Chargers Report Card week 16: Kansas City

The San Diego Chargers sent their B-team on the field Sunday and still came away with a victory of the Kansas City Chiefs. Second and third team players got to prove they belong in the NFL in a big way and eased some concerns the coaching staff had about the teams' depth.

QUARTERBACKS:

I sometimes have a tough time catching up to my son – and he just started crawling. It is tough to imagine Doug Flutie giving NFL defenses a hard time but he continues to do just that. "Doug Flutie had a hell of a game," Drew Brees said.

Philip Rivers admitted he was a little anxious out on the field and it took awhile for him to settle down. After hitting some initial bumps he seemed to settle down.

Grade: B+

RUNNING BACKS:

Michael Turner ran hard and powered his way through several tacklers, getting two long gains that setup scoring drives. For a player who was an unknown coming in, it was a breakout game. Andrew Pinnock filled in at fullback and also got some carries. He got some tough yards but wasn't as elusive as Turner. He did do a nice job in picking up the blitz and acting as a lead blocker. Both backs had fumbles, a no-no for anyone and especially young players

Grade: B-

WIDE RECEIVERS:

Malcom Floyd used his height to provide an advantage, especially in the red zone. He showed a nice burst, beating two defenders deep but the ball was delivered short and he could not come up with it. He did have some kinks in the armor and dropped one or two balls that should be caught. Kassim Osgood showed he is a capable receiver, making to big catches. Bobby Shaw was a no-show.

Grade: C+

TIGHT ENDS:

Ryan Krause stole the show. He made a great leaping grab on his touchdown reception and added a beautiful grab down the middle and gained an extra ten yards by sheer will. He ended the day with five receptions for 89 yards. He did make his rookie mistakes, including lining up in the wrong spot but his ability to lineup wide created matchup problems.

Grade: A-

OFFENSIVE LINE:

Nick Hardwick did a nice job manning center and snapping to an unfamiliar QB. Ditto Bob Hallen. The line did another fantastic job of giving the quarterback's time to throw and opening up running lanes for the young backs. They weren't as crisp in the second half when the reserves played, especially in the running game, but they still got the job done adequately.

Grade: B

DEFENSIVE LINE:

Jason Fisk had a spirited game and was the leader of the line. When he went out, the line did not produce the same excitement. Adrian Dingle made a head's up play in picking off a batted ball by Fisk. DeQuincy Scott lined up in the middle on several occasions and he is just not designed to play in that role. Not much excitement or pressure was evident from this group and they had plenty of chances with 53 passes thrown.

Grade: C

LINEBACKERS:

Matt Wilhelm made the interception of the year in the first quarter. He stabbed at a ball that he had no business getting to and came away with the interception. Stephen Cooper and Ben Leber were stout against the run but Leber had the wool pulled over his eyes trying to defend Tony Gonzalez.

Grade: B-

SECONDARY:

Jamar Fletcher did a nice job in coverage on the Chiefs' wide receivers. He was also a sure tackler. Drayton Florence came up with the pick that saved the day although he should have taken a knee. Terrence Kiel has come a long way in his coverage and was rewarded with an interception. Only nine of 53 passes went complete to the wide receiving core.

Grade: B+

SPECIAL TEAMS:

The kickoff coverage was excellent and the Bolts buckled down in an area that needed major improvement. Mike Scifres threw the only interception of the day by a Charger, hauling a pass up in the air that had no business being anywhere but in his hand. Eric Parker was fielding punts, why?

Grade: C

COACHING:

Credit Marty Schottenheimer for resting his best and still coming away with a victory. The team came ready to show their wares and executed relatively well given the circumstances.

Grade: A-


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