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A defense 'Secondary' to none

Discussion in 'Latest Chargers News & Headlines' started by robdog, Sep 12, 2006.

  1. robdog

    robdog Code Monkey Staff Member Administrator

    Jun 29, 2009
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    By Clint Muhe - <em>Bolt Talk Staff Writer</em>

    With a performance as spectacular as last nights game it is not surprising that the most improved part of the Chargers went unnoticed. What everyone in San Diego knew was that our front seven were elite, our running back-amazing, and our offense-solid. Those who had really followed Philip Rivers felt pretty comfortable in handing him the reigns. The most significant question was, and had been; will the secondary hold us back? I'm proud to be the first to say with conviction, "NO!", at long last this team if ready from top-to-bottom to make a run at glory.

    Your average Jonny-come-lately fan may have watched last nights game and still been thinking that if the Chargers have a weakness it lays in the secondary. The defensive backs didn't snag any interceptions so I'm sure that a few fans will continue to scream for Quentin Jammer's head. Fact is, our front seven often times pressured the quarterback last season only to have the secondary fail them and prevent Merriman, Castillo, and Co. from bringing down much deserved sacks; last night, this was not the case. When Merriman was interviewed on-field, immediately following the game, he was the first to give props to the secondary for giving him and the rest of the front seven the opportunity to go sack-crazy.

    Everyone wanted to see what Antonio Cromartie was made of, but as a rookie he was not asked for much and did a solid job.

    The biggest addition, at least so far, was that of the head-cracking, Rodney Harrison reminiscent, beast, known as Marlon McCree. This guy got zero publicity when we signed him and it's great he didn't because otherwise we might have had to pay him what he's worth.

    The secondary might as well have built the Chargers a new stadium with all the ‘lumber they laid'. Jammer, Florence, and McCree looked hell-bent on decapitating an already abused Raider team. The Raiders first offensive drive last night was punctuated by an explosive McCree hit on TE Courtney Anderson who was shook up badly, and finished off by a nearly missed interception opportunity, once again by #20.

    Even more impressive, the secondary is only just begun to gel. Once Jammer and D-Flo' really know they can trust McCree expect to see many more interceptions, and if McCree keeps playing like this, expect them soon.

    The defensive unit as a whole looked down right scary, now the only problem in San Diego is what I'll have to give up so I can trade for them in my fantasy league.

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