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Old 09-10-2004   #10
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okay --- i'll avoid smak, cuz i'm all smacked out today..... so here is the truth about the Chargers..... compare what i say with what you observe in the game on sunday..

1) Tomlinson is virtually unstoppable.....

2) OL --- chargers fans have been ripping the OL to pieces for a couple years now.... but what it really comes down to is that OL can be separated into 2 catagories... run blocking and pass blocking.... the chargers run blocking part of it gets an "A".... the pass blocking part gets an "incomplete" at this point.... i'm happy to say that the chargers didn't give up one sack this preseason in 4 games.... we acquired Oben (starter in superbowl for Buccaneers) to play left tackle..... Fonoti is brilliant against run, getting better vs. pass...... our Center is a rookie --- yes, he is a rookie, but a very talented rookie (how many rookie centers were drafted at the top of the 3rd round? it's rare)... so then we have Goff who's known for being very good run-blocker and average pass blocker... Then we have Olivea (rookie) as our right tackle... Olivea is the biggest question mark..... sure he played perfectly in his 4th preseason game, but the game before that he was havnig some trouble... so as Texans fans, you'll want to mainly keep an eye on the right side of the chargers OL regarding getting any pressure on the QB... because Oben holds his own....

3) TE --- Antonio Gates is fantastic.... he never played a down of football in college, just played basketball... dropped off the radar in last years' draft.... so after he learned to play football last year, he started playing around the 9th game of the season --- then proceeded to improve quickly, then lit it up at the end of the season..... he's dominant in both phases, receiving and blocking and he's our 2nd biggest star on offense... you'll see a lot of him matched up with your coverage LBs.... good luck..

4) WR --- mostly unproven...... Eric Parker is as consistant as it gets, but he's not particularly amazing in any phase..... he just gets open and makes great catches... he's not a burner, but he's fast... (he's not Andre Johnson though)... Parker's problem has been injuries, not performance...... Caldwell is our phenonom with low IQ..... he's got everything you would ever want except a brain... so he's been a slow growth player --- our offensive coordinator, brees, and Schottenheimer seem to think he could be a pro bowler this year since he's finally "gotten it" in training camp this year ---- but us chargers fans would like to see him "get it" during a regular season game..... anyway, our WRs are mostly unproven, so you could expect to win this battle, but down count on it 100%... they will make some plays here and there..

5) Drew Brees is not the problem and everyone here in SD knows it..... He was never the problem...... his OL gave way too many pressures last year, thus the revamping of OL this offseason.. Brees won't go deep on you, but he seems to be the chargers greatest sack alluder of all-time.... he just senses pressure somehow and always manages to slip away... he doesn't take off and run for many yards, but he certainly knows how to avoid the pressure.. He has a little bit of accuracy issues when throwing over 25 yards...

6) The reason for the chargers terrible year last two years is because of the hideous defensive coordination of Dale Lindsay (who was fired after the season).... it was plain as day --- we have good talent on defense buy this Lindsay dumbass got his first chance ever to be a DC and he completely failed... by the end of the season, still the players were saying "who's got that guy, and who's got this guy, where i am i supposed to be on this play"..... schott took Lindsay's power away and had to friggin micromanage the damn defense in the middle of the damn games in the 2nd half of the season..... Thus the hiring of 3-4 master Wade Philips...... YES!!!!!!!!!!!

7) DL ---- you wont find one chargers fan that is unhappy with our DL.... serious bodies there...... basically 3 defensive tackles.......

8) our LBs are considered the deepest, strongest part of our team ---- yes, the chargers lead the league in sacks during the preseason, but that was just preseason.... we'll see what happens during the regular season...... Donnie Edwards is the leader on defense and is just plain great......

9) CBs ---- a couple of 1st rounders, Jammer and Sammy Davis --- we like our CBs a lot, but Dale Lindsay had them so confused, it was a catastrophy last year until Schott micro managed he damn defense...

10) Safties --- Terrance Kiel is awesome..... Wilson is average, but overall we like them a lot.....

it all comes down to the Defensive Coordinator.... That is the reason for the bad season last year...... our offense was perfectly fine other than weaknesses in pass blocking which have bee addressed this year in offseason..... the defense brought this team to the dregs.....

special teams are excellent in all phases except for one --- kick off distance.... Kaeding will kick mostly to about the 10 or 15 yard line, so expect to get some good field position in this way.....

good luck..... i still think the Bolts win by 10 or more, but hey, it's a game, anything can happen....
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