RUSHING OFFENSE: F -- LaDainian Tomlinson has a sore toe that limits his abilities. But not enough, in coach Norv Turner's eyes, to prevent Tomlinson from getting the ball on a fourth-and-1 at the Miami 1. The running play, like the majority of the other ones, was stuffed. The offensive line needs to right itself quickly -- to be fair, there have been injuries here. But that's in the past, with the starting five from last year out there now. The run-blocking has to get better quickly, as Tomlinson's toe isn't going to get better any time soon.
CB Antonio Cromartie
RUSH DEFENSE: D -- The run defense, in many ways, lost this game. Not only were the Dolphins able to collect 167 yards hugging the ground, but when the Chargers absolutely had to have the ball back late in the game, the Dolphins were able to hog it. Unless the Chargers can prove they can stop the run on a more consistent basis, this is going to be one long swim upstream.
SPECIAL TEAMS: C -- P Mike Scifres was sensational as he continues performing at a Pro Bowl level -- averaged 56 yards on six attempts. Otherwise it was a pretty typical day for the special teams -- nothing too outstanding in any other phase.
COACHING: F -- The Chargers have made a habit out of starting games with little fire or production. Is that coaching? Possibly. For whatever reason, the Chargers are falling behind -- down 17-3 at Miami -- forcing them to spend most of the second half trying to catch up. And it was surprising the Dolphins had so much success with their "Wildcat" offense after it was unveiled in the win over the Patriots. The Chargers were gashed by it time and again. Something is amiss with the team that many think has more talent the other teams it faces. If that's the case, the coaching staff has to accept its fair share of the blame.