Some of the San Diego Chargers
worst fears were realized Sunday against division rival
"We expect to have some growing pains, especially in the early portion of the season. We need to become consistent in what we do if we expect to be a good football team," Marty Schottenheimer said. "If we progress to the point that I expect, that we expect as a football team, we will be a good football team. Right now, we have too many issues to resolve to know how good we are and can be."
Throughout training camp,
Schottenheimer was objective, but concerned about the overall play of his young
"If you watched this team daily, you'll see the progress that has been made. We are improved in the secondary, our linebackers have the potential to be solid, and the defensive line has shown the ability to put pressure on the quarterback," Schottenheimer said. "We do not tackle as well as I would like, we drop too many passes, are penalized far too often, all which lead to negative plays."
As the Chargers under Schottenheimer look to challenge in the tough AFC West division, the road through this rough and tumble division will be a long travel.
According to an AFC West division opponent scout, the Chargers will be competitive, but are not ready for primetime.
For the record, the Chargers fell
behind early in the team's 27-14 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs, after falling
behind 24-0. The team did not play
well defensively, missing numerous tackles. Offensively,
Everywhere that Marty
Schottenheimer has coached (
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