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Penalties cost Chargers big plays

Discussion in 'Chargers Fan Forum' started by Johnny Lightning, Nov 5, 2007.

  1. Johnny Lightning

    Johnny Lightning Go Bolts

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    By Casey Pearce, Chargers.com

    The Chargers committed a season-high 10 penalties Sunday that cost them 67 yards and wiped out a handful of big plays.

    In the second quarter, an offensive pass interference call on Vincent Jackson negated what would have been a 21-yard reception, one that would have given the Chargers a first down at the Minnesota 34-yard line.

    Later in the third quarter, an illegal formation penalty brought back a six-yard Brandon Manumaleuna catch on 3<SUP>rd</SUP>-and-4.

    Perhaps the most costly came early in the fourth quarter with the Chargers trailing 21-17. The Bolts were again whistled for an illegal formation on a play in which wide receiver Chris Chambers hauled in a 40-yard pass from Philip Rivers. That play would have given the Bolts the ball at the Minnesota 38.

    “Penalties like that hurt us,” Rivers said. “We kind of stubbed our toe a couple times. It wasn’t a good performance.”

    Naanee on the board

    Turner lauded the progression of rookie Legedu Naanee during the week, and on Sunday the Bolts’ fifth-round draft pick showed what his coach was talking about.

    Naanee enjoyed the most extensive action he’s seen on offense this season and recorded his first two catches of his career. His first grab went for 22 yards and moments later, Naanee caught a 17-yard pass on 3<SUP>rd</SUP>-and-12 to keep a drive a live. LaDainian Tomlinson scored four plays later.

    “It definitely felt great to get in there and contribute to a scoring drive,” Naanee said. “I’ve stayed patient and really tried to learn from watching the other guys while I’m on the sideline.”

    Wide receiver Kassim Osgood also recorded his first two catches of the season Sunday, both of which came in the fourth quarter.

    For kicks

    After being named AFC Special Teams Player of the Week for his performance last Sunday against Houston, punter Mike Scifres followed up with another impressive afternoon. Scifres’ first punt pinned Minnesota at their own eight-yard line. He matched his season long with a 65-yard boot on his second try and launched a 57-yarder on his third attempt.

    Scifres finished the day with a 54.9 yard average on eight punts. Five of the eight pinned Minnesota inside their own 20-yard line.

    Takeaway

    The Chargers entered Sunday tied for second in the NFL with 19 takeaways and they added to that total. They forced two fumbles, both on timely plays. Early in the third quarter, Vikings running back Chester Taylor lost the handle at the San Diego three-yard line as he was about to break a 14-14 tie.

    With the Vikings threatening to make it a 28-17 game in the fourth quarter, linebacker Stephen Cooper stripped Adrian Peterson at the Chargers’ 19.

    Flash Gordon

    Cornerback Cletis Gordon is widely considered on of the fastest players on the Chargers’ roster, and his speed came in handy Sunday. Midway through the first quarter, Vikings wide receiver Aundrae Allison broke away on a kickoff return and had nothing but green between him and the end zone. Fortunately for the Chargers, Gordon chased the rookie down from behind and held him to a 62-yard return.

    Another special one

    In addition to his NFL-record return of Ryan Longwell’s missed field goal, cornerback Antonio Cromartie made another huge play on special teams Sunday. Cromartie got a piece of Chris Kluwe’s first quarter punt and caused the ball to travel just 25 yards.

    The Chargers took advantage of the field position and went on to score their only offensive touchdown of the afternoon.

    Castillo dinged

    Defensive end Luis Castillo left the game with an ankle injury and did not return. Turner wouldn’t speculate on the severity of the injury but did say, “It looks like one that could keep him out a while.”

    Cornerback Quentin Jammer was the only other player on the team’s postgame medical report. He left the game with after re-aggravating a hamstring injury he suffered last week but returned in the second half and finished the game.
     
  2. BOLTS4LIFE

    BOLTS4LIFE Banned Banned

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    That's ALL on the COACH!!!!
     
  3. Buck Melanoma

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    Back in the AFC Elite, huh? :unsure:

    What the hell happened yesterday? Run D sucked (AP is good, but not as good as we made him look) & PR looked like crap.

    Only bright spots:

    Cromartie's return
    LT passing Jim Brown on TD list
    All other division foes lost

    Was this a homecoming gift from Cottrell? :icon_evil:
     
  4. Shamrock

    Shamrock Well-Known Member

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    Some non-calls on the Vikes sure helped them as well.

    What was up with the moronic clock operator? Mike Carey's crew was borderline incompetent.
     
  5. boltssbbound

    boltssbbound Well-Known Member

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    Yeah, there were some horrible penalty calls in that game. The offensive interference penalty on VJ was totally bogus, and then, a few minutes later, VJ was mugged and the officials called nothing.
     
  6. AnteaterCharger

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

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    the play clock wasn't working all day anyway
     
  7. P88F

    P88F BoltTalker

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    I wonder if Bill Belicheck had anything to do with it? :icon_shrug:
     
  8. Boltdiehard

    Boltdiehard Well-Known Member

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    Exactly. I'm not ready to blame this loss on them but the officials fuced us in the *** yesterday. :icon_evil: What the hell was the penalty on the long pass play to Chambers? :icon_shrug:
     

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