July 23, 2012; San Diego, CA, USA; San Diego Chargers tight end Ladarius Green (89) runs after making a catch during training camp at Charger Park. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports

Looking Over The Chargers Preseason Stats


Just looking over the stats of the PRESEASON. PRESEASON!!! Let’s emphasize “preseason” on this! These games don’t matter, but it still is something to look at and wonder.

Here are these funky stats:

Philip Rivers has been sacked 3 times and has the worst QB Rating on the team at 56.2. His longest completion is for 20 yards and he doesn’t have that 70% completion percentage that we were looking for. He still hasn’t lead the team to a touchdown drive. He needs a nice performance tomorrow against the Cardinals tomorrow night.

Our leading rusher is Fozzy Whitaker, but it is mainly because he has been getting a ton of the carries. I am sure that they are running him out there to see if he is worth keeping on the roster. Results have been productive.

Ryan Mathews has been running the ball at a 5.3 yard average. Only Edwin Baker has done better with a 7.2 yard average. Baker is a player I want to see more of tomorrow and in the finale.

Ladarius Green is everyone’s favorite target at this point. At least Brad Sorensen’s and Charlie Whitehurst’s favorite target. Maybe he needs to get some playing time with Philip Rivers as well. He leads the team in touchdowns and receptions and reception yards. He needs to see some time with the ones.

4 receiving touchdowns total for the team, none of them from the starters. Green and Mike Willie have a pair each.

Of the receivers that are expected to get the majority of the snaps, Keenan Allen leads the team with 4 receptions for 40 yards. Malcom Floyd, 1 reception for 1 yard. Eddie Royal, 1 reception for 6 yards. Vincent Brown, 1 reception for 9 yards. Not pretty. Malcom and Eddie’s preseason are likely done.

Dan DePalma leads receivers in receptions with 7 catches for 70 yards. Robert Meachem has seen a lot of action, but only has 1 reception during that time, but it was for 40 yards.

Sadly, Richard Goodman is leading the team in kickoff return yardage. I would rather know the team’s average starting position for each returner. Definitely more important.

One interception this year and it is by a linebacker. Donald Butler. 3 sacks in 2 games. Jarret Johnson, Corey Liuget and Jarius Wynn. Jarret Johnson also forced a fumble. this shows the depth of our defense. Most of the action in the preseason has gone to the 2nd and 3rd team, but the guys that are making plays are the starters.

We are second in the league in passing yards per game allowed by the defense behind the San Francisco 49ers. We need the first team offense to act like a juggernaut tomorrow.

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  • Cgoodness13

    Well in fairness for river, Starks was starting for some reason in that Chicago game and clary playing like….clary….on a side note troutman looked good against Chicago I think

    • Daryl Peek

      It is the preseason so it doesn’t mean much on Sept. 9th. Big picture it’s problematic if PR cannot find a groove in the new offense. Most of the offensive line issues you’re siting are excuses. Whitehurst was under more pressure against the Sea-chickens yet looked more comfortable in the new offense. It’s time to stop making excuses for PR and expect results….

      Brady and Manning were pummeled in their last preseason games. They looked much crisper than Rivers throwing the ball overall. Sat. PR will likely play the entire first half. we need to see better pace and more accurate throws from PR. And yes the o-line needs to improve also. No QB is gonna always have a perfect pocket. IJS

      • Trey P

        if you want whithehurst to start then say that stop complaining about phiilip please stop

        • Daryl Peek

          When people stop making excuses I most humbly will.

          • Stefanie Smith

            You call them excuses. We call them the whys? There is a reason for things that happen. What are they and why did it happen? You find out the whys of a situation and if it is a negative one, then that increases the likelihood of a successful remedy. Pointing out the errors without figuring out why they happen would not be productive in a real life situation.

            Excuses vs reasons. Two ways of looking at a situation.

          • Daryl Peek

            I could better respect that if it were whys for others. I could cite a few other former or current Chargers, and or QB’s on other teams that were great to good performers that didn’t or don’t get the constant why leeway, objectively.

            We all know good to great QB’s are harder to replace but that does not absolve them from critique. Rivers and Romo are two in the same as statistical beast QB’s. Romo is roasted for playoff failure. Rivers has been given the ultimate pass due in part to that gutsy move to play on that injury in the AFC championship game. I have the utmost respect for that also but that does not change the fact that PR has a poor career playoff QB rating.

            I wont even get into the the comparisons between the two, I’ll just keep the focus simple and ask the whys, on PR’s playoff stats and failures because I could care less about the CowBUMS playoff plight.

            Rivers has 7 playoff appearances in is career. Of those he only has 2 games with more touchdowns than interceptions, why?.This playoff time span was during a time when PR had an elite O-line, a great running game and a solid to great defense. Everyone knows the overall team talent was there between 05 & 09, things never worked out, why?

            I’m not trying to pin all the blame on Rivers for playoff failure. Nor am I doing so of the deterioration, 2010-present. But the question of why needs to more objectively be asked as Rivers is our QB and team leader. QB’s get the glory as team leaders and should bare the blame for failure.

            The whys seem to always be redirected from Rivers when looking for the answers by many BOLT fans.

  • Trey P

    In Fairness Period We know these stats mean nothing..

    • http://boltbeat.com/ Ernie Padaon

      Hahaha… Of course… Definitely means nothing

  • Jerello

    Vincent Brown will be the leading pass catcher this season!

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