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Chargers say good to bye

Discussion in 'American Football' started by Johnny Lightning, Oct 15, 2007.

  1. Johnny Lightning

    Johnny Lightning Go Bolts

    Feb 7, 2006
    Monday, Oct 15, 2007

    The Chargers bye week arrived Monday, meaning the same questions that are annually asked this time of year were presented to Bolts players and coaches. Does the week off come at a favorable time?
    The Chargers say yes, but acknowledge that the answer is debatable. The last two weeks have brought the two best performances of the season. They’ve racked up 362 and 484 yards of total offense in the last two weeks while holding their opponents to 296 and 246 respectively. They’ve found rhythm offensively and built momentum.

    “You feel like you’re on a roll and you want to keep playing,” running back LaDainian Tomlinson said Sunday. “It was kind of like last year when we won all of those games, we felt like we were on a roll at that time. We’re starting to get that feeling again and now comes the bye week.”

    However, the 2007 slate has officially reached its midway point and the Chargers are physically ready for a break. The Bolts have played four preseason games and six regular season contests, giving them 10 total games. When they return from their week off, they have 10 contests remaining.

    The week off will give players a chance to rest and recover. Like all teams, the Chargers are dealing with their share of bumps and bruises that haven’t kept players out of the lineup, but have forced them to play through pain.

    “We’ve had a number of guys going out there – and we haven’t made a big deal of it – who have had a little something wrong with them,” Head Coach Norv Turner said. “There are some guys that this week will really help.”

    Turner acknowledged that his goal for this week is to challenge his players enough to maintain the momentum they’ve gained while still giving them time to recuperate from three and a half months of football.

    “We’ve got our edge back and we don’t want to lose that,” Turner said. “This has been a very, very physical stretch. We’ve played good football teams; we’ve played physical football teams. It takes a toll. We need to get our guys rested, healthy and physically feeling good.”

    The Chargers were given the day off following their win over Oakland. They’ll work Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday before being dismissed for a three-day weekend. The Bolts will spend some practice time preparing for opponents they’ll see later in the week, but they’ll also get a good head start on the Houston Texans, who they face at Qualcomm Stadium in Week 8.

    “It’s important to not just use it as rest,” quarterback Philip Rivers said. “If you have another week to prepare for a team you need to use it. We’ll get ready for another home game that we need to win.”

    Williams gets cleaned up

    One player who will certainly benefit from the timing of the bye is defensive tackle Jamal Williams. The two-time Pro Bowler had both knees scoped to flush out loose particles Monday. He will miss this week but Turner believes “with a little luck” Williams should be able to play against Houston.

    Turner said that they team carefully handled Williams the last couple weeks in hopes of preserving his health until this week so he could have the operation with two weeks to recover.

    “It would have been hard for him to keep going,” Turner said. “That’s why we’ve rested him the last two weeks. We hoped we could get to this point. We did. I think this is really going to help him be ready to play at the same level he’s been playing over the next 10 weeks.”

    Other injuries

    Guard Mike Goff had an operation done on his left thumb Monday morning. He will be held out of practice this week but is not expected to miss the Houston contest or any practice leading up to it. Defensive end Jacques Cesaire (ankle) and wide receiver Buster Davis (ankle) may miss some practice time this week but should be back next week when the team begins zeroing in on the Texans.

    As of Monday afternoon, the Chargers were still awaiting the results of an MRI done on center Nick Hardwick’s foot. His status will be updated on Chargers.com as soon as information is available.

    Turner also said that wide receiver Eric Parker is getting another opinion on his toe Monday to help determine where he is in his recovery. The team should know something later in the week.

    Do it again

    The Chargers secondary felt like they’d played their best game of the season following their win at Denver. Sunday’s performance against Oakland was even better.

    Raiders quarterback Daunte Culpepper completed 24-of-37 passes for 230 yards and one touchdown. Of his 24 completions, 12 went for eight yards or fewer and the Bolts intercepted him twice.

    “We made tackles and didn’t let them throw the ball down the field,” cornerback Drayton Florence said. “That’s all you can really ask for.”

    Common theme

    It comes as no surprise that the Bolts’ last two games have featured a positive turnover ration and zero sacks. In their three victories, the team has a +7 giveaway/takeaway ratio. In their three losses, the team has a -4 ratio. They’ve created three turnovers in each of the last two games and have given the ball away just once.

    Turner believes his team’s ability to get ahead early and avoid 3<SUP>rd</SUP>-and-long situations has led to their success in both creating turnovers and protecting the ball.

    “When you get ahead obviously you have more of a chance to create turnovers,” Turner said. “You’re the ones rushing the passer. You’re the ones kind of dictating to them. It changes the way you play offensively as well.”

  2. Retired Catholic

    Retired Catholic BoltTalker

    Aug 3, 2006

    I thought the timing of this bye was good when the schedule was posted. Better to be licking their wounds after two really good division wins than be stewing over a poor record for the next two weeks. They now have something to build on instead of recovering from.

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