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The Pros and Concs, Week1

Discussion in 'San Diego Chargers Hall of Champions' started by robdog, Sep 8, 2008.

  1. robdog

    robdog Code Monkey Staff Member Administrator

    Jun 29, 2009
    By Curtis Egan (aka Concudan)
    <em>BoltTalk Staff Writer</em>

    <a href="http://assets.espn.go.com/media/apphoto/beb1a4df-81c7-45eb-9383-f80b849431e5.jpg"><img class="alignright" title="San Diego Chargers wide receiver Chris Chambers, left, slips past Carolina Panthers free safety Charles Godfrey (30) for a touchdown on a 44-yard pass from quarterback Phillip Rivers during the second quarter of an NFL football game Sunday Sept. 7, 2008, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Chris Park)" src="http://assets.espn.go.com/media/apphoto/beb1a4df-81c7-45eb-9383-f80b849431e5.jpg" alt="" width="185" height="245" /></a>Ok, we had a game yesterday against a Carolina team missing arguably their best offensive weapon in Steve Smith. The Chargers played ahead until the second quarter when the Panthers scored their third field goal.

    <span style="font-size: large;">Pros:</span>
    <strong>The fans;</strong>
    they were loud on offense, and even though some of them decided to chant LT- LT- LT- every time the Chargers huddled up, the fans were still in mid season form.
    No one should carry on the misconception that Charger fans are ‘So-Cal' laid back, that isn't the case any longer.

    I know, I know, many of you are chair coaches are going to disagree with my arm chair coaching, but so what? Rivers was doing something repeatedly I had not seen him do a lot of before. He was side stepping the pressure, keeping his eyes down field and making plays when in past season he would have attempted to scramble, looking like some old film evidence of Sasquatch, or taken the sack. Rivers is maturing into an even better QB, and will be one of the reasons this team still makes the playoffs.

    Rivers finishes his day 17/27, for 217 yards and 3 touchdowns. Not at all too shabby if you ask me.

    Tolbert is another AJ find! He is a bowling ball full back who can catch the ball out on the swing! Tolbert was impressive when he touched the ball in my opinion.

    <span style="font-size: large;">Concs:</span>
    <strong>Offensive play calling;</strong>
    Sorry, but it almost seemed as if the Chargers were desperate to set up the pass with the run, and with 8 in the box, and a lot of blitzes the running game did not even see the light of day until the fourth quarter. The Chargers offense in general other than a few flashes early; did not wake up until late in the game. But this was the first game and by no means a reason to check and ensure the sky is still firmly in place.

    Ok, this is where I hang the loss. The defense was unimaginative, got extremely little pressure on Delhome, could not stop the run, and could not stop the pass. The Panthers had their way offensively and could move from one end of the field to the other seemingly at will. Most of you know how much man love I have for Big Jamal Williams, but this game left me with an empty space just over my stomach. Jamal was pushed around more often than not. The defensive line got no real push at all from my perspective up in the view seats. The linebackers were not blitzing all that much, and were definitely not effective in stopping the pass. I think it is quite telling that our two best tacklers on the day was Eric Weddle and Clinton Hart. Those are secondary players for you who didn't know- Cottrell called a pre-season-esque game, and I would be surprised if the Carolina laundry service has to use any spray and wash on Delhome's uniform. No pressure and he had all day to stand back there and pass. Sorry, I give the entire defense, defensive coach, and hell the towel boys who gave the D their towels a big &lt;b&gt;F&lt;/b&gt; on the day. I think they need detention-

    <strong>Special (or not so special) teams;</strong>
    Man, Scifres had five punts on the day and averaged 47.6 yards, which is about 10 more yards than I expected. His punts for the most part were not up to his usual standard. But they were much better than the kick offs which were short on everyone. I don't recall Carolina having to take a knee on any of the kick offs, though the Chargers had to on all but a couple. The coverage was alright but all in all the entire Chargers team looked lackadaisical and not ready to play.

    What can we take from this? We will not be 16-0. That is all, it is a long season and it is how a team finishes that is important. Last season we were 1-3 to start the season, 5-5 at one point and we were in the AFC Championship game. We all expect better, hell we DEMAND better. With the rising cost of tickets, parking and all the other rules that annoy the fans (such as cutting down on tail gaiting time) we DESERVE better.

    The Chargers did not seem to make any big adjustments in halftime; they came out of the half much as they did in the first. I think they may have thought that without Steve Smith Carolina could not beat them. I hope not, because Carolina is a good team, not one to be taken lightly. They have huge lines and some very skilled players at key positions.

    Bottom line. The Chargers are 0-1 and no amount of arm chair coaching is going to change that. So what do I want now? I am glad you asked:

    <strong>SHORT MEMORIES!!!</strong>
    The Carolina game cant be changed, so learn from it and take every team seriously and play like it is the SuperBowl. The Chargers cant let the memories of the Carolina game to haunt them and make them start second guessing themselves. But if they use it to light a fire under their arses then so much the better.

    Next Game, Denver at Denver. No time to dwell on things, lets get it going gentlemen!

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