Chargers Report Card Week 14

A humbling defeat to the Raiders leaves the Chargers at 8-5 for the stretch run.

QUARTERBACKS- Drew Brees had his worst day as a Pro. He seemed slow with his decisions and his passes. As Marty Schottenheimer stated, he is young and everyone will have these types of days. Unfortunately it came when the Chargers were battling for first place, now they are left battling for a playoff spot. Brees had three interceptions on the day, all in critical spots, and the only bright spot was he appeared to develop a relationship with Eric Parker. Grade: F

RUNNING BACKS- LaDainian Tomlinson ran 18 times for 57 yards with a touchdown. He was bottled up at the line and was caught behind the line more often than not. It is not his fault there were no lanes to run through. Grade: C

WIDE RECEIVERS- Rookie Eric Parker led the way with 7 receptions for 96 yards, both career highs. No other receiver distinguished themselves. Reche Caldwell was catchless and he needed to step up as Parker did with Curtis Conway out. Grade: C

OFFENSIVE LINE- In a word, terrible. Toniu Fonoti was benched in the second half in favor of Michael Keathley. The line was unable to open even the smallest of holes for Tomlinson. Brees was running for his life and was pressured into poor situations. Grade: F

DEFESNIVE LINE- The unit could not get their mitts on the elusive Rich Gannon enough and really did not come close. They did a good job against the run, but Oakland is a passing team and the pressure was not enough to force the play. Grade: C-

LINEBACKERS- Donnie Edwards continues his Pro Bowl quest with 12 tackles, but little else was heard from this unit. Junior Seau, who missed the first game between these teams, had 8 of the quietest tackles you will see. Ben Leber had no tackles. Grade: D

SECONDARY- Quentin Jammer had different views in the same game. He played well at times and then got burned on a long play from Gannon to Jerry Rice that changed the game. He ended the day with 10 tackles and two passes defensed. Rodney Harrison has been a ghost of himself since returning from a one game suspension. He seems afraid to hit at times. Grade: D

SPECIAL TEAMS- The opening kickoff was brought back 65 yards by Marcus Knight and set up an easy score for the Raiders. Not the start any team wants. James Tuthill was unimpressive in his Chargers debut. Tim Dwight had a punt return of 37 yards, the Bolts longest of the year. Grade: C-

COACHING- The team was not prepared for the physicality of the game. They were demolished in the trenches and paid the price with a loss. Marty and his old school philosophy was not evident in this game. Grade: F

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