Chargers see a team effort

Usually, one unit performs better than the rest but the San Diego Chargers received a full team effort in their win on Sunday against the Tennessee Titans.

Chargers Report Card:

PASSING OFFENSE: A -- The handcuffs were removed and Philip Rivers was actually involved in the offense. One week after throwing only 11 times, he heaved it 35 times and completed all but 10 of his passes for 235 yards and a score. He looked good throwing on the run and showing more evasiveness than some people thought he had. The pass-blocking was excellent, as Rivers hit nine different receivers with passes.

RUSHING OFFENSE: A -- LaDainian Tomlinson goes for two touchdowns and 71 yards rushing in about three quarters of work. Backup Michael Turner was off the charts, averaging more than 10 yards on 13 carries. The run blocking was fine; that was especially true of the lead blocks by FB Lorenzo Neal. Backup QB Charlie Whitehurst even added a 14-yard scoring run.

PASS DEFENSE: A -- The real news after two games is how improved the secondary is. Once again it supplied good coverage and even contributed a turnover when Quentin Jammer snagged an interception. The pass rush didn't record a sack, but that's not to say they didn't pester Kerry Collins and Vince Young. S Marlon McCree gets a lot of credit for getting the secondary in the proper positions.

RUSH DEFENSE: A -- Great work in the middle, where DT Jamal Williams more than held his own against fellow Pro Bowler, C Kevin Mawae. That set the tone for a run defense which didn't allow the Titans to crack the 55-yard barrier. The inside play of Donnie Edwards and Randall Godfrey is solid.

SPECIAL TEAMS: A -- Nate Kaeding is starting on a hot streak, as he matched a career-high with four field goals. Mike Scifres continues to be a weapon, PR Eric Parker is making some tough yards but one wonders if his slight body will keep up. Can't overlook how important the legs of Kaeding and Scifres are to this team.

COACHING: A -- Marty Schottenheimer has stressed this year that the Chargers must flip their home mark -- they were but .500 in San Diego last year. His team bought into his theme-of-the-week and responded with a complete, dominating performance. Don't forget the job defensive coordinator Wade Phillips continues to do as he brings different players from different angles to cause havoc with offenses.

Titans Report Card:

PASSING OFFENSE: F -- Kerry Collins was atrocious, with two interceptions, just six completions in 19 attempts and a long pass of 18 yards. He posted a passer rating of 1.3. The Titans showed no creative flair and had no answers for San Diego's defense even as Collins and Vince Young went without getting sacked.

RUSHING OFFENSE: F -- The Titans established absolutely nothing on the ground, finishing with 19 carries for 55 yards. Five of those rushing attempts belonged to a scrambling Vince Young.

PASS DEFENSE: F -- Allowed QB Philip Rives, starting his second NFL game, to find nine different targets, completing 25 of 35 passes for 235 yards and a TD. AN injury depleted pass rush put no heat on him and the secondary allowed all sorts of things to develop for Rivers. He left another 100 or 125 passing yards on the field, overthrowing receivers running open deep.

RUSHING DEFENSE: F -- The Chargers were so far ahead after RB LaDainian Tomlinson took 19 carries 71 yards and score twice that they handed it over to Michael Turner, who torched them or 138 yards on 19 carries, including a 73-yard sprint.

SPECIAL TEAMS: D -- The group looked spectacular compared to the offense or defense, but failed to provide any big, momentum-altering plays.

COACHING: F -- Just because Jeff Fisher keeps saying he's getting great effort and the team has practiced great doesn't make either thing true. More likely, conceding any failures in either department would be setting himself up for further scrutiny. The Kerry Collins decision looks ridiculous, and rather than admitting a mistake Fisher will write another chapter is lessons on being overly loyal.

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