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Bolts not pressured by blitzes

Discussion in 'American Football' started by Johnny Lightning, Dec 18, 2009.

  1. Johnny Lightning

    Johnny Lightning Go Bolts

    Feb 7, 2006

    Friday, December 18, 2009

    Bring it on. That’s always been Philip Rivers’ plea.

    For the better part of their three seasons together, Rivers and head coach Norv Turner have made teams pay for bringing the blitz against the Chargers. This year is no exception, though teams are blitzing Rivers more than ever.

    The 163 times Rivers has been blitzed, with three games to play, is already more than he was blitzed in any of his previous three seasons as a starter.

    Of course, the Chargers have faced six of the league’s most persistent blitzing teams.

    “We’ve seen a lot of defenses (where) that’s their base,” Turner said. “We look at it and say, ‘They didn’t blitz us as much as they blitz other teams.’ I think that’s a credit to Philip (getting) the ball out quick, and we do have some guys when they get the ball in space they make big plays, and our screen game helps us a lot against the blitz.”

    The Cincinnati Bengals, Sunday’s opponent, do not blitz that often (22nd-most in the NFL), but they are extremely effective when they do. Opposing quarterbacks have a 52.9 passer rating when Cincinnati blitzes.

    Maybe there has been an ever-so-slight advantage this season, in that Rivers’ passer rating is four points lower when blitzed than in the 265 passes he has thrown when not being blitzed.

    But Rivers is excellent when under siege — a 101.5 passer rating this season, fifth-best among NFL starting quarterbacks, and he has a 100.5 career rating against the blitz as a starter. His rating this season when not blitzed is 105.1; it’s 93.8 for his career.

    “You kind of hope they come after you — if you have plays up that you’re able to beat them with it,” Rivers said. “Depends on what you have called and who you have to get it to quick. Certainly, when teams come after you it allows you to … it eliminates who can get double covered, how many different coverage schemes they can run. Then you like your matchups, especially with the guys we have to throw the football to.

    “Our offensive line does such a great job of picking up the blitz, it’s not always going to be a guy coming free, just because a team is bringing pressure. We do a great job picking up that extra guy, which allows us to buy a little extra time to make a throw down the field.”

    Rivers is the Blitz Killer... :abq2:
  2. MasterOfPuppets

    MasterOfPuppets Charger fan since 1979

    Aug 8, 2006
    I love seeing teams blitz Rivers because I know a good Charger play is comming :abq2:
  3. IFiredCHart

    IFiredCHart Well-Known Member

    Nov 25, 2009
    Based on that picture, I would think that Rivers is more afraid of Norv than the blitz :lol:.

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