The San Diego Chargers look forward to next week's third preseason game against the 49ers: they'll see new Levi's Stadium and possibly discover if their defense is too big for its britches.
San Francisco is up next which means getting slugged in Seattle is behind the Chargers.
While it was just a preseason game, more than a few eyebrows were raised in the aftermath of Friday's 41-14 shellacking. In particular the defense got pushed around, which the team is hoping is more indicative of the powerful Seahawks attack rather than the Chargers' shortcomings.
When a team -- any team -- scores in five of its six first drives there's only one thing to think: thank goodness halftime arrived to stop their lone possession.
It's noted that outside linebacker Jarret Johnson and Dwight Freeney were idle instead of idling. And that the Chargers play in the Seattle in week two and maybe didn't want to tip their hand. In that case, well played, coach Mike McCoy in keeping your cards close to your vest.
"Overall not a very good performance by our entire football team," he said.
Was he just being coy? Or were the Chargers as wobbly as they looked?
Nope, McCoy said, they were wobbly.
"It starts with me as a head coach," he said. "We've got to do a better job of coaching and a better job of playing."
The Chargers don't practice until Monday, giving them a chase to absorb the licking and get busy trying to fix it. This same Seahawks is rolling into San Diego in Sept. 15.
"I'm not worried about when they come to our place," safety Eric Weddle said. "We got to worry about Arizona."
The Chargers open against the Cardinals on Sept. 8.
But rather than fretting the Cardinals, or the Seahawks, the attention turns inward as training camp ends.
Was it a camp that proved a revamped defense which derived much of general manager Tom Telesco's offseason, is any better than last year?
The Chargers hope so and the long to prove it Levi's Stadium.
Suddenly a meaningless preseason game can't come soon enough.
Especially for a defense with busted coverages, bad angles and missed tackles. When Seattle was on offense, it really did seem like it had a 12th man.
--The Seahawks never punted in their win over the Chargers.
--Safety Eric Weddle didn't sugarcoat the Chargers getting waxed by the Seahawks. "Even though it's preseason and it doesn't matter, it matters in our eyes," Weddle said. "We shouldn't be happy about the performance that we put out there. It opened up your eyes to the deficiencies that we have and we need to get them fixed."
--Quarterback Kellen Clemens was among the highlights of the Chargers-Seahawks game. Clemens was 14 of 21 for 149 yards and two touchdowns. "He ran the team the way it should be run," coach Mike McCoy said.
--Defensive end Corey Liuget has fought a foot problem this camp, but he's back practicing and playing. "I have a little bit of a chip on my shoulder and a swagger, too," Liuget said. "It's from getting to the playoffs and getting knocked out. I'm looking forward to making a pretty good run at it this year."
--Sean Lissemore heading for the bus after the Seattle game in a walking boot isn't a good sign. Lissemore hurt his foot during the contest. He's not only a starter but has the most position flexibility of any defensive lineman for the Chargers. When Corey Liuget was injured earlier this camp, Lissemore would slide outside and be replaced at tackle by Kwame Geathers.
Lissemore's status will be updated during the week. But it's worth watching considering the availability of defensive ends Lawrence Guy and Damik Scafe. McCoy said Lissemore is out this week.
BATTLE OF THE WEEK: Running back. When a team has three viable options in Ryan Mathews, Danny Woodhead and Donald Brown, it's not a surprise a battle would land here. But actually those three are coexisting just fine. The real competition is between Branden Oliver and Marion Grice. Oliver has been good in practice and good in the opener -- then came Friday night. Oliver, an undrafted rookie, had 14 yards on nine carries. Where he might have an edge over Grice, is returning kicks. But he struggled there with 26 yards on two returns, which included a muff. Grice, a sixth-round pick from Arizona State, had three carries for 17 yards. It appears Oliver still has the edge, but he missed a chance to put more distance between himself and Grice. Both of their chances should dwindle in the next game with the starters expected to play longer. This is a big week of practices for both players.
STRATEGY AND PERSONNEL
--DE Damik Scafe cleared waivers Tuesday (Aug. 19) and was placed on reserve/injured by the Chargers.
--DE Doug Worthington was signed by the Chargers Monday (Aug. 18). Worthington, 6-5, 311 pounds, was a seventh-round pick by Pittsburgh in 2010. He spent time with the Steelers and Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2010 before being claimed by the Washington Redskins in 2011. Worthington played in six games for the Redskins in 2012, recording three tackles. He spent the entire 2013 season on the reserve/injured list and was released recently by Washington.
--DE Damik Scafe (hip) was waived/injured by the Chargers Monday (Aug. 18). He will be placed on reserve/injured after clearing waivers.
--ILB Manti Te'o is out this week with a sprained foot.
--S Jahleel Addae, who is having a solid camp, tweaked his hamstring in the game and didn't return. He is out this week.
--DE Lawrence Guy (shoulder) remains out.
--WR Vincent Brown (calf) continues to miss time after getting hurt on the second day of camp.
--OLB Dwight Freeney didn't play in the game but is expected to practice this week.
--OLB Jarret Johnson was held out of the game; he's fine.
--RB Ryan Mathews was a healthy scratch from the game. Mathews fumbled going into the end zone in the preseason opener.
--WR Malcom Floyd had two catches for 30 yards as the 11-year pro continues to show he's bounced back from last season's serious next injury.
--CB Brandon Flowers saw his first action with the Chargers after not playing in the preseason opener.
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