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New Additions Bring New Attitude to Defense

Discussion in 'Chargers Fan Forum' started by Blue Bolt, Aug 18, 2011.

  1. Blue Bolt

    Blue Bolt Persona Non Grata

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    Bolts' defense setting tough new standard
    Written by Kevin Acee

    IRVING, Texas — When their inside run period against the Dallas Cowboys didn’t go just right at the start of Thursday morning’s practice, strong safety Bob Sanders didn’t wait.

    He made it clear it was time to get going and to get going right.

    And there in that moment – lasting as long as it took the only player on the team with a Super Bowl ring to yell “Get it together!” – was the signal of a shift in how the Chargers’ defense goes about its business.

    It’s not that such a scene was unprecedented with recent Chargers teams, there has just not been the guys who possess not only the desire to be that type of leader but the cachet and presence to pull it off.

    “It’s not necessarily that we haven’t had it before,” free safety Eric Weddle said after the defense finished practice strong, even intercepting three passes altogether and being in position for two more. “It’s just not letting stuff slide by, pushing accountability more. It’s saying we’re going to do it right now and we’re going to do it the right way.”

    Players attribute this to an up-tempo, no-nonsense agenda pushed byNorv Turner from the first meeting of camp, the influence of feisty special teams coach Rick Bisaccia and defensive coordinator Greg Manusky and the free agent signings of Sanders and linebacker Takeo Spikes.

    Already, it is apparent that the addition of Sanders and Spikes -- the intensity with which they carry themselves, the physical style and precision with which they play and demand others play -- has fostered a new mentality on defense.

    “It’s different than it’s been in past years,” nose tackle Antonio Garay acknowledged.

    There is a building aura of physicality that is tangible, yet still unproven. Being that they haven’t done anything but practice for a few weeks and play part of one exhibition game, players are almost reluctant to talk about it.

    Spikes, in fact, smiled and left no doubt he is aware of something happening but declined to elaborate.

    “I don’t want to mess it up,” he said. “… We’ll see. We’re getting there.”

    Norv Turner is often loath to make any concession that his team could be more physical. His contention has long been that the Chargers are plenty hard-hitting. And the reality falls somewhere in between, that perception blurred reality in the minds of many.

    But Turner volunteered this week a revealing observation about his team’s metamorphosis three weeks into its 2011 incarnation.

    “I think we’re better at more things than we’ve been at this time (in camp) -- and I’m talking about in all three phases,” he said. “I think we’re becoming a more physical team than we’ve been. And some of that is by design of what we’re doing, but a lot of it’s by (the fact) we’ve added people (that) are more physical, and we have some guys who’ve played now that can be more physical, (because) they know what they’re doing.”

    The Chargers defense has for at least four years been the stepsister to the highly productive offense. And while the defense’s No.1 ranking in yards allowed in 2010 was due in part to the short fields it was left to defend following turnovers and special teams letdowns, the measure of success did build confidence.

    “The mentality toward the end of last year was, instead of relying on the offense to get it done, it was ‘We gotta make it,’ ” Garay said. “It’s trickled into this year, and the guys they’ve added, it takes the expectations and the level that much higher.”

    Sanders and Spikes speak up on the field and off. They mix friendliness and approachability with an understated fearsomeness. Even in practice, they take the play to the offense rather than vice versa. Sanders actually finishes many plays with modified hits where the common practice is for defenders to pull up in practice.

    “I think there is going to be a real standard they expect to play to,” Turner said of the defense. “There are some guys that are going to set that bar pretty high.”

    An hour before Turner said those words in the lobby of the team hotel here, Spikes had actually demonstrated just that in his post-practice assessment as he walked from the Cowboys’ practice fields.

    “I mean, we’re not that good yet,” he said. “So there’s always something we have to work on."
     
  2. Brundlefly

    Brundlefly Well-Known Member

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    So excited for the season
     
  3. HEXEDBOLT

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

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    Please show me what you can do, don't tell me what you'd like to do.
     
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  4. Chargerfn909

    Chargerfn909 High and tight kid, high and tight!

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    Bringing in Spikes/Manusky/Sanders could turn out to be the best thing(s) AJ has done since a GM for the Bolts. As we all know, Norv is not a in your face, aggressor.. These 3 are, we need it O so bad.
     
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  5. HEXEDBOLT

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

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    This I do not understand. How can Chuck Noll be a defensive coach in San Diego, get a gig with the Stiller's and turn out to be the best of his era? I'm tired of the cream-puff defense and all the tough talk, get your arses out on the field and do it, don't talk about it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
     
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  6. SDRaiderH8er

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    THIS!
     
  7. Buck Melanoma

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    Nail-eating, spike-********, pile-driving defense.
     

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