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Tough night for Chargers' D

Discussion in 'American Football' started by Johnny Lightning, Oct 5, 2009.

  1. Johnny Lightning

    Johnny Lightning Go Bolts

    Feb 7, 2006

    Casey Pearce
    Posted Oct 5, 2009

    The Chargers had a hard time getting off the field on defense Sunday night as Pittsburgh totaled 497 yards and held the ball for more than 40 minutes.

    Chargers Head Coach Norv Turner wasn’t pleased with much of what he saw from his team’s defense Sunday night, but he wasn’t about to let it cause him to jump to conclusions about the group either.
    “It’s the natural thing in this world we live in to base everything on one half or one game,” Turner said. “This has been a tough month on our football team. We’ve got the bye. We’ve got a chance to get rested. I think we can play a lot better than we played tonight.”
    Pittsburgh racked up 497 total yards Sunday night and scored 38 points. They held the ball for more than 40 and gained 177 yards on the ground. The Steelers punted just twice and had five scoring drives of 70 yards or more.
    “The stats speak for themselves,” linebacker Kevin Burnett[​IMG] said. “We couldn’t stop them.”
    After the Steelers scored on their first two possessions, drives of 79 and 75 yards respectively, cameras showed Defensive Coordinator Ron Rivera getting very animated with his group on the sideline.
    “It shouldn’t get to that point,” safety Eric Weddle[​IMG] said. “He ripped us pretty hard and he should have. We weren’t executing the defense and weren’t trusting ourselves.”
    Chargers defenders were quick to credit the defending Super Bowl champions for what they did right, but they also pointed the figure at themselves.
    “They didn’t show us anything we didn’t work on,” safety Clinton Hart[​IMG] said. “The coaches did a good job of showing us what they were going to do. As players we have to respond and take that over to the field. We didn’t do that.”
    Added Weddle, “Some of it was just us not executing the defense and executing our responsibilities, including myself. When you combine that with them playing really well, it’s tough.”
    The Steelers were particularly successful on third down, where they converted their first five of the night and 8-of-12 overall. That allowed them to keep drives going and keep Philip Rivers[​IMG] and San Diego’s high-powered offense on the sideline.
    “We had some situations where we could have gotten off the field early and we didn’t capitalize on it,” linebacker Shawne Merriman[​IMG] said. “That hurt us. We have to play better all around.”
    The Chargers sacked Ben Roethlisberger three times Sunday, but Pittsburgh found ways to make plays even when San Diego was able to create some pressure.
    “I thought Ron did a good job of trying to mix it up and give different looks,” Turner said. “They executed extremely well whatever we did."

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