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Blues and Golds - Preseason Game 1, Cowboys at Chargers

Discussion in 'San Diego Chargers Hall of Champions' started by robdog, Aug 10, 2008.

  1. robdog

    robdog Code Monkey Staff Member Administrator

    Jun 29, 2009
    By BlueandGold
    <em>BoltTalk Forum Member</em>

    <img class="alignright" title="Dallas Cowboys quarterback Brad Johnson gets sacked by San Diego Chargers linebacker Carlos Polk and linebacker Shaun Phillips (94) during the first half of a NFL pre-season football game in San Diego, Saturday, Aug. 9, 2008. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)" src="http://assets.espn.go.com/media/apphoto/c451dca6-6c22-437f-a323-4f6f3e6b92e5.jpg" alt="" width="186" height="155" /><strong>BLUES:</strong>

    1. ILB PLAY. The Cowboy 1st string O ran roughshod over our 1st D. I understand that 2/3 of our D-Line was out, but it was pretty bad. When the ILBs weren't missing tackles, they were getting burned in zone. Witten ate us up. I grant that it was a pretty vanilla zone out there, and Cotrell likely didn't switch up any coverages, but it didn't give me the warm fuzzy feeling.

    2. THE STARTING O-LINE. Was very disappointed. Newberry (I think) was just getting owned out there on a few plays - I'm talking about him getting run around like he wasn't there, one of them resulting in a sack.

    3. PR. No panic here, but despite what our homer announcers said on TV he did NOT look that sharp out there. Romo, in comparison, looked sharp. PR didn't. Hey, it happens. The plain fact is that we got helped out by two PIs, and if it wasn't for those the pass O was pretty much stifled.

    GOAT OF THE GAME: Tie, Cooper and Wilhelm. They looked horrible. I noticed Cooper in particular was behind the play quite a few times. But... see below:


    1. IT'S PRESEASON. That means all my BLUES above come with a huge caveat. Yeah, the ILBs didn't look great, but they were left out on an island in a pretty vanilla zone. Yeah, the O-Line looked awful, but Dallas clearly caught us by surprise when they brought the blitzes and stunts midseason-style (which LT alluded to in his interview). Yeah, PR didn't look great - OK, I don't have a caveat for this one. I expected him to look sharper. I think he will next week.

    2. SPECIAL TEAMS. They dominated every - EVERY - single facet of their game. This portion of the contest wasn't even close - we dominated the Cowboys on Special Teams. Scifres, Kaeding, coverage, returns, you name it; we looked good everywhere. Very encouraging.

    3. THE BACKUP RUNNING BACKS. Tolbert, Sproles, Hester - they all looked great tonight. Tolbert put down some crushing blocks, Sproles has just wicked acceleration, and Hester... man, what can I say about that kid. When he lowered the boom on that Cowboy LB I literally jumped out of my seat. War daddy? I think so. Either way, great performance at a position that lost Michael Turner and still somehow winds up looking better. AJ is Gawd.

    PLAYER OF THE GAME: Tough one today, with many standouts, but I think I'm going to give it to Jacob Hester. He shone in every single area we expected him to - from catching the ball on the dreaded Neal flare-out (and getting YAC ) to getting the tough yards in goal line situations. I think we've got a good one here, guys. Look forward to seeing more of him.

    THE GAME IN ONE SENTENCE: After an unnerving first series, the Chargers prove to be deeper and more talented than the Cowboys.

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