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Chargers find their identity in Denver

Discussion in 'Chargers Fan Forum' started by nickelbolt, Oct 7, 2007.

  1. nickelbolt

    nickelbolt Fuggedaboutit

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    ESPN Sunday Night: Chargers find their identity in Denver

    From ESPN tonight...
    DENVER -- For three weeks, their opponents have guessed correctly when calling run blitzes against two-back sets. So when San Diego Chargers running back LaDainian Tomlinson was stuffed for a 4-yard loss by Denver Broncos safety Nick Ferguson on the opening play of Sunday's game, one thing immediately came to mind.

    Here we go again.

    Thing is, the Chargers didn't give in to that negative mind-set. Instead, they called another running play, with Tomlinson gaining a couple of yards. Then the big play -- Tomlinson catching the Broncos in overpursuit and rumbling 36 yards on a screen pass.

    Suddenly, the Chargers had confidence. A few plays later, they had a touchdown. A few seconds later, they had another touchdown, thanks to a fumbled forced by Carlos Polk on the kickoff that rookie Brandon Siler picked up and ran 23 yards for the the score. Eventually, they had the outcome they so desperately needed, romping past the Broncos, 41-3.

    Tomlinson admitted afterward that another loss would have put the Chargers in serious trouble. They would have fallen to 1-4 and been feeling as though their identity had been stolen. That's why Sunday's game was a must win. So during the week, Tomlinson, Philip Rivers and the offensive linemen focused on executing the running attack, which entered the game ranked 24th. Thursday's practice, said Tomlinson, was the best of the year.

    "Not to say we have to run the ball all the time and be conservative," Tomlinson said, "but the foundation is to run the ball. It sets up the passing. That's the way this team is built. Norv [Turner] is a smart guy. He understands that. We are just starting to get used to each other.

    "It's nice to have a game come up like that where you get a touchdown on the first drive and then, bang, you get an easy touchdown -- whether it be a return or a fumble pick up in the air -- and then score."

    Now, five weeks into the season, the Chargers' run to the playoff has officially started, even though their record is just 2-3.

    Of course, what invigorated San Diego felt just the opposite for Denver, which suffered its worst home loss in 41 years. "I don't think our players have ever been more embarrassed to put on that type of show," Broncos coach Mike Shanahan said.

    Despite the quick 14-0 lead, the Chargers' true defining moments came on the next two series. Safety Marlon McCree forced Broncos WR Brandon Marshall to fumble at the 9-yard line to stop a Denver scoring drive. Then San Diego made it a point to go to the two-back set featuring Tomlinson and fullback Lorenzo Neal.

    "We know how important our two-back running game and Lorenzo is to the offense," Rivers said. "At the same time, defenses know when we have that personnel that we like to run the football. We tried some shifts and movements to give us a chance."

    Tomlinson called that particular series a statement. In the Week 3 loss to Green Bay, the Chargers lined up in two-back a dozen times, and the Packers called run blitzes a dozen times. The Chargers were held to 73 rushing yards. What teams were doing was seeing where Neal would angle his body, then blitzing a safety to that side.

    Against the Broncos, the Chargers tried different formations. They lined up Neal as a receiver and then had him come into a normal fullback position in front of Tomlinson. Many of those calls were similar to what the Chargers did a week ago in a loss to the Chiefs. The difference in this possession was the execution. Blockers buried Broncos defenders. Tomlinson slipped through the holes, and the running game finally got running.

    In a 13-play drive that ended with a Nate Kaeding field goal and a 17-0 lead, Tomlinson ran six times for 32 yards. When Broncos defenders started overpursuing, Turner called another Tomlinson screen pass. That went for 29 yards. The blowout was on.

    "The running game was definitely a main point of emphasis, and even though they tried to play the run with eight men in the box, we were still committed to it," Tomlinson said. "That's why we had the play-action work for us and the screens work for us."

    The Chargers finished with 214 yards on 37 carries. Tomlinson had 67 yards on 21 carries and 73 more on three pass receptions. Michael Turner embarrassed the Broncos for long second-half runs and had 147 yards on 10 carries. Things were so bad for the Broncos that Rivers, who admits to having 5.0 speed in the 40, beat defenders to the corner on the slowest 1-yard touchdown run in recent memory.

    Continued in Entire Article by John Clayton...
     
  2. Trumpet_Man

    Trumpet_Man Well-Known Member

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    ESPN Sunday Night: Chargers find their identity in Denver

    :icon_rofl: - That run reminded me of Dan Fouts...a Bear running on its hind legs :yes:
     
  3. reddenedbeard

    reddenedbeard Well-Known Member

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    ESPN Sunday Night: Chargers find their identity in Denver

    I think that Fouts would have pulled up lame. :yes:
     
  4. AnteaterCharger

    AnteaterCharger Calibrating Bolttalk, Podcast by Podcast Staff Member Super Moderator Podcaster

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    Someone needs to teach him how to run better
    maybe Gates/VJ can teach him how to run since they're bigger then Rivers


    and yeah that was a ridiculous looking bootleg but hey, it worked, so who gives a frak?
     
  5. Alpenbolt

    Alpenbolt BoltTalker

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    Actually somone needs to teach him to stop running. His rollouts are ineffective cause he never finds a spot he can take a second to plant and throw. The art of a good rollout is providing just enough juke that you can buy a second for a stable platform. His feet are always moving but he doesn't set up the left foot to throw off of.

    And rolling out moving backwards is always a bad idea. He needs to find those moves that bait the linemen and get them sliding by him. Even some very immobile QBs can do this pretty well. Remember Fouts was pretty good ducking under a heavy rush and popping up and still getting the ball out.
     
  6. Kwak

    Kwak ....

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    That dude has a seriously funny gait. :icon_rofl:
     
  7. RAIDANATION84

    RAIDANATION84 Banned Banned

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    ENJOY IT...CUZ NEXT WEEK YALL GONNA LOSE YOUR IDENTITY WHEN THE RAIDERS HANDLE THA BIZ!!
     
  8. Kwak

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    Troll Alert....
     
  9. Carlsbad_Bolt_Fan

    Carlsbad_Bolt_Fan Well-Known Member

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    WOW! She's got a lovely voice don't she? :lol:
     
  10. AnteaterCharger

    AnteaterCharger Calibrating Bolttalk, Podcast by Podcast Staff Member Super Moderator Podcaster

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    I think they get that upon initiation into the Raider Nation, they become eunuchs (look it up Raider boy)
     
  11. !~BOLT~!

    !~BOLT~! Well-Known Member

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    That's the ********* prediction in recent memory. I would also like to award you a first timers award for using the word ya'll and biz in the same sentence.
     
  12. Savage Lizard

    Savage Lizard Charger fan at 7000'

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    Yes, we are all quaking. After all, you guys did beat the 2-3 Browns and the 0-5 Dolphins. :lol:
     
  13. PowderLove

    PowderLove Former Mod, Current Slacker

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    We stomped on Denver. Their play was a joke, and we executed.
     
  14. Johnny Lightning

    Johnny Lightning Go Bolts

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    :lol:

    Oh yeah the faiders suck :icon_finger:
     
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    PowderLove Former Mod, Current Slacker

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    And for the quickly banned Raiders fan, I won't talk trash. Worked this week, so who knows?
     
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    Concudan Caffeinated Commando

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    :yes: Bigfoot-eaque :yes:
     

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