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Concudan

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Who's the more important Charger, Jamal Williams or LaDainian Tomlinson? We rate the roster, from No. 1 to No. 52

By Kevin Acee
UNION-TRIBUNE STAFF WRITER
September 11, 2006

It must be acknowledged, first off, that this is, to say the least, an unconventional way to look at a football team. Ranking players one through 53 based on their importance to a football team is almost impossible.



K.C. ALFRED / Union-Tribune
Football is the most team-oriented sport, almost every play somehow involving every player on the field.

Furthermore, no one can predict injuries or which players might be asked to step in and contribute more than expected.

But why not spark a little conversation?

So here are the 53, in order of their importance to the 2006 team:

1. PHILIP RIVERS (17)

QB, 6-5, 228, 3rd year, North Carolina St.

A quarterback is dependent on his cast, but you can't get around the fact he will touch the ball every offensive snap. Rivers appears to have what it takes to lead a team to success. If he does, the team will continue to believe in what appear to be immense leadership traits. If he consistently makes mistakes, the Chargers will struggle.

2. ANTONIO GATES (85)

TE, 6-4, 260, 4th, Kent St.

Not only is the two-time All-Pro among the game's top weapons, he is also going to be the new quarterback's main target. Teams plan their defenses around Gates. His presence is why LaDainian Tomlinson does not see eight men in the box pretty much every down of every game. If, in fact, Gates is also a more effective blocker, that's a bonus. If not, oh well. He is a red-zone phenomenon, with 23 touchdowns over the past two seasons, 21 of those coming on plays that originated at or inside the 20.

3. JAMAL WILLIAMS (76)

DT, 6-3, 348, 9th, Oklahoma St.

The league's top defense is a product of this mammoth man's ability to clog the middle and get in the way. The Chargers better pray he does not get hurt. No slight to his backups; Williams is just that good.


Click the link for the full article.
http://www.signonsandiego.com/sports/chargers/20060911-9999-1s11backp.html
 

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Depending on when Igor gets back from the knee injury, our 3 down lineman might record 20 sacks this year. That's amazing for a 3-4. Castillo looks like he might get 10 on his own.

What's the NFL record for most sacks in a season?
 

Thumper

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I know writers are looking for new "angles", new "twists" to make an interesting article. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't. Powers rankings and weekly picks areticle for example or a few examples that work. Ranking each player on a team doesn't. This is a team sport. If there was a team ranking, shouldn't the #1 ranked guy get the team ball every time they win? The truth is it takes everyone. Different guys will set it up in different games. Parker may make that clutch cathc that seals the deal. LT may be unstopale another. Rivers may be on fire, or Merriman may just impose his will on the other teams o-line. You get the point.

For that reason a call this article, the stupidest premise I've seen for a football article this season. Kevin Acee is trying to invent something new with this and I'll give him credit for trying, but in this case it doesn't succeed. Bad article peroid. :tdown:
 

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If we use their "touches the ball xxx times" argument, then L.T. should be #2 behind Rivers, since he touches the ball 20 to 30 times a game, whereas Gates only gets it 6 to 10, if that much.
 

Thumper

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WonderSlug said:
If we use their "touches the ball xxx times" argument, then L.T. should be #2 behind Rivers, since he touches the ball 20 to 30 times a game, whereas Gates only gets it 6 to 10, if that much.
The whole article is a reach, but at least he's trying to come up with something new. Can't blame him for that. Just, in this case it doesn't work.
 

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Thumper said:
For that reason a call this article, the stupidest premise I've seen for a football article this season. Kevin Acee is trying to invent something new with this and I'll give him credit for trying, but in this case it doesn't succeed. Bad article peroid. :tdown:
I agree with ya Thumper. :tup:

I didn't bother following the link and waste my time. :tdown:
 
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Thumper said:
The whole article is a reach, but at least he's trying to come up with something new. Can't blame him for that. Just, in this case it doesn't work.
The article had merit.

Answer the question if you disagree.

Rank the importance of each player.

I would have put Jamal Williams at Number One before Philip Rivers. After Rivers we have Whitey (maybe Volek) but after Jamal we have shit.