Last week: The Saints dropped their second straight game in heartbreaking fashion, missing a potential game-winning field goal in a 28-27 loss to the Green Bay Packers. That came on the heels of a loss against Kansas City in which the Saints led 24-6 in the third quarter.
Corey Liuget, San Diego, defensive end: The No. 18 overall pick of the 2011 draft had a fairly quiet rookie season. The Chargers were pleased with his progress, but Liuget didn’t make too many impact plays. This season, under new defensive coordinator John Pagano, Liuget is being put in position to make plays and he is producing. He was a force against Kansas City and he is a reason this unit is so improved.
The lowdown: It’s one thing if former first-round pick Ryan Mathews was hurt, but he wasn’t in Kansas City. It’s one thing if it was mop-up time, a run-out-the-clock scenario to get on the bus and go home.
The Chargers previously tried to sell tickets to their home game against the Chiefs by marketing tickets to Chiefs fans. San Diego has now adopted an approach less likely to fill up Qualcomm Stadium with fans who will be rooting for the visiting team.
The San Diego Chargers today announced the launch of the NFL’s first ever military fan club, Bolts for the Brave. Partnering with AT&T and benefiting the Armed Services YMCA, the program continues the team’s long standing tradition of supporting the armed forces of Southern California.
John Pagano has done something unthinkable in San Diego. As defensive coordinator, Pagano has apparently informed his defenders that it is acceptable to hit the opposing offensive players so hard that they lose control of the football. And once that ball is on the ground, he has instilled in them a voracious appetite that is paramount in the world of professional football — GET THE BALL!