say otherwise -- they have never overlooked a rival after coming off a big win.

    "I've never thought that we've looked by anybody," he said. "I've seen us in situations where we haven't played as well as we would have liked to have played or could have played, but I don't think we've looked beyond anybody -- I haven't, personally."

    Schottenheimer said if his charges get overconfident, they should go sit in the darkness of the film room.

    "I don't think we'll have any problems putting it behind us," Schottenheimer said. "If the players want to look at the tape, they can look at it on their own. We've got to move forward with this short week that we've got."

    What the Chargers have to do is become dominant at home. Among the reasons they stayed at home for the playoffs was a lousy 4-4 record at Qualcomm Stadium. That has to change, or they likely won't make the playoffs for the second time since 1995.

    Merriman predicts the Chargers will approach this home season with a new attitude.

    "That's going to help us out in getting closer to our goal, and that's the Super Bowl," he said. "But right now, we have Tennessee in our way."

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