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Bolts & Dolts: Corey Liuget dominates the San Francisco 49ers

Each week, John Gennaro goes back through the box score of the most recent San Diego Chargers game and singles out players that performed above (or below) expectations. We call these "Bolts" and "Dolts". Here's how the team fared against the San Francisco 49ers.

Thearon W. Henderson


Corey Liuget - 4 tackles (2 for loss) 1 sack, 2 QB hits, 1 pass defended


Now, if Corey Liuget's career with the San Diego Chargers could be compared to this amazing music video by MC Hammer, this preseason is probably the part where James Brown is throwing magical fireballs into Hammer's chest and yelling for him to "GET UP-ah!" His game against the 49ers was the part where those fireballs turn into an 8-button suit and sunglasses on Hammer's body, and an army of 8-button suit wearing brothas and sistas is suddenly standing behind him.

Either that, or it's the part right after that when James Brown uses his mystical powers to lift the entire 8-button army up off the ground and sends them directly to their concert (which has been cancelled but there's fans there and Hammer's band has started playing anyway) using his very own Soul-Glo version of the TARDIS.

I guess what I'm trying to say is, Corey Liuget had a fine game. He flashed his potential. Now, as is the case with every NFL player, he just needs to stay healthy and learn to be consistent with it.

Philip Rivers - 9/10, 85 pass yds, 1 pass TD

My expectations for "Preseason Rivers" are quite high, but they're not perfect. So far, he's been perfect.

San Diego's offensive line

Similar to their performance against the Cowboys, the Chargers' offensive line absolutely dominated San Francisco. The difference is that Dallas's defense is supposed to be terrible and San Fran's is supposed to be great. Marion Grice, Ryan Mathews, and Danny Woodhead had no problem finding holes and picking up yards. Philip Rivers had plenty of time to throw. Good job, all around.

Antonio Gates - 3 catches, 28 rec yds, 1 rec TD

I have zero faith that this will be the Gates we see in the second half of the season, but Gates looks spry right now. He was getting open regularly, finding holes in the defense, and was wide open when he caught his touchdown pass.

Kavell Conner - 7 tackles

Conner made one very bad play early, and then seemed to respond immediately after that. He was flying around the field making tackles whenever the ball-carrier got near him. Looked like a fine replacement for Manti Te'o.

Cordarro Law - 5 tackles, 1 sack, 1 defended pass

He may not have needed a good game to make the 53-man roster, but it definitely won't hurt. He looked like a monster, getting pretty much wherever he wanted whenever he wanted.

Darrell Stuckey - 5 tackles, 1 tackle for loss

Some people have wondered if Stuckey could be cut, but I'm not one of them. Either way, he was great on special teams and looked comfortable again on defense. He's definitely a lock to make the team now.

Dwight Freeney - 1 tackle, 1 tackle for loss

Freeney's game was almost amusing. He played on one series, made a ridiculous play to hit a RB in the backfield, and they immediately took him out. It was almost like turning the key on a car that you haven't started in a year just to see if the engine turns over.


Brad Sorensen - 11/21, 84 pass yds, 2 interceptions

I'm fully convinced now that Sorensen is going to get cut. I was mostly convinced of it before this game, and now I'm certain of it. This was his chance to try and create some reason for the team to not cut him and he failed.

Kellen Clemens - 0/1, 1 fumble

Kellen didn't look any better than Sorensen.

Dontrelle Inman - 0 catches (3 targets)

No matter which way you slice it, he has to come up with at least one of those passes.