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Special teams and road woes strike again

Discussion in 'Chargers Fan Forum' started by Concudan, Oct 10, 2010.

  1. Concudan

    Concudan Caffeinated Commando

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    For the third time this year the Jeckle and Hyde San Diego Chargers lose on the road. The Oakland Raiders did everything they could to win the game and in the end, they did not stop playing when the Chargers did and scored the winning touchdown on defense.

    For the third time special teams proved detrimental to the team. The Defense played well most of the game and the offense played well enough to win… However it takes all of the team playing to win to well… Win! The Raiders went up 12 to 0 early in the first quarter on two blocked punts. One of those blocks resulted in a safety, and the other in a touchdown. To say that this is a maddening trend is like saying a nuclear explosion can give someone a burn.

    These Charges one drive look like they are bound for the super bowl, the next they are fumbling, stumbling and in general looking like Dan Henning’s Chargers. In Oakland the Chargers lost 3 more fumbles. They have lost the ball more frequently this season than they did last, and anyone who watches the game knows that it is hard to win at best, if you do not protect the football.

    Two blocked punts, three fumbles and the first loss to the Raiders in the last 13 games. Let’s not take anything away from the Raiders. They got up for the game, and attacked the Chargers with abandon. They wanted to go away from this game with the win and did everything they could to make it happen. The Raiders overcame the loss of their Quarterback Bruce Gradkowski early in the game, and stayed close to the Chargers throughout the game, after losing the lead in the second quarter.

    Philip Rivers of course threw the ball for a lot of yards, but in the end league leading stats could not save the Chargers. He ended his day with 27 completions in 42 attempts for 431, ad 2 touchdowns. Malcolm Floyd, Chargers wide receiver ended his day with 8 receptions for 213 yards, he also caught a 55 yard touchdown pass from Rivers. Tight End Antonio Gates hauled in another touchdown and was just 8 yards away from 100 on the day.

    Even with these stats, and even with the Chargers defense playing well for three quarters but in the end it was not enough. The Chargers are far too inconsistent. They have been able to get good stats on paper, but on the field, especially on the road they are not able to put a cohesive game together.

    If they want to win the AFC West, they need to make some changes and make them fast. If they continue on this roll they could find themselves sitting at 8-8, and this season that will not win the West.
     
  2. AnteaterCharger

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

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    Something's got to give, the Chargers can't keep dominating at home and shooting themselves in the leg on the road. Sooner or later when we play good teams on the road, something will change. And if its not the special teams and the level of play, what will change is that we will miss the playoffs for the first time in five years
     
  3. scratchnz

    scratchnz BoltTalker

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    All the hype about Being #1 in Defence and #1 in Offense means nothing if you don't get the W

    I hope people dont start leaning on all the stats when looking foward for the rest of year...this team has bigger problems to focus on!

    Stats are just that...Stats it dont matter if they look great or look bad...a win is a win.

    I would take Phillip Rivers throwing 1 TD and 3 Interceptions for 94 yards...if it meant that we won the game as apposed to him throwing for 2TDs and 400+ yards and a loss
     
  4. Skuzzlebutt

    Skuzzlebutt BoltTalker

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    I agree. A lot of the great offensive stats are because we are playing from behind on the road (obviously, we have put up crazy numbers at home without having to play from behind). The stats are good, they tell us we are doing something right. However, we aren't do the basics right. Hold the ball and play average special teams.

    One statistic that I saw was Rivers' completion percentage in the red zone. It was under 30%, second worst in the league. You have to admit, that is one bad stat that we will need to improve. I think our O-line is terrible at run blocking and only decent at pass blocking (and only when there is a threat of a run).

    Ugh. Haven't felt this sting in 7 years. Freaking sucks.
     
  5. turbo_turtle

    turbo_turtle In Disguise

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    Should have never let go of Kassim Osgood.
     
  6. Savage Lizard

    Savage Lizard Charger fan at 7000'

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    Was he one of our linemen on the punt team?
     
  7. Concudan

    Concudan Caffeinated Commando

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    No he was not. Unfortunately it is one of my favorite young players, Applewhite who got beat on both plays. He has manned up and taken accountability. Lets see how he improves. Or maybe we should just fire him, that after all seems to be the rally cry of the Chargers fan after a loss.
     
  8. DenverBolt67

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    He was an unrestricted free agent. We didn't have a choice unless they were going to franchise him and pay him $10 mil a year since he would be franchised at the WR rate
     
  9. Concudan

    Concudan Caffeinated Commando

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    He would have stayed if Norv had told him he could play WR. Norv was honest with him and that made him decide to go elsewhere to take the step forward he wanted. I cant begrudge him that (not saying you are!)
     

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