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Charging to St. Louis - Video

Discussion in 'American Football' started by Johnny Lightning, Oct 15, 2010.

  1. Johnny Lightning

    Johnny Lightning Go Bolts

    Feb 7, 2006
  2. Johnny Lightning

    Johnny Lightning Go Bolts

    Feb 7, 2006
    Defense to face NFL’s No. 1 draft choice

    By Christopher Smith, Chargers.com
    Posted 3 hours ago

    Quarterbacks haven’t accomplished much against San Diego’s defense this season. But the Chargers will have to play at their best to slow talented rookie quarterback Sam Bradford.

    SAN DIEGO – For years, Steven Jackson has carried the Rams on offense.
    He gained 1,738 yards of total offense last year despite a herniated disk and a passing offense that didn’t do much to relieve the pressure.
    But St. Louis drafted quarterback Sam Bradford with the No. 1 overall pick and already are more balanced.
    Bradford has thrown for 1,159 yards and six touchdowns in his first five NFL games, leading the Rams to a 2-1 record at the Edward Jones Dome. But Mark Clayton (knee) is out for the season after catching 22 passes for 300 yards in the first four games.
    “Sam had certainly grown to use Mark,” Rams Head Coach Steve Spagnuolo said. “He had a lot of confidence in Mark and there was some comfort there. Sam will just have to move on and find somebody else.”
    That someone may be Danny Amendola, who seemed to absorb Clayton’s targets last week against Detroit. The 5-foot-11, 186-pound receiver caught 12 passes for 95 yards last week and leads St. Louis with 33 receptions.
    “They’re going to try to feature (Amendola) obviously,” Eric Weddle[​IMG] said. “(We need to) know where he’s at all the time. You’ve got to take away what they like as an offense and make (Bradford) get to his third or fourth read, make him get to third-and-long situations, make him get into situations that they don’t like to be in.”
    The Heisman Trophy winner threw 50 touchdown passes as a sophomore in 2008, leading the Sooners to the BCS National Championship against Florida.
    Bradford’s handled the pressure of being a top draft choice and a rookie quarterback for a franchise that’s won a combined six games in three seasons. St. Louis (2-3) lost to the Cardinals and Raiders by a combined six points and stirred up attention after two straight wins. They headed to Detroit with a chance at the NFC West lead, but lost to the Lions, 44-6.
    Spagnuolo, though, said his quarterback keeps a steady demeanor despite an outward competitive nature, taking accountability for mistakes and getting back to work.
    “Sam Bradford has shown he’s capable of making all the throws,” Weddle said. “Sometimes they’re vanilla in the route combinations and what they want to do, but he can make all the throws. He looks off. He can really drive this team and he’s shown that he can win games.”
    Bradford expects one of his harder games against the Chargers. San Diego is No. 3 in the NFL in pass defense, allowing 159.8 passing yards per game, and has seen the backup quarterback in three of its five games.
    “I think they’re sound across the board. I don’t think they have any weaknesses on defense,” Bradford said. “We’re going to have to be extremely disciplined and extremely prepared on Sunday because we really can’t afford to make any mistakes against this team.”
    Turner concurred, endorsing the play of Weddle and corners Quentin Jammer[​IMG] and Antoine Cason[​IMG].
    “I don’t know what more you can ask from them,” Turner said. “Teams are going to make plays. We haven’t given up the big play on the outside. The couple big plays we’ve given up have been in the inside seams and crossing routes, that type of thing.”
    WORK TO BE DONE: Malcom Floyd[​IMG] played the game of his life Sunday against the Raiders, becoming just the second receiver to top 200 yards this season.
    He boosted his average to 22.6 yards per catch, No. 1 in the NFL for receivers with at least 10 receptions.
    “I’ll trade in what I did last week for a win in a heartbeat,” Floyd said. “Most of us have one goal in mind and we want to get there. It takes wins.”
    Despite the numbers, which place him among the NFL’s best receivers, the 6-foot-5, 225-pound Floyd sees plenty of potential to improve.
    “Getting my route depth especially and just getting that timing real fine with Philip,” Floyd said.
  3. cranberry

    cranberry BoltTalker

    Oct 3, 2006
    Just get it done, boys the streak starts here

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