Chargers offense continues to chug

The Chargers offense is ranked No. 6 in the league, and that's no surprise to running back LaDainian Tomlinson.

Tomlinson, a three-time Pro Bowler, eyes the Chargers on that side of the ball and doesn't mind saying he is impressed.

Never mind that young quarterback Philip Rivers is directing the unit.

Tomlinson is hopeful the Chargers' arsenal will put the 49ers defense to the test Sunday.

"We have a lot of weapons," said Tomlinson, who is known for speaking the truth.

"Just look our receivers. We got tall receivers (Malcom Floyd, Vincent Jackson), quick receivers (Eric Parker and Keenan McCardell), we got two excellent tight ends (Antonio Gates, Brandon Manumaleuna) and we got a real good backfield (Tomlinson, Michael Turner and Lorenzo Neal). This is a really versatile and skilled team."

And that, Tomlinson said, is what makes the Chargers so dangerous as they start the second quarter of their season on the road Sunday. With all that skill, that can compensate for the bumps which come along when breaking in a new quarterback.

Rivers, however, has hardly stumbled, owning the NFL's eighth-highest passer rating at 94.5.

"When you have weapons, you have to use them," Tomlinson said. "It makes it easier on everybody. When me and Michael are in the game, it might make it easier on Gates. All these little things just make it easier for our offense to flow."

49ers:

The 49ers, searching for ways to improve their 25th-ranked pass defense, have decided to pursue veteran free agent Troy Vincent, whom the Bills released Thursday, the Santa Rosa (Calif.) Press Democrat reported.

The 49ers are believed to view Vincent as a free safety who can help the team's nickel defense. The 49ers are yielding an average of 224.0 yards per game. Last week, the Raiders, who entered the game averaging just 70.3 yards passing a game, rolled up 216 passing yards on the 49ers.

Coming off a 34-20 victory over the Raiders, the 49ers are preparing to face the Chargers on Sunday at Monster Park.

Although the 49ers (2-3) won handily over the Raiders, they were not satisfied with their pass defense.

Safety Mike Adams accepted his share of the blame for some communication mix-ups against Oakland.

"Part of that was on me and the mental errors I made," Adams said. "I have to get better at communication back there. If I don't communicate well -- if it's not loud enough or fast enough -- it's on me.

"This challenge is more with ourselves. We have to put this win behind us and move forward and win again. We have to learn to win back-to-back games. It has everything to do with us. We won. Now, are we going to level off again or are we going to keep going?"

The 49ers believe Vincent, a five-time Pro Bowl selection, can bring a lot of leadership to the team's secondary. The 49ers are prepared to offer Vincent a two-year contract, but the club expects strong competition for his services.

The 49ers are happy with the play of starting cornerbacks Shawntae Spencer and Walt Harris, especially after Harris recorded three interceptions against the Raiders. The team's third cornerback is Sammy Davis, whom the club acquired in an offseason trade with the Chargers.

Veteran Tony Parrish is splitting time with Mark Roman at strong safety, while Adams is handling all the responsibilities at free safety.


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