Merriman Is The Man In Chargers Defense

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CPiSS (Chargers Post Season Syndrome)
Staff member
Mar 5, 2006
SAN DIEGO -- This is one week the Pittsburgh Steelers' biggest worry might not be defending against a player on offense, but one on defense.

The Steelers' offensive line must try to contain 270-pound San Diego Chargers linebacker Shawne Merriman, a disruptive big hitter whose game is similar to that of Baltimore's Ray Lewis.

Merriman's size is similar to that of former Steelers Pro Bowl linebacker Levon Kirkland, but he moves exceptionally well and might be the NFL's most formidable hitter. His nickname is "Lights Out" because he likes to keep track of players he sends to the sidelines with tackles.

"He's been playing out of his body," Steelers wide receiver Hines Ward said. "He's a beast on the field. He's definitely got to be a guy we contain."

Baltimore was fairly effective in controlling Merriman during a 16-13 victory Sunday that sent the Chargers to their first loss in three games. Merriman, who had three sacks in the opener against Oakland, had one sack and two tackles against Baltimore. <--Click for the full article


Aug 17, 2006
Seriously, I'd be more worried about jamall, castillo and IGOR. But let them worry about merriman. But what makes the defense work are the big three down lineman.