4:15 PM ET, September 9, 2001
Qualcomm Stadium, San Diego, CA
SAN DIEGO (AP) -- One after another, the San Diego Chargers' newcomers ran off the field with mementos for their trophy cases.
LaDainian Tomlinson had a lengthy holdout, but his franchise rookie-record 36 carries Sunday showed San Diego believes in him.
|VINNY CERRATO'S ANALYSIS|
Question on the Redskins: What went wrong on defense for Washington?
Cerrato: Everything that's gone wrong in the preseason. I don't see any intensity, I don't see any desire, I don't see any hunger -- it doesn't look like they're really enjoying the game or wanting to get after it. I think they looked the same as they looked in the preseason: horrible.
Question on the Chargers: How satisfying was this win for offensive coordinator Norv Turner?
Vinny Cerrato, ESPN.com's NFL analyst, has served as director of player personnel for the Redskins and 49ers.
Tomlinson's 36 carries were the most by a Chargers rookie and tied for third-highest in team history. ... Skins rookie CB Fred Smoot, who beat out 19-year veteran Darrell Green, had his first interception. ... Chargers TE Freddie Jones got debris in his eyes from on-field fireworks that were shot off during introductions and had to be helped to the bench so the trainers could clean it out. ... San Diego won for the first time in seven games against Washington. ... The last Chargers punt return TD was by Eric Metcalf against Denver on Nov. 30, 1997.