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Defense readies for test

Discussion in 'Chargers Fan Forum' started by Johnny Lightning, Aug 25, 2010.

  1. Johnny Lightning

    Johnny Lightning Go Bolts

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    By Christopher Smith, Chargers.com
    Posted 3 hours ago
    8-25-2010


    The Chargers have one of the highest-rated defenses in the NFL through two preseason games. They expect to get a challenge from the Saints’ powerful offense.

    SAN DIEGO – Sure, the New Orleans Saints are the defending Super Bowl champions.
    Lest anyone pull out the “that was last year” card, consider the following statistics generated by their offense this preseason: 31.0 points per game (1st in NFL), 149.0 rush yards per game (2nd) and 357.0 yards of total offense (4th).
    Third-year receiver Adrian Arrington is second in the NFL with 158 receiving yards. And many of the players that helped the Saints hoist the Lombardi Trophy also are making plays again.
    Chargers defenders are steeling themselves for a challenge.
    “They’re a tough offense. They’re Super Bowl champs for a reason,” Eric Weddle[​IMG] said. “Drew Brees is one of the best quarterbacks in the league. They run their offense extremely well.
    “They don’t necessarily do a lot of things, but they do a lot of different formations in the same routes and they try to confuse in those situations. We understand that it’s going to be an up-and-down game for us as a secondary. The front seven’s excited to get after Drew and we’re excited to go against the receivers in this offense. As long as we can make them work for it and don’t give up big plays, we’ll be right in it.”
    San Diego’s defense, too, statistically has dominated to start the season. The Chargers have allowed 102 rushing yards in two preseason games, fewest in the NFL. They amassed six sacks against the Bears and consistently brought pressure against the Cowboys.
    But the Saints have given up only two sacks. Brees, flushed from the pocket more by good downfield coverage than pressure, made a highlight play last week against the Texans when he completed a 10-yard pass to Marques Colston while falling down.
    “It’s going to be a great test. You’ve got to go in there and respect their team,” Stephen Cooper[​IMG] said. “It’s going to show if we can really stop the run and get after the quarterback. (Brees) is so smart. He knows how to audible out of stuff and get the offense in good schemes and put us in bad schemes. So as long as we can go out there and make plays and get in his face it’ll just show what kind of defense we really are.”


    WANTED MAN: The first preseason game ended without a catch by Malcom Floyd[​IMG].
    As the Chargers resumed work the next week and Rivers reviewed the first offense’s limited performance with the media, he made note of it, saying he would’ve liked to get Floyd the ball.
    Floyd’s stat line from the first game was insignificant, but Rivers’ take was one more indication of just how quickly the 6-foot-5 receiver has advanced since last year’s training camp.
    With five starts combined during the first five seasons of his career, Floyd became a starter near the midway point last season and caught 45 passes for 776 yards. Now he’s one of Rivers’ top options.
    Rivers isn’t the only one giving verbal attention to No. 80. Floyd has noticed a steady stream of interview requests.
    “It comes with a little more responsibility,” he said. “But I don’t mind. I love what I do.”
    He caught three passes against Dallas for 47 yards, a game that gave his confidence a boost.
    “Especially against playoff-bound teams it’s good. It helps out the team morale knowing that you could do well against those teams,” Floyd said. “Now we go to New Orleans, which is a playoff-bound team.”


    HOSTILE: The New Orleans Saints hosted Houston on Saturday, the first time they played in the Superdome since the NFC Championship game last season.
    More than 70,000 fans watched the Saints beat the Texans, 38-20.
    San Diego, which has committed a few false start penalties, isn’t concerned because of the sometimes-anxious nature of preseason. But the road atmosphere should give them a good opportunity to get live game repetitions against hostile crowd noise.
    Managing noise will be key, Philip Rivers[​IMG] said, especially since the starters likely will not get a large number of plays in the preseason finale at San Francisco.
    “When we go to Kansas City (on Sept. 13) it’s going to be as loud and as crazy, so this will be one time we can go out there and have all those situations with the snap count, the gun and all those things,” Rivers said.


    PRACTICE WEATHER: Sunny, 86 degrees.
     
  2. ThunderHorse17

    ThunderHorse17 Lone Wolf

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    This is gonna be a good game. Bitterness bout the loss in London aside.

    I look forward more to what this D is gonna do vs the pass more than the run. NO being a very good passing team will be a good test for where our Secondary is at this year going forward.

    I do look forward to more Run D ownage. 0 Rush Tds and less than 60 yards in 2 games?? I feel more safe about what our Run D will look like vs the Secondary production.
     
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