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Young defenders learn on the run

Discussion in 'Chargers Fan Forum' started by Johnny Lightning, Dec 7, 2009.

  1. Johnny Lightning

    Johnny Lightning Go Bolts

    Feb 7, 2006
    Casey Pearce
    Posted Dec 7, 2009

    Some of the defensive numbers weren’t pretty Sunday, but the Chargers were able to pick up a victory in Cleveland while getting valuable game experience for some of their young players.

    Chargers linebacker Shaun Phillips[​IMG] views what took place at Cleveland Browns Stadium Sunday as a learning experience, something he and the team’s defense can grow and benefit from.
    “It gives us something we haven’t seen,” Phillips said. “I’m pretty sure some teams are going to try to go no huddle on us because of the fact that they had success. We look at it as another challenge, not an obstacle.”
    Facing a Browns team that had scored seven or fewer points in seven of their first 10 games, the Chargers gave up a touchdown on a 72-yard drive to open the game. The no-huddle attack Phillips spoke up of helped Cleveland drive to the 26 on their second possession before missing a field goal and had another long drive end when Phillips forced a fumble.
    “They did some very good things,” Head Coach Norv Turner said. “I’m glad they did. There are things we need to work on from a defensive standpoint. There are a lot of good coaches in this league and they found some soft spots in us.”
    The Chargers will hardly complain on a day when they traveled across the country and won a game in the cold, but some of the numbers weren’t great defensively. Cleveland totaled 372 yards, well above their season average of 242.4 and were 8-of-16 on third down. They averaged 5.2 yards per carry and scored three times in the fourth quarter to make a game of it.
    “We know as a defense we’ve got to get better,” linebacker Stephen Cooper said. “We’ve felt like we’ve improved each week and we didn’t take a step forward today. But the most important thing is we’re headed back to San Diego with a victory and that’s all that matters.”
    The performance came without the aid of three defensive starters. Linebacker Shawne Merriman[​IMG] (foot), defensive end Luis Castillo[​IMG] (calf) and safety Eric Weddle[​IMG] (knee) all missed Sunday’s game. That meant rookies such as Larry English[​IMG], C.J. Spillman[​IMG] and Vaughn Martin[​IMG] had bigger roles, ones that will certainly serve them well in the near future.
    “Our young guys are being asked to play a lot of football,” Turner said. “We’ve got to get better with our young guys, but they did a lot of good things today. I’m proud of the way they’re playing.
    Turner thinks the fourth quarter will particularly serve his young players well. English, Martin and Spillman as well as second-year cornerback Antoine Cason[​IMG] and safety Kevin Ellison[​IMG] were all on the field when Cleveland made their comeback.
    “There were some guys who were asked to play in the fourth quarter who will have a better understanding of what this league is about,” Turner said. “They are some guys that just don’t have enough experience to know that it’s life or death on every single play. It’ll help us get better because we’re going to need every guy that we dress. We had a lot of guys play today.”
  2. Bergo23

    Bergo23 BoltTalker

    Sep 28, 2006
    Did anybody key on Vaughn watching the game? How did he do? Is he progressing, he was getting pushed around early in the season.

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