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Inside Slant

Discussion in 'Latest Chargers News & Headlines' started by robdog, Oct 19, 2005.

  1. robdog

    robdog Code Monkey Staff Member Administrator

    Jun 29, 2009
    Source: <a href="http://www.usatoday.com/sports/football/nfl/chargers/home.htm" target="_blank">USA Today</a>

    The Chargers were yapping on Monday. But instead of talking about reaching .500 or their fourth straight win over the Raiders, it was all about "The Pass".
    The Chargers were still having fun with LaDainian Tomlinson throwing his second touchdown pass of the season when the Chargers punched out the Raiders, 27-14.

    While Tomlinson scored from the ground and by receiving a Drew Brees pass, it was his scoring toss to Justin Peelle which still had everyone chatting.

    But while Tomlinson kids Brees about his better quarterback rating, he said it might be time to put the gadget away for the year.

    "If you start to do it too much, they start to catch on," said Tomlinson, who has completed 4-of-5 passes for three touchdowns in his career. "Maybe next year we will do another one here."

    Tomlinson is just trying to be coy. The Chargers will probably use it again, and if not, the seed is planted that defense must go ahead and prepare for it.

    Coach Marty Schottenheimer said what makes the play so tempting is that if Tomlinson's receiver is covered, it not the end of the world.

    "The beauty of the thing is if the guy isn't open, then 'LT' can run it," Schottenheimer said of his versatile back, who threw a touchdown pass to Keenan McCardell earlier this year. "And those are pretty good odds, as well."

    What are the odds of the Chargers winning two of three games against teams coming off their bye weeks? Hard to say, but they'll get the chance to do just that on Sunday when traveling to Philadelphia to face a well-rested Eagles team.

    The Chargers have split the previous two games against squads just off their byes, losing a heartbreaker to the Pittsburgh Steelers and dominating the Raiders on Sunday.


    -RB LaDainian Tomlinson was the seventh player in NFL history to pull off the "triple crown" of scoring - via the pass, run and reception in a single game.

    -The Chargers have won four straight over the Raiders, which undoubtedly brings a smile to coach Marty Schottenheimer's face. "He hates the Raiders," SS Terrence Kiel said.

    -DE Igor Olshansky has played two solid games in a row. He had a career-high two sacks against the Raiders.

    -Word is that the Chargers will take a fourth-round pick for injured LG Toniu Fonoti.

    -Veteran DB Jerry Wilson saw his first significant action of the year Sunday, after getting beat out by Bhawoh Jue for the starting free safety spot. "Even old man Jerry Wilson was out there," crowed DB Quentin Jammer. Wilson led an injury-depleted secondary with five tackles.


    -RT Shane Olivea (knee) will test his knee this week in practice, but he could be out for another week. If so, Leander Jordan would replace him.

    -LG Toniu Fonoti (hand) is out another week. The team is trying to trade him before Tuesday's deadline.

    -CB Sammy Davis (ankle) might not be able to practice on Wednesday.

    -CB Drayton Florence (ankle) could practice on Wednesday.

    -WR Eric Parker (ankle) is questionable.

    -OC Nick Hardwick (ankle) could practice on Wednesday or Thursday.

    -TE Ryan Krause (foot) is still in a walking boot.

    -RG Mike Goff (ankle) is questionable.

    -RB Darren Sproles (ankle) should be able to practice on Wednesday.



    PASSING OFFENSE: A - Drew Brees is steady, and that is what's important in this offense; no turnovers and a TD pass to LaDainian Tomlinson. Of course, Tomlinson matched him on a day when everything was working. The pass-blocking was pretty impressive, considering there were three players working in the second half who weren't opening day starters. Brees' favorite target? FB Lorenzo Neal, who has a team-high four catches. That shows that Brees is content to check down and not risk an interception by going downfield.

    RUSHING OFFENSE: A - Tomlinson was the focus of the Raiders' defense and he still managed to rush for 140 yards and a score on 31 carries. Don't overlook backup Michael Turner and his 7.1-yard average on seven carries. The run-blocking here was effective - and that is about all Tomlinson needs to find a little wiggle room and take off.

    PASS DEFENSE: C - Was tested even though Randy Moss left in the first quarter with injuries. Sammy Davis was replacing starter Drayton Florence, then Davis went down. But backups Jamar Fletcher and Jerry Wilson held on, and the unit was able to bend but not break. Quentin Jammer had one of his better days. The pass rush nabbed four sacks; Igor Olshansky had a career-high two.

    RUSH DEFENSE: A - So much for the LaMont Jordan hype. The Raiders could not run the ball, and when they fell so far behind so early, they wouldn't run it. Overall, they collect only 39 yards on the ground as Jamal Williams clogs the middle and Donnie Edwards gathers a team-high eight tackles.

    SPECIAL TEAMS: C - Reche Caldwell filled in for Darren Sproles (ankle) and reels off a 60-yard kick return to open the game and set the tone. Mike Scifres was back to his old self, as four efforts were downed inside the 20. Coverage units had few leaks; K Nate Kaeding runs his consecutive streak to 10 of made field goals.

    COACHING: A - It just oozes through Marty Schottenheimer's pores: he hates the Raiders. And the players seem to respond to how much disdain he has for an organization he feels doesn't give anyone respect - that's what he tells the players at least. He runs his record against Oakland to 24-7. The Chargers prove early that the short week wouldn't hurt them and that seemed to stun the coming-off-the-bye Raiders. Getting the ball to Tomlinson is always a good thing, and the offensive game plan wasn't light in that regard.

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