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Chargers defense 'writing checks' for offense

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  1. boltssbbound

    boltssbbound Well-Known Member

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    http://www.chargers.com/news/headlines/chargers-defense-writing.htm

    Chargers defense 'writing checks' for offense
    Tuesday, Nov 21, 2006
    By Casey Pearce, Chargers.com

    Safety Marlon McCree holds a degree in finance from the University of Kentucky, so it was fitting for him to use a monetary metaphor to describe the Chargers’ recent play on the field.

    “Our offense is so hot right now,” McCree said. “Hot, hot, hot! It’s like our defense is writing checks. Then right away, our offense is cashing them. Turnovers are money for us because LT and those guys are making opponents pay for them.”

    Over the course of the last five games, the NFL’s highest-scoring offense has needed just one “check” to pile up a bankroll. Each of the last five contests has included one key defensive play that has given the Chargers a chance.

    The run started in Kansas City when linebacker Marques Harris sacked Damon Huard and forced him to fumble. The play set up LaDainian Tomlinson’s game-tying touchdown pass to Brandon Manumaleuna.

    A week later, it was McCree’s 79-yard fumble return for a touchdown that gave the Chargers a two-touchdown lead and allowed them to pull away from the Rams. A stagnant offense got a boost from Harris again against Cleveland when Randall Godfrey forced a fumble that Harris recovered in the end zone.

    In Cincinnati, it was Shaun Phillips’ sack of Carson Palmer and subsequent fumble recovery that led to an L.T. touchdown and put the Bolts ahead for good.

    And finally Sunday night, cornerback Drayton Florence’s interception of Jake Plummer that allowed the Chargers to extend their lead to eight points with less than two minutes left in the game.

    “Sometimes all it takes is one play, especially the way our offense is putting up points,” Florence said. “It’s somebody different every week on both sides of the ball. That makes it fun. You never know who it’s going to be. I’m glad I got my turn.”

    The NFL’s highest-scoring offense is taking notice. During a time in which the Bolts have missed key defensive players, it’s only taken one play here or there to make a profound impact on the game.

    “Even though they’ve given up some points, they’ve really buckled down when they needed to,” Tomlinson said. “That’s all you can ask from your defense. When we need to have a play, they make it.”

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  2. BFISA

    BFISA Well-Known Member

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    I like that comparison!!:icon_toast:
     

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