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Here comes the run

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  1. Johnny Lightning

    Johnny Lightning Go Bolts

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    Chargers tasked with blunting Jets’ NFL-best ground game, forcing them to throw

    By Kevin Acee, UNION-TRIBUNE STAFF WRITER
    Tuesday, January 12, 2010

    SAN DIEGO— It’s pretty straightforward to the Chargers, because the New York Jets are pretty straightforward.
    “They’re straight downhill,” outside linebacker Shawne Merriman said.
    “We’ve got to stop the run and put the ball in (Mark) Sanchez’s hands,” safety Eric Weddle said.
    “They’re running the football well, and Sanchez manages the game,” head coach Norv Turner said.
    Even Sanchez, who in the Jets’ 24-14 wild-card victory Saturday in Cincinnati became just the fourth rookie quarterback since 1950 to win a playoff game, sees it that way.
    “These last few games I have seen what helps us win,” Sanchez said after the Jets defeated the Bengals. “I know what can help us win, and that’s our running game, that’s our defense, and that’s throwing the ball when you need to.”
    The rookie from USC completed 12 of his 15 passes. That’s 15 — only the second-fewest passes thrown by a winning team this past weekend but also the fourth-fewest thrown by a winning team in a postseason game in 22 years.
    The Jets ran 41 times for 171 yards, adding to a regular season in which they rushed a league-high 607 times for a league-leading 2,756 yards.
    Behind an offensive line that features four former first-round picks, the Jets ran at least 30 times in all but one game in 2009. They passed a league-low 393 times this season, more than 25 times in a game just seven times.
    Essentially, they’re the anti-Chargers.
    While Sanchez showed he can move and make plays Saturday — throwing a 45-yard touchdown pass on a bootleg early and completing another 43-yard pass off a bootleg in the fourth quarter — he threw just 12 touchdown passes and was intercepted 20 times in the regular season.
    “We expect them to run the ball first because they are one of the best teams in doing so,” Merriman said. “But when it’s time for them to throw the ball, it’s time to get after him and make him make some decisions that he doesn’t want to make.”
    To do that, the Chargers will need to stop the Jets from too many successful running plays on early downs and put Sanchez in pressure situations.
    If the Chargers have an area of concern this season, it is stopping the run — though it might not be the concern it is portrayed.
    The Chargers finished the season ranked 20th against the run, but not since their Oct. 4 game at Pittsburgh were they physically overwhelmed. Their issues against the run have been occasions in which they overpursued, took bad angles, tried to do too much.
    Recently they were more disciplined. Statistically, they ranked 10th against the run over the final 10 games. And other than a beaten Tennessee padding Chris Johnson’s rushing stats late in a rout against the second unit, the final month saw the Chargers playing their best against the run.
    “They can run the heck out of the ball,” cornerback Antonio Cromartie said of the Jets. “The biggest thing for us is everybody has got to play their role, playing within the system. We’ve been hit with the run a lot, most of the season. Overall we’ve been playing pretty well against the run. … As long as we don’t give up any big runs, no big passes, we’ll be OK.”
    But Jets coach Rex Ryan had a warning in a Sunday conference call, addressing the topic of his receivers. In particular, he spoke of Braylon Edwards, the big receiver with big-play potential who has been plagued by drops.
    “One of these days he’s going to have an explosion, one of those three-touchdown days,” Ryan said. “I think it’s right around the corner. If you want to play us in zero-coverage, I think that’s a mistake. I really think he’s going to have a huge game. I really think he’s going to have a breakout game. I hope it’s sooner than later.”
    About the zero-coverage, which means man-to-man coverage with no deep safety help, that shouldn’t be expected too much of the Chargers — even though putting eight or nine players near the line of scrimmage and letting the cornerbacks do their thing would make Cromartie and Quentin Jammer extremely happy.
    “I wish,” Cromartie said. “It’s not going to happen. This system is not built around the corners. It’s built around the front seven. You put the pressure on the quarterback and let us try to make plays from there.”
    Cromartie and Jammer gave up the fifth-fewest yards (1,142) of any cornerback duo that started a combined 28 games or more this season. The Chargers’ defense allowed just 34 passes of 20 yards or more, third-fewest in the NFL. The pass defense improved from 31st in the league last season to 11th this year, its highest rank since also finishing 11th in 1998.
    The pass defense is not likely to be the issue Sunday.
     
  2. HollywoodLeo

    HollywoodLeo Well-Known Member

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    The Chargers haven't allowed 100 yards rushing since the 2nd Denver game, save Chris Johnson.

    And Johnson didn't surpass 100 until it was garbage time and they were feeding him the ball every down.
     
  3. ChargerRay

    ChargerRay #FireMcCoy #FirePagano Staff Member Super Moderator Podcaster

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    How are you going to run when your behind 21 points early?
     
  4. boltsnow

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    I will say this.....Chargers shut down the run and win, it is going to be sickening how the media is going to gush all over the Bolts being the SuperBowl favorites at that point. I mean, many were/are picking the Bolts to begin with but many have had the rush defense as its liability. We stop the run they are going to look at them as the odds on favorite.

    I will say this, it is nice seeing them stay low key and not shooting off at the mouth. Quiet confidence.....NICE!!!!
     
  5. in_a_days

    in_a_days dgaf

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    Darelle who? :icon_shrug:
     
  6. nickelbolt

    nickelbolt Fuggedaboutit

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    You mean 100 yard RUSHER. Right?

    I believe we're averaging about 115 net yards rushing allowed over the last 8 games.
     
  7. VJ IS THE MAN!!!!!

    VJ IS THE MAN!!!!! BoltTalker

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    We need to come out quick and put the points up early. Norv cant let the foot off the pedal. Blow them out and make the rookie try to beat us. Cant wait!!!!!!!!
     
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    wrbanwal Well-Known Member

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    Hey Rex, have you scouted our team yet?


    :bolt::bolt::bolt:


    PS - One more thing Rex - Angioplasty, look it up.

    :flag:
     
  9. AnteaterCharger

    AnteaterCharger Calibrating Bolttalk, Podcast by Podcast Staff Member Super Moderator Podcaster

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    Agreed, this has the potential to get out of hand in a very short amount of time.

    We can't let them have the lead and then just sledgehammer us to death - that is something that concerns me because THAT is how we lost the last two playoff games
     
  10. foober

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    As usual. IF the chargers get ahead more than 10 points the other team will have to start passing and dump their run game. :yes:

    If the other team gets ahead and the chargers have to go to their pass game heaven help the stupid team that allowed that to happen. Then the chargers will pour on the points.
     
  11. Ride The Lightning

    Ride The Lightning Join the Dark Side, we have cookies.

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    I have a suspicion that the Jets might come out throwing earlier than we expect. I wouldn't be surprised if they didn't open with a play action. The guys will have to very aware of the formations the Jets open with.
     
  13. matilack

    matilack Take A Knee McCree!!!

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    Yeah I gotta say I'm more concerned that Sanchez could pull a Brady Quinn on us, and decide to pull a carrer day out of his ***.

    With the exception of Vince Young, we've had a problem allowing young scrub QB's to pick us apart.
     
  14. boltssbbound

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    The thing about the Chargers run defense is how inconsistent they can be. They will have two drives where a team runs it down their throats, and then they will shut down the run for the next two quarters. It happened against TN. It happened against Dallas.
     
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    I have this advice for the Jets. Follow the ways of John, Paul, George and Ringo- "Run for Your Life".
     
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    I agree, they can run all they like as long as they don't "carry that weight" into the end zone!
     
  17. matilack

    matilack Take A Knee McCree!!!

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    :scream:WAAAARRRR!
     
  18. Retired Catholic

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    BEATLES RULE!!!!!
     
  19. IFiredCHart

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    Word, I can thank my parents for drilling over 100 of their songs into my head as a kid--it was literally all we ever listened to. If anything, it taught me what music was in comparison to the "noise" produced today.

    If Rex thinks that his team will actually get to follow his championship itinerary, he will quickly learn that "tomorrow never knows". :)
     
  20. HollywoodLeo

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    Yeah. I was looking at the offensive column of this when I made that post when I should have been looking at the defensive column. :lol:

    I'm not even sure if that's right about rusher anymore. (Although what I said about Johnson is true)
     

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