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Chargers defense can't hide from the run

Discussion in 'Chargers Fan Forum' started by Johnny Lightning, Sep 25, 2009.

  1. Johnny Lightning

    Johnny Lightning Go Bolts

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    Miami's Wildcat set poses new challenge


    By Kevin Acee
    Union-Tribune Staff Writer
    9:22 p.m. September 24, 2009


    SAN DIEGO – You can run against the Chargers.
    The “You can't run” chant, so ubiquitous in Qualcomm Stadium for a few years, has been muted. When it is heard, it is hopeful rather than accurate.
    The Chargers defense has been getting run over, run past and run around at times the first two games.
    And no one is pretending it is not.
    There is no shortage of Chargers defenders taking responsibility for what has happened to them the past two weeks, in which both of their opponents have run 32 times and averaged 139 rushing yards.
    Of Sunday's play at the goal line on which he was pushed back as if on a mover's dolly as Baltimore's Willis McGahee ran by, rookie defensive lineman Vaughn Martin said, “I was in Orange County by the time that was done. I've got to be better. I'll be better.”
    Not one player pointed elsewhere without pointing at himself, too.
    Even as he called out his teammates several times this week, inside linebacker Stephen Cooper included himself among those who must play better.
    “The young guys in the interior have to grow up and play better,” Cooper said. “But as veterans we can't miss tackles. We have to play our technique and do our job.”
    Outside linebacker Shaun Phillips was among the Chargers that have described the manner in which the defense has played at times as, in euphemistic terms, like flowers.
    Yep, it's time to man up.
    “That's what we're preaching,” Phillips said. “We need to be more physical and beat the guy's (rear end) across us. Do it within our system, but beat the guy's (rear end) in front of you. That allows you a chance to stop the run and stop the Wildcat.”
    Ah, the Wildcat.
    As if the Chargers aren't having enough trouble stopping the run.
    Now into Qualcomm Stadium come the Miami Dolphins, who on Monday ran for 239 yards, 107 of those on 12 plays in the Wildcat formation, in which tailback Ronnie Brown or rookie backup quarterback Pat White takes a direct snap and then runs, hands off or throws.
    The Dolphins ran the Wildcat 11 times for 48 yards in their 17-10 victory over the Chargers in October in Miami. It was the other plays they ran that buried the Chargers.
    But there were troubling circumstances against Baltimore that present a concern as the Chargers prepare for the Wildcat.
    Against the Ravens, the Chargers were just as often exploited on the outside due to overpursuit and lack of playing their assignment as they were victimized by runs up the middle.
    Do that against the Wildcat, where Brown (or White) decides what to do based on what he sees, and there will be trouble.
    Recognition and responsibility are points of emphasis this week.
    “It's especially crucial against the Wildcat,” defensive coordinator Ron Rivera said. “But it's crucial against any offense.”
    What has “perplexed” Rivera has been that the Chargers have made remarkable in-game improvement, proving they can stop the run for long stretches.
    The first 13 rushes by the Raiders in the opener averaged 6.2 yards; the final 19 averaged 3.5 yards. The Ravens averaged 6.5 yards on their first dozen runs and 2.6 yards on their final 20.
    “The thing that is interesting is it seems we look at it, see what's happening and make a quick adjustment,” Rivera said. “Also, it's the players playing their responsibilities and not trying to do too much. We have to understand what the responsibility in our defense is and what the role is The enthusiasm with which some guys are playing is creating those situations. It goes back to being responsible.”
    Rivera has a saying he has frequently repeated to his players since taking over as coordinator: “We need 11 guys making one play at a time, not one guy making 11 plays.”
    The players acknowledge that with inexperience at some positions because of a rash of injuries, there has been some freelancing and perhaps trying to do too much.
    But, for them, it comes down to what Cooper started preaching after Sunday's game. They're not starting out the game with the proper physicality.
    “There were times I wasn't as physical as I needed to be, no matter if it was me knowing what to do or trusting the guy next to be,” Phillips said. “There were guys up front that weren't as physical as they need to be. We have to be physical at the point of attack. Attack them. If they attack, they attack us and dictate the seams.
    “We have to be physical and attack. It's one thing beating the guy's (rear end) in front of you. If each of us do that, there is no Wildcat.”
     
  2. Ride The Lightning

    Ride The Lightning Join the Dark Side, we have cookies.

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    Our defense sucks because Norv is an idiot and he should die in a fire.
     
  3. !~BOLT~!

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    I mean that's one of the reasons.


    Another one is because they let the other team gain a shitload of yardage through the air and ground and score a lot of points.
     
  4. Dublin Bolt

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    Yeah Miami might have a field day running over us but I worry more about Pennington. I write the same thing every time we meet this bollix. We owe him so bad. He has our number. Is he like 4 or 5 and 0 against us?. He nickel and dimes us to death. If you play FF get Camarillo on your team, just wait he's coming back to kill us!.
     
  5. oggieman

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    Yeah, if you have trouble aginst the run the Fins can hurt you. They put a ton of money into that O-line and it looks like its paying off.

    The only problem with the Fins running game is downfield blocking, which is preventing the bust out long runs. Tedd Ginn is a coward and refuses to block.
     
  6. nickelbolt

    nickelbolt Fuggedaboutit

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    Maybe we'll put our biggest coward, Cromartie, on Ginn.

    They can grab *** each other all day long while their 10 teammates try to play football.
     
  7. reef shark

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    the 34 should be shot now
     
  8. Johnny Lightning

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    Asked why the defense has waited until the second quarter to kick tail in both games, a few Chargers linemen were nearly speechless. "Wow. Wow, wow, wow," said Luis Castillo. Said Jacques Cesaire: "Wow." Said Alfonso Boone: "See, that's why I don't talk to the media."
     
  9. Lightning's Girl

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    Ouch.:icon_eek:
     
  10. HEXEDBOLT

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

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    Our defense is pretty close to getting all together from what I can see of it on TV. I know we have given up some major run yardage but we have also shut it down in the second half.

    Don't be surprised if our guy's come out Sunday and return to the old stingy bolt's as far as the running game. I know, I know we have a very large hole in the middle where JWal used to roam, but, sooner rather than later someone has to step up. I believe it begins with the Dolphoons.

    Not that I have any inside info or secret game tapes, I just believe Coop when he say's guys were just trying to do to much. To tell the truth, it looked like to me, we had 9, 55's out there all over pursuing and missing play's trying to be the hero.
     
  11. Buck Melanoma

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    Burnett is out which means our thumpers are in (Dobbins/Siler). Different ball game up the middle this week.

    I also want to see Ellison in the box.
     
  12. Chargers-Superhero

    Chargers-Superhero Just win the Damn SB !!!

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    Who said Burnett was out, I didn't hear that anywhere.
     
  13. Buck Melanoma

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    I read it earlier - maybe at the UT? He & Mrs. Buster Davis had a collision in practice. :unsure:
     
  14. Chargers-Superhero

    Chargers-Superhero Just win the Damn SB !!!

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    I read that but later Burnett said he was fine. I've only read LT, Hardwick, Vasquez, and Johnson would be out for sure.
     
  15. Buck Melanoma

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    Hurt or not, I want to see a lot more of Dobbins & even Siler today. We need a physical presence in the middle. :icon_evil:
     

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