1. Welcome to San Diego Chargers NFL Football Podcast and Forum!

    Bolt Talk is one of the largest online communities for the San Diego Chargers. We host a regular Chargers podcast during the season. You are currently viewing our community forums as a guest user.

    Create an Account or

    Having an account grants you additional privileges, such as creating and participating in discussions. Furthermore, we hide most of the ads once you register as a member!
    Dismiss Notice

It was the best disappointing season ever…

Discussion in 'Chargers Fan Forum' started by Concudan, Dec 29, 2008.

  1. Concudan

    Concudan Caffeinated Commando

    Joined:
    Mar 5, 2006
    Messages:
    53,044
    Ratings:
    +4,979
    The San Diego Chargers entered the season with high expectations, they were touted by many of the media talking heads as one of the teams destined to make the playoffs and run for the Superbowl. However, that road would be a rocky one filled with potholes, detours and frustrations.

    2008, The Chargers year to take it all looked midway through the season as if it would be the year to forget it all. The team would see it’s defensive Coordinator, Ted Coterell fired during the bye week, and the fans of the Charger calling for the termination of everyone from the owner to the person who fills the Gatorade jugs, when in week 12 the Chargers were sitting at 4-8. The Chargers rallied in the month of December winning 4 straight games to set an NFL record with 14 straight December wins beating the 1968-1972 Cowboys who had 13 straight December wins. A meaningless stat unless you realize that means that the Chargers for the past 3 years have been playing better with the playoffs looming.

    Yet with all the miscues, the mid season shake up and all the disappointments there were many accomplishments to be proud of along the way. The Chargers became the first team in NFL history to go from a 4-8 record in week 12 and make the playoffs. Not only did they make the playoffs but they won the AFC West Championship, their third consecutive AFC West crown, at 8-8. Not the record many in the organization, media, or fan base expected. But it got the job done. In fact the Chargers now have their lowest win total since 2003 when they finished 4-12.

    Lets do a quick recap of the season;

    September 7, Carolina at San Diego Loss
    Jake Delhomme, Carolina Panthers Quarterback came back from an elbow injury in a fashion that the San Diego Chargers won't soon forget, throwing a 14-yard touchdown pass to Dante Rosario as time expired to lift the underdog Panthers to a improbable 26-24 win over the Chargers.

    This was not the start to the season many of us envisioned. Though in the second half of the game the Chargers Offense appeared to be back in the form it was playing in, in 2007. The Defensive performance left a lot of uneasy feelings in the wake of the difficult loss.

    September 14, San Diego at Denver Loss
    Knowing his Defense was too tired to stop the Chargers, Denver Head Coach Mike Shanahan showed confidence in his Offense and went for the 2-point conversion with 29 seconds left. Jay Cutler hit rookie Eddie Royal over the middle to give the Denver Broncos a 39-38 win over San Diego on Sunday.

    This play would never have been able to happen if it were not for a blown call by NFL referee Ed Hochuli, who whistled a Cutler fumble dead, miscalling it a incomplete forward pass. The Chargers fans and possibly the team were left reeling as the second straight loss in an odd fashion darkened the season.

    September 22, New York Jets at San Diego Win
    The Chargers faced a Jets team that now had future Hall of Fame Quarterback Brett Favre in prime time, the San Diego Chargers knew they had to salvage their season, as they were already down in the AFC West Standings to the Denver Broncos. Many fans were very nervous as the Chargers had never won against a team that Farve was the Quarterback for. Philip Rivers, LaDainian Tomlinson and the rest of the Chargers raced past the Jets for a 48-29 victory Monday night in a wild game befitting two original AFL teams.

    This game gave many fans the hope that this was just another slow start by the San Diego Chargers and that the team was bouncing back. The media echoed the sentiment, but in the end we were all wrong, sort of…

    September 28, San Diego at Oakland Win
    No matter how you stack it, this is the game that the Chargers and their fans love. But a question rode in the back of the minds of many fans as to if this would be the season that the Chargers impressive 9 game win streak over the hated Oakland Raiders would end.

    For three quarters it looked like the Raiders might in fact put an end to the streak. The Raiders stopped LaDainian Tomlinson, then Tomlinson broke loose, the Chargers pressured Raiders Quarterback JaMarcus Russell and the longest winning streak any team has held against the Raiders grew to 10 games.

    A long kickoff return by standout returner Darren Sproles' set up Nate Kaeding's go-ahead 47-yard field goal with 1:51 to play then Tomlinson sealed the 28-18 victory with his second fourth-quarter touchdown that gave him a 100-yard game.

    October 5, San Diego at Miami Loss
    San Diego ended the week with a disappointing to 2-3 for the second year in a row. The Chargers also stayed winless in Miami since a memorable overtime playoff victory in January 1982, six losses in Miami.

    The wildacat offense that stunned the New England Patriots the week before was less explosive against the Chargers, but running back Brown took a direct snap 11 times on running plays that netted 49 yards and Miami's second touchdown. Chad Pennington threw for 228 yards, and Brown ran for 125.

    Miami's defense allowed only three third-down conversions and held LaDainian Tomlinson to 35 yards on 12 carries. The Dolphins were nursing only a seven-point lead when they stopped Tomlinson up the middle for no gain on fourth and goal at the 1 in the first minute of the final period.

    The Chargers fans were now up in arms. Cries that LT was too old, AJ Smith, Charger General Manager was allowing his ego to ruin the team, Choad Norv Turner and Defensive Coordinator Ted Cottrell had to go clogged every Charger fan forum.

    October 12, New England at San Diego Win
    The Chargers finally beat the Patriots and breathed new life into the season for Philip Rivers and the San Diego Chargers. Rivers threw three touchdown passes and San Diego's defense stuffed quarterback Matt Cassel on fourth-and-goal from the 1-yard line to highlight a 30-10 win over the Patriots on Sunday night football.

    Though the win did not make up for the AFC Championship loss the Chargers suffered at the hands of the Patriots, it did go a long way to massaging the fans frayed feelings as they moved to 3-3 on the season.

    October 19, San Diego at Buffalo Loss
    San Diego (3-4), the loss highlighted the many inconsistencies in performances for the team that reached the AFC Championship Game a year ago. The Chargers had plenty to think about on a cross Atlantic flight to London, where they faced the New Orleans Saints at Wembley Stadium the following weekend.

    Rivers took responsibility after he committed three turnovers, including two fumbles, which directly resulted in Buffalo scoring 10 points.

    This loss was stunning and had many of the San Diego fans and the media writing the Chargers off. Did the team bye into their own hype, were they less talented than 2007 showed? Such questions were as frequent as the ‘Fire Norv’ threads in the fan forums.

    October 26, San Diego at New Orleans (London) Loss
    Drew Brees completed 30 of his 41 passes for 339 yards and three touchdowna against his former team as he lead the Saints to a 37-32 win over the Chargers, dropping San Diego to 3-5.
    The Saints held off a late comeback by the Chargers, who came from 37-20 down early in the fourth quarter and were driving for the tying touchdown when linebacker Jonathan Vilma picked off a pass by Philip Rivers with just over a minute to go. Brees took a safety in the final seconds to complete the scoring.

    This was in many ways the final straw for many of the Charger fans and as it would turn out the team ownership. The lack of play on the defensive side of the ball, the vanilla game plans and inability to pressure the opposing quarterbacks lead to the dismissal of Ted Cottrell in the following bye week. Inside Linebackers Coach, Ron Rivera was named the new Defensive Coordinator and this gave the community at large a glimmer of hope, that was sorely needed as the team sat at 3-5 with no signs of recovering from yet another slow start.

    November 9, Kansas City at San Diego Win
    The Ron Rivera coordinated defense was burned by a pass interference call and then a touchdown catch by Chiefs tight end Tony Gonzalez. This set up a 2-point conversion attempt but the Chiefs to steal the victory in much the same way that Carolina and Denver had earlier in the season. However this time the Chargers defense rose to the occasion as strong safety Clinton Hart swatted away Tyler Thigpen's pass intended for Gonzalez with 23 seconds left to cement the Chargers' 20-19 win over the Kansas City Chiefs.

    This was the way the Chargers needed to come off the bye, the fans needed to see that the Chargers defense would have some improvement in the post-Cottrell era, though it was not a staggering improvement there was more life on the defensive side of the ball as the Chargers improved to 4-5.

    November 16, San Diego at Pittsburgh Loss
    The 11-10 final score was the first such score in 12,837 NFL games. However it was in jeopardy when Troy Polamalu returned an errant lateral 12 yards for an apparent touchdown on the final play. The play was overturned on review it was called an illegal forward pass and the 11-10 final was restored.

    Steelers Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger played largely a mistake free game while Running back Willie Parker ran for 115 yards and Jeff Reed's third field goal won it with a 32-yarder with 11 seconds remaining.

    The Chargers lead during the game and this proved to be yet another game the team let slip away in the final seconds, renewing the fans ire on the defensive unit as the team dropped to 4-6 on the season.

    November 23, Indianapolis at San Diego Loss
    It was the fourth time this season that the Chargers had lost the lead in the final 24 seconds, and the third time an opponent won on the final play of the game.

    Colts Quarterback Peyton Manning kept the winning drive alive with a 14-yard pass to Wide Receiver Marvin Harrison on fourth down play from the Chargers' 48-yard line.

    The Chargers season looked to be in shambles and the thoughts of making the playoffs were quickly fading from the thoughts of many Charger fans and the media in general

    November 30, Atlanta at San Diego Loss
    Michael Turner returns to Sand Diego to lead the Falcons in a victory over his old team. The Chargers found themselves three games behind the Denver Broncos with four to play in the less than competitive AFC West.

    San Diego lost for the fifth time in six games. The Chargers gained a season-low 201 yards. A season after reaching the AFC championship game, San Diego could finish no better than .500.

    The Fans at this point were burning Norv Turner in effigy, a three game losing streak had all but sapped nay confidence anyone had in this team ever making the playoffs. After all, it would take a failure of historical proportions for the Chargers to overcome the three game lead the Broncos had in the AFC West.

    Then came December, where the Chargers are historically good, of late...

    December 4, Oakland at San Diego Win
    The Chargers beat their hated rivals for the 11th consecutive time in a series dating to the birth of the AFL in 1960.
    The Chargers moved to 5-8 on the season and snapped a three-game losing streak winning for only the second time in seven games. The Chargers were still trailing Denver by 2½ games in the AFC West.

    Many fans will tell you, if you are only going to win two games a season it had better be against the Raiders. The Chargers won the game in convincing fashion with a final score of 34-7.

    December 14, San Diego at Kansas City Win
    In the fourth quarter after their onside kick bounced off Chiefs wideout Dwayne Bowe's chest and Kassim Osgood recovered for San Diego, Rivers needed only four plays Sunday to complete one of the most stirring comebacks of the season.

    With 1:13 left, Rivers hit Malcom Floyd with a 4-yard TD pass. Then his 10-yarder to Vincent Jackson with 36 seconds to go lifted the Chargers to a 22-21 victory against the stunned Chiefs, who led 21-3 in the third quarter.

    This was the second straight 1 point victory over the reeling Chiefs, it also gave the Chargers a faint glimmer of hope at winning the west to make the playoffs.


    December 14, San Diego at Tampa Bay Win
    Philip Rivers and the San Diego Chargers did everything they could to save their season. Rivers, the NFL's highest-rated passer threw for 287 yards and four touchdowns against Tampa Bay, helping the Chargers beat the Buccaneers 41-24 to keep their playoff hopes alive.

    After their third straight win in what amounted to elimination games for a team that began the season with expectations of reaching the Super Bowl, San Diego 7-8 got needed help when Buffalo beat Denver 30-23.

    This set up a final game of the season which would be for the AFC West crown and the chance to enter the Superbowl.

    December 28, Denver at San Diego Win
    The AFC West belongs to LaDainian Tomlinson, Philip Rivers and the rest of the San Diego Chargers as they rise above all the odds to win the West in an improbable fashion at 8-8.

    The Chargers won their third straight division title, becoming the first team to go from 4-8 to the playoffs by routing the Denver Broncos 52-21. The Chargers battled back, and though they did not run a lot of blitzes or pressure Denver Quarterback and cry baby Jay Cutler, they were able to maintain coverage well enough to limit the Denver drives and control the ball.

    The offensive unit looked to be hitting on all cylinders as it gears up to face the Indianapolis Colts in the playoffs.
     
    • Like Like x 1
  2. Concudan

    Concudan Caffeinated Commando

    Joined:
    Mar 5, 2006
    Messages:
    53,044
    Ratings:
    +4,979
    Some Noteworthy notes from the season.

    The Chargers finished second only to New Orleans with 439 points scored. Second in points per game as well.

    The Chargers are tied for second with 51 TDs Only New Orleans had more.

    Philip Rivers tied New Orleans Quarterback Drew Brees with 34 touchdowns to share the league lead.

    Philip Rivers lead the league in passer ratings with an impressive 105.5. he was able to do this while only having 478 attempted passes on the season (12th over all).

    The rating of 105.5 also ranks as the highest passer rating for the season of any Charger Quarterback ever. The Previous record was held by Drew Brees who had a rating of 104.8 in 2004.

    Rivers had a passer rating of greater than 100 in 10 of his 16 games this season; Carolina 125.1, Denver 120.4, New York Jets 130.0, New England 141.9, Buffalo 103.8, New Orleans 104.3, Indianapolis 126.8, Oakland 120.1, Tampa Bay 136.7, Denver 141.0.

    Though Rivers has 2 games this season with a rating of 140 or higher, he still has not yet cracked the 3 highest passer ratings per game for the Chargers; 157.1 Dan Fouts at Cleveland, Sept. 7, 1981, 153.1 Drew Brees vs. Oakland, Oct. 31, 2004, 149.4 Dan Fouts vs. Cleveland, Dec. 4, 1977.

    Philip Rivers broke Chargers Hall of Fame Quarterback Dan Fouts’ 1981 team record by throwing for 34 touchdowns. Fouts’ record had been 33.

    LT had his 8th 1000 yard rushing season.

    LT took over sole possession of second place for total rushing touchdowns with 11 on the season. This moved him past Marcus Allen.

    LT also extended his streak of consecutive seasons with at least 10 rushing touchdowns to 8.

    Vincent Jackson ended the season with 59 receptions for 1098 yards. The first Charger Receiver to break 1000 since 2001 when Curtis Conway had 1125.

    Jackson also had an impressive 18.6 yard average per reception.

    The Chargers were third in yards per play.

    The Chargers set an NFL record with 14 straight December wins beating the 1968-1972 Cowboys who had 13 straight December wins.

    The Chargers became the first team in NFL history to go from a 4-8 record in week 12 and make the playoffs.
     
  3. BLITZED56

    BLITZED56 Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Dec 29, 2008
    Messages:
    308
    Ratings:
    +50
    Those are some impressive stats. Makes me wonder what our record would have been if the defense had played on par with the offense?? But like AJ said all we ever wanted was a ticket to tournament and we got ours stamped last night!!! :abq2:
     
    • Like Like x 1
  4. Concudan

    Concudan Caffeinated Commando

    Joined:
    Mar 5, 2006
    Messages:
    53,044
    Ratings:
    +4,979
    Welcome to the forum!
     
    • Like Like x 1
  5. CoronaDoug

    CoronaDoug Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Feb 14, 2007
    Messages:
    7,539
    Ratings:
    +814
    After going 14-2 and losing and watching the Giants win, I know exactly where AJ is coming from. But yes, it was a crappy regular season. :lol:
     
  6. WonderSlug

    WonderSlug Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Sep 1, 2005
    Messages:
    9,747
    Ratings:
    +851
    8-8 <--- (6 plays) ---> 14-2
     
  7. AnteaterCharger

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

    Joined:
    Jan 19, 2006
    Messages:
    19,111
    Ratings:
    +2,930
    Welcome to the forum, those are great pictures

    We had two things go against us, 1) Clearly we just had some ****** luck at the start of the season, no question and 2) Cottrell went back to being ted cottrell and stopped calling actual games. With a proper defense, like Rivera running it, we might've added another game or two more to the win total. With a few less bad bounces we could've won well over double digits.
     
    • Like Like x 1
  8. Trumpet_Man

    Trumpet_Man Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Feb 14, 2006
    Messages:
    18,996
    Ratings:
    +654
    Cottrell was a scapegoat plain and simple. Jamal was the problem and he did not get right until mid season when the fat man was given the boot. The play of the defensive line was **** the first half of the season. Too much is being made about the secondary when that is not the problem. The problem started at nose tackle and in a 3-4, everything revolves around Jamal eating up at least two blockers or the 3-4 will not work. The defense is playing better because Jamal is playing better. His knees were sliced open in the off season for maintenance. It looks like he had to play himself into shape....not cool.
     
  9. AnteaterCharger

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

    Joined:
    Jan 19, 2006
    Messages:
    19,111
    Ratings:
    +2,930
    jamal was part of it but how can you not see improvement this time with Rivera at the helm. Sure Jamal started slow last year, he got heated up alot faster and we didn't play a heck of a lot better until around november/december
     
  10. BLITZED56

    BLITZED56 Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Dec 29, 2008
    Messages:
    308
    Ratings:
    +50
    Thanks!
     
  11. BLITZED56

    BLITZED56 Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Dec 29, 2008
    Messages:
    308
    Ratings:
    +50
    I agree with the fact that Jamal was not himself to start the season but Cottrell had to go. He refused to think outside the box and be creative with his schemes. I just couldn't sit back and watch offensives dictate to us what they were going to do. They still aren't getting to the QB like they need to but ever since Rivera took over at least he's willing to try different things.
     
  12. WonderSlug

    WonderSlug Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Sep 1, 2005
    Messages:
    9,747
    Ratings:
    +851
    Cottrell seemed lost without Merriman in the lineup. It's almost like Teddy the Hut forgot about blitzing the same time Merriman went on IR.
     
  13. BLITZED56

    BLITZED56 Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Dec 29, 2008
    Messages:
    308
    Ratings:
    +50
    Teddy the Hut :icon_rofl:

    I love the way Rivera moves Phillips around to try and find a weak spot. It was amazing how vanilla the Hut was. It kind of reminded me of when Dale Lindsey was the coordinator. He had an attacking aggressive defense i.e. Harrioson, Seau yet he would just sit back and read read read and then react. Only problem was by that time they already had 7 on the board.
     
  14. Retired Catholic

    Retired Catholic BoltTalker

    Joined:
    Aug 3, 2006
    Messages:
    7,894
    Ratings:
    +347
    Cottrell designed his defense around Merriman, Phillips and Jamal. With Merriman out and Jamal dinged he couldn't come up with alternate schemes to use the players he had left to best advantage. Rivera did just that. If I'm going to point any fingers, though, it's at Merriman for being so damned self centered and pig headed in not getting timely surgery that was blatantly necessary. We'd have had him for most of the season.
     
  15. Concudan

    Concudan Caffeinated Commando

    Joined:
    Mar 5, 2006
    Messages:
    53,044
    Ratings:
    +4,979
    Cottrell was a cancer that needed to be cut out. Jamal not playing well did not excuse the fact that we could not blitz a linebacker or safety every now and again. Cottrell was the master of the bend and break defense.

    It was Cottrells job to use his players to stop the opposition, he did not do that at all. If that is a scapegoat so be it, I call it one crappy coach!
     
  16. WonderSlug

    WonderSlug Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Sep 1, 2005
    Messages:
    9,747
    Ratings:
    +851

    Whose idea was it to bring Teddy in to be the DC anyway?

    Oh wait..... :icon_rofl:
     
  17. Buck Melanoma

    Buck Melanoma Guest

    Ratings:
    +408
    The same guy who brought us Norv. :icon_eek:

    The same guy who had better get Merriman signed to an extension. :tup:
     
  18. Concudan

    Concudan Caffeinated Commando

    Joined:
    Mar 5, 2006
    Messages:
    53,044
    Ratings:
    +4,979
    Dont make me get the salt sluggo!:icon_evil:
     
  19. Concudan

    Concudan Caffeinated Commando

    Joined:
    Mar 5, 2006
    Messages:
    53,044
    Ratings:
    +4,979
    And Sproles. There are coaches out there waiting to sign Sproles. He is a weapon, just like I kept saying... Who wanted to cut him?:icon_huh:
     
  20. Trumpet_Man

    Trumpet_Man Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Feb 14, 2006
    Messages:
    18,996
    Ratings:
    +654
    I saw fans moaning about the lack of blitzes early on. Then someone did a break down and we were leading the league or close to the top for blitzing. That is a tired excuse that many fans were reaching for because it was convenient but erroneous.

    Sluggo has us 6 plays away from being 14-2 this year. Last year we were 14-2 and lead the league in INT's with the same fat man. Two notable changes happened. Jamal and Merriman. We should be able to overcome the loss of Merriman but not Jamal. Jamal is more important to the defense versus Merriman. The Nose tackle in a 3-4 D is THE MOST important position on that field.

    Cottrell was a scapegoat.

    Dale Lindsay was **** and that was way easy to see from the stands. A.J. needed to sacrifice a body to get the players attentions. It worked. We were down 21-3 to the hapless Chiefs and by some miracle, Applewhite got Bowe to fumble the onside kick. I bet most fans in here would be calling for Rivera's head as well but do not have the balls to admit it. Our season was almost over no thanks to the defense or Rivera. Why do fans forget so easily. I didn't and even said the defense did not look any different under Rivera. None. Nada. We admittedly did not get enough heat on Cutler Sunday night so ......

    You all are a bunch of sheep and when one says something it is like a dogpile to be right about something. :yes:
     
  21. Buck Melanoma

    Buck Melanoma Guest

    Ratings:
    +408
    First of all, we weren't 14-2 last year w/Cottrell. :no: We were 11-5. 14-2 was with Wade who, BTW, I DON'T want back as DC. :no: Just wanted to get that in before some start clamoring for him.

    Rivera at least seems to have the players motivated again. I'll take that ANY DAY over the way that they responded to Cottrell. Were the players at fault as well? Damn right. But Cottrell is a POS coach who rode Phillips coattails in Buffalo & sucked *** in Minny. Good riddance to AJ's fat *** buddy. :icon_evil:

    But thanks for your take, maaaaaaaaaaaaaan. :lol:
     
  22. Concudan

    Concudan Caffeinated Commando

    Joined:
    Mar 5, 2006
    Messages:
    53,044
    Ratings:
    +4,979
    Show me the evidence, because we were near the bottom of the league in blitzing early on, under Cottrell. I say you are full of it on that one. But prove me wrong.

    Cottrell was a piece of steaming crap. If you think he did so great then why were you pissing and moaning by week four that the season was over and the defense sucked? Now you want fat Teddy back? BS!

    Last season Ted's game plans sucked. There was a change alright, Rivera had more say when we stopped playing Teddy's vanilla game plans is my take.
     
    • Like Like x 1
  23. Trumpet_Man

    Trumpet_Man Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Feb 14, 2006
    Messages:
    18,996
    Ratings:
    +654
    It was posted at the Union Tribune around Week 3-5. That was the height of "we are not blitzing enough" and then someone did a breakdown to shut everyone up. Obviously, it did not work. The next excuse was that the blitzes were predictable which had some merit but we were leading or second in the league blitzing.

    When Wade would go "prevent defense" and teams would march down on us, many wanted Wade's head. The prevent defense prevented us from winning but many "forget".

    Now everyone is clamoring to play man defense. "Stop the cushion". Stop playing off the receiver. I say mix it up and we have been mixing it up.

    Oh and Buck -Jabba took us deeper into the playoffs versus Uncle Wade and no one had a problem with the Jabba until this year....your laundry list is soiled.
     
  24. Buck Melanoma

    Buck Melanoma Guest

    Ratings:
    +408
    True - and I said that I don't want Wade. Read the phucking post.

    I had a BIG problem with the Cottrell hiring & was on his azz from day one.

    GAWD shyt the bed with that choice. There was a reason that Cottrell's fat azz was out of football. Guess AJ must have owed him a favor. :icon_shrug:
     
  25. Concudan

    Concudan Caffeinated Commando

    Joined:
    Mar 5, 2006
    Messages:
    53,044
    Ratings:
    +4,979
    Who ever posted the tripe about us blitzing more than Chicago, Baltimore or Pittsburgh is full of tripe. I want to see their numbers and where they get their information as the number of blitzes run is not a common stat kept by anyone. It sounds like what I said it was a steaming pile of crap.

    Teddy's defensive scheme sucked. It killed the players confidence in the scheme, the players around them and themselves. The players felt ill used, out of position and forced to hold back, and they were.

    Now with Ron Rivera we see some confidence and aggression creeping back into the defensive unit.
     
  26. Trumpet_Man

    Trumpet_Man Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Feb 14, 2006
    Messages:
    18,996
    Ratings:
    +654
    I thought the article would shut everyone up at the time. That is when it was said "then we have become predictable" which I said had merit.

    Our blitzing and stunts were getting picked up by the offenses. They still are or did you not see Cutler having all sorts of time on Sunday?

    If we know the team does not have a running attack and relies on passing, then the defense has to worry about a one dimensional team. That should be easy to defend and still the Broncos tagged us for 21 points.

    It stands to reason Cutler should have been KILLED but he did not get killed. His uniform was pretty clean at the end of the game.

    And why is that ?
     
  27. Buck Melanoma

    Buck Melanoma Guest

    Ratings:
    +408
    Hey, Conc - wasn't it you that told me to back off of Cottrell a little last year? :icon_shrug: Jes sayin' ..... :icon_tease:

    I had the wood split, tar buckets ready, & a bag of chicken feathers waiting by the tracks. Then they went & ruined my party. :icon_sad: :icon_banana:
     
  28. wrbanwal

    wrbanwal Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Dec 27, 2005
    Messages:
    9,707
    Ratings:
    +1,036

    Not me, never............... :icon_eek:



    We were also 1 play from losing to KC TWICE. :icon_shrug:

    Just sayin

    :tup:

    There was a reason Teddy was out of football, now we know why.

    :tdown:
     
  29. Concudan

    Concudan Caffeinated Commando

    Joined:
    Mar 5, 2006
    Messages:
    53,044
    Ratings:
    +4,979
    I did, he managed to turn things around a little bit. Now. Have at 'im!
     
  30. WonderSlug

    WonderSlug Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Sep 1, 2005
    Messages:
    9,747
    Ratings:
    +851
    He got rid of the ball in 2.5 seconds or less, overthrowing and/or wildly missing his WR if he had to, and then screaming at them afterwards. :lol:
     

Share This Page