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History in the making?

Discussion in 'Chargers Fan Forum' started by Chargerpower, Dec 30, 2005.

  1. Chargerpower

    Chargerpower BoltTalker

    Oct 14, 2005

    It’s been 20 years since an NFL team featured two running backs with at least 1,000 yards in the same season. Chargers Head Coach Marty Schottenheimer had a first-hand account of the occasion, but his players hope that he doesn’t get to see it happen this weekend.

    Schottenheimer coached Cleveland’s Earnest Byner (1,002 yards) and Kevin Mack (1,104 yards) to the feat with the Browns. Broncos running back Mike Anderson has 1,014 yards and will most likely miss Saturday’s contest against the Chargers. Second-year back Tatum Bell is just around the corner from the coveted mark.

    “We certainly hope we don’t see that happen this weekend,” linebacker Donnie Edwards said. “We take a lot of pride in shutting down the run. No one was happy what Larry Johnson did to us last week, so we’re anxious to bounce back.”

    The Chargers maintained their league-best ranking against the run despite giving up 131 yards to Johnson at Kansas City last Saturday. Ironically, with 869 yards, that’s the same total Bell needs to get to 1,000 on the season.

    “They don’t give up a lot of yards,” Bell said. “I know it’s not going to be easy. I feel like I can go out and get it, but it’s going to be a long, hard game on the ground.”

    Bell’s current career-high for yards in a game is 127. That number came on just 12 carries against the Washington Redskins earlier this season. Bell scored on runs of 34 and 55 yards on the day.

    “He’s a big-play guy,” linebacker Randall Godfrey said. “He can hit you for the big one. He’s a shifty guy. We have to stay disciplined, stay in our lanes and get him to the ground.”

    Prior to Johnson’s effort, the most yards the Chargers had given up to one back in a game this season was 93 by Dallas’ Julius Jones in the season opener.

    “They’re offense is predicated on the run,” Edwards said. “They want to establish it so that they can run the bootlegs and play action. We’ve been pretty stout against the run all season. Hopefully we can close the season out that way.”

    Holiday Bowl-ing

    Several Chargers players have made plans to attend the Pacific Life Holiday Bowl tonight at Qualcomm Stadium. It will be particularly special for four Bolts. Quarterback A.J. Feeley, tight end Justin Peelle and defensive end Igor Olshansky attended Oregon and rookie guard Wes Sims played at Oklahoma.

    Peelle and Feeley participated in the game in 2000 when their Ducks defeated Quinten Jammer’s Texas Longhorns.

    Injury update

    Safety Bhawoh Jue (knee), defensive tackle Jamal Williams (foot) and Olshansky (thigh) did not practice Thursday and are questionable for Saturday’s contest.

    Safety Terrence Kiel (ankle) was placed on injured reserve, ending his season a week early. In order to fill his roster spot, the team elevated cornerback Markus Curry from the practice squad to the 53-man roster. Curry, a rookie from Michigan, spent the entire season on Bolts’ practice squad.


    Don Banks of SI.com revisited last April’s draft Thursday, giving his opinion of where players would have gone if NFL general managers knew then what they know now. Banks had the 49ers selecting linebacker Shawne Merriman with the first overall pick.

    “Merriman, who went 12th to San Diego, has made a bigger impact than any defensive rookie, and he looks like he'll be a playmaking force for years to come,” wrote Banks.

    He also had high praise for defensive end Luis Castillo. With Merriman figuratively off the board, he had the Chargers selecting Castillo with the 12th pick.

    “The Chargers nailed both of their first-round picks, taking Merriman 12th and Castillo 28th. But since they weren't in position to steal Merriman with their first pick in our draft, we're trying to do the right thing and award them Castillo, who has actually seen more playing time this season than Merriman,” Banks said.

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