Observation deck: Chargers-49ers
August, 31, 2012
By Bill Williamson | ESPN.com
A look at the Chargers’ 35-3 road loss Thursday night:
After being held out last week because of injuries on his offensive line, the Chargers gave quarterback Philip Rivers some late-preseason work. The interception bug hit him again.
Rivers’ night ended with poor red-zone decisions on a ball that was intercepted. Rivers threw four interceptions this summer after being picked off 20 times last season. Thursday’s interception was just a pass Rivers should not have thrown.
It is a worry? Kind of, yes.
Look, preseason mistakes are just that, and Rivers is a fine player. He has thrown the ball well in the preseason. He completed 8 of 10 passes Thursday and he was 24-of-30 this preseason (yes, only two passes Rivers threw in the preseason were not caught). But he has to get out of this interception rut when the season starts.
Rookie defensive lineman Kendall Reyes looked good once again. I expect him to make an instant impact.
Nose tackle Cam Thomas looked good and should play a lot as well.
Watch for the Chargers to look for cornerback help on the waiver wire. They are banged up and their reserves were not good Thursday. The 49ers passed all over the Chargers.
Last year, while with the Chargers, quarterback Scott Tolzien performed well against the 49ers. So well, in fact, the 49ers claimed him when the Chargers cut him. Thursday night, Tolzein might have lost his roster spot when Josh Johnson had a great game for the 49ers. Would the Chargers be tempted to sign Tolzien either as a replacement for Jarrett Lee or as a practice-squader regardless if Lee is kept on the 53-man roster?
Linebacker Bront Bird finished strong and has a chance to make the team when the 53-man roster is finalized Friday.
Unless there is a shocking change of heart, kicker Nate Kaeding makes the team and Nick Novak gets cut.