The Chargers breathed a sigh of relief after last week's win over the New York Jets, but a loss this…
Behind Enemy Lines: Chargers vs. Raiders II
Michael Wagaman: How much has losing Shawne Merriman affected the defense and the rest of the team in general? Michael Lombardo: The impact of Merriman's season-ending knee surgery cannot be overstated. Look no further than San Diego's Week 2 matchup against the Denver Broncos, when Jay Cutler dropped back to pass more than 50 times and was sacked just once. The Chargers sorely missed Merriman's disruptive presence and his ability to draw attention away from his fellow defenders. The Chargers still boast some talented edge rushers. Shaun Phillips has 20 sacks over the last two seasons and added one more last week. Jyles Tucker contributed two sacks last week and netted three in his last game against the Oakland Raiders. Marques Harris and Antwan Applewhite round out the rotation; both are gifted athletes who are better against the pass than the run. Merriman will be missed in the locker room, as well. He is a fiery leader who charged up his teammates with pre-game pep talks and...
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