Sep 9, 2013; San Diego, CA, USA; Houston Texans tight end Owen Daniels (81) scores a touchdown against San Diego Chargers linebacker Bront Bird (97) during the second half at Qualcomm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY

Chargers Adjust Defense And Take Bront Bird Out


The San Diego Chargers made an adjustment on defense this week by pulling Bront Bird out of the starting lineup and starting Reggie Walker in his place. I love the move and love that the team is not stuck and stubborn with their original decisions.

Bront Bird racked up a ton of tackles against the Houston Texans in week 1 and finished the game 2nd in the league in tackles, but he still was innefective. He couldn’t cover the tight end and was making tackles on the running back 7-10 yards down the field. The Chargers needed to make a change.

Manti Te’o still was unavailable for the game, so the Chargers went with Reggie Walker. Walker had 5 tackles on defense and led the team on Sunday.

The Chargers adjusted their defense to deal with Lesean McCoy and the Philly offense. The team wanted to slow the running attack and got burned over the top with Desean Jackson. The defense had to sacrifice something against that offense and it was in the passing attack.

There still are adjustments that the defense has to make. There will be more tinkering that needs to be done.

Tags: San Diego Chargers

  • w1LLz

    Good assesment. I thought Walker played good and with great energy. Our secondary certainly is a weak point and I think we all would like to see our defense create some turnovers. I hope T’eo can add another element to this defense when he finally gets healthy. Our most talked about draft pick in years and we have still yet to see what this kid can really do.

  • Lee

    Can’t wait until teo comes back. Hopefully he’s a beast

  • http://www.standupforkids.org blackroseMD1

    Walker was definitely an improvement over Bird. While our secondary mostly looked terrible, some of that was the fact that DeSean Jackson was the fastest guy on the field, and definitely faster than anyone in our secondary.

    • Brandon Reisinger

      The problem was at SS, Corners where getting no help over the top. On the 70 yd. TD pass to Jackson. Weddle was blitzing and I believe Gilchrist was in at SS and had the deep responsibilities and broke way to late on the route. The play really was more on Gilchrist then it was Wright. As fast as Wright is I don’t think there is anymore In the league that can cover Jackson on a deep post without Safety help over the top

      • http://boltbeat.com/ Ernie Padaon

        yea… was wondering who was over the top on that play… where is corey lynch

        • http://www.standupforkids.org blackroseMD1

          I wish Brandon Taylor would heal up.

          • arnie

            Getting there. I think Him and Manti are the reason the Chargers defense is limited in what it wants to do, or can do.

          • Joel Ayala

            I can’t wait to see Manti out there to see what he can do. but me I’m kinda not expecting much from him since he’s lost a ton of valuable Reps and Games that he needed. I’m good with Walker for now. not too much for Byrd

          • Brandon Reisinger

            Inactive again I think. Even at that though we have no idea how much better he will be and even if he is a huge upgrade over Gilchrist It would seem so far that he can’t stay on the field. We really need a hard hitting PLAY MAKER that can hold his own in coverage. I really hope next year is the year we invest in a SS and FINALLY lock that revolving door

          • jamfed

            I’m hoping Brandon Taylor is the next Kam Chancellor (I can wish, can’t I?)

      • http://www.standupforkids.org blackroseMD1

        Yeah, that was something I was noticing too. Both on the TD play and on the one where he was overthrown by six inches, the SS was coming in from behind Jackson, instead of being in front of him where he should have been.

      • Joel Ayala

        Amen to that. We need to have Taylor out there to see if he’s what we need to pair up with Weddle!!

  • TheReturnOfMrBlanks

    I’m hoping we can generate more of a pass rush, guys are so freakin close to getting sacks but just a tad late. Freeney saved us again with his relentless pressure, loved that play that Vick threw the ball to no one and let is flutter out of bounds for -7 lol that was great.

    • TheReturnOfMrBlanks

      Who was it that body slammed Vick and he had to leave the game for a play? that really screwed with their momentum. My keys to the game was hit the crap out of Vick and to a small degree at least on that play it worked to perfection lol

      • Adam

        I think that was Jarius Wynn #99. What a wuss Vick was I loved it!

      • http://boltbeat.com/ Ernie Padaon

        jarius wynn

      • Joel Ayala

        And did you see the Pancake Dunlap did on the LB on Totals td?? sweet Hit.

    • http://boltbeat.com/ Ernie Padaon

      those are going to turn into picks sooner or later

  • Calman21

    In all fairness to the DL…the coverage is so bad it is hard to get the QB to hold the ball for very long. Maybe zone isn’t going to be very effective for us…at least not yet.

    • 12

      The first game the secondary played zone, everyone was whining why the Texan’s receivers were wide open as if they were punters receiving and they should’ve played man, now you see why coaches opt not to use the man, if you miss a tackle like weddle did you will break and give up huge chunks or you’re just gonna get burned by the more athletically gifted opponent

      • Calman21

        They played a lot of zone this game as well. That was one of the reasons people were open in the middle so often. We really only got burned by two players and some of that major yardage was deep….where our corners were too slow to keep up.

  • Brandon Reisinger

    I can’t help but think what kind of wonders another play maker next to Weddle could do for our secondary. Would cover up a lot of inefficiency from our corners. We HAVE TO solidify that position either through the draft or FA going into next season!

    • arnie

      i think you’re right, Weddle is covering up a lot of the Defense but he can’t be everywhere. I’m going to lean on the coverage scheme as the culprit. Wright and Cox are better in man, yet Pagano stubbornly refuses to leave zone. Instead of waiting for them to “get it” i’d rather he just let them play to their strengths.

      • boltingindiego

        their playing weddle alot more man this year and having gil playing a new position. in zone all by himself on the 1 jackson bomb td should have weddle play deep zone and gil playing man since hes new to the position.

        • arnie

          That is what he should be doing, but then Shady McCoy, and the TE would run loose underneath.

    • boltingindiego

      wait until brandon taylor plays he can be the problem solver to our missing safety. We used a 3rd round on him last years draft gotta let him see if he can develop

  • Dion Chin

    On the other side, our o-line has been playing really well. I’m satisfied so far….

    • JoseSD

      Can’t tell if your profile pic is supposed to be a cholo or Walter White aka Heisenberg

  • arnie

    I’m a big boy, and i can admit when i am wrong. I gave Bront the benefit of the doubt and the Coaching staff did the right thing. They did what was best for the football team.

  • joerockt

    I don’t think we have the right personnel in a 3-4 zone defense. Freeney, JJ and English aren’t pass coverage guys, corners and safeties (except for Weddle) aren’t quick enough to react. I was hating the 3-4 prior to the season, now I’m really hating it. I don’t think its been run properly since Rivera left and personnel choices at OLB seem to prefer size over speed (cept maybe for Ingram), which is important if you’re going to drop your OLB’s into coverage.

    Hope we drop it next year and go back to 4-3. Would like to see some true DE’s in there, Leslie O’neil style.

    • arnie

      They have been playing 4-3. Did you not see the 4 down linemen and 3 LB?

      • joerockt

        No. I saw Butler and Walker at ILB for most of the game. Who was playing the 3rd ILB?

        • arnie

          JJ

        • http://boltbeat.com/ Ernie Padaon

          i thought we were in nickel or dime most of the game

          • joerockt

            Right, which would account for only 4 up on the line. But I don’t remember seeing JJ in the backfield.

    • Thomas87

      I’m very excited for Melvin to return… He is a beast and I think he will do very good for us in the years to come

  • Gunnar Martin

    Great job by Walker, but Manti needs to hurry his butt out there. That’s a big part of what is missing in order to step up to a top-five defense. Once he gets back, we’ll be pretty darn good.

    Now what to do about that secondary…