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The Film Don't Lie: Chargers

Discussion in 'Chargers Fan Forum' started by Concudan, Oct 21, 2014.

  1. Concudan

    Concudan Caffeinated Commando

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    By Eric D. Williams | ESPN.com

    A weekly look at what the San Diego Chargers must fix:

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    Solving the team’s poor tackling will be an issue the San Diego Chargers have to resolve sooner rather than later since they face an explosive Denver Broncos offense on Thursday night.

    The Chargers allowed the Chiefs to rush for 154 total yards in a 23-20 loss over the weekend. Kansas City finished with eight plays of 16-plus yards from scrimmage.

    “We had too many missed tackles,” Chargers coach Mike McCoy said. “That’s something we work on every week. It’s a basic fundamental of the game. And we gave up too many yards where we should have stopped them, and they made some plays.”

    For the most part, San Diego has been a good tackling team leading up to the Kansas City game, limiting big gains. The Chargers have to solve the team’s tackling issues quickly because they face a Denver offense averaging 8.52 yards per play in the passing game, No. 2 in the NFL behind San Diego (8.53).

    In order to fix the poor tackling, San Diego’s defense has to do a better job of playing with leverage and playing "to your help" on the field, according to defensive co-captain and linebackerJarret Johnson.

    “The reason we missed tackles was them creating plays that put us in space, and us not playing to our leverage,” Johnson said. “You don’t know where your leverage is, and you might be overrunning it or taking bad angles on your tackles.

    “We have to be more aware of where our help is. These running backs -- especially a running back like Jamaal Charles -- it’s going to be really tough to get him down in the open field by yourself, so you have to play to your help.”
     
  2. Blue Bolt

    Blue Bolt Persona Non Grata

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    "You have to play to your help.”

    And at this point, we need all the help we can get. ;)
     
  3. JohnnyX

    JohnnyX 2017 Chargers Head Coach

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    What does JJ mean about leverage? Is he saying they are bad tacklers in open space?
     
  4. The LBC

    The LBC I'm a Real Prick

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    Based on what made its way onto the field on Sunday, they were. Lots of grasping for hips, hero-tackling (generally trying to be the guy to lay the "big, highlight reel hit" - see the technique on Walker's late hit on Smith that was flagged), and generally poor angles. Earlier in the season we looked to have adopted the tackling approach that has helped make Seattle's defense so damn effective; for all the name-dropping of "Legion of Boom" they are a gang-tackling machine and quite successful because of it. It's a big part of what they were able to keep Peyton from ever really getting going until garbage time in the Super Bowl (along with their pass-rush), because they snuff out YAC (which, as well all know, Peyton's brand of offense is predicated off of - as is the Chiefs').

    I get what he's saying. Not excusing the behavior on the field, but it's an incredibly easier ideal to uphold when you can maintain the majority of you personnel from practice through the game - versus losing 2-3 defenders and having to rotate in guys who don't have as much familiarity with the others on the field, where they'll be, where they should be, and what the tendencies of their teammates in certain situations would be.
     
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  5. Bigkdb

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    Here's what I never understood. If your a **** tackler, why not work on it a lot more than normal. There are very few teams that tackle well in the NFL now. I think it has to do with the non contact filled practices. **** you can't do much in terms of scheme if you can't tackle for ****. Form tackling is something we should do a lot more than we do
     
  6. boltssbbound

    boltssbbound Well-Known Member

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    I think the biggest f*ck up was when Addae flew in completely out of control, knocked Marshall out of the play and allowed the Chiefs receiver to pick up a first down on 3rd and 15. The play would have resulted in a TD if the receiver for the Chiefs had not accidentally stepped out of bounds.

    But there were many examples of defenders not playing to their help. There was another play in the 2nd half where a WR screen turned into a 10 yard play after Marshall allowed a receiver to get outside of him despite having inside help from Gilchrist. Really just piss poor technique.
     
  7. tito

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    If we actually had Ingram and Attaochu available and if we could get Verret, Wright and Flowers on the field at the same time, none of this stuff happens. Frustrating, because fully manned, I think defense is pretty good. Sad when our old guys Freeney and Johnson have to work too much because the young guys can't stay healthy.
     
  8. Fossil

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    All posts ^^^ QFT
     
  9. The LBC

    The LBC I'm a Real Prick

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    Because, while it's not a majority that actually share this sentiment, it's a vocal enough minority that has the ears of the majority of the players getting them to believe that increased allowance of contact in practices directly correlates to increased incidence of injuries - when it's darn near the opposite (decreased contact in practice typically leads to increased incidence of contact injuries in games because muscle memory - both doling out, receiving, and avoiding hits simply isn't as ingrained due to decreased reps). Someone is feeding the average voting Joe Schmoe player incorrect information; you're not going to be able to cut out non-contact injuries (the majority of them occur due to shoddy technique more than anything).

    Ultimately though, the NFLPA has collectively bargained to decrease the amount of contact practices (and contact in practices) allowed to such a level that it's pretty much impossible to have a week of practices devoted solely to tackling technique an execution. We're a team that needs it - and honestly needs to start having the inmates/players call each other out for lazy technique (Addae is a huge culprit here, as is Reyes who doesn't latch his hands on firmly enough with his punch and always ends up getting them deflected high into the OL's facemask far more often than he gets called for it).
     

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