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Shaun Phillips: ‘It’s up to the players’

Discussion in 'Chargers Fan Forum' started by Johnny Lightning, Oct 2, 2007.

  1. Johnny Lightning

    Johnny Lightning Go Bolts

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    Linebacker Shaun Phillips said Monday that he truly believes he and his teammates are being put in position to make plays, they’re just not being consistent enough in making those plays.“I don’t care what a coach calls, whether it’s offense or defense, it’s up to the players to go out there and make plays,” Phillips said. “We hold ourselves accountable for every action because we’re the only ones on the field. I just hate the fact that Norv has to take scrutiny. It’s not his fault. Coach Turner is the head man and he runs the show, but the bottom line is we take every snap.”

    Phillips believes that he and his teammates are being put in position to make plays but their inconsistency has held them back. He also voiced confidence in defensive coordinator Ted Cottrell.

    “I believe in Teddy,” Phillips said. “I believe in his philosophy. We just need to make more impact plays. We understand at the end of the day that the coaches don’t take a snap. It’s all about us. We bear that burden.”

    Chargers players had several opportunities to make big plays Sunday, but minor miscues by one piece of the puzzle caused the chances to fall short. With the Chargers up 13-3 in the second quarter, Buster Davis had his man beat, but a breakdown in the protection caused Philip Rivers to be hit, turning a long positive play into an interception. On another occasion, Rivers threw short after being hit and missed a wide-open Antonio Gates on a play that would have set up a first down at the Kansas City 25.

    “We’re doing everything we can to put them in the best position to be successful,” Turner said. “When I saw Buster Davis being covered by a safety and Buster has three steps on him, I thought he was in a good match up and had been put in a position to be successful. The ball didn’t get there because the quarterback got hit. Those things happen.”

    Turner believes that his team was well prepared and ready to play Sunday. He pointed to the way his team opened the game as evidence. They drove the ball 66 yards for a field goal on their first drive, forced a punt on Kansas City’s first possession and responded with a 55-yard touchdown drive. The defense followed by forcing another punt.

    “In the first quarter, on both sides of the ball and in the kicking game I thought we were outstanding,” Turner said. “I thought the two turnovers in the first half kept us from taking advantage of really the way we played in the first half.”

    Added Phillips, “If you watch the game, you’ll see to the last extra point guys were busting through trying to make a play some how some way. It didn’t go our way.”

    While Phillips was willing to shoulder the load Monday, Turner also said that he is well aware of his role in helping his team get things turned around.

    “I understand the responsibility of the job I have,” Turner said. “I’m ultimately the one that’s responsible. It’s my job to get the things done that we’re talking about, the inconsistencies, the problems we’re having with turnovers and giving up plays. That’s what I’ve got to do. I’ve got to get those things eliminated.”

    Close behind

    Despite a 1-3 start, the Chargers are just one game behind the rest of the pack in the AFC West. They have a chance to pull even Sunday when they travel to Denver.

    “The positive side of this is that as bad as these three games have been, we sit here one game out of a big cluster in the division,” Rivers said. “That’s the bottom line. We can still be where we want to be. Every goal is still there to be achieved.”

    Ripple effect

    After rushing for 116 yards in the first half, LaDainian Tomlinson was held to 16 yards on six carries in the final two quarters. Much of that had to do with the success of the offense as a whole.

    “One of the reasons he was able to get the carries he had in the first half was because we completed the 25-yarder to (Antonio) Gates, we completed the 35-yarder to (Vincent) Jackson,” Turner said. “We got the ball in the red zone where obviously we pumped the ball to him a little bit in that situation. We converted third downs better in the first half. We struggled in the second half.”

    Turner also pointed out that the Bolts weren’t as effective on the ground in the second half, which limited opportunities. While the carries were down in the second half, the Chargers did try to find ways to keep LT involved as he caught five passes in the final two quarters.

    “One of the things we did in the second half was try to get him some balls quick on the swings, some pass stuff where we get him in space,” Turner said. “We got limited production out of it.”

    Kicking it

    Turner praised his specialists for the job they did in Sunday’s game. Following Nate Kaeding’s four kickoffs Sunday, Kansas City started their drives at their own 20, 18, 15 and 17 yard lines. Kaeding also connected on all three of his field goal attempts.

    Wilhelm may return

    Turner said that linebacker Matt Wilhelm, who missed the last two weeks with a calf strain, has a chance to do some limited work in Wednesday’s practice.

    Buster Davis strained a tendon in his ankle and may miss some practice early in the week. Linebacker Brandon Siler (thigh strain), defensive tackle Jamal Williams (knee) and linebacker Marques Harris (concussion) could also be limited early in the week.

    Offensive tackle Marcus McNeill has a slight knee strain that might slow him during the week but isn’t expected to be a long-term issue. Fullback Andrew Pinnock isn’t so fortunate. He’ll miss the next 3-4 weeks after having his knee scoped. Also, Turner said Monday that wide receiver Eric Parker is expected to be out another 3-4 weeks while recovering from toe surgery.

    All is well

    Phillips reiterated on Monday that he wasn’t involved in a sideline confrontation with Cottrell Sunday. Cameras caught Cottrell speaking to a visibly-upset Phillips, but the Bolts’ leading sacker said that the conversation was not a beef with his coach.

    “A lot of people keep asking me about that,” Phillips said. “It was more me yelling and Coach Cottrell telling me to calm down. I wasn’t yelling at Coach Cottrell. I was upset and yelling out load.”

    By Casey Pearce, Chargers.com
     
  2. BOLTS4LIFE

    BOLTS4LIFE Banned Banned

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    It's good to see that he's a stand up guy and will NOT look for excuses no matter what the situation is!!!!:bolt:
     
  3. LittleTrain

    LittleTrain BoltTalker

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    I agree. It's good to see him take all the blame on himself. That's leadership. Hopefully Hardwick takes notes.

    Phillips sure was hard to find vs. McIntosh. Didn't most people expect him to be all over the QB? KC's two DEs worked our two OTs much worse than Phillips and Merriman did to McIntosh and Turley. I was shocked. Something just isn't right with that.
     
  4. PowderLove

    PowderLove Former Mod, Current Slacker

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    Fire 'em. At this rate we will be 4-12.
     
  5. PhilipRivers#1

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    You would think that with Merriman being double teamed, Phillips would run unabated to the qb, but it just didn't work out that way.
     
  6. AnteaterCharger

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

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    Am I the only one who doesn't believe this line from any of the players but they are unwilling to throw the coach under the bus?
     
  7. Buck Melanoma

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    No you aren't. I respect the players for defending their coaches, but I stil call BS.
     
  8. nickelbolt

    nickelbolt Fuggedaboutit

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    He's 100% right. It was the players who blew the playoff game vs. the Pats. It's the players who are going out there and getting manhandled and run over on the field. It's the players who are missing tackles and dropping sure TDs.

    Or... maybe not. Perhaps Marty blew that playoff game. And maybe Norv got beat for that sack by Derrick Johnson that essentially ended the game.

    I so confuse!!! :icon_huh:
     
  9. Boltdiehard

    Boltdiehard Well-Known Member

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    Everybody on this team should just stop doing interviews.

    Fuggin idiots. :tdown:
     
  10. WonderSlug

    WonderSlug Well-Known Member

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    In the Chargers' first three second half possessions (all in the 3rd quarter), they passed 10 times, and ran 4 times. This includes passing 5 times and running it just once on their first second half possession.

    Looks to me like they consciously chose to pass first in the 3rd quarter.
     
  11. Thread_Killer

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    Every single player on this team has regressed. As young as we are, it is just common sense to blame the coaching staff.

    I believe that exact opposite of what Phillips is saying. Players are NOT put in position to make plays. They are confused and unprepared for what the opponent is throwing at us, on both sides of the ball.
     
  12. nickelbolt

    nickelbolt Fuggedaboutit

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    Rather than start a new thread, I decided to bump this one because Phillips will be on Sirius NFL radio in a few minutes for his weekly interview. I'll try to recap if he brings up anything fresh.

    Some good stuff in this thead so far though. I was really fuggin' pissed in October, eh??? :lol:
     
  13. Buck Melanoma

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    Well, what Phillips had to say is still as true as ever. Some players seem to have learned this, others not as much. Those guys probably won't be here next year. :no:
     
  14. wrbanwal

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    you and about 99% of the rest of us!

    :yes::yes::yes:
     
  15. wrbanwal

    wrbanwal Well-Known Member

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    you and about 99% of the rest of us!

    :yes::yes::yes:
     
  16. Kwak

    Kwak ....

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    So long dude from "THEE Ohio State U".

    I think the players got it now. What is hurting us at the moment is Rivers and LT. LT and Turner can duo if LT is sore, but I am not feeling as good about Volek playing the whole game if Rivers is down. Volek did a heck of a job vs the Colts, but playing the whole game....

    The D is looking good. Strong and Healthy. :tup:

    Interesting to see who else is on the Injury Report after Wed practice, aside from Rivers and LT.
     
  17. TheLash

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    thats because they're lean, mean, agile, (mostly) hostile and highly motivated motivated motivated:icon_banana:
     
  18. Kwak

    Kwak ....

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    No shet! :abq2:

    That D is going to be fired up big time!

    The O needs to pound on the Pats LBs early and often. Losing Colvin was a big time hit to their depth. Make them RUN!!
     
  19. nickelbolt

    nickelbolt Fuggedaboutit

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    I think Shaun kinda let the cat outta' the bag in the interview. They asked him about LT, Rivers and Gates playing and he more or less said they'll be fine.

    They're all gonna start this game. It's a lock.
     

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