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REPORT CARD : And They Brought Art Shell an Apple . . .

I QUARTERBACKS

An incomplete for John Friesz, who is now only 42,942 yards away from catching Dan Fouts and only 204 days away from the start of training camp.

A RUNNING BACKS

Chargers have thought about trading Rod Bernstine. You can call Stella, the team’s receptionist, at 280-2111, and tell her what you’re thinking.

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F RECEIVERS

You know you’re in trouble when the plowhorses (Walker, Cox, McEwen, Hendrickson) have more catches than the thoroughbreds (Miller, Bernstine, Lewis).

C+ OFFENSIVE LINE

Sack and holding call with game on the line hurt. Kudos to Eric Floyd who earned 16 paychecks without aid of deadly disease to wipe out competition.

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C DEFENSIVE LINE

Just isn’t the same without Burt Grossman stepping offsides. But then line hasn’t been the same since some dunderhead moved Lee Williams to tackle.

F LINEBACKERS

In losing to Broncos, Chiefs and Raiders, a linebacker has allowed big play to lose the game. And you thought the Chargers’ problem was Tolliver.

B- DEFENSIVE BACKS

Despite first reports, the official who called pass interference on Sam Seale (as he covered Willie Gault) was not wearing a black eye patch.

A SPECIAL TEAMS

Ort the Charger did what he could to help. What did you expect? Steve Ortmayer’s special teams were as bad as his trades while working with Chargers.

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F COACHING

First reaction is to praise Dan Henning for not letting his troops quit. Lasting reaction is to rip him because fake punt gave them cause to quit.


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