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Primary problem for secondary: It's making too many tackles

Discussion in 'Chargers Fan Forum' started by Johnny Lightning, Oct 16, 2008.

  1. Johnny Lightning

    Johnny Lightning Go Bolts

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    Of the 15 leading tacklers among defensive backs in the NFL according to Stats, Inc., three play for the Chargers, including leader Eric Weddle with 50. The Chargers free safety is far ahead in solo tackles with 41.

    Strong safety Clinton Hart and cornerback Quentin Jammer are tied for 12th, each with a total of 30.
    “To have three people from your secondary that high in tackles, it isn't always a good thing and it isn't always a bad thing,” said Hart, the defensive captain. “It can mean your secondary's running to the ball or (opponents) are getting a little bit too far up the field. I do think we run to the ball really well.”

    Ballcarriers may be coming more Weddle's way in the absence of linebacker Shawne Merriman, moving away from Shaun Phillips. Weddle also said running backs are doing a lot of cutting back on plays originally aimed for the strong side, bringing them into his territory.

    “Eric's a sure tackler,” Hart said. “He does a good job of clickin' heels (ankle tackles). He's down there like a little piranha.”

    Weddle is fourth among NFL players at any position in solo tackles, seventh overall in total tackles.

    “A lot of my tackles are just running to the ball,” Weddle said. “It's not like they're getting a lot of balls up the field on us. There are just a lot of short throws and we all get tackles. In this league, you gotta make the tackles to keep them from getting extra YAC (yards after catch).

    “The first couple games we missed a lot of tackles. We're not missing them now.”

    NUTS 'N' BOLTS

    -- Jacob Hester was the No. 1 – and only – running back in practice Wednesday. LaDainian Tomlinson and Darren Sproles, while expected to play Sunday, were withheld from the workout to rest their injuries. Wide receivers Chris Chambers and Buster Davis and linebacker Jyles Tucker also did not take part in practice. Chambers said there's “a chance” he'll play.
    -- Bills defensive end Aaron Schobel hasn't missed a game in eight years, but it appears that streak could end Sunday. A sprained toe ligament has him walking around in an immobilizer boot. A college teammate of Tomlinson's at TCU, Schobel is a two-time Pro Bowl player.
     
  2. Golfboy

    Golfboy BoltTalker

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    The Chargers are planning for a Post-Merriman defense, not planning to resign him after next year's contract expiration. I hope that AJ is paying attention to what our defense looks like without him.

    AJ - you need to find a way to resign Merriman. Do it now while he's hurt and he may give you a discount.
     
  3. BFISA

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    I don't know if it's a good thing that the leading tacklers are DBs :icon_eek:
     
  4. Dublin Bolt

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    Speaking of 'secondary problems' I read good ol Marlon McCree, he of the dropped 4th down INT has been benched in Denver. I'll miss him taking terrible angles and getting left for dead by the latest running back/offensive player running in for a TD.

    Boy did he suck.

    Speaking of sucking I wonder how our good friend DFlo is getting on. Must get back to slagging the Jax fans on NFLUK.com who were openly scared of him before the season started.

    :tup:
     
  5. BFISA

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    Well, he picked up a Brandon Marshall fumble when it looked like the donks might go in for a score. IMHO, it turned the complexion of the game around.
     
  6. VikingBolt

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    What's up with all the toe injuries the last 2 years?
     
  7. bigmike.x.09

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    i would have to say the second biggest problem issss... MISSED TACKLES (due to lack of form)
     
  8. Retired Catholic

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    Injuries happen all the time. At the moment the problem is with the best of the roster, so we notice more.
     
  9. AnteaterCharger

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

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    we have gotten better over the last few weeks at that
     

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