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Blues and Golds - Preseason Game 3, Seahawks at Chargers

Discussion in 'San Diego Chargers Hall of Champions' started by robdog, Aug 26, 2008.

  1. robdog

    robdog Code Monkey Staff Member Administrator

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

    <a href="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20080826/capt.5c8a32caff1c4f7bb7d11d8f8cc9d047.seahawks_chargers_football_cacl101.jpg"><img class="alignleft" title="San Diego Chargers running back Darren Sproles (43) breaks through the tackle attempt by Seattle Seahawks Brian Russell, right, for a 9-yard run during the first quarter of a preseason NFL football game Monday, Aug. 25, 2008, in San Diego." src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20080826/capt.5c8a32caff1c4f7bb7d11d8f8cc9d047.seahawks_chargers_football_cacl101.jpg" alt="" width="174" height="212" /></a>That was a weird game. At the end of the first half, I felt strangely like we were down 30-3, the way the 'Hawks ran all over us (and how we made Charlie Frye look like Mike Vick, sans electrocuted Pit Bulls). But when I looked at the scoreboard, it said San Diego 10, Seattle 7.

    Say what you like about how bad it looked. The fact is we limited a Seahawk team that was running wild in the first half to a meager 7 points. Something about winning ugly?

    Oh, and before I begin, I'd like to say something to Michelle Tafoya - your interview of Luis Castillo was a disgrace. One of the best young defensive players in football, and example in his community, and as well-spoken an athlete as there is, and all you ask him about is Shawne Merriman to the point of nausea. Bad form, Michelle. Bad form.


    1. WILHELM. Last week's Goat makes it back-to-back. Veteran Derek Smith didn't look all that great either (3 tackles), but Wilhelm looked just plain sorry out there. He was painful to watch. It seemed like he was behind on every single play, and when he did get to the ballcarrier in time, he missed the tackle. He ended the day with 4 tackles and an assist, but in a defense designed to funnel tackles to the inside 'backers, I just have to expect better. Now, some of you will say that we're in a vanilla scheme, and that perhaps he's not playing full speed, but that's not what I'm talking about. I'm talking about a good first step. I'm talking about filling your lane. I'm talking about good angles. I'm talking about good tackling. I'm talking about hitting the ballcarrier instead of letting him hit you. I'm talking about FUNDAMENTALS, and right now he looks like he's got none at all. It's three games into the preseason, TC is over, and our #1 ILB has gone from a worry to an outright <em>fear</em> for me. I hope those of you who will lambast me for this opinion are right, and that he'll flip a switch against Carolina and become the solid rock and leader that an ILB has to be in this defense - but right now I just don't see it. He looks awful, and it's even worse compared to the guys around him like Shaun Phillips and Quentin Jammer, who leave it all on the field every play, even in "worthless" preseason games. He sticks out like a sore thumb, he's that bad.

    2. VOLEK. After a good game last week, he looked terrible this week. Finished 3/9 with 33 yards... not an encouraging stat line. He also missed - should say <em>overthrew</em> - 6'7" TE Scott Chandler, who was wide open in the end zone. That's kind of like, well, not being able to hit the broad side of a barn. Still, he did throw the winning two-pointer after Hester scored two plays later, so he redeemed himself somewhat. At least one of his three completions made a difference.

    3. HESTER. He had a rookie game. It happens. It's just a discomfort that he had a bad game on the goal line, where he's supposed to shine. He finished the day with 9 touches for 21 yards. That's 2.3 yards per carry. On the bright side, Holmgren-coached Seattle is a very solid team in the red zone defensively, so he had an uphill slope. He'll get there.

    GOAT OF THE GAME: Matt Wilhelm... again. I think I've said enough on this.


    1. JAMMER. For all the crap he's gotten in San Diego over the years, he is without a doubt the best all-around defensive back on this team - and that means one of the best all-around defensive backs in Charger history. Yesterday was a great preseason game for Q, who finished with a team-leading 5 1/2 tackles, which would have also lead Seattle for the day. He made a terrific textbook open-field tackle on a Seattle RB to save a first down early in the game that made me think to myself, "Safety? Move him to Inside Backer!" Seriously though, he had a terrific game and I think he's poised to have his best year yet.

    2. SPROLES. Uh... 13 carries for 102 yards and a touchdown, most of that in ONE HALF. I think he would have finished with 3 touchdowns, if the coaching staff had left him in instead of giving Hester a look in goal line situations. Enough said. Those of you who were a bit nervous at losing Michael Turner should rest easy, because Sproles can and will carry the load when LT needs a breather... and who knows? Perhaps he'll do a little scoring himself.

    3. TOLBERT. I can't tell you guys how excited I am about this guy. He hits on all his blocks, always in the right place, pretty good hands (better than Lo at any rate) and leaves it on the field every single play. Not bad for the 5' 9" 22 year old UFA from Coastal Carolina. (Say where now?) Nobody in this entire preseason has impressed me more than this guy has in the grand scheme of things. Sorry, but if it's up to me, Pinnock goes and Tolbert stays. The kid has a future in this league.

    PLAYER OF THE GAME: The Little Tank, Darren Sproles. No question about it.

    <strong>THE GAME IN ONE SENTENCE: </strong>

    The middle of the defense still leaves me very nervous, but I think this offense (and the team as a whole) are ready for prime time.

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