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Chargers ‘D’ finishing strong

Discussion in 'American Football' started by Johnny Lightning, Dec 18, 2008.

  1. Johnny Lightning

    Johnny Lightning Go Bolts

    Feb 7, 2006
    One of the first things Chargers Head Coach Norv Turner did Sunday following his club’s thrilling victory in Kansas City last week was praise his defense for their strong effort which allowed the Bolts to storm back for the key win.

    “I thought our guys came in and zeroed in on what they were trying to do to us, executed extremely well and played in a physical manner,” Turner said. “You can’t say enough about that defensive effort.”

    After Kansas City opened up a 21-3 lead following a Philip Rivers interception early in the third quarter, the Chiefs didn’t score again. They gained just 71 total yards in the final two quarters and were 1-for-6 on third down.

    All are impressive numbers, but even more impressive is the fact that Sunday’s performance has become a trend. Last week marked Ron Rivera’s sixth game as the club’s defensive coordinator. Since his promotion, only one team has scored more than seven points in the second half – Indianapolis with 13 in Week 12. The Chargers have also held three of their last six opponents under 110 total yards after halftime.

    “Ron is so good at making adjustments,” said linebacker Stephen Cooper, who has three interceptions in the last two weeks. “He’s able to quickly see what teams are doing to us and helps us find a way to shut it down.”

    The play of the Bolts’ defense in the second half has allowed the team’s overall defensive numbers to dramatically improve in the last few weeks. Prior to the Chargers’ bye in Week 9, the team was giving up 371.6 yards and 24.8 points per game. In the last six weeks, the Bolts are allowing 17.1 points per game and 313 total yards.

    If accomplished through the 14 games played thus far, those figures would rank an impressive fourth and tenth, respectively, among the 32 NFL teams.

    “We’ve simplified some things a lot and guys are playing with more confidence the last few weeks,” defensive end Ryon Bingham said. “The most important thing is that we’ve gotten a couple of wins to show for it.”

    The one area the Chargers haven’t seen a dramatic change statistically is in sacks. The Bolts didn’t record a sack last week in Kansas City and have just nine in their last six games, but Rivera is pleased with the way the Chargers have responded to what he’s asked them to do and has seen their execution affect opponents in different ways.

    “What’s happening now is I think the guys are getting comfortable with what we’re doing and how we’ve tweaked it,” Rivera said. “We’re getting the pressure on the quarterback. We’re forcing the ball to come out quicker. We’re getting ourselves in position to make plays. Now we’ve got to capitalize and make them.”

    Injury update

    Cooper was back on the field Thursday after missing Wednesday’s practice with a sore knee. Cornerback Quentin Jammer, who was ill Wednesday, also returned to practice, as did Jamal Williams after resting Wednesday.

    Linebacker Anthony Waters (hamstring) and wide receiver Malcom Floyd (lung) were the only two Chargers who didn’t practice. Tampa quarterback Jeff Garcia was limited in practice for a second-consecutive day but is expected to start Sunday.

    Quick hits

    - The Buccaneers enter Sunday’s game with a perfect 6-0 record at home this season.

    - Greg Gumbel and Dan Dierdorf will call Sunday’s game for CBS.

    - The Chargers feature five Florida natives on their roster, including Brandon Siler, Ian Scott, Clinton Hart, Billy Latsko and Antonio Cromartie.


    The impressive second half effort Stephen Cooper and the Chargers’ defense turned in Sunday in Kansas City followed a recent trend of key adjustments from Ron Rivera’s group.

  2. Kwak

    Kwak ....

    May 25, 2006
    Great. We get Dierdork. At least we are not playing a team he likes to blow on air.
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  3. Sydalish

    Sydalish Addicted to Sports

    Nov 11, 2007
    Oh I'm sure he'll find a way... Fat Boy always does.
  4. Buck Melanoma

    Buck Melanoma Guest

    10 lbs. of **** in a 5 lb. sack. :tdown:

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

    Jul 11, 2006
  6. Layne

    Layne Banned Banned

    Jan 18, 2008
    WTF LMAO OH MAN!:lol::icon_rofl:

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