NCTimes: Chargers at Jets Report Card

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Jun 20, 2005
Chula Vista, CA
Source: North County Times

By Jay Paris

QUARTERBACKS: B - Drew Brees is enjoying the most-successful three-game stretch of his NFL career. He missed on but seven of his 27 attempts, collecting 270 yards and a touchdown. Yes, he turned the ball over twice when his protection broke down. But for three weeks, he has been like a broken record —- and that sounds good to the Chargers.


Time for a new nickname: Anyone for L.T.D.? LaDainian Tomlinson was remarkable with four TDs as his hips never quit shaking. Some of his moves had jaws dropping in the stands. The Jets were dropping to their knees trying to tackle him.


Nothing wrong here as Antonio Gates went for a career-high 132 receiving yards. Don’t overlook Keenan McCardell’s acrobatic catch for a first down on a third-and-20 to keep an early scoring drive alive. And there is a vacancy in Marty Schottenheimer’s doghouse after Reche Caldwell’s showing.


Amazing, really. Leander Jordan has a stellar day in his first start at left tackle; he did get beat by John Abraham for a critical sack. But overall the run-blocking was fine and the pass protection was relatively solid. Missing three opening day starters, the line didn’t miss a beat.


If Jamal Williams was a hoops player, he wouldn’t play above the rim. But he found air to smack down Brooks Bollinger’s pass on the 3-yard line. He also had five tackles. Luis Castillo had two tackles and delivered some pressure on the pocket.


If Shawne Merriman played in New York, they might name a candy bar after him. He tore up the Jets with nine tackles and a sack —- and that’s despite coming out on some passing downs. Shaun Phillips had a career-high two sacks. The usually savvy Donnie Edwards had a brain cramp on that late 15-yard unnecessary roughness penalty.


Great job on the Jets’ final possession, but what’s with letting Bollinger carve them up? To be fair, this unit is banged-up and then lost Sammy Davis during the game. Quentin Jammer finally made a play worthy of someone being selected fifth overall. Jamar Fletcher, who had four tackles, also came up big down the stretch.


The kickoff coverage team was shoddy, allowing an average return of 28.2 yards and a long of 45. Nate Kaeding was good on his lone FG attempt, and P Mike Scifres’ 60-yard boomer got the Chargers out of trouble. Darren Sproles had a 50-yard kickoff return.


Schottenheimer got the ball to L.T. and got bailed out by his much-maligned secondary. There are still concerns how the Jets could rally behind Bollinger (who?) in the second half. But Schottenheimer had the players in the right frame of mind for another mind-numbing trip east. That the young men went West with their fifth victory and into a well-deserved bye is a testament to Schottenheimer’s work.