Te’o Starts At LB In Chargers Debut
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SAN DIEGO (AP) Even though it was an exhibition opener, the Seattle Seahawks looked like a team worthy of big expectations.
And the San Diego Chargers? Well, they looked like the same old Chargers.
Tarvaris Jackson threw two touchdown passes and Brady Quinn, also battling to be Russell Wilson’s backup, threw for another score as the Seahawks beat San Diego 31-10 Thursday night in Mike McCoy’s debut as Chargers coach.
Wilson, who led the Seahawks to the playoffs last year as a rookie, played the first three series. He passed for 23 yards and ran for 9.
Wilson had some nice scrambles, including one on second-and-7 from the 17 when he gained just 1 yard, but evaded numerous Chargers, including Dwight Freeney.
Quinn threw an 11-yard touchdown pass to Jermaine Kearse late in the first half.
Jackson threw a 42-yard scoring pass to Stephen Williams on the first play of the fourth quarter and hit Derrick Coleman on a 6-yarder in the final minutes. Jackson also completed a 41-yarder to Williams to set up Spencer Ware’s 6-yard scoring run late in the third quarter.
Philip Rivers played only the opening series, which the Chargers capped with Nick Novak’s 28-yard field goal.
Manti Te’o had a quiet debut at inside linebacker for the Chargers, with no tackles during the first two series.
McCoy replaced Norv Turner, who was fired along with general manager A.J. Smith after the Chargers missed the playoffs for the third straight year. Tom Telesco, who replaced Smith, made sweeping changes to begin rebuilding the roster.
Chargers backup quarterback Charlie Whitehurst was intercepted twice. One of the pickoffs set up Quinn’s 11-yard scoring pass to Kearse 2:11 before halftime. San Diego defensive backs Darrell Stuckey and Steve Williams collided, leaving Kearse wide open. Williams pointed at Stuckey, who put his hands on his helmet.
Whitehurst played for the Chargers from 2006-09 without ever throwing a regular-season pass. He was traded to the Seahawks, where he played for two seasons before returning to San Diego as a free agent.
San Diego third-string quarterback Brad Sorensen threw a 21-yard touchdown pass to Ladarius Green in the fourth quarter.
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