Lightning Quicks: Drew Brees solid

The San Diego Chargers lost on Saturday in their first preseason game but there were plenty of positives that came from the game. One positive was no significant injuries to report from the game. There were also some negatives that ticked off Marty Schottenheimer, a result of mental lapses that cannot carry over to the regular season if this team hopes to win.

The all-time preseason series between San Diego and the Colts is tied at 2-2 after the Chargers 21-17 loss. The Bolts had prevailed by a 33-3 count when the teams last met prior to the 1998 season. The Chargers are 12-8 in the regular season series, but lost the most recent head-to-head meeting, 27-19, in 1999.

"It really hasn't sunk in," LaDainian Tomlinson said of his record setting deal that will keep him in San Diego through 2011. "Something I wanted to do is stay with this organization. I will continue to give my all to this organization."

Drew Brees completed his first seven passes before throwing an incompletion intended for Justin Peelle in the second quarter. He went 7-for-8 for 82 yards during his first three series and was 11-for-14 for 156 yards and a touchdown for the game.

"Brees was awesome," Tomlinson said of the day Brees had. LT, of course, sat the game out.

"I thought (Brees) played terrific," Schottenheimer concluded.

Reche Caldwell played in three quarters, needing the extra repetitions after a season in which he dropped more passes than he caught. Caldwell caught a key 33 yard reception from Brees during the Bolts first scoring drive in the first quarter. The ball was slightly behind him and Caldwell made a nice adjustment to the ball.

In the second quarter, Caldwell caught a 20 yard reception and went tumbling down at midfield. Caldwell had an offensive pass interference called on him that was declined when Indianapolis picked off a Cleo Lemon pass that went his way.

Caldwell remains on his final legs with the team and a poor showing in preseason could be his ultimate demise. The former second round pick is now in his fourth year. Marty Schottenheimer still has high hopes for the receiver but he can only do so much.

Carlos Polk committed a personal foul penalty on a return from Wes Welker in the first quarter. Polk has been a special teams standout in the past but last year penalties were just as big a part of his game. Polk was also flagged for offsides in the second quarter while playing defense. Omari Hand was also flagged for two first half penalties. He had a roughing the passer which contributed to a touchdown and a holding penalty on a return.

The Chargers were also called for two different instances on special teams where they had 12 men on the field. In the third quarter they had only ten men on the field during a punt as Polk raced onto the field late to give them a full assortment of players.

The first team offensive line looked efficient in their first game of the year. They gave Brees adequate time and gave running room to their backs.

Jesse Chatman ran well in his third year with San Diego. Chatman ran eight times for 41 yards and had a long of 24. Michael Turner had one of the better blitz pickups of the game to save Drew Brees from eating turf in the second quarter. He did not perform well as a back, gaining just seven yards on eight carries.

"Jesse Chatman was excellent, which means the offensive line had to be doing a reasonably good job,'' coach Marty Schottenheimer said. Chatman ran with the first team offense.

Mike Scifres pinned three of his six kicks inside the Indy 20 yard line. He only missed one opportunity to stick Indy deep as it went into the end zone for a touchback. Not one of his kicks was returned.

Welker had seven punt returns for 80 yards. He bust a 44 yard return late in the game that setup a field goal. He did not, and this is no surprise, call for a fair catch. He also had two kickoff returns for 41 yards with a long of 29.

Aaron Moorehead made the catch of the game for the Colts. Running down the left sidelines with Drayton Florence in tight coverage, the ball bounced off Moorehead and down his back. He was stuck a hand behind his back and the ball fell right in and Moorehead was off, going 80 yards for the touchdown. Florence may have had a chance for the interception as it went down his back but it was a great play by Moorehead to snare the ball.

"I just took a stab at it," said Moorehead, who finished with five receptions for 121 yards and a touchdown. "I knew it was back there. I had a real good feeling of where it was it. I just took a stab at it, it hit my hand and it took off."


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