Sep 9, 2013; San Diego, CA, USA; San Diego Chargers linebacker Dwight Freeney (93) prior to the game against the Houston Texans at Qualcomm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

About That San Diego Chargers Defense...

Time to talk about this defense. What in the world was that. The Houston Texans drove the ball down the field on them all game long. We kept points off the board when we finally made one stop on a 4th down run and when they missed a field goal attempt, but we could never get off of the field. Even when it was 3rd and long, the Houston Texans were still able to convert. It was a frustrating thing to go through.

The offense even spotted that defense with a 21 point lead and less than a couple of quarters to go. The Texans gained almost 450 total yards in the game. Everyone knew that Andre Johnson would get the ball, but we couldn’t do anything to stop it.

Dwight Freeney looked like old Dwight Freeney, but he didn’t get any support from the rest of the guys up front. Where was Corey Liuget? With all kinds of attention on Freeney, someone else should be able to make a play.

This defense now has to deal with a Philadelphia Eagles offense that put up a ton of yards and points on the Washington Redskins yesterday. Will we be prepared for that?

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  • CD

    I still don’t know why Pagano got a pass and still be DC. He is just as responsible for the 2nd half meltdowns as much as anyone else. Maybe if he wasn’t related to Chuck, he would not be here now.

    • Cgoodness13

      Who could we bring in to replace him though? Apparently we have the best LB coach in the league, maybe promote him to D coordinator?

      • Brandon Rios

        When Rex Ryan gets fired he should get a call from TT.

    • w1LLz

      My thought exactly. When the game is on the line in recent years, the offense sputters and the defense breaks down. IMO Pagano should’ve got his walking papers with Norv and AJ. The saying goes “it’s not what you know, but who you know” and I have a feeling that a certain man named Chuck that happens to be the HC of the Colts where TT Came to us from, had a lot to do with John Pagano’s retention. That being said, it’s too late to do anything about it. The season has begun and our Bolts HAVE to get better!

  • Alex Pitrofsky

    We better bring a lot of oxygen tanks to Philly. I don’t know if we can beat the Eagles. If we would’ve beat the Texans I’d be saying we’ll kick their ass. A lot of my comments are going to be negative this week guys. I’ve never felt this way about a Chargers loss. This felling just sucks, it sucks bad

    • Stefanie Smith

      I’m been feeling sick about it too. I actually bought in, while watching the game, that we were going to win.

      • TheReturnOfMrBlanks

        Our offense has to try to eat as much clock as possible to get the D as much rest as possible OR just try to hang with em and try to beat them at their own game. If we do the same thing and run up a bunch of points their D will be tired too.

  • Dion Chin

    I personally think our D was solid for most part of the game. We contained MegaWatt, he had 0 tackles and sacks until late in the game. Our D was gassed near the end due to long drives which led to even more long drives. And don’t even get me started on that fuckin flag…

  • TheReturnOfMrBlanks

    McCoy should have went all training day and taken the headsets from both OC & DC and ran it himself.

    • TheReturnOfMrBlanks

      “I’m taking cases out on all you Coordinator’s!”

  • Cgoodness13

    I’m beginning to think about the 2014 draft, with our DB performance last night, I think we should go CB 1st round and guard 2nd round so we can finally cut ties with clary

    • TheReturnOfMrBlanks

      Depends on FA, TT isn’t afraid to sign other teams guys, then also what the season plays out at SS. Then also of course who the best guy coming out at whatever pick we get is, way to many variable’s to just say CB, Plus we get Stevie W. back in the Nickel (which was a huge problem area for us last night.

  • kris

    Our offense going 3n out all second half screwed the d.

    • Ernie Padaon


    • Gunnar Martin

      Exactly! The reason the defense couldn’t keep up and was giving up large chunks of yards at a time is because the offense couldn’t get ANYTHING going in the second half. No defense in the NFL can do well when they are on the field as much as they were.


    Having Danario and Melvin would have helped both the Offense and Defense.
    No excuses but we’re missing two really good players.

  • Cgoodness13

    So it looks like our coordinators are on the hot seat…… But we can’t be calling for firings for just one bad half….but that said if we do cut ties with our coordiantors at seasons end….I’m a huge Cris Peterson and Boise state fan… Maybe give him a call to become our O coordinator? He’s put complete garbage teams in the BCS rankings. Have no idea who whe could hire as D coordinator….maybe Lovie Smith or Rex Ryan if he gets fired?

  • tbell11

    I think there were a couple things that went wrong in the 2nd half that determined the game. First, it seemed like the Chargers D was could not wrap up and tackle except Eric Weddle. Next, the Eddie Royal drop that would’ve been a big 1st down if caught. Even though Royal had 2 TD’s that was a perfect pass by Rivers. Finally, the big play was the Brian Cushing diving interception. The way the Chargers played in the 2nd half after their TD was terrible and they deserved to lose. They looked gased when Houston played an up-tempo offense and now that we have Philly next, all I could say is good luck.

    • Peter Thompson

      I’ll throw in the fake punt that we got suckered on.

      • Bjarne

        Def. agree with that. From that point on, it was obvious we would loose.

  • tubbs45

    The combo of soft zone coverage in the second half and not having quality subs when 1st need air was a killer. That horse shit call on Cam was pretty deadly too. This was one of the first game in recent history where the cb/bd were getting away with a lot of down field contact and IMO PAss interference ( that did go both ways ). We committed to stopping foster at the expense of doubling WR. They are a stacked team talent wise, still know we should have beat them.

    by the way where the hell was Mathews in the second half? 5 touches? Brutal. If your gonna sub out how about seeing woodhead carry the rock?

    And the refs continue to screw up the games:
    Dean Blandino, NFL vice president of officiating, said on an interview that will air Tuesday at 8 p.m. ET on NFL Network’s “NFL Total Access,” that the wrong call was made when Chargers defensive tackle Cam Thomas was penalized 10 yards for unnecessary roughness after making contact with Texans long snapper Jon Weeks.

    Brian Cushing
    The penalty took a field goal off the board and awarded the Texans a first down from the Chargers’ 9-yard line. Houston scored a touchdown on the next play from scrimmage to cut San Diego’s lead to 28-21. The Texans went on to win, 31-28.

    • Peter Thompson

      Reminded me of the Ed Hochuli “whistle heard around the world call” back in 08′. Wrote an article about it here, if you wanna check it.

  • C.Steele

    Random thoughts: Already looking forward to next years draft! Had a nagging voice in the back of my mind the whole game…”Were not going to hold this lead”, the traumas from years past still with me. The damn DC put the defense in a Damn zone, and his corners are built to play man. What? really! Who the hell is #31 Marshall? He looked lost the whole damn game, running around like a chicken with his head cut off! Bront Bird is the leading tackler??? Huh? Bird did a horrible job covering the tight ends see the 2 TD passes in his grill! Ok I’m done! #GoBolts!

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