SDUT: Brees vows to take better care of the ball

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Jun 20, 2005
Chula Vista, CA

SAN DIEGO – The Chargers returned to practice Monday, rested from their bye and intent on taking better care of the ball.

Coach Marty Schottenheimer's teams are usually noted for both protecting the ball and taking it away. But the Chargers (5-4) are at minus-three in the takeaway-giveaway category, one of the reasons they're two games behind the first-place Denver Broncos in the AFC West.

"To still be in the position we are in, we should consider ourselves pretty lucky," quarterback Drew Brees said. "But obviously that needs to get a lot better when we look at the second half of the season, with some challenging road trips and some big games at home."

Brees was sensational last season, when he earned a Pro Bowl berth by throwing 27 touchdown passes and only seven interceptions. This year, he's playing well again with 14 touchdown passes, but already has thrown eight interceptions and lost a fumble.

"That is absolutely our first priority, to clean that up," Brees said.

The Chargers host the Buffalo Bills on Sunday.

The Chargers, if nothing else, are more healthy thanks to the week off. They got most of their ailing players back on Monday after missing several starters in their most recent game, a 31-26 victory over the New York Jets.

The only players who didn't practice Monday were outside linebacker Steve Foley (abdominal strain) and left tackle Roman Oben (foot), plus backup tight end Ryan Krause (foot) and second-string fullback Andrew Pinnock (calf-shoulder).

Inside linebacker Randall Godfrey returned to the team after missing the last game because of a death in his family.