Chargers to Start Flutie

Doug Flutie will be the starting quarterback when the San Diego Chargers face the Detroit Lions this Sunday. Two days after holding his

"I'm basing it on what is in the best interests of our football team," said Marty Schottenheimer.

Schottenheimer chooses the 41 year old vet to be his pony in hopes that he will lead the Chargers to a victory for just the third time all season.

"After having had an opportunity to look at Detroit and what they are doing on defense -- they are a very good defensive football team -- but with what they are doing, they are not going to change, no matter who is playing quarterback," said Schottenheimer. "So on that basis, I feel very comfortable making that decision today."

The defense is coincidently run by his brother, Kurt.

Schottenheimer contends the front four of Detroit is capable of making big plays and will push the Chargers line without using blitzes or extra men. That escapability with Doug Flutie could become key if that is the case.

"They are an outstanding defensive front. The two defensive tackles as a pair are the best we'll see all year. Shaun Rogers and Dan Wilkinson, they take up a lot of space in the middle. We had Dan in Washington. He played well for us. In the game (last) Thursday against Green Bay, he played the best I've ever seen him play."

Flutie is completing 53.2% of his attempts on 69-132 passing. What he has done is thrown for seven touchdowns compared to three interceptions. Drew Brees has 12 interceptions to his seven touchdowns.

His completion percentage is a bit misleading as balls are routinely dropped by San Diego receivers. Just last week, six of Flutie's incompletions were the result of dropped balls.

"Doug has shown an ability to enable the offense to make progress and score some points."

In the end, scoring points is what this game is about.

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