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Chargers can’t catch a thing

Discussion in 'San Diego Chargers Hall of Champions' started by robdog, Oct 18, 2005.

  1. robdog

    robdog Code Monkey Staff Member Administrator

    Jun 29, 2009
    Source: <a href="http://www.sdboltreport.com" target="_blank">SD Bolt Report</a>

    By Cameron Healy

    The hands team clearly hasn't been in the San Diego secondary. While the team had a season-high 11 passes defensed, they lost out on numerous chances to nab an interception and it has Marty Schottenheimer frustrated.

    Things have reached such heights that the head coach will be changing how the secondary practices on Wednesday.

    Each practice the unit works on its hands and locating the ball in the air. There are various drills to accomplish such a task and in training camp they run through the gamut.

    But catching a ball should be easy, right?

    Certainly, which is why the change, aka the mixup, the different approach will be on the practice field Wednesday.

    What they will bring back is a drill that requires more from the defensive backs. They will setup camp with their back to the thrower – let's call him the quarterback – and the ball goes into flight before he turns around.

    Schottenheimer says they are catching everything in practice.

    "It is getting to be pretty annoying," said Schottenheimer. "We practice it all the time and they never drop them."

    On Sunday, Clinton Hart had a ball bounce of his helmet and left shoulder pads – a gimmie.

    "Hart has as good as hands as anyone," said Schottenheimer. "He made an interception in practice that was one of the most remarkable things I have ever seen."

    He didn't make Sunday's – when it counted.

    Quentin Jammer, voted worst hands in the league by Chargers fans has missed easy interceptions in successive weeks. It is a pattern that has been nurtured and developed over four years.

    "Maybe Quentin did not want to run 95 yards, I don't know," Schottenheimer said, and he wasn't exactly being facetious.

    The Chargers aren't committing many turnovers and are wasting opportunities on defense. A 27-14 game seemed so much closer than it was because of their inability to corral an interception or two.

    And the opposition will continue to pick on them, knowing there are no repercussions.

    "There is an opportunity and we don't want to let it pass," added the coach, looking ahead to the top ranked Eagles passing game. "Hopefully we will start corralling some of them."

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