Chargers Game Notes and Thoughts

The San Diego Chargers lost to the Miami Dolphins on Monday, 26-10. Their record drops to 1-6 and they will head to Chicago next week in a game of ineptitude, but even the Bears have won two games this season.

David Boston was booed by the Arizona faithful every time he touched the ball. The former Cardinal left the team in free agency for the San Diego Chargers and there is no love lost between them. This was termed a home game for the Chargers. It was nothing close to that. The saddest part, the word ‘Chargers' was painted in each end zone.

Boston ended the night with five catches for 82 yards to lead the team in receiving yards. Donnie Edwards paced the defense with nine tackles, one pass defense and a forced fumble that led to San Diego's only touchdown.

Donations were taken in Tempe for the game on Monday night, as admission was free. The donations will go towards fire relief and it is estimated $500,000 was donated tonight to aid the County of San Diego. Five Arizona Cardinals players and some of the team's cheerleaders helped collect funds for the fund, including Marcel Shipp, kicker Tim Duncan, defensive end Kenny King, guard Tony Wragge and linebacker Tony Gilbert.

Contributions can be sent to the San Diego Fire Relief Fund, P.O. Box 609609, San Diego, CA 92160.

San Diego should get a Monday Night Football home game vs. Miami next season. It would be fitting after losing out on the return of Junior Seau. It would take some scheduling changes as they will not meet based on their end of season records at this point, but special arrangements should be made.

San Diego has faced a crisis with its raging fires; they lost income to the visitors that were supposed to come to the game and lost much more. The NFL needs to step up.

The Chargers, for the first time ever in team history, wore blue on blue – blue jerseys with blue pants. It should be the last time after a dreadful performance.

Can anyone explain why the Chargers didn't throw a pass into the end zone on the final play of the half? On 4th and 21 from the Miami 47, Drew Brees could not reach the end zone? Plenty of time was left on the clock at the time and Doug Flutie could have been run in. That non-play epitomizes the feeling in San Diego. Not throwing on the final play of the half was giving in to a loss. Imagine if the Chargers had completed the pass for a touchdown. Imagine the euphoria in the locker room. We can only imagine.

Brian Griese went 15 of 16 in the first half for 157 yards and three touchdowns. Anyone think he is the new starter in Miami? Griese went 20-29 on the day for 192 yards.

Matt Turk – kick the ball! Where on earth was this cat? He got a high punt and had a year to reset and punt the ball. Instead he tucked the ball and ran, coming up short of the first and giving the Chargers a lifeline in Miami territory to open the half. In Charger-like fashion, the Bolts would not capitalize.

Terrence Kiel will testify on Tuesday against the man who shot him three times. He admits to feeling pain to this day on every tackle he makes.

The matchup between LaDainian Tomlinson and Ricky Williams did not meet the card it was billed as. Tomlinson had 62 yards rushing on 24 carries with a touchdown. He also added 80 yards receiving on 11 receptions. Williams had 69 yards on 23 carries and 26 yards on five receptions.

Patrick Surtain had two interceptions on the day and is tied with Corey Chavous and Brian Russell, both Minnesota Vikings, for the league lead with six.

The Chargers allowed six sacks on the day. They had allowed just nine in the previous six games.

Junior Seau had just four tackles on the day, but did come up big when he called a play that was about to happen yelling, "It's a run, it's a run!"

Denis Savage can be reached at safage@cox.net

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