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Bolts plan to shutdown Broncos WR Marshall

Discussion in 'Chargers Fan Forum' started by Johnny Lightning, Dec 24, 2008.

  1. Johnny Lightning

    Johnny Lightning Go Bolts

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    Wednesday, December 24, 2008

    It was the gift that kept on giving. He was given room to run, room to operate, room to make catch after catch, sometimes room to run some more.

    This being the season, too, Brandon Marshall kept on taking.

    It started with the Denver Broncos' first, third and fifth plays of that game of Sept. 14, all passes to Marshall, who caught two of the three for just a little hint of what was to come for the Chargers defense. In his first game back from a one-game suspension, Marshall finished with a preposterous total of 18 receptions, the second-most by any receiver in a single NFL game.

    “Eighteen,” said Clinton Hart, the Chargers' strong safety and defensive captain. “That's a big number.”

    “Eighteen catches,” said free safety Eric Weddle, “is never a good sign.”

    The only good to come of that 39-38 victory by the Broncos, aside from the fact that it happened in Week Two of a 16-game schedule, is the matter at hand. The Chargers now have not only a chance to play Denver again for an AFC West championship – so improbable even two weeks ago – but a much-wanted chance to atone for a game that truly exposed San Diego as having what still ranks as the lowest-rated pass defense in the conference and second-worst in the NFL.

    They've got their rematch with the quarterback (Jay Cutler) who effectively sneered at them at Invesco Field with 50 pass attempts, 36 completions, 350 yards and four touchdowns; the big wide receiver (Marshall) who served as favorite target while Cutler dink-and-dunked underneath the Chargers coverage with impunity; the tight end (Tony Scheffler) who caught two of those TD passes; the smaller and faster rookie receiver (Eddie Royal) who caught the last TD and the game-winning two-point conversion with 24 seconds left in regulation.

    “This is a game where we can erase a lot of things that happened this year,” Hart said. “And that was one of the worst things.”

    That thing sure made the division race a lot more interesting, though, given how many people presumed the Chargers would breeze through 2008 with yet another title and the Broncos might be a sub-.500 team again. Two of the more hostile rivals in the NFL, they've spent the 14 weeks since peering over at each other, almost as if this last-Sunday scenario was somehow preordained.

    “The way the season was going, the way we were playing and they were playing, we were just hoping for opportunity to make this game meaningful,” Weddle said. “We just wanted to play the way we wanted to play. We wanted to show that what we've been playing like throughout the season wasn't really us. It was more about us. Not about them.”

    By “us,” Weddle meant the entire Chargers squad, but it sure could have been a reference to a San Diego secondary that's been shredded by opponents and the public alike for most of the season. Coming on the heels of a season-opening loss to the Carolina Panthers on a last-play pass, too, the controversial defeat at Denver might have been the one that showed the entire NFL how you beat San Diego.

    Short stuff. Mid-range stuff. Don't sweat the deep stuff.

    Therein was the truly remarkable part about Marshall's magical day. He's frequently referred to as the next Terrell Owens – who happens to own the NFL record of 20 catches for the San Francisco 49ers in a 2000 game – and he's likewise considered especially productive after a reception, leading the league a year ago in yards after catch. The man, as they say, can YAC.

    Against the Chargers, though, Marshall basically became a control receiver. A dozen of his catches were for less than 10 yards, but 10 provided the Broncos with first downs. Thrice, too, he drew penalties from Chargers covering him.

    More often than not, that was Antonio Cromartie, which back then was considered a phenomenal matchup between one of the league's pre-eminent receivers and the cornerback who'd created a sensation with 10 interceptions last year and told folks that his goal for 2008 was 15, one more than the NFL record set in 1952.

    Indeed, Cromartie had a Cutler pass in his hands, but dropped it. He was called for unnecessary roughness on Marshall, then for a face-mask violation. A vast majority of Marshall's receptions came on coverage by Cromartie.

    Lots of people, a vast majority of them without psychology degrees on their wall, contend that game had a profound and lasting effect on Cromartie's confidence at the corner. He insists the problem was physical, a painful hip that's no longer giving him trouble.

    “That was in the past,” Cromartie said yesterday. “That's one game, and after that, we had plenty more games to go. You can't reminisce. Just move forward.”

    Move forward 14 weeks. Here comes Marshall.

    “He's a great receiver,” cornerback Quentin Jammer said. “We were doing a lot of three-deep coverages, where he could come up underneath us. Linebackers weren't doing what they were supposed to, safeties weren't doing the right thing, corners weren't doing the right thing. The things we were supposed to be doing, we weren't doing.

    “We've got to be more disciplined in our coverage. No blown assignments.”

    In the time since, of course, the Chargers have changed defensive coordinators and mentalities. Having already shown more of a tendency to challenge the offense, they're liable to take more of an in-your-face approach to Marshall and all of Cutler's targets, especially since the Broncos have been beset with injuries to running backs by the half-dozen.

    “We have to be physical with the receivers,” Hart said. “We cannot allow one player to dominate the secondary like he did. That's on the secondary. We definitely have to do a good job of containing that little guy.”

    Gift-giving season, after all, is over by Sunday.

    http://www3.signonsandiego.com/stories/2008/dec/24/chargers-s2chargers-marshall/?chargers
     
  2. HughC

    HughC BoltTalker

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    If Marshall's suspension hadn't been reduced, his season looks completely different. His first two games inflated his numbers; if he was out, like he should have been, ne finishes with less than 900 yards. Since those first two games he's had more games with less than 30 yards than he has with over 100 yards (last week was the first since September 21), and only two games with a TD.

    Just do what Tampa Bay, Miami, Carolina and the Jets did and shut him down.
     
  3. SD Native WY

    SD Native WY Well-Known Member

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    They better pull Cro if they want to shut down Marshall.......Many other players hungrier than Cro.
     
  4. Aggieman

    Aggieman I bleed blue and gold

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    double him! Hart and Jammer stick to him like glue. Let Cason, not Cromartie, handle Royal. Jammer is our number one cornerback and Marshall is their number one reciever so Jammer needs that assignment.
     
  5. HEXEDBOLT

    HEXEDBOLT Don't like it, lump it!!!

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    Looks to me that Marshall is going to have a big headache, come Sunday night.:tup: :bolt: :icon_rofl:
     
  6. !~BOLT~!

    !~BOLT~! Well-Known Member

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    If sproles wasn't so damn talented and productive, I would assign Cro to kr duties and maybe nickel situations, but Sproles is a bat, and the end zone behind him is hell, so I have a hard time finding a spot for Cromartie, even before the game when some db's were doing sprints and throwing the ball around, cro was sitting on his ***, until he felt the need to stretch his legs.

    How you can go from gold to garbage in one season is not often done, but congrats Cro, you are garbage.
     
  7. Rainman

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    Yeah, well we'd better hope they have a plan to shut down Marshall... Allowing 18 catches isn't going to help the Chargers' chances. :icon_evil:
     
  8. Buck Melanoma

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    You're all forgetting that we have a HUGE advantage vs. the last time we met ......

    NO COTTRELL!!!!!​



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  9. montanabolthead

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    Get in Cutler's grille, lay a couple of shots on Marshall when he isn't the primary, make sure he hears footsteps and he won't be much of a problem.
     
  10. AnteaterCharger

    AnteaterCharger Calibrating Bolttalk, Podcast by Podcast Staff Member Super Moderator Podcaster

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    I don't give a flying bleep what the "plan is" I just want it done damnit!
     
  11. TheLash

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    Cosign Dammit~
     
  12. Buck Melanoma

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    Buy him a sack of Big Macs & hope that he drops the wrappers in front of the TV. :lol:
     
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  13. HughC

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    Ha Ha ... why didn't somebody think of that last time?
     
  14. Aggieman

    Aggieman I bleed blue and gold

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    I think pressure is key and that is what is still lacking of this defense. All of our rushes are pretty much the standard 3-up ones and that just isn't going to do it. Hell 4 man rushes might not be enough against Denver. They really do have a good offensive line - that is why they're so damn productive. We're still 31st in pass defense and it probably is because we suck and we fail to put pressure on the quarterback. I'm looking for some pass rush on Sunday but then again Cutler is amazing out of the pocket so be careful flushing him out.
     

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