Weekend Whispers

Former Chargers' linebacker Zeke Moreno is excited about playing his old team this weekend. Sitting in Chula Vista just days ago, he is an Eagle and expects to see time on special teams.

"I imagine it (will) be weird," said Moreno. "You're facing guys you went to work with every day and now you're on the other sidelines facing them."

Moreno amassed 166 tackles and three sacks in four seasons as a member of the San Diego Chargers, including 96 tackles and two sacks in 2003.

Now, he is the opposition.

"It's going to be exciting to go up against those guys you practiced with every day," added Moreno.

While the Chargers signed Ben Johnson to the practice squad this week, they also brought in three other linemen for a tryout. We detailed early in the week the arrival of Ross Tucker, but Chad Setterstrom, a guard out of Northern Iowa, and Tyson Walter, a center out of Ohio State, also made the rounds at Murphy Canyon.

Setterstrom had spent the off-season with the Amsterdam Admirals, allocated to them by the New Orleans Saints.

Walter was a sixth round pick of Dallas in 2002 and started eight games at center for the team in 2003.

It is interesting to note that all these players weigh about the same, in the 300-315 range. The idea is to become more athletic on the line to allow them to take advantage of all LaDainian Tomlinson has to offer and that goes for nearly all linemen they will look at in the future.

The Eagles' defense is perceived as a great entity – but the reality is that was last year, sort of. It is true they are giving up fewer yards per game, but they are giving up nearly eight points more per game.

Through five games last year, the Eagles allowed 12.6 points per game. Through five this year: 20.2, including 30-plus points in each of their last two games.

It's the first time the Eagles have allowed 30-plus points in consecutive games since 1997.

The Chargers are the second-best in points per game and have been held to less than 20 points just once this year while scoring over 40 on two occasions.

That does not mean the team has forgotten how formidable the defense can be.

"Their defense has been good for a long time," said quarterback Drew Brees. "They are good at getting turnovers and dial up that pressure. They play very well at home. They play with a lot of confidence. Any time they get pressure it creates opportunities for them. They are talented and can play man up against anybody."

The big concern is a defense that boasts a number of Pro Bowlers in the secondary. Brees will have to make plays and keep the pressure off Tomlinson this week. And that will be a challenge.


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