However, the lack of intensity wasn't as much of an issue for the offense. They proved their talent and astounding ability to work together as the quarterbacks found open players on almost every play during eleven on eleven. Charlie Whitehurst launched a throw-away pass that was snatched by Sonny Shackelford in the end zone for six. Not long after, Whitehurst found Legedu Naanee running up the sidelines, were the receiver-tight end hybrid made the first of two amazing catches on the day.
Craig Davis, back on the field today after missing practice yesterday due to tendinitis in his knee, proved unstoppable, cutting and catching two astonishing air-borne waves from Philip Rivers. Rivers dished LaDainian Tomlinson a few passes as well, leaving L.T. to do what he does best – find the seam and cut up-field.
Although much can be said of the amazing offensive plays, more times than not, it seemed the defense missed the memo indicating the proper practice time. They flounced around, letting the offense play pitch and catch as if the entire practice was a warm-up drill. There were neither interceptions nor pass break-ups to speak of, except when Whitehurst tossed the ball to Kassim Osgood in the end zone, leading the poor receiver into a crushing hit by Bhawoh Jue.
As the two linebackers from the 2007 draft, Anthony Waters and Brandon Siler, stand behind Matt Wilhelm and Stephen Cooper, this is their time to shine and fight for a spot in the rotation. The same goes for Tim Dobbins. Being that Wilhelm and Cooper are inexperienced, the leadership roles at inside linebacker have yet to be determined.
Who will step up and guide the defensive front seven? The time for leaders is now; the time to fight for playing time is now; the time to raise the intensity is now; and the time for the defense to step up and start shutting down offenses is now.
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