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Rivers, Chargers a 'relentless' bunch

Discussion in 'American Football' started by boltssbbound, Nov 19, 2006.

  1. boltssbbound

    boltssbbound Well-Known Member

    Jun 16, 2006
    DENVER -- The great quarterbacks have short memories. All the great ones made mistakes. They just didn't remember them when they were on the field.

    Following Sunday night's unbelievable 17-point second-half comeback by the Chargers to beat the Broncos 35-27, Chargers coach Marty Schottenheimer used the Joe Montana comparison with Philip Rivers' short memory. A year ago, the Chargers blew a game in Denver when Drew Brees opened the second half by throwing an interception that Champ Bailey returned for a Broncos touchdown. On Sunday night, Rivers threw a third quarter pick to Broncos cornerback Darrent Williams, who returned it 31 yards for a touchdown to give the Broncos 24-7 lead.

    Rivers spent about a minute questioning himself with teammates on the bench, saying, "I can't believe I threw that ball out there." Veteran receiver Keenan McCardell and others told him not to worry. Rivers didn't. He came back by completing 11 of his next 13 passes for 148 yards in three consecutive scoring drives to take a 28-27.

    "We're a relentless group of guys. We feel like we're never out of a ball game no matter how much we're down. You have to keep playing against us because we feel like we can score at any time. I'm going along for the ride."
    -- San Diego RB LaDainian Tomlinson
    A week ago, Rivers rallied the Chargers from a 21-point deficit against the Bengals to beat them 49-41. Rivers doesn't mind going against the stream. This Rivers has ice running through his veins when the games get hot. Thanks to Rivers' ability to rebound, LaDainian Tomlinson's fresh legs and a relentless group of Chargers, San Diego leads the AFC West by a game over Denver with an 8-2 record.

    "The best quality of Philip Rivers is that he never thinks about the last play," Schottenheimer said. "That was the quality in my view that made Joe Montana the great quarterback that he was. When the previous play's over, it doesn't matter to him."

    Schottenheimer brought up an anecdote from the preseason that gave him a preview of coming attractions involving Rivers. The Chargers were playing the Seahawks in San Diego. Rivers botched center snaps and handed the Seahawks a 14-0 lead. Most quarterbacks would have folded. Rivers went to work, coming back with three touchdown drives to give the Chargers a 21-14 halftime lead.

    Sunday night was no different. After nine weeks of playing safe, efficient zone defenses that lacked blitzes, Shanahan opened the defensive playbook and unleashed the hounds. They emptied safeties from the middle of the defense and stuck them near the line of scrimmage in "Cover 0" blitzes. To stop Tomlinson, the Broncos stacked eight and nine defenders near the line of scrimmage.

    Rivers struggled. He completed only one pass in the second quarter, and he watched the Broncos build a 24-7 lead in the third quarter. The killer could have been Williams' interception for a touchdown. But after lamenting it while Jason Elam kicked the extra point, Rivers blocked it out and went back to work.

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  2. matilack

    matilack Take A Knee McCree!!!

    Aug 14, 2006
    We went from the "heartbreak kids" last year.
    To the "comeback kids" this year in one cut of a QB. LOL
  3. RayDahayder

    RayDahayder BoltTalker

    Sep 12, 2006
    Interesting Shannarat quote:
    "You have to keep your poise at the end of the game," Shanahan said. "I'm not exactly sure what happened, but usually they catch the second guy."

    He said that about his team's personal foul after our last TD which put the ball at the 40 on the kickoff. However, maybe he should keep that same thought in mind about Igor's penalty.

    Rat-faced, cheap-shot piece of horse sack.
  4. WonderSlug

    WonderSlug Well-Known Member

    Sep 1, 2005
    After our last TD scored, the Broncos had TWO PF calls on them within the span of 30 seconds.

    The first one was on Ian Gold for Unnecessary Roughness as he and Hardwick were pushing each other and Gold got tagged for a little too much physicality.

    Then when they complained about it, Darrent Williams got flagged for getting into an official's face and saying something to him after jawing with a different official for about 20 seconds. Blam! Unsportsmanlike Conduct.
  5. Nomadic Bolt Fan

    Nomadic Bolt Fan Well-Known Member

    Jul 21, 2006
    Ahhh, good times. I loved seeing them melt down like that. :lol:

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