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    Martz takes blame for Chargers loss

    Chargers bolt past Rams 36-21

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    SAN DIEGO (Aug. 21, 2005) -- The San Diego Chargers proved they can thrive without All-Pro tight end Antonio Gates -- at least for one exhibition game.

    LaDainian Tomlinson scored on a 55-yard run -- his only carry of the game -- and his backup, Michael Turner, also had a 55-yard run, plus a 2-yard TD scamper, to help the Chargers beat the St. Louis Rams 36-21.

    Chargers general manager A.J. Smith said at halftime that Gates was expected to arrive in San Diego and sign a $380,000 tender to end his holdout. Because Gates missed a team-imposed deadline to report, the Chargers said that they will put him on the Roster Exempt List once he signs, meaning he would have to sit out the last two exhibitions and the season opener against Dallas on Sept. 11.

    Gates caught 13 touchdown passes last year to set an NFL record for tight ends, leading the Chargers to the AFC West title and their first playoff appearance in nine seasons. He led the Chargers with 81 catches for 964 yards, accounting for about 20 percent of the offense.

    But negotiations on a multiyear deal have fallen apart, leading to his uncertain status. The Chargers set the deadline in an effort to break the impasse.

    "At the end of the day, he'll be here, and that's what's most important," coach Marty Schottenheimer said after the Chargers' first game in San Diego since their 20-17 overtime playoff loss to the New York Jets on Jan. 8.

    Rams tight end Roland Williams strained a knee on the opening kickoff but continued to play.

    "I don't know how bad it is," coach Mike Martz said.

    Tomlinson capped San Diego's first drive when he sprinted through a huge hole, ran toward the right sideline and blew past safety Adam Archuleta for the score. Tomlinson then took a spot on the sideline, his day's work over after being in for just five plays. He also caught two passes from Drew Brees, for eight yards.

    "I wish it was the Cowboys," Tomlinson said, looking ahead to the season-opener. "A preseason game is not really where I need to get in a rhythm. Obviously it helps to play some preseason."

    With the Chargers (1-1) leading 10-0, Turner started the Chargers' third possession with a 55-yard run, then capped it with a 2-yard run to give San Diego a 17-0 lead.

    "I wanted that TD," Turner said. "I didn't know it was going to open up that much. L.T. was kidding me about having a monkey on my back."

    Martz wasn't happy with the Rams' performance.

    "We had some missed tackles that resulted in over 100 yards in two plays rushing," Martz said. "This was a very, very good football, an outstanding team, especially offensively. They are probably as good as any team on the league on offense. They exposed us. It's a good wakeup call in a lot of areas.

    "We lacked discipline. That's coaching. That's me," Martz said. "We need to get a lot more disciplined in every phase."

    Kicking on a dry field for a change, San Diego's Nate Kaeding had field goals of 35 and 40 yards to snap an 0-for-4 streak.

    Kaeding missed three field goal attempts in the final eight minutes of a 10-7 loss at Green Bay in the exhibition opener, which was played in a steady drizzle. Seven months earlier, he was wide right from 40 yards in overtime of San Diego's playoff loss to the Jets, also on a wet field.

    Kaeding's 40-yard kick was from the same hash mark and same end of the field where he had his playoff clunker.

    Marc Bulger threw two touchdown passes for the Rams (1-1). His 41-yarder to Torry Holt with 2:12 left before halftime burned Chargers cornerback Quentin Jammer and pulled the Rams to 17-14. He also threw 13-yard TD pass to Kevin Curtis.

    Curtis had a 78-yard scoring reception from rookie Ryan Fitzpatrick with 1:35 left. It was Fitzpatrick's only play of the day.

    "I wasn't sure if we were going to run the clock out or go for it," said Fitzpatrick, who led Harvard to an undefeated record last year. "And he gave me the play. I was trying to loosen my arm up in the huddle a little bit. I just threw it up to Kevin and Kevin made a great play."

    San Diego's top draft pick, outside linebacker Shawne Merriman, made his debut and had three tackles.

    Chargers cornerback Drayton Florence returned an interception 44 yards for a touchdown after safety Clinton Hart hit Marshall Faulk as Bulger's pass arrived, popping the ball into the air.

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    Re: Martz takes blame for Chargers loss

    Martz loves to take the blame. He should pass the blame around for this loss. Especially to Marmie.

    Ya know, I really don't like them calling Tomlinson "LT"...for some reason all I can think is Lawrence Taylor when I hear LT. I guess they are trying to build off the TO concept.

    What is the big deal about the cowboys anyway?
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    Re: Martz takes blame for Chargers loss

    I think he cited the Cowboys because he wished their performance today would have counted toward the regular season, and they open against the Cowboys.
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    Re: Martz takes blame for Chargers loss

    Martz is always protecting his players and coaches.

    Someone better start holding both accountable. Looks like nothing was fixed on Defense and (surprise) with have OFF Right Tackle problems on the Offensive line.

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    Re: Martz takes blame for Chargers loss

    I'm not ready to jump on the Barron Bashing Bandwagon just yet. It was his first NFL game and he's in an overly complex offense. It seems to me that he would be a guy that would prosper more with encouragement than beratement but that's just an impression.

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    Re: Martz takes blame for Chargers loss

    It seems to me that he would be a guy that would prosper more with encouragement than beratement but that's just an impression.
    Well, you can try to teach a dog a trick by giving him a treat when he gets it right, or beating him when he get's it wrong.

    Although both are effective, usually the latter gets to the desired result more quickly. A bit of a difference between Vermeil and Martz..

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    Re: Martz takes blame for Chargers loss

    What Does Martz Hope To Accomplish By Always Taking The Blame After A Loss ?

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    Re: Martz takes blame for Chargers loss

    "We lacked discipline. That's coaching. That's me," Martz said. "We need to get a lot more disciplined in every phase."
    I thought what he said was correct. So why are people still jumping on him? they DID lack disipline and THAT is his fault, he admits that ......... Sheeesh


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    Re: Martz takes blame for Chargers loss

    Maybe Mad Mike Needs To Be A Little More Pro Active Rather Than Reactive All The Time,he Always Knows The Reason They Failed, How About Being A Top Line Coach And Teaching Discipline From Day One, How About Working On All This Stuff In Camp So It Doesnt Happen, So You Dont Have To Tell Reporters,we Can Fix That Or Its My Fault.

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    Re: Martz takes blame for Chargers loss

    I agree that his taking responsibility to the press after an embarrassing loss somehow seems hollow. Granted, accepting responsibility is better than blaming the players but somehow it seems like an act or canned response at this point, at least to me.

    I can guess about Martz's motivation but it's all been said before and we're still witnessing embarrassing losses.

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