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NORTH COUNTY TIMES REPORT CARD!! WHATS YOUR GRADE?

Discussion in 'Chargers Fan Forum' started by Haterproof2020, Nov 9, 2009.

  1. Haterproof2020

    Haterproof2020 BoltTalker

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    Quarterbacks ---- B

    This wasn't Philip Rivers' finest hour, but it was one whale of a last minute. He rebounded from throwing a pick to find WR Vincent Jackson for the game-winning touchdown on the next drive. He did throw two interceptions, half as many as he tossed in the season's first seven games combined. But forget the picks. It's the pass he threw to Jackson that will long be remembered.

    Running backs ---- F

    When Rivers has the longest run of the day, you know the stuff here wasn't any good. LaDainian Tomlinson averaged a puny 1.8 yards on his 12 carries for 22 yards. Rivers rushed for 15 on a scamper that looked so awkward the official told him he needs to slide sooner. But it's hard to run with no room to roam.

    Receivers ---- B

    Jackson goes for two scores as he continues to make a name for himself ---- there is no better place to do it than the Big Apple. TE Antonio Gates, RB Darren Sproles and Jackson all had five catches. There were two drops by Gates and one by WR Malcom Floyd. Kudos to TE Kris Wilson for his first touchdown reception as a Charger.

    Offensive line ---- B

    When the Chargers absolutely had to keep Rivers' uniform clean, the big uglies were pretty darn good. Rivers didn't get touched on the final possession. Run-blocking remains a work in progress, with little progress occurring Sunday. But this outing was won through the air and there were no errors from the line with the game hanging in the balance.

    Defensive line ---- C

    Too many easy runs, especially early on. The Giants ran for 116 yards ---- that's too many. DE Jacques Cesaire led the unit with four tackles. He recorded a sack of Giants QB Eli Manning and hit Manning on another occasion. DT Alfonso Boone ---- part of the Boone, Ian Scott and Ogemdi Nwagbuo rotation inside ---- collected a sack. DE Luis Castillo is quiet in his homecoming game, tallying just one assist.

    Linebackers ---- B

    Shawne Merriman and Shaun Phillips combined for three sacks; Stephen Cooper had a game-high 13 tackles. The run-stopping problems continued, but the push off the edges continued its resurgence. Phillips, another New Jersey kid, had eight tackles and forced two fumbles.

    Secondary ---- B

    Manning didn't inflict much damage, as this revamped secondary continued to play with more consistency, allowing just 215 passing yards. CB Antonio Cromartie, FS Paul Oliver, SS Kevin Ellison all missed tackles, but there was also a teeth-rattling hit courtesy of FS Eric Weddle.

    Special teams ---- B

    The Giants were determined to keep Sproles' damage on returns to a minimum, so they seldom kicked the ball his way. The coverage units were keen. Three of P Mike Scifres' five efforts landed inside the Giants 20. Just where was that legendary Meadowlands wind?

    Coaching ---- A

    With the season on the brink, Norv Turner did what he does best: he turned the game over to a quarterback and let Rivers do the rest. Defensive coordinator Ron Rivera continued to turn loose his blitz packages, coming from the outside linebackers and secondary. Great team win, and it isn't just all because of the players.
     
  2. MMJ4mil

    MMJ4mil BoltTalker

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    i love reading grades. in soccer they have player ratings for each player on a scale to 10.

    if i was more into the chargers i would do it hehe
     
  3. AnteaterCharger

    AnteaterCharger Calibrating Bolttalk, Podcast by Podcast Staff Member Super Moderator Podcaster

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    The only thing I'd note is that the Giants are notoriously tough on the running game - though you saw the two big runs last week that hte Eagles had against the Giants, you didn't see that the Eagles run game was stifled the rest of the game. So this was kinda like running against any good run stopping team, especialy one known to give up as many big plays through the air
     

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