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Blitzing, pressure worked for defense against Chiefs

Discussion in 'American Football' started by Johnny Lightning, Oct 30, 2009.

  1. Johnny Lightning

    Johnny Lightning Go Bolts

    Feb 7, 2006

    By Kevin Acee
    Union-Tribune Staff Writer
    9:08 p.m. October 29, 2009

    Chargers free safety Eric Weddle ran around Chiefs left tackle Wade Smith as if he were standing still, taking down Matt Cassel from behind for the first sack on a day in which the Chargers would have a season-high five.
    That was on Kansas City's sixth offensive snap, and already Weddle had blitzed three times. By the time the third quarter was finished – and the Chargers had pulled back the throttle a tad on defense – Weddle would blitz five times. He and his fellow defensive backs (safety Paul Oliver and nickel back Steve Gregory) would blitz a total of 12 times in 45 plays.
    Head coach Norv Turner had been pushing for more pressure from his defense for a while, becoming increasingly adamant last week that they had to find a way to get to the quarterback.
    They did.
    After averaging 15 blitzes in their first five games, the Chargers blitzed 20 times in Sunday's victory. They also knocked down Cassel another six times and had four hurries.
    “Some things worked out well,” coordinator Ron Rivera said Thursday. “We felt we could make plays by blitzing more.”
    Having shown so much so early (and having been successful at it) the Chargers seemed to throw Cassel off with their defensive backs threatening the blitz and disguising their coverages later in the game. They intercepted Cassel three times, including twice on horrid passes, when he had thrown just two interceptions in the previous five games.
    The Chargers may or may not use their DBs to blitz as much Sunday against the Raiders, but they have probably found a comfort level in how they do try to confuse opposing quarterbacks.
    Said Oliver: “I think that's going to be big this week too, our disguising keeping them off guard.”
  2. nickelbolt

    nickelbolt Fuggedaboutit

    Aug 20, 2006
  3. wrbanwal

    wrbanwal Well-Known Member

    Dec 27, 2005
    so it only took six games to figure that out??

    oh Norv.


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