Monday, December 19, 2005
Former Maryland standout Shawne Merriman helped his San Diego Chargers end the Colts 13 game winning streak and put to rest any chatter about the Colts having a perfect season. As he did when he played for Maryland Shawne Merriman played his best in the biggest game. He recorded 7 tackles and was credited with 2 sacks, while reeking all kinds of havoc on the Colts pass protection. He pressured Peyton Manning on numerous occasions and ran him down on a critical red zone 4th down early in the game. With 9 sacks already this season Merriman is the frontrunner for defensive rookie of the year in the NFL. Getting drafted by Marty Shottenheimer was the best thing that could have happened to Merriman. Shottenheimer knows how to coach aggressive linebackers like the late Derrick Thomas and Merriman.