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Bolts Return to Action Recharged After Bye

Discussion in 'Chargers Fan Forum' started by rexy2006, Nov 4, 2008.

  1. rexy2006

    rexy2006 Well-Known Member

    Dec 17, 2005
    Bolts return to action recharged after bye

    Chris Jenkins (Contact)
    Monday, November 3, 2008


    Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers looks on
    during a 37-32 loss to the Saints
    at Wembley Stadium in London on
    Sunday, Oct. 26. Rivers said of the bye:
    "We're really at a point where we
    have to get better at what we're good at
    and haven't been as good as we can."
    K.C. Alfred/Union-Tribune

    Three-and-five record notwithstanding, they woke up Monday morning feeling brand new, or at least as refreshed and relatively pain-free as you can get the first week of November in the NFL.

    Nobody pounded on them over the weekend. In fact, Chargers players had been off since Thursday, given time to rest and heal up, contemplate the difficult circumstance they created for themselves over the first eight games, maybe watch somebody else get pounded on Sunday and let their coaches do what they do during a bye.

    You know. Piddlin'.

    “Anytime you have a bye week you piddle with some things here and there,” quarterback Philip Rivers said. “We're really at a point where we have to get better at what we're good at and haven't been as good as we can. That was the biggest emphasis this (bye) week. We've zeroed in on us. Obviously, with some preparation on Kansas City, we've zeroed in on us.”

    If they were 5-3 and about to play the Indianapolis Colts or Pittsburgh Steelers, not the woebegone Kansas City Chiefs (1-7), the Chargers would revel in the extra time to prepare specifically for their upcoming opponent and game. It's apparent to themselves and everybody else, though, that their biggest problem this season has been them.

    The location of the bye week couldn't be any better, what with the Chargers precisely at the halfway point of their season, coming off two straight losses, road-weary from a trip of more than 11,000 miles across eight time zones. They've used the break to install a new defensive coordinator, Ron Rivera, and get themselves back into their best physical health of the season.

    “It came at the right time,” said running back LaDainian Tomlinson, beneficiary of time to let his problematic big toe heal. “It just kind of gives you a chance to refresh, clear your mind for a few days from playing football and physical part. It helps us as we come back. You can always say, OK, it was a bad first half of the season. Now let's focus on the second half and see how good we can be.”

    Byes don't always Byes dont always fall at such opportune junctures, often coming too early or too late in the regular season. Most notably, and ludicrously, the Chargers opened the 1999 regular season with a bye.

    (Then again, they could be playing against the Philadelphia Eagles when they're coming off a bye. Eagles coach Andy Reid is 4-6 in games directly before the bye, 10-0 in games immediately after byes.)

    For the record, the Chargers have won four of their past five games following byes and five of the past seven, bringing their overall mark to 9-9. Oddly, of those past seven such games, the only time they faced a division opponent was their 23-17 defeat of the Raiders at Oakland in 2004.

    Conversely, the bye format has had harsh ramifications for the Chargers in 2008. The two times they faced teams coming off byes, the Chargers were carved up by the precision passing of Chad Pennington (22-of-29, 228 yards) of the Miami Dolphins and Trent Edwards (25-of-30, 261) of the Buffalo Bills, both in extremely deflating road losses.

    “It helps to have two weeks instead of one,” Tomlinson said. “Teams get to scout you a little bit more. They get to break you down and really see what you like to do on first down, what formations, what you like to do on third downs, in the red zone. You give a coach that much time to prepare for a team, they'll be that much better.

    “They're a little bit healthier, so they fly around a bit more. Also they're in perfect position to make plays. That's the major difference.”
    How much will the bye week affect the Chargers play on Sunday? Greatly. The team needed separation from the dismal first half.

    Minimally. The bye helps with healing injuries, but the team needs to play better.

    Not all all. No amount of time off can solve the team's problems.

    It sure seemed to make a difference in Buffalo. Blown out 41-17 by the Arizona Cardinals in their pre-bye game, the Bills produced their best overall performance of the season in beating the Chargers. Buffalo has lost both its games since.

    “They had some different wrinkles,” Rivers said, speaking more of a Buffalo defense that intercepted him once at the goal line, recovered his two fumbles and dominated the San Diego offensive line. “There were things where they were able to zero in and do a few things differently that offset what they'd shown on tape the previous weeks.

    “On both sides of the ball, that's just what you get. You get a couple extra days, offensively and defensively, you can get more creative and maybe offset some tendencies you know the other team's seeing on tape.”

    In that case, the Chargers might prefer to be playing somebody other than a division rival Sunday. Even if they are the worst team in the worst division in the AFC, the Chiefs are considerably more familiar with the Chargers than a non-division foe. Indeed, the low point in San Diego last year was a home loss to the Chiefs, whereupon the Chargers proceeded to win three straight and 10 of their last 12 games.

    Given recovery time for some of their best offensive players – Tomlinson, tight end Antonio Gates and wide receiver Chris Chambers – the Chargers must have the Chiefs wondering what's to come from all the piddling in San Diego. Moreover, Kansas City knows that with the change from Ted Cottrell to Rivera, things are sure to be at least somewhat different when the Chargers are on defense.

    The mysteries won't be mysteries long, though. That, too, is part of the post-bye syndrome.

    “It has an impact earlier in a game,” Chargers coach Norv Turner said. “If they're going to see something different, you'll see it earlier. Anything you're going to do that's a little different – or something you may think is going to either jump-start your team or stop the other team – you're not going to wait to get it going.”
    As they'll tell you themselves, the Chargers already have waited long enough.:bolt:
  2. Buck Melanoma

    Buck Melanoma Guest

    The massacre this weekend will be monumental. I almost feel sorry for my Chiefs-lovin' wifey.

    Almost. :lol:
  3. Aggieman

    Aggieman I bleed blue and gold

    Aug 14, 2008
    piddlin' - I think my grandmother used such a term to describe a rodent's urinary behavior.

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

    Jul 11, 2006
    We'll see just how recharged they are come Sunday. I'd love nothing more than total domination of the Chef's. :tup:

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