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REPORT CARD / T.J. SIMERS : School Is Out

F: QUARTERBACKS

John Friesz waits until end of season to do his Billy Joe Tolliver imitation. Dan Henning has better chance of being named coach of year than Friesz has trying to tackle safety Steve Atwater.

C: RUNNING BACKS

Why did free agent Rod “play me more” Bernstine send Christmas cards to the other 27 NFL teams? Eric Bieniemy finishes year with three carries.

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F: RECEIVERS

Shawn Jefferson ends season strongly with three times more dropped passes than Lee Williams had sacks for Houston. After his first year with Chargers, Yancey Thigpen can begin year No. 2 looking for his first catch.

D: OFFENSIVE LINE

They gave away a 1991 Ford pick-up to cap off Fan Appreciation Day, when all they had to do to make everyone happy was back up the truck and begin by hauling off these guys.

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C: DEFENSIVE LINE

Chargers finally find a role for George Thornton, so anyone wishing to have Thornton play Santa Claus can contact the team at 280-2111. He’s got nothing else to do until July.

A: LINEBACKERS

Leslie O’Neal begins negotiations for a new contract with four sacks. Two things you can’t help noticing: The spirited play of Junior Seau and the Charger Girls. Well, someone said Junior looked good.

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C: DEFENSIVE BACKS

Chargers play Indy twice, Tampa, Phoenix, Cincinnati and Cleveland next year. Looks easy until you take into consideration fact Donald Frank & Darren Carrington will be back.

D: SPECIAL TEAMS

Kitrick Taylor set NFL record Sunday: He’s the slowest punt returner to have ever fumbled.

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B: COACHING

Here’s hoping somewhere on TV last night they were showing, “It’s A Wonderful Life.”


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