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Scouts: Inside the AFC West

Discussion in 'Latest Chargers News & Headlines' started by robdog, Aug 8, 2005.

  1. robdog

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    <strong>August 8, 2005</strong>
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    Under head coach Marty Schottenheimer and offensive coordinator Cam Cameron, the Chargers in 2004 ran a very low-risk offense. Marty insists on not making mistakes or throwing interceptions, and he wants his QBs simply to throw the ball away rather than take an unnecessary hit or forcing the ball into coverage. Drew Brees was also assisted by the emergence of TE Antonio Gates, who made a lot of big catches, especially on third down, and caught a lot of jump balls and was outstanding as a red-zone receiver. He becomes a safety net for Brees, and a guy that can make him look better and he also opens things up for WRs because of the attention that he gets.

    San Diego will have to overcome the loss of offensive line coach Hudson Houck, who made a mediocre unit into one of the biggest improved units in the NFL a year ago. And although new OL coach Carl Mauck is certainly solid, he is more of an aggressive yeller and screamer than a teacher, and it will be interesting to see if the offensive line can play with the same success that it did a year ago.

    This is an offense that will emphasis the run game behind LaDainian Tomlinson, and it will utilize play action off the run game, and it loves a lot of crossing routes designed for Brees to get the ball out quickly without a lot of risk, and let his receivers run after the catch. Cameron did a great a great job in 2004 in reducing the motion and shifting before the snap of the ball, and simplifying the playbook. It really seemed to become a comfort level for the young players, and that will continue in 2005, as this will be a very disciplined offense that doesn't turn the ball over and make a lot of mistakes.

    Defensively, Wade Phillips has done a great job on making the transformation from a 4-3 to a 3-4 defense. Phillips and Schottenheimer are both excellent defensive coaches and they preach discipline and they pay attention to detail. The Chargers have not really made a lot of changes in their defensive personnel, but they are able to plug guys in and teach them to play new positions. They get great linebacker play and their defensive line does a good job of reading and reacting, and letting the linebackers make most of the tackles. This is still not a team with a good secondary. However, not only do the LBs make plays vs. the run game, but they also blitz and they are the key to this defense. It is a unit that will should exactly the same in 2005 as they did in 2004, and with very fundamental and safe schemes.
     

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