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Scouting the Chargers

Discussion in 'San Diego Chargers Hall of Champions' started by robdog, Dec 16, 2005.

  1. robdog

    robdog Code Monkey Staff Member Administrator

    Jun 29, 2009
    Source: <a href="http://www.indystar.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20051216/SPORTS03/512160446" target="_blank">IndyStar.com</a>

    By Phillip B. Wilson

    Offensive trends
    San Diego is led by the star tandem of RB LaDainian Tomlinson and TE Antonio Gates, two of the best at their positions. Throw in QB Drew Brees having a career year and veteran WR Keenan McCardell and the Chargers have the league's No. 3 offense at 29.1 points per game. When they score more than 24 points, they're 7-0. When they don't, they're 1-5. They usually get off to a fast start -- San Diego has outscored foes 76-29 in the first quarter. The Chargers are eighth at 357.3 total yards per game.

    When they pass the ball
    Brees will eclipse his 2002 career-best season of 3,284 passing yards with 193 on Sunday. The former Purdue star is averaging 238 per game. Gates is the first target. He's fifth in the NFL with 76 receptions and ninth with 997 receiving yards. His nine TDs are one more than McCardell, who has 55 catches for 720 yards. Tomlinson is third on the team with 43 catches. He's also thrown three TD passes. WR Eric Parker needs six catches to better his personal-best of 47 last year.

    When they run the ball
    It's quite simple: When L.T. runs for 100 yards, the Chargers are 5-0. In the losses, he's averaged 53.6 yards per game, 2.9 yards per carry. When he has 20 carries, San Diego is 6-1. And nobody is more important when it comes to scoring TDs -- he has 19, all but two rushing. Injuries have forced six different line combinations. LT Roman Oben has missed the past five games with a foot injury but is expected to return Sunday. RG Mike Goff is the only lineman to start all 13 games.

    Defensive trends
    San Diego's 38 sacks are nine more than it had in 2004. Rookie OLB Shawne Merriman, the 12th overall pick in April, has a team-high seven sacks. Fellow first-round selection Luis Castillo has made an equally fast impact with 32 tackles and 21/2 sacks from DE. The Chargers are 13th in points allowed at 19.4 per game. They're 14th in yards allowed at 309.8 per game. OLB Donnie Edwards has a team-leading 118 tackles, 54 more than the next Charger, ILB Randall Godfrey.

    Defending the run
    One of the biggest reasons this 3-4 scheme is No. 1 in run defense is 6-3, 348-pound NT Jamal Williams, who was named the team's best defensive player last year and a Pro Bowl alternate. Williams is fifth in tackles with 43. No opposing back has run for more than 93 yards this season. San Diego has allowed 78.8 rushing yards per game, and the past eight foes have managed just 69.4 rush yards per game. The Chargers are also fourth in rush average at 3.5 yards allowed per carry. SS Terrence Kiel has 56 tackles.

    Defending the pass
    The Chargers pressure QBs from all angles; sixteen players have contributed at least a half sack. Second-year reserve LB Shaun Phillips has six. But if San Diego can't rattle passers, it usually means trouble. The Chargers are 27th in pass defense at 231.1 yards allowed per game. The secondary has trouble coming up with INTs. FS Bhawoh Jue has three. Edwards has two. CB Quentin Jammer gets picked on a lot. He has 12 passes defended but no INTs.

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