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D-Line rotation continues

Discussion in 'American Football' started by Johnny Lightning, Dec 11, 2009.

  1. Johnny Lightning

    Johnny Lightning Go Bolts

    Feb 7, 2006
    Casey Pearce
    Posted Dec 11, 2009

    The Chargers have found strength in numbers this season along their defensive line, but recent injuries have made the math a little trickier.

    One of the many keys to the Chargers’ success during their current seven-game winning streak has been the groove they found on the defensive line by rotating six different players up front and keeping everyone fresh.
    With injuries to players who have been key in that rotation, the Chargers will be challenged to maintain the level of play with a few changing parts. Although it hasn’t been easy, the Chargers have done so throughout the last two months.
    “It’s been very difficult,” Head Coach Norv Turner said. “We’ve been fortunate. I think Don Johnson is a great teacher and has done a great job with those guys. The guys that we’ve brought in have been familiar with the scheme. We’ve got a versatile group of guys that are very sharp.”
    When Jamal Williams[​IMG] and Ryon Bingham[​IMG] suffered season ending injuries, the team elevated first-year tackle Ogemdi Nwagbuo[​IMG] to the starting role, traded for Travis Johnson[​IMG] and signed Ian Scott[​IMG] and Alfonso Boone[​IMG], the latter two of which had experience with Don Johnson and Ron Rivera.
    This week, they’ll be counting on Vaughn Martin[​IMG] to step up and possibly for newcomer Antonio Garay[​IMG] to do so. Nwagbuo was placed on “Reserve-Injured” this week, and defensive end Alfonso Boone is listed as out with a knee injury. They’ll likely get defensive end Luis Castillo[​IMG] back after a two-week absence. Scott, Johnson and Jacques Cesaire[​IMG] will be key as well.
    Turner is a bit concerned as his team prepares to face the three-headed monster of Marion Barber, Felix Jones and Tashard Choice, but he’s challenging his players to rise to the occasion.
    “The one thing that lessens that concern is that we get Luis back,” Turner said. “Boone played about 45 snaps last week. (Castillo) has to gear up and get ready to play that much. Then we’ll roll them around.”
    Both Turner and Defensive Coordinator Ron Rivera praised Martin, who played a season-high 23 snaps last week in Cleveland. Turner said Castillo has been “very good” in practice and they’ll expect everyone to step up.
    “It’s just a matter of being able to rest a guy for a series or two, get three or four good plays out of a new guy,” Rivera said. It’s important.”
  2. Buck Melanoma

    Buck Melanoma Guest

    OK Conc .... get in the game!!! :yes:

    HEXEDBOLT Don't like it, lump it!!!

    Jul 11, 2006
    Is Conc like 5'8" and 340???? :icon_shrug::icon_huh::icon_tease:
  4. Buck Melanoma

    Buck Melanoma Guest

    No - he's a little taller. :lol:
  5. cranberry

    cranberry BoltTalker

    Oct 3, 2006
    Vaughn will do his job, he's rising very game.
    Luis is a heck of a player. He should be fine, too.

    Wish all the new one will step out big.
  6. IFiredCHart

    IFiredCHart Well-Known Member

    Nov 25, 2009
    Luis has really done a good job adjusting his game to the 3-4--I do not care if he never has another 10-sack season as long as he provides push on the defensive front. Johnson and Scott have also done their jobs occupying O-liners, collapsing the pocket, and allowing our LBs to make plays.

    I think Rivera is right on the ball--he knows what the 3-4 must do to be successful; the line must be energized enough to do its job and occupy blockers to allow LBs and safeties to make plays, not so much make the plays, themselves.

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