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Fox Sports article on Sundays Chargers-Donks game

Discussion in 'American Football' started by Mid-west Chargers fan, Nov 15, 2006.

  1. Mid-west Chargers fan

    Mid-west Chargers fan Well-Known Member

    Nov 2, 2006
    Hey everybody,

    Mike Tanier at Fox Sports says take the Chargers Sunday.

    Here's the link: http://msn.foxsports.com/nfl/story/6174508

    Here's the story:

    Games you will watch

    Chargers at Broncos: Marty Ball is dead. Long live Marty Ball.

    Last Sunday's Tecmo Super Bowl battle against the Bengals taught the television talking heads what careful observers have always known: the Chargers' ultra-conservative offense is a thing of the past. In fact, the "run at all costs" Schottenheimer strategy was really a fiction all along. Joe Montana and Bernie Kosar were certainly allowed to air it out on Marty's watch. Heck, Drew Brees threw for 3,500 yards last year. But Schottenheimer does tend to play turtle ball when protecting a passer like Elvis Grbac or Tony Banks from himself, and when he ran the ball 40 times against the Ravens and lost early in the season, even jokers like us took shots at his close-to-the-vest tactics. But Schottenheimer has put his faith in Philip Rivers in recent weeks, and the Chargers now lead the league in points scored.

    Malcom Floyd is just one of many unknown Chargers who are making big plays.

    But if Marty Ball means a focus on player development and football fundamentals, then it's alive and well. Rivers, LaDainian Tomlinson, Antonio Gates, and Shawne Merriman get all of the attention, but players like Malcom Floyd, Shaun Phillips, Brandon Manumaleuna and Igor Olshansky stepped up last week when the Chargers needed to erase a 21-point deficit. Few coaches get more out of their role players and bench warmers than Schottenheimer does. The anonymity of many of the team's key contributors partially explains why the Chargers are the AFC's stealth team: everyone is talking about the Colts, the Patriots, and even the Broncos, and few have noticed the team that can whip them all.

    Let's make this as clear as possible: their records may be the same, but the Chargers are a much better team than the Broncos. Their balanced offense will be able to run and pass against a very good Broncos defense. Their defense is vulnerable to spread-the-field passing attacks like Cincinnati's, but they have no fear of Denver's running and play-action interception-throwing attack. If there were no "whammy" factor, every analyst in the business would call for an easy Chargers win.

    At Rundown and at Football Outsiders, we don't believe in the whammy factor. What happened in 1987 has no bearing on this game (though it makes a nice lead for an article). The Broncos have their usual home-field advantage this week, not some special "Marty has the yips" advantage. And while Denver is a tough place for any visitor, mountain air and crowd noise won't be enough this week. Take the Chargers, take the points. Yep: you even get points!

  2. matilack

    matilack Take A Knee McCree!!!

    Aug 14, 2006
    It wont be as easy as he suggests, but we'll definantly win. Marty is due.
  3. boltssbbound

    boltssbbound Well-Known Member

    Jun 16, 2006
    There is alot of merit to what this guy says. The Donks don't have much of a pass rush. Their safeties are big hitters but not very fleet of foot, and they get inconsistent CB play opposite Champ. So as long as the Bolts pick up the Blitz, and stay away from Champ, they should be successful offensively.

    While the Donk offense has the potential to put up numbers, they are just as likely to implode with schizo Jake "I"m keeping the Center's *** warm for Jay" Plummer.

    If not for the Mile High factor (the altitude, not the crowd), I think the Bolts would be favorites.

    The only team that kept us under 20 so far was the Ravens, and that really wasn't the Ravens so much as the offensive playcalling.

    On top of all this, our O line is playing better than it has in years. Sure, we don't have the perfect Pro Bowl line many of you would like to see, but these guys have been playing extremely well, opening holes, protecting the QB, picking up the Blitz.

    I can't say enough about McNeill, who just absolutely shut down Justin Smith last Sunday. Dielman has been relentless, consistently getting to the second level. In addition to the O line, Manu and Neal have been lighting people up and all of our WRs are tenacious run blockers. I really think we're going to physically wear down the Donks on Sunday night.
  4. Thunderstruck

    Thunderstruck BoltTalker

    Aug 16, 2006
    Wow. That guy likes us. He really likes us!
  5. foober

    foober BoltTalker

    Aug 17, 2006
    To sum it all up. The donks need a good beating sunday. :yes:

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