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Depth at linebacker paying off

Discussion in 'American Football' started by Johnny Lightning, Nov 20, 2009.

  1. Johnny Lightning

    Johnny Lightning Go Bolts

    Feb 7, 2006

    Friday, November 20, 2009

    SAN DIEGO – The Chargers have discovered just how deep they are at inside linebacker over the past few weeks. And even as they're getting healthy there, they'll likely continue to rely on that depth.
    “When you've got a group of guys that are getting healthier and healthier and if you can rotate them on the field I think you'll be a little bit fresher,” defensive coordinator Ron Rivera said yesterday.
    With first Kevin Burnett (three games with an ankle) and then Tim Dobbins (two games with a knee) missing time, Brandon Siler proved himself in his first extended time outside of goal-line situations.
    Even with Burnett returning last week, Siler played in the base defense. Now that Dobbins is set to play Sunday in Denver, Rivera envisions all three getting playing time.
    “We'll see how it plays itself out,” Rivera said. “We've got a good rotation going with the defensive line. I can see us doing some stuff with our linebackers as well. There's no reason not to, especially if you're talking about keeping guys fresh.”
    Clary still out, hopeful
    Right tackle Jeromey Clary did not practice for a second straight day because of an ankle sprain, but the Chargers believe he can be ready to work out by tomorrow, if not today.
    In the meantime, Brandyn Dombrowski is working at yet another position.
    The former left guard the Chargers made a left tackle this spring and then had fill in at right guard for 2½ games in September, filled in for Clary in the second half Sunday and has been taking snaps with the first team at right tackle this week.
    Mile high winner
    Philip Rivers is an Ed Hochuli call from being 3-0 at Denver's Invesco Field.
    In his three career games there, Rivers has completed 53 of his 77 passes for 869 yards and seven touchdowns, with three interceptions and a 120.5 rating.
    “I do enjoy playing there,” he said. “It's a great place to play. The games are always meaningful. Denver and us are always battling for the division. It's always fun to go back there and play, and I want to play at a big level.”
    Nuts 'n' Bolts
    •NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell visited Chargers Park yesterday and dropped in on a team meeting. Players characterized Goodell's visit as casual and said he answered a few questions.
    Antonio Gates (foot), Travis Johnson (shoulder), Shawne Merriman (foot), Ogemdi Nwagbuo (ankle) and Shaun Phillips (ankle) all returned to practice after missing Wednesday. Johnson, Nwagbuo and Phillips were limited.
    • Broncos QB Kyle Orton (ankle) did not practice again, and Chargers coach Norv Turner said he took little notice. Said Turner: “There are 10 other guys that play when they're on offense and we'll prepare for them. . . . I don't think they're going to change dramatically depending on who is in there.”
  2. Bergo23

    Bergo23 BoltTalker

    Sep 28, 2006
    I especially like the way James Holt has played, we really need him on ST right now.
  3. Buck Melanoma

    Buck Melanoma Guest

    And Spillman, though not a LBer.

    I hope to see some Dobbins/Siler sets tomorrow. :tup:

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

    Jul 11, 2006
    I think Rivera is getting ready to uncork this defense now that dude's are getting healthy. I don't believe we have seen their best yet.

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