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August 7, 2013 at 11:09 PM

A quick look at the Chargers

Manti Te'o

Being that it’s just the preseason, the opponent hardly matters. Teams do no real gameplanning for these contests, and the outcome obviously hardly registers.

Still, I figured it wouldn’t be bad to take a quick look at the Chargers and pass along a few links.

The Chargers, recall, finished last year at 7-9 and fired Norv Turner and started over with rookie coach Mike McCoy, who made his name as the offensive coordinator with the Denver Broncos.

The Chargers, though, were competitive with just about everyone, scoring as many points per game, 21.9, as they allowed, and losing five games by a touchdown or less, including an overtime loss to Baltimore that was one of the biggest giveaways of the NFL season.

Neither first-team offense figures to be out there long. But the Seahawks’ highly-touted defense could get a little bit of a test when it is on the field from QB Philip Rivers, though the he will be without one of his leading targets as Danario Alexander suffered an ACL tear on Tuesday (astonishingly, the fifth ACL tear of his life).

The game, though, will mark the debut of one name familiar to local college football fans, former Cal star Keenan Allen.

The Chargers’ offensive line, however, really struggled last year and is a big question mark this season (the game will  also mark the debut of No. 1 draft choice D.J. Fluker, a tackle from Alabama), and Seattle should be able to get some pressure on Rivers and the other SD quarterbacks.

Defensively, the Chargers were middle of the pack in most stats last season, and horrible rushing the passer at 31st overall with just 25. So you’re right to expect that the No. 1 Seattle offense ought to be able to move the ball  when it’s in the game.

The game will also  mark the debut of one of the biggest names in college football a year ago, linebacker Manti Te’o (pictured above in an AP photo), who has been having a good camp and is running first at strongside linebacker.

Next to Te’o is former University of Washington standout Donald Butler, now in his fourth year with the Chargers.

With a new administration, though, there are a lot of new faces in the San Diego lineup, and the Chargers are generally considered as likely looking in from the outside come playoff time.

FUN FACT: San Diego’s backup quarterback is former Seahawk Charlie Whitehurst, who figures to get his share of playing time Thursday.

Now for a few links:

— Here’s San Diego’s depth chart,  and you may notice another familiar name in that of backup guard Stephen Schilling of Bellevue High;

— Here’s an analysis of that depth chart from BoltsfromtheBlue;

— Here’s a scouting report on the game from that also notes some other ties between the two teams;

— The San Diego Union-Tribune lists five things to watch in the game as well as some Chargers worth watching;

— BoltsfromtheBlue also offers some things to watch in the game;

— In case you’d forgotten, Dwight Freeney now plays for the Chargers, so that’ll be fun to watch, too, if he gets in there;

— Finally, the SportsChatPlace offers this analysis and picks the Chargers.



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