When The San Diego Chargers Have The Football

Aug 8, 2013; San Diego, CA, USA; San Diego Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers (17) and running back Ryan Mathews (24) during the first half against the Seattle Seahawks at Qualcomm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

When the Chargers have the football, they have to protect that football. There were a couple of backs over the weekend with a history of fumble problems, David Wilson and Stevan Ridley, that had that issue sprout up on them again. Ryan Mathews has to take care of that football. We can’t give the Texans any extra possessions.

We have to know where J.J. Watt is at all times. He is the biggest playmaker on the field and we need to keep him off of Philip Rivers. Even when he doesn’t get to the quarterback, he can knock down and tip passes. Any time the ball is tipped, there is a good chance of an interception. D.J. Fluker will have his hands full with that mess and I am sure Wade Phillips will try to confuse the rookie as much as possible.

The receivers need to get open. Malcom Floyd and Eddie Royal are back. They have to give Philip Rivers a target. Vincent Brown will have to step up and make plays. Keenan Allen will have to do the same. The offense has a lot to deal with, but the team can still move the football.

Ryan Mathews has to show that potential that always gets talked about. The running game will save us this season and especially in this game. Slow down the pass rush and be a threat in the running game.

Can the Chargers move the ball and protect the football against this defense? If they are, we win this game.

Topics: San Diego Chargers

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  • kris

    I hate how optimistic I get every season. In my mind I know we will probably lose and am so used to a disappointment. But, my heart always believes we can win and do great things. Here’s to hoping my hearts right and we start this season off shocking some folks and winning this game!
    Some other thoughts;
    If PR doesnt get it right this season we need to move on.
    If Mathews cant get right this season we need to move on.
    Whats your guys thoughts on Teddy Bridgewater if PR sucks and we have a high draft pick?

    • Sergio Quintero

      That he’s going number 1 to the Jags, at worst number 2 (Raiders, Browns, Eagles?), as bad as the chargers may be, they should be at worst at around pick 7. So Bridgewater is out of conversation, think more Tajh Boyd, A.J. McCaron.

      • kris

        Im not sold on anyone past Bridgewater in this years class tbh. What about trading up?

        • Sergio Quintero

          Are you willing to package the RG3 deal for Bridgewater, 3 first round picks, I like him don’t think he’s RG3.

          It will cost at least 2 first rounders. Other teams seem to have more by the seat of their pants GM’s than TT.

          • kris

            He’s not proved to be RG4 yet, but we’ll see how the year plays out. I feel if we are mediocre/bad this year, something dramatic such as a Bridgwater type qb needs to happen. Obviously more o line and defensive depth, thats a given. But without a superstar qb, sb chamces are small in this league.

          • Sergio Quintero

            My basic point is that the Jags look awful, and after living 3 years of Gabbert, I don’t think there is price that will get them off Bridgewater (except a ridiculous franchise killing price).

            So either get to love one of the other QB’s, or build around Philip.

          • http://boltbeat.com/ Ernie Padaon

            Yea… They won’t trade out of that slot… It would be stupid

          • Sergio Quintero

            My basic point is that the Jags look awful, and after living 3 years of Gabbert, I don’t think there is price that will get them off Bridgewater (except a ridiculous franchise killing price).

            So either get to love one of the other QB’s, or build around Philip.

      • Gunnar Martin

        I looooooovvvve Tajh Boyd. Not sure how well he would fit this offense though.

        And besides, I just can’t see us going after a QB in the first next year. TT and McCoy sure do have lots of faith in Phil. And if he doesn’t do well, it’s most likely gonna be because of the O-line. Fortunately for us, this is THE YEAR of the offensive tackle in the draft. We could probably pick up a guy in the second or even third that would usually go in Round One. I could also see us going after a guard like Cyril Richardson.

        • http://www.BoltBeat.com/ Peter Thompson

          I like that name… Cyril.

    • Bill Nichols

      Dude, why are you quitting on Rivers? Do you not think that if he had more protection he would excel once again? Besides, didn’t we keep a 3rd QB for the future? Why would we spend the farm on one of the potential “okay” guys coming out next year, if we are grooming Sorenson for the future. Hell if you are going to dream, dream big. How about a little Johnny football in San Diego? Rivers is going to have a few more years before hope is lost on him. I for one, have all of the confidence in the world that Rivers is our man, and he can, take us to the promised land.

      • kris

        We will see Bill. This scenario was for if he tanks again this year. Surely you wont have the same attitude if with a revamped line he plays as poorly as last year. And an ” okay guy,” Surely Bridgewater is better than okay bro. Johnny football is an arrogant fuck thus far, unless that changes, Ill take Bridgewater all day.

        • Bill Nichols

          Talking to the wrong guy here about my boy Johnny. He is only arrogant to those who are jealous that their team doesn’t have his mad skills. I am a life long Texas Aggie, and am real tired of all the haters who are so fucking holy and have nothing better to do than trash a young very talented kid who is beating the pants off of everybody he faces. No thanks, Johnny’s skills would eat Bridgewater for a light snack. And his Heisman’s (yes plural) will prove it.

          I do agree, bolts o-line is better, but we still have Clary, and well, I hope like hell the left side can keep him upright, but still too early to tell. GigEm! and Bolt Up!!

  • Kenny Redman

    I was going to go with: When the Chargers have the ball, Charger fans need to shut the hell up.

    • http://boltbeat.com/ Ernie Padaon

      Hahaha

  • arnie

    Agree on all points Ernie. Mathews needs to have a 1200 season 6TD, and no ore than 2 fumbles and stay healthy for this to be a successful 2013. Rivers needs 3900 passing 30 TD no more than 8 INT and finish with a 70% completion. He’s going to need help from his WR on those last two. Ultimately the O-Line needs to cut the sacks to at least 23 down from 49 last season. I would add they need to produce a 100 yard rusher, but that stat is getting hard to come by unless you are Peterson, Foster, or Forte to names few.

    • http://www.BoltBeat.com/ Peter Thompson

      Hey Arnie.. are you still interested in hosting a Bolt Beat Tailgate Session at one of the home games this year? I know you had expressed interest in the Raider game (even though they might be switching the dates around now), and possibly Denver. Dave O’Rourke & I are doing the Giants game. Dave also will be doing the Denver game (probably with Cindy). Feel free to jump in on any of the games, even if people are already doing that game. The more hosts, the merrier. Let me know what you think. I just started a google group that we will post up on here soon, once we get all of the tailgates organized.

    • Sergio Quintero

      30 TD’s to 8 INT is a little ambitious, how about 28 to 14, a nice 2/1 average, I think 4000-4200 yards is a reachable goal in particular if Ladarius Green gets on the field substantially.

      Chargers need over 100 yards a game rushing, and that Vincent Brown get around 1000 yards.

  • Alter Ego

    The O Line and Mathews shock the Texans tonight…nobody is suspecting the hay-maker were about to throw. Our guys are puttin on their big boy pants.

  • RussinSactown

    The key is run the ball. Fluker firing out, and pounding people in the head are the last things Watt wants to face for four quarters. If Matthews is going to hold onto the rock he’ll be a tough guy to take down.

  • http://www.BoltBeat.com/ Peter Thompson

    Run early, and often. When Mathews gets tired, put in Fozzy or Woodhead (notice how I didn’t say Brown?). That way, you can tire out JJ Watt a little bit, and he can’t expose Fluker’s pass rush skills.. he is still a rookie, after all. It will be easier to deal with the defense if they are gassed from the run game, and the no-huddle.

    • Gunnar Martin

      Yes, yes, yes. Also, eating the clock would be very beneficial too. Having our defense fresh and ready to go while their D is worn and confused will REALLY change the momentum. Win the time of possession, win the game.

      • http://boltbeat.com/ Ernie Padaon

        yes yes and yes

    • Sergio Quintero

      Play action pass has to be a factor, V.Brown has to be a player. Have to put Ladarius Green on their safeties.

      The one weakness the texans have is throwing the ball in expected situations, meaning they are throwing it because they trail and they can’t play action pass. If you can get them 10-14 points down, it wrecks their plan offensively.

      • http://www.BoltBeat.com/ Peter Thompson

        Works for me.. we need to do what Philly is doing to Washington right now.. lol. They have 44 :plays to 15 plays.. 278 yards to 46… Philly has had the ball for 17:48 to like 6:30….and so on, and so forth. Wearing the defense down.

  • Bill Nichols

    Shaub throws 3 picks tonight, 2 of them we take to the house. JJ Twat, is going to pull a hammy, or something. RM24 and Fozzy run for a buck fitty, and Rivers goes for 112 QBR. Green, and Allen for a TD a piece, and zero freaking injuries!! Bolts win, Bolts win!! :) Let get this thrashing started, Bolt Up!!

    • http://www.BoltBeat.com/ Peter Thompson

      I wanna see the Weddle ball drop!!!!

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