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Shoulda Played/Shouldn't Have

Discussion in 'Chargers Fan Forum' started by Gridreaper, Jan 25, 2008.

  1. Gridreaper

    Gridreaper BoltTalker

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    ...At the onset of this LT debacle and the controversy involved, I had mixed views. Originally I questioned why he failed to return but I kept flashing on what I saw during the flair pass to him. To me he seemed to pull up at the end with no ability to turn the corner. At that moment I felt he must be more injured than originally thought or that he re-injured himself.
    The question I'm posing is...why was Antonio playing at what looked like 50% effectiveness? He was routinely being covered by an LB. If it was as a decoy, then Belicheat paid little attention to that ploy. If LT was hobbled to the point of what's the use in playing him...then why did Turner choose to play Gates instead of say Legadu or Osgood who were at least healthy. I don't even recall Buster's name getting mentioned in any plays. I appreciate the magnitude of the game and the size of Antonio's heart but you can't really play someone who can easily be covered by LBs. Just curious what anyone else thinks?
     
  2. OverVolt

    OverVolt BoltTalker

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    Yeah, I agree.
    Gates is one of two reasons this team is so good in the red zone.
    Gates's toe made him a complete none factor...I guess you dance with the one who got you there. However he was being covered easily by a single person, and much of the time it was a LB.
    It's over now, the team got some great playoff experience...they are knocking on the door, perhaps next year they break it down.
    Health is all that kept them out this year
     
  3. kentninomiya

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    Kent Ninomiya - It took me a week to pull myself together enough to write about the Chargers loss to the Patriots in the AFC championship game. My devistation was equal to my anticipation of a trip to the Superbowl. To make my pain worse, the Chargers could have won that game. If they were blown out and out played then I could shrug it off. Instead they kicked field goals when they should have scored touchdowns. Players expected to play didn't and the ones expected to sit played below their abilities. Then there's the coaching decision to punt the ball back to the Patriots late in the fourth quarter when trailing by 9 points. We could have just handed them the AFC championship trophy right then. Yes, a game they should have won hurts much more than a game where they were just beat. Kent Ninomiya
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  4. Gridreaper

    Gridreaper BoltTalker

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    ...I had this very same conversation with my fiance. This game was so winable and from that very first field goal, I began to fear the worst. She celebrated the 3 points, I looked at it like a prelude of what was to come. I'm so proud of how they fought, kept it close and actually "COULD" have won. However the pain is probably deeper than a game where they were blown out. Personally, I'll take the hard fought, close game because it makes them realize just how good they are and that they can compete with anyone:bolt:
     

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