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D-line rotation coming through

Discussion in 'Chargers Fan Forum' started by Johnny Lightning, Nov 20, 2009.

  1. Johnny Lightning

    Johnny Lightning Go Bolts

    Feb 7, 2006

    Casey Pearce
    Posted Nov 20, 2009
    Throughout the Chargers’ current four-game win streak, they’ve seen their run defense greatly improve. They’d like to continue that trend Sunday when they travel to Denver.

    Five weeks ago when the Broncos visited San Diego, it marked the return of defensive end Travis Johnson[​IMG] to the lineup, the 2009 debut of defensive tackle Ian Scott[​IMG] and the arrival of an approach that’s enthusiastically been referred to as simply, “The Rotation.”

    “That kind of marked the beginning,” Defensive Coordinator Ron Rivera said. “We’ve got a good rotation of six defensive linemen, all big, stout, physical guys who have really helped us.”

    In their loss to Denver, the Chargers gave up just 3.1 yards per carry to the Broncos after giving up 4.8 and 4.9 yards per carry in their previous two games against the Dolphins and Steelers, respectively. The Chargers haven’t lost since that Week 6 battle against their AFC West foe, and during their current win streak, they’ve allowed just 3.53 yards per carry, the fourth-lowest total in the NFL over that period.

    Head Coach Norv Turner believes “the rotation,” a group that includes starters Luis Castillo[​IMG], Ogemdi Nwagbuo[​IMG], and Jacques Cesaire[​IMG] along with Johnson, Scott and veteran Alfonso Boone[​IMG], have a lot to do with that success.

    “It’s a group effort when you’re playing the run that well,” Turner said. “We’ve got a group of guys in there, that six-man rotation, that are playing well. They’re doing a nice job for us.”

    With the depth the Chargers have found up front, they’re not relying on anyone to play an exuberant amount of snaps. That in turn has kept everyone fresher and able to play at a higher level throughout games.

    “It’s been great having the mix of veterans and young guys that we can count on,” Castillo said. “It doesn’t matter who is out there, you know you’re going to get the best from the guys out there and you’re going to get a guy who is going to help us win.”

    The improvement against the run may start up front, but Rivera sees it as a group effort.

    “We’re getting some real good play from specific people,” Rivera said. “We’ve gotten healthier at the inside linebacker spots. Our outside linebackers are playing well. Our safety support has been very good. I think it’s a unit that’s progressing and getting better and better each week.”

    Several Chargers defenders admitted that the numbers are a little skewed by the fact that they played a pass-happy Eagles team last week that only attempted 13 runs, but the Bolts did shut down the ground game early to dictate how the game played out.

    “We’re starting faster,” linebacker Stephen Cooper[​IMG] said. “Credit our offense, too. Early in games, teams try to establish the run. If they can’t, they try to starting throwing it around and that’s when we get turnovers and sacks. Our offense has given us early leads the last few weeks and that makes it easier.”

    As the Chargers prepare to face the Broncos for a second time this season, they know it’s highly unlikely they’ll face 55 passes like they did last week against the Eagles. Denver’s Knowshon Moreno is coming off a career-high 97 yards on only 18 carries last week against Washington and pounding the ball is part of Head Coach Josh McDaniels’ philosophy.

    “It’s part of what they do and the way they play football,” Rivera said. “We’re planning for the way they do things. We’re going to be challenged. It’s about going out there and making the plays.”
  2. Daddy_O

    Daddy_O Well-Known Member

    Nov 28, 2006
    Everybody......YOU CAN'T RUN!!! :abq1:
  3. Buck Melanoma

    Buck Melanoma Guest

    Glad Dobbins is back as well. Denver is going to try to run, especially if Simms gets the nod at QB. We'll need to stuff that run & make him try to beat us through the air.

    That ain't happening. :no:
  4. coachmarkos

    coachmarkos BoltTalker

    Jul 12, 2009
    Anyone else noticed how much the run D has improved with the acquisition of Ian Scott?

    He's not fancy, and he's certainly no Jamal, heck he's not even a starter. But adding the extra body, and extra depth has really helped.

    I remember the Atlanta pre-season game. Jamal didn't play, and Turner had TORN UP the first two preseason games. We held him in check just fine with Scott in there.

    He's becoming one of my favorites out there. Never makes a play...just holds his ground so someone else can. (which is his job)
  5. Kwak

    Kwak ....

    May 25, 2006
    All the nose has to do is hold the point and make them run around him. Eat up 2 blockers. JMal was ghod like in that he was triple teamed at times and always got a double. 1 on 1 and he would devour the guy in front of him.

    Good to see Dobbins is going to play. :tup:
  6. RM24

    RM24 BoltTalker

    Jul 27, 2007
    Yes, I did coach and I was one of people that was pissed when he didn't make the cut. He's not a spectacular guy, but just a blue collar guy that does his job. I'm glad AJ brought him back. I hope the "rotation" stuffs the Donkeys and their running game tomorrow.

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