A coordinated hot streak

Offensive Coordinator Cam Cameron and Defensive Coordinator Wade Phillips are both scary good at what they do – literally. They are, in fact, so good that the Chargers brass must be legitimately scared that one of both could be offered head coaching positions by other teams at season's end. But tomorrow's problem is today's luxury...

The Chargers are currently guided by two of the game's elite minds.

The Chargers boast the league's highest scoring offense (31 points per game) and its No. 2 defense (269 yards per game). That success can be directly attributed to the magnificent jobs done by Cameron and Phillips.

This week, Head Coach Marty Schottenheimer allowed his coordinators to speak with the media for the first and only time this season.

Cameron spoke about the limitless potential of his offensive unit.

"We're eight games in, and I believe - and I think our guys believe - we're just scratching the surface of what we can be offensively to help this team win," he said.

Cameron then proceeded to throw around praise like Philip Rivers does passes on game day.

He called LaDainian Tomlinson "a coordinator's dream," he referred to Rivers' improvements as "remarkable," and he praised Antonio Gates and Eric Parker for their performances as well. He also commented on the offensive line, applauding the intelligence of his interior line as well as the rapid development of rookie left tackle Marcus McNeill.

Phillips may have the tougher task of the two coordinators; his unit has been ravaged by injuries and off-the-field happenstances.

He will be without Shawne Merriman and Luis Castillo – arguably his two best players – this weekend in Cincinnati. He is, however, happy with his unit's depth and remains confident going forward.

"We have a lot of guys who work hard at what they do. It is being professional. We play with what we have," Phillips said.

Like Cameron, he handed out plenty of individual praise.

He singled out Jamal Williams (actually he singled him out twice which would mean he was doubled – just like on Sunday?), Randall Godfrey, Quentin Jammer and Antonio Cromartie for their stellar performances up to this point. He also noted how the unit has improved tremendously since he came to San Diego in 2004. In 2003, the defense surrendered a record 36 touchdown passes.

"We have come a long way," he said. "They work hard at what they do. They have improved. They are solid. They don't give up many big plays. We are playing pretty well this year."

The Chargers are the only team in the NFL whose offense and defense are both ranked in the league's top three. That success has not only made both coordinators hot candidates for head coaching positions, but also has the Chargers primed for a legitimate run at a championship season.

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