Sep 9, 2013; San Diego, CA, USA; Houston Texans running back Arian Foster (23) is stopped by San Diego Chargers linebacker Donald Butler (56) short of the first down during the first half at Qualcomm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

Can The Chargers Defense Handle The Speed Of The Eagles?

The Philadelphia Eagles have a ton of speed on offense and they are on a 2-minute deal for the whole game. The guys will need to be prepared for the pace of the game. There is going to be a few guys that get winded. We need to make sure to get those substitutions in quick and make some things happen.

Head Coach Mike McCoy says he has a scheme and a package that he wants to put out there for the Eagles.

“We have a scheme on defense that we want to run,” he (McCoy) said. “Everyone is different. But we have a package we think is best against this team and the system they run. So we’re going to continue to do what we do.”

They better have guys that can wrap up and make tackles on that field. LeSean McCoy is one of the shiftiest backs in the league and he will make defenders look stupid. Mike Vick can run out of the backfield with the best of them. DeSean Jackson is one of the fastest receivers out there. How are we going to counter that?

It would be nice to have Manti Te’o out there on defense. We need someone to cover their tight ends and we need his instincts out on the field. Even if Manti did make his return for this game, it would be tough for him to be conditioned for this type of offense. We are going to see a mix of players out there.

I wonder what kind of package the Chargers are prepared to throw out there? Will we try to counter the Eagles with our own speed? Our defense has to start with stopping the run. If we can do that, we will be good.

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  • kris

    Simple answer, no. We are not a play from behind team, I think we can all agree on that and I think the Eagles will once again start and score fast. We will be 0-2 imo.

  • Calman21

    Actually I think we are better positioned to do well than most would think. I don’t see a lot of sacks but our front 3 (four if you count Freeney) are enough to collapse the pocket which leaves our LBs able to chase RBs (or Vick). Foster>McCoy. The key will be eating up the clock with the run game (which should be much easier) and severely reducing any 3 and outs. I am not entirely sure Vick will make it through this game, he wasn’t looking too good at the end of last game.

    • boltingindiego

      mccoy is a much better runner than foster.

      • Calman21

        McCoy has a better running average by .2 of a yard (yards per carry). Foster has a better average of yards per catch by 1.8. So I would still take Foster (when healthy) as being the better overall running back.

  • Rob Base

    NOPE!! but maybe ill eat my words and Bolts will prove me wrong.

  • arnie

    I don’t know. Can the Chargers go up 21 points on a team that was competing for Superbowl last year? No o-line, no run game and a broken QB. Yet they managed to put up 28 points and lost by 3, not close to blowout that was predicted.
    Yeah they can handle it…..I think the Defense learned that sometimes the offense may need to lean on them, and if they looked at the film, the D saw what you and I saw. Hopefully the “package” they put in, involves some actual coverage.

    • tubbs45

      The Defense can handle it if the offense controls some time of possession. Let Cox press man cover against DJ with some help over the top. I think they can do it too…

    • Aaron Johnson

      Most of what the Redskins troubles were caused by them making mistakes. They came back and had a chance to win. I think people are crowning Eagles to early. Their system itself hasnt stopped anyone yet.

      • arnie

        I saw the game. i agree. They aren’t facing a QB that didn’t play all pre-season this time.

  • tubbs45

    Vick will get hurt sooner or later. I just dont see them being able to keep up that pace without shady and/or Vic getting worked over. Maybe we could slow them down with some banana peels or the stash some gorilla glue on the ball…

  • shayaaa

    It’s going to be cringe worthy watching Bird, that’s the only thing I know for sure.

    • Ernie Padaon

      sad… but true

    • boltingindiego

      i doubt bird plays much we will play nickle d much more

      • shayaaa

        Less is more in this case

      • Ernie Padaon

        I am hoping for that also… But Richard Marshall didnt do so well at the nickel back either

        • NativeSanDiegan

          I only saw him standing around and not doing much at all.

        • boltingindiego

          i think he can shut down avant who isn’t a burner or physical reciever. On d im mainly worried about cut backs of mccoy, celek , and little gangster jackson.

  • C.Steele

    I think we are in quite the pickle! Bird & Marshall can’t cover worth a lick. I can see us running a Dime substituting Bird with a SS for tackling and coverage. Maybe both Gilchrist and Taylor in the game for the majority of the snaps. That still leaves Marshall on the field…. and I got NO answer for that our CB depth is quite possibly the worst in the league, and I expect it to be exposed …again… But that being said.. I’m still all in #GoBolts!!

    • Ernie Padaon

      was thinking that same thing… might be best for us