RUSHING OFFENSE: F -- The offensive line was overmatched and the run-blocking was seldom seen. LaDainian Tomlinson was often hit in the backfield, and the blocking produced the second-worst rushing game in his career at 24 yards. LG Kris Dielman was out, and it was obvious. But there was more to the problems than his absence, as the leaks were all along the line with shoddy play and penalties. A mess.
CB Antoine Cason
RUSH DEFENSE: D -- This unit knew it was going to get a steady dose of Michael Turner -- and it did to the tune of 120 yards. Atlanta went for 141 yards, and its run-blocking had its way with the Chargers. Jamal Williams had six tackles in the middle, but Turner often got into the second line of defenders and tacked on numerous yards. Tim Dobbins had nine tackles, with Weddle adding 10.
SPECIAL TEAMS: C- -- K Nate Kaeding had a 43-yard field goal blocked and was short on his kickoffs; he did convert a 28-yard field goal. Darren Sproles had one good return on a punt and one on a kickoff; not much else. The Chargers tried a reverse on a kickoff that didn't work. The coverage games were OK, and the Chargers got a break when they recovered a fumbled punt.
COACHING: F -- Whatever the "it" is that winning teams possess, the Chargers don't have it. Norv Turner continues to see this team drift away from whatever he is selling. The offense sputtered against a weak defense, and the result was a third straight loss. Turner leaned on the passing game when the running game was stuck in mud -- and passing game didn't work either. Tomlinson took it upon himself to tell the team not to quit after the game. Turner has already had his vote of confidence, but there is a sense he is coaching for his job -- or should be.