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Pagano is all about fundamentals and execution

Discussion in 'Chargers Fan Forum' started by Blue Bolt, Sep 8, 2012.

  1. Blue Bolt

    Blue Bolt Persona Non Grata

    Oct 28, 2009
    CHARGERS: Pagano downplays debut as coordinator
    By SCOTT BAIR sbair@nctimes.com

    SAN DIEGO ---- John Pagano's first game as a coordinator is near.

    The Chargers' latest defensive play-caller will make his debut on Monday against the Oakland Raiders, a moment he doesn't consider a major milestone.

    "I've been calling plays in my head for years," Pagano said with a smile. "It's the players that make a play call good or bad. They have to execute."

    It's the latest step in a longer process of instilling his philosophy into this group. Pagano has focused this offseason on technique, fundamentals and effort.

    Now he needs to see togetherness, accountability and execution.

    "The most important thing is the guys going out and playing together," Pagano said. "It's about executing the call and having guys swarm toward the football. It's going to be a challenge in Oakland, but it's one we're looking forward to."

    It's a challenge that won't be easy. The Raiders have beaten the Chargers three of the last four times. And while there were significant changes on both coaching staffs ---- Pagano's promotion and a full regime change in Oakland under new head coach Dennis Allen ---- the Raiders' offense stuck it to the Chargers last season.

    The Chargers allowed more than 1,000 yards in two games. They couldn't stop the run Oct. 10 at home and couldn't stop quarterback Carson Palmer on Jan. 1 on the road.

    The Raiders are incredibly fast at the skill positions, which feature running back Darren McFadden and receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey.

    "They have explosive players all over that offense; it's something we have to deal with," Pagano said. "They put up some big numbers against us at home. Because there's speed at all positions, there isn't one guy we can key in on. It'll be a challenge for us."

    It'll be a real test for a unit Pagano considers faster and more athletic than recent seasons. The Chargers have added speed in the front seven, which should provide for a more dynamic pass rush and better coverage.

    "That talent we have here mixes well with the scheme," Chargers nose tackle Aubrayo Franklin said. "I think we have a chance to dictate tempo and force teams to be one-dimensional. That's when a defense can really take over a football game. We have the ability to do that."

    It sounds simple considering the complexity of the scheme, but Pagano believes the Chargers will be good if they plug gaps and tackle well.

    His play-calling style and his game-day stamp will emerge over time. Little is known about how aggressive he'll be, and the first-time coordinator isn't volunteering. He was predictably vanilla during the preseason, and is obviously saving some of his craftier calls for games that count.

    "John's been around the league for a long time and he's an outstanding football coach," Allen said. "I'm sure that he's got a lot of things up his sleeve that he's going to pull out on Monday night. We've got to prepare just like everyone does for the first game; we've got to prepare for any un-scouted looks or anything that we haven't seen."

    Pagano doesn't think the spotlight should be on him Monday night.

    "It's players' time to shine on game night," Pagano said. "Our job is to put them in position to make plays, and it's their job to execute the call."
  2. Buck Melanoma

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    Merciless to the rescue.
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    MadMike Well-Known Member

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