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NC Times: Chargers postgame show


FU Spanos and Dundon
Staff member

By: JAY PARIS - Staff Writer

KEY STAT: 7 - Through nearly the game's first 49 minutes, the Chargers had seven points against the NFL's No. 22-ranked defense.


> Darren Sproles fumbled a kickoff early in the third quarter, giving the Dolphins a short field and an eventually an easy touchdown for a 13-7 lead.


Chargers at Indianapolis

> 10 a.m. Sunday

Ch. 8


"It's frustrating to know we had all the answers to the test and we failed."

---- FB Lorenzo Neal on the Chargers' lackadaisical effort



Antonio Gates

Career-high 13 catches produce 123 yards and a TD.



Showed all the excitement of someone headed for a root canal.


+ S Bhawoh Jue (knee)

+ CB Quentin Jammer (shoulder)

+ DT Luis Castillo (hip)

+ WR Reche Caldwell (calf)

+ K Nate Kaeding (shoulder)


After a string of decent performances, the secondary got picked on again by Dolphins QB Gus Frerotte. He consistently delivered the big play, finishing with two touchdowns, 229 yards and no interceptions.

Frerotte, who set various career highs against the Chargers when he was with Denver, realized where the Chargers struggled.

"We knew that when you play teams, everybody has a weakness,'' he said. "To us, that became their secondary. That's what we tried to exploit.''


Two people the Chargers didn't want ---- LT Damion McIntosh and offensive line coach Hudson Houck ---- enjoyed the upset.

"That was big for all of us that came up out of here; its something personal to come out here and do something like this,'' McIntosh said. "I'm sure (Houck) is proud.''

Added Houck: "It means a lot because it means we are getting better. It's a heckuva accomplishment because that's a helluva team.''


Twice in the first half, coach Marty Schottenheimer revealed his lack of trust in Nate Kaeding's leg strength. The Chargers had field-goal opportunities at the Miami 32- and 35-yard lines, but Schottenheimer called for a pass (incomplete) to Eric Parker and a punt.

"My sense was, with what we had talked about before the game, that we were better prepared to go for it,'' he said.


+ Drew Brees was 35-of-52 (both career highs) for 279 yards, two TDs and one INT. LB Zach Thomas had the pick, the third off Brees of his career.

+ The Chargers' opening scoring drive of 15 plays was their longest of the season. Later, the 7:52 time for a scoring drive which was the longest this season.

+ The Chargers held the ball for 40:17, their most since 40:39 on Nov. 11, 1996 against Detroit.

+ The Chargers inactives were OL Roman Oben, Wes Sims and Cory Lekkerkerker; TE Landon Trusty; S Jerry Wilson, WR Malcom Floyd, and DE Derreck Robinson.