Strength of Chargers Has Shifted to the Defense

This defense has bee inconsistent, but they have shown their potential throughout the season. Melvin Ingram looks like a playmaker on the field. He makes things happen and just needs playing time. Donald Butler has had a strong season and looks like a future Pro Bowler. Corey Liuget is a young player on the rise and Eric Weddle is the best safety in the league. Shaun Phillips is the veteran on the team that knows how to get to the quarterback.

The defense has pieces to build on. The defense has playmakers. The defense is the strongest part of the team.

For years and years, the offense has carried the team. Philip Rivers was able to get the ball to anyone he wanted and he made players like Legedu Naanee and Patrick Crayton look good. Now he can’t distinguish his own receivers from the opposing cornerbacks. It has been a struggle.

Why can’t we ever be balanced. When one side is strong, another side is weak as a mofo. Why did the offense decline with a genius offensive coordinator as a head coach? Why is the Pro Bowl quarterback playing like Jamarcus Russell?

If the offense is able to figure things out, this team COULD compete. Last night they looked alright, BUT they were playing against the Chiefs. The 4th quarter started and the offense still was only able to put 13 points on the board AGAINST the Chiefs. All things are not fixed, but some confidence is being built. That is at least a step in the right direction.

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  • bolthead612

    I agree but, i believe the offense will get it together. I think Tutu and Alexander will help way more than people expect, Meachem might lose some playing time and fall down the depth chart bc he’s one dimensional. Speed is all he has and he’s gotta get a step on the DB and Rivers has to hit him in stride, and Rivers is used to his 6’5” receivers that fight for the ball! Thats why Meachem was the #4 rec for the Saints! BOLT UP!!!


      I think you might be right.
      But it could be a smart move to limit his snaps, at least until he gets some kind of connection with rivers (hopefully it wil be during this season)
      But as it looks now, with Alexander and Tutu added to the roster, there is no need to go get a new WR in off-season and AJ can focus on adding talent at DB/CB and O-line.
      Hopefully Alexander and Tutu can hold on to their spots until next season, and it wil be a telented group with different types of players.

      “. Donald Butler has had a strong season and looks like a future Pro Bowler.”
      Screw the “future” part, He’s already playing like a pro bowler, and it’s only his 2nd season on the field, he could be one of the best in the league very soon. (needs some coverage skills)

      but i like this article, a like to you frome Denmark ;)

      • http://boltbeat.com/ Ernie Padaon

        I agree… He could be on there this season, but don’t know if enough people around the league will give him that respect yet
        Ernie Padaon

        • arnie

          So what your sayin’ is, if teams want to beat the chargers, keep rivers on the field?

          • http://boltbeat.com/ Ernie Padaon

            Hahaha.. Almost feels that way

    • http://www.facebook.com/pete.spinning Pete Spinning

      If Tutu & Xander start playing well, what happens to Meache’s contract? Suppose Meachem starts producing really well as a #3 or #4.. Like he did in New Orleans? How do you handle that? If he is playing well, you don’t want to upset the flow of your receiving corps… But, it would be hard to justify paying him more than your #2.. Lol. Just letting him go COULD be a mistake. Is there a “We paid you WAY to much” clause? Hahaha…. Of course, Meachem has to start playing good too. Either way, it’s nice to see our receivers actually CATCHING the ball. I hope this game was a sign of things turning around on offense. Great comments Bolthead612!

  • blu3ny3llow

    Awesome hard hitting defense wish there was more sacks being made….but then again im not a coach for a reason……….i think they should try using meachump as a CB…just saying though……BOLTZ UP HATERS DOWN

    • http://boltbeat.com/ Ernie Padaon

      I wish there were more sacks too

  • http://www.facebook.com/pete.spinning Pete Spinning

    Butler with the strip, with Ingram around his legs was sah-weet!!! Pick six, and SP is already our best sack-master! (called it btw). Running game was good. Thought 24 might go all the way.. Oh well.

    Yeah… It was the Chiefs… Yeah… We aren’t out of the woods yet. But, what I took from this game was that our team isn’t completely broken. Despite a penalty, that first drive was beauty! Thank God that interception didn’t give KC any opportunity, and great job “boo-birds” for keepin it 100! Rivers heard it loud and clear, and said so. What is buggin me is that we brought in all those return specialists, and we have Weddle & Brinkley doing the duties. Special teams are playing really well this year, and they had the blocking angle on both of those FG’s.. And KC missed one…. but Weddle is NOT a returner. We got lucky that the fumble didn’t yield points. Hope Royal can FINALLY stay healthy, and Carr can be the guy. Worst player on the team? Cason, Cason, Cason!!! Maybe even over Clary… And that ain’t good.

    Tutu & Zander were great, but, it’s early… Against the Chiefs. I’m not ready to write off a receiver in the early rounds yet. I wanna see what happens when Rivers isn’t putting them right on the money for them.

    Overall… Just glad we aren’t below .500…. Go Cincy!

    • http://www.facebook.com/pete.spinning Pete Spinning

      Actually, after watching it again.. looked like it was Williams with the strip???? Couldn’t make it out.

      • http://boltbeat.com/ Ernie Padaon

        Weird… I coulda swore it was Butler. I gotta look at it again. And will make a gif of course

        • http://www.facebook.com/pete.spinning Pete Spinning

          I thought the announcers said Butler… but a couple reports said Williams.. I slo-moed it, and it was hard to tell. If I gotta look that hard, then it’s a team effort.. lol. Maybe check the game stats? there’s gotta be a credit for a forced turnover, right? You would know better than I would ; )

          • http://boltbeat.com/ Ernie Padaon

            They gave it to Demorrio

          • http://www.facebook.com/pete.spinning Pete Spinning

            That dude has a knack for pick-sixes, apparently… as long as SOME player doesn’t negate it with a silly penalty.. lol.

          • http://boltbeat.com/ Ernie Padaon

            hahahhaha… that was the first thing i thought of when he returned this one back…. was wondering where melvin was on the play

  • http://www.facebook.com/pete.spinning Pete Spinning

    BTW….. Does ANYBODY miss Travis La-Girl & Manusky’s prevent defense yet? “Not I” says this guy. Only one elite back we have to face ahead. Hopefully we can get some different personnel packages for pass defense going… Maybe even sit Johnson for Ingram.. Right, Big Ern? I know you will be happy on that day ; )

    • http://boltbeat.com/ Ernie Padaon

      One day it will happen and it will be joyous! Then Double J went and sacked Cassel in the end zone on Thursday

      • http://www.facebook.com/pete.spinning Pete Spinning

        I know… First, Norv went and won a game.. then the 2xJ sack! Drats… lmao!