This is the NFL.
The Chargers are a damn good football team that plays hard, with passion, and finally shows some of the characteristics of their coach.
Each week the leading contributor seemingly changes, offensively and defensively. That has to be the way of things when the opposition can focus on Tomlinson alone in hopes of containing the team.
The Chargers defense will be the first to tell you that containing the run is their primary responsibility. They have taken the exact mantra that their opponents have and perfected it – well it is getting there.
"It all starts with number 76," Marty Schottenheimer said.
Jamal Williams has been everything that you could want from a nose tackle. He is taking on double teams and still making plays.
There has been a trickle down effect for the entire defense.
"It is fun to see the progress we are making," said Schottenheimer. "We certainly haven't gotten anywhere, but we are making progress.
"The subtlety and nuances in the secondary are a little more difficult than the rushing defense."
The pass coverage did show signs of life on Sunday. Jamar Fletcher and Drayton Florence each had picks.
And the rotation of members of the secondary will likely continue on Sunday in Atlanta with Sammy Davis keeping his starting job – for now.
Schottenheimer called the Fletcher pick "spectacular" and offered as much praise as he could when he said, "I think he did a credible job."
"We just made plays," Florence said. "We have the talent. We have the coaching. Teams come in here and don't believe that we can beat them. It is getting out but if we can keep it quiet for these two big road games."
Although the passing numbers were high, the Chargers had a big lead for much of the game, similar to last week against Tennessee. Teams have to throw to get in the game and they can take the underneath clock eating plays anytime they want.
There is progress in San Diego and the reps on defense are making them even better. The rotation was already in among the front seven and the back four has taken on the properties. They are growing and the reality is the possibilities for the season are limitless. If the offense can stake them to a lead more often than not, the defense will continue to rise.
The harsh reality is the rest of the NFL better keep their eyes open. A bolt of lightning is coming their way.
Today's song lyrics are from Rush and the song entitled ‘Camera Eye' off the Moving Pictures album
Yesterday's song lyrics were from Pink Floyd's song ‘Time' off the Dark Side of the Moon
The attendance wasn't great but the crowd was pumped. Now if they could just sell the game out the Q would really be rocking.
Ball performed well in his first start of the year but also had some mistakes.
"It was obvious he had not seen live contact in a while," Schottenheimer said.