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Believe it: O-line showing improvement

Discussion in 'Chargers Fan Forum' started by Johnny Lightning, Oct 17, 2009.

  1. Johnny Lightning

    Johnny Lightning Go Bolts

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    By Kevin Acee
    Union-Tribune Staff Writer
    October 17, 2009


    Lost in the carnage, and amidst the fact it had just 48 plays, the Chargers offensive line had arguably its best game of the season two Sundays ago in Pittsburgh.
    No, really.
    At least in pass protection, the line was as good as it has been in 2009.
    The protection is still not perfect, but it is certainly the line's strength. Left guard Kris Dielman had his best game of the season, and rookie right guard Louis Vasquez was stout in his return to the lineup.
    The statistics against the Steelers — Philip Rivers was knocked down five times and sacked three times — don't bear out that the protection was great. Those numbers are comparable to the previous three games, but there were mitigating circumstances.
    Knowing the Chargers had to pass from midway through the first quarter on, the Steelers blitzed almost 30 times on passing plays. And they are one of the most successful blitzing teams in the NFL.
    Still, Rivers had time and for good portions of the night had the cleanest pocket in which to operate he has had all season.
    “It was awesome, especially considering how they came (on blitzes),” Rivers said. “We knew they would blitz, but we didn't think that. They brought it, and they didn't stop bringing it for four quarters. . . . The protection was awesome.”
    Now would be a good time for the Chargers' protection to be at its best.
    The Denver Broncos, Monday's opponent, are second in the league with 16 sacks. The Broncos have blitzed 68 times on pass plays, 13th-most in the NFL. Quarterbacks' passer rating against them when they blitz is just 52.2, third-lowest.
    Rivers has dropped back to pass 160 times and been sacked 10 times, a percentage that ranks 15th in the 32-team league.
    Head coach Norv Turner gives Rivers a lot of credit for not being sacked more.
    “I think our guys have done a good job protecting, but Philip does such a good job,” Turner said. “I don't think you can appreciate (it) until you really break it down and look at it. He does such a good job of finding the soft spot in the pocket and moving away from pressure. He really helps the offensive line.”

    Lights back on?

    Linebacker Shawne Merriman said yesterday that “people will see a difference” in him Monday night.
    Sharply limited the past two games by a groin injury, Merriman said the rest since the Chargers' Oct. 4 game in Pittsburgh has done him well. He has practiced fully the past two days, something he did not do before the past two games.
    “I feel good, ready to go,” he said. “ . . . More time to prepare, more time to rest up.”

    Mom only knows

    Inside linebacker Stephen Cooper tested a brace for his injured knee but did not practice yesterday. He said he will work today and will “definitely” play against the Broncos.
    Turner said that Cooper, who hasn't missed a start because of injury since becoming a starter in 2007, likely will have a “negative” designation on today's injury report but that his status for the game wouldn't be decided until Monday.
    Said Cooper: “The only way I'm not playing is if my mama calls (athletic trainer) James Collins and says, ‘Take my son out.’ ”
    Cooper, who hasn't practiced since being hurt in the first half at Pittsburgh, conceded he might not be able to play every down. He likely will share the spot with Tim Dobbins .

    Nuts 'n' Bolts

    •As expected, enough tickets were sold before yesterday's deadline to avoid a local television blackout of Monday's game. The game will be on ESPN and KFMB Channel 8.
    •Outside linebacker Antwan Applewhite, who has missed the past three games with a hamstring injury, missed yesterday's practice after working all week.
    •With players getting healthy in some spots and still hurting in others, deciding on inactives Monday could be trickier than it has been all season. Acknowledged Turner: “It is complicated.”
    Applewhite could be kept out again if he is hurt. Rookie defensive lineman Vaughn Martin will likely be inactive to make room for Ian Scott. And with LaDainian Tomlinson healthy, running back Michael Bennett could be on the sideline to make room for defensive lineman Travis Johnson .
     
  2. Scott the Rock

    Scott the Rock BoltTalker

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    Merrriman's going to actually play hard? Wouldn't that be great.
     
  3. in_a_days

    in_a_days dgaf

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    I'll watch much harder this week too... sure it'll make a major difference. :lol:
     
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  4. Kwak

    Kwak ....

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    When I see him take Orton to prison, then I will believe he is back.
     
  5. LaDeezie21

    LaDeezie21 BoltTalker

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    is it me or have we heard this before?
     
  6. Rainman

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    Let's hope so, because without that improvement the Chargers are headed for an azzbeating. :icon_shrug:
     
  7. TheBeast

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    It's not you.. :no:
     
  8. wrbanwal

    wrbanwal Well-Known Member

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    maybe they can show improvement from the first snap

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    just askin
     
  9. Trumpet_Man

    Trumpet_Man Well-Known Member

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    Improvement?

    Rivers was sacked 5 times tonight. A career record. Our right tackle and center play sucks ***.
     
  10. Showmeyourbolt

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    We're constantly having to compensate for the horrible blocking on the right side and straight up the gut. Look at the difference between Dungver's line and our line. Orton had all day to throw and Rivers is stepping into the heat every snap.
     
  11. LV Bolt Fan

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    You forgot about our L. guard, too. :yes:
     
  12. Trumpet_Man

    Trumpet_Man Well-Known Member

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    The pocket was sooo goddamn small for Rivers he had to tip toe to get throws off. This guy is going to get his career ended if we do not get him some line help. I hope his career is not "wasted" like LT's career has been so far.
     
  13. Brundlefly

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    After tonight this article makes me laugh. Hahahaha
     
  14. Trumpet_Man

    Trumpet_Man Well-Known Member

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    Our left guard is nails. Get off his sack. He has to compensate for Mooch and that is not good. Get a Center who is not a wuss and problems ended.
     
  15. LT-Express

    LT-Express Bolttalk.com Janitor since 06' Staff Member Super Moderator

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    I thought Ellison looked pretty damn good. except for the miss tackle on scheffler.
     
  16. Showmeyourbolt

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    BTW, who are people going to ***** at for the horrible safety play now that Hart is gone? No pressure up front and once again our safeties look like ****. Coincidence? Those guys would look so much better if we had a semblance of a pass rush. Merriman might be traded tomorrow, and it wouldn't surprise me.
     
  17. Brundlefly

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    Ellison didn't look too bad for a rookie. He made a few tackles
     
  18. Trumpet_Man

    Trumpet_Man Well-Known Member

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    I like Ellison but it really does not matter who we play as Jaws pointed out when you have no pass rush. The secondary will look like **** - ALWAYS. Playing russian roulette with the secondary is not the answer and that is what fans are calling for and they are idiots for the most part.
     

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