Monday, November 2, 2009
Chambers made difference in last SD game
By Bill Williamson
Posted by ESPN.com’s Bill Williamson
Chris Chambers gave the San Diego Chargers a terrific parting gift.
In what was unexpectedly his final game as a Charger, Chambers made the play of the game in San Diego’s 24-16 win over the Raiders on Sunday.
On third and down from its own 8, San Diego called Chambers’ number. He came through with a spectacular 20-yard catch in the sun over Oakland's star cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha. The Chargers went down the field and scored a pivotal field goal to take the 24-16 win.
Many Chargers’ players said it was the play of the game. It had to be satisfying for Chambers, who was benched Sunday in favor of the younger Malcolm Floyd. However, the fact that he lost his starting job overrode his big catch in the mind of the team’s brass.
San Diego coach Norv Turner said in a statement that the Chargers simply felt it was time to let it go of Chambers, whose production slipped dramatically this season.
“There are a number of things that went into the decision,” Turner said. “The reason we’re able to do this is the play of Malcolm and the way Legedu Naanee is performing. Certainly there are a number of other things in terms of our football team that we need to address. Defensively and in the kicking game … we need to get some help.”
The Chargers clearly believe that their young receivers are ready to help more than Chambers.
Chambers is now on the waiver wire and he must be claimed by 4 p.m. Tuesday or he’ll become a free agent. ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported that potential teams who could claim Chambers include Miami and Baltimore.