What Kind Of Defense Are The Chargers Running?

Sep 15, 2013; Philadelphia, PA, USA; San Diego Chargers linebacker Dwight Freeney (93) disrupts the pass of Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Michael Vick (7) during the first quarter at Lincoln Financial Field. Mandatory Credit: Howard Smith-USA TODAY Sports

What kind of defense are the Chargers running this season? In the first two games of the year, the Chargers have had a couple of different looks. The Philadelphia Eagles did require a different personnel on the field because of the explosive guys that they have on their roster. Against the Eagles we had 4 down linemen for the majority of the game with Dwight Freeney and Jarret Johnson playing the ends and a rotation in the middle of the defense. Reggie Walker and Donald Butler covered the middle. We basically were in the nickel the whole game.

Against the Houston Texans we ran that 3-4 base that we always have been running. Bront Bird started in the middle of the defense that time.

What are we going to look like against Tennessee? We have a bunch of different looks that we can put out there, but we haven’t really been effective on either look that we have put out there.

Our biggest failure has been in the secondary. The guys are getting burned for some big time numbers. Desean Jackson went HAM on us. Andre Johnson went HAM on us. What is Kenny Britt going to do. Britt shouldn’t even be mentioned with those wide receivers, but he has the potential. He doesn’t have the quarterback.

It will be interesting to see what kind of defense we have as the season goes on. Manti Te’o will come back and give us a differnt look. We likely will get back to that 3-4 defense that we ran. Hopefully Melvin Ingram can come back later this year and give us more options. Things can only get better. If it gets any worse, we will all be crying in a corner.

Topics: San Diego Chargers

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  • tubbs45

    Pagano: please, at the very least, bump/chip/hold WR instead of giving them 10-15 yards every damn series… No more brain farts… I am really interested in seeing Te’o out on the field…


    • TheReturnOfMrBlanks

      Te’o very well could lead our team in picks by the end of the year even without playing yet lol.

  • Sergio Quintero

    And the defense was supposed to carry the chargers this year, a lot of positives so far in 2013 the secondary is a major disappointment.

  • TheReturnOfMrBlanks

    I think this will be the first game our DB’s look good. Cox can cover Washington and Wright on Britt or even the other way around those 2 WR’s aren’t close to what we have faced so far. Plus Locker will have some serious heat on him and he Will throw his first INT (I’m calling it because we don’t have 1 yet and need a couple). Would be so cool if suddenly Taylor is starting at SS and Gilchrist can return to CB.

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

      Didn’t we get an INT on the first play of the season.. the deflected pass? I missed the first play, due to the BS Washington Philly game going too long.

      • TheReturnOfMrBlanks

        Same here lol Oh ya, I guess I was saying the first Pick for the secondary.

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

          Agreed. We need to create more turnovers. That one was 8 quarters ago. I am not sure how the Titans O-Line is holding up.. are they any good? I know they got Warmack.. but are they protecting Locker? If not, then I expect to see more of 1 3-4 speed rush style to rattle the youngster into making poor decisions… maybe some sacks this game. Locker isn’t exactly Michael Vick, and I doubt they are as solid as the Texans O-Line, or they wouldn’t have been in the running for a new guard.

          • TheReturnOfMrBlanks

            Didn’t they get Levitre the LG and then Warmack in the first round? That’s pretty sweet guard protection, Roos thier LT is really good but Freeney will man handle him and push him around like a Biotch. I don’t anything about their center or RT though.

  • http://www.signonsandiego.com/ Ambitoos

    Too late. I’m already crying with that secondary.

  • I_Bleed_Powder_Blue_801

    Let’s call it FIRE! One because it needs to be burned down….I don’t like it regardless of the win. Two, because that’s exactly what is happening to a majority of this D…They are getting burned for lots of yards…Unacceptable….


  • Sergio Quintero

    I will give some leeway on the defensive stats because Houston/Philly are 2 excellent offensive teams, if the chargers show well against the Titans then we can call it level of competition struggles, but they better bring it against the Titans.

  • davacho

    interesting stats on the kind of defense the chargers have been running (yes, i know we are ONLY 2 games in):

    sacks (4) – 16th-23rd in league (tied with 8)

    int (1) – 19th-27th in league (tied with 9)

    pts allowed (55pts – 27..5/game) – 26th-29th (tied with 3)

    it has been a less than average performance relative to the other teams in the league.

    side note: it seems that our sacks and int should be higher as teams have thrown on us a lot to come from behind… is our secondary that bad or is our front’s “good pressure” also just not enough? making a qb uncomfortable and rush a throw hasn’t worked out super hot for us- sacks and turnovers need to increase.

    yes, we’ve had some outstanding wr to cover, but that’s no excuse. at the end of the day another check in the win column is all that will matter, but us common folk probe and mine stats to understand the reality of w & l.

    i believe we make a defensive statement on sunday. go bolts!

  • Ioane

    The defense is struggling because of our depth on the D-line. Last year we had Franklin, Garay and Martin to help out with the rotation that helped keep Liuget and Reyes fresh. This we are very thin at the position and the guys are wearing out by the 4th quarter. Is Scafe hurt?

    We need more effective bodies on our D-line.

    • Sergio Quintero

      Scafe IR out for the year

    • Gunnar Martin

      Wynn has done much better than expected. But yeah, I feel you.

  • Ioane

    I also wanted to add, is Brandon Taylor hurt? If not, play the man. We need a hard hitting physical presence at SS which Taylor certainly is and Gilchrist is certainly not.

    I thought both Cox ad Wright were suppose to by physical corners? Why is Pagano playing them so far off the receiver and allowing them to press. Better he careful Pagano, Rex Ryan might be available next season and we need someone that can make this defense into physical, hard nosed, smash mouth type of D.

    You gotta trust your players and allow them to do what they are good at doing.

    • TheReturnOfMrBlanks

      Ya the scheme has made them look like a couple wussies out there so far.

    • Cgoodness13

      We all know Rex has a huge crush on this team, he would ditch a all you can smell foot fetish buffet just for a interview

      • arnie

        Hold that thought. Rex and our DC may be looking for jobs if things continue the way they are. Rex despite his HC subpar performance, however seems to hold teams to under 17 points with his defenses.

    • Tyreece Kaete Sr.

      Agree just like how the Eagles didn’t let Nnamdi go press in Philly

  • Gunnar Martin

    Luiget and Reyes need to step their production up. Haven’t seen much from either of them so far this year. Their lack of pressure on the QB is really killing our secondary.

    • Tyreece Kaete Sr.

      Did you not see that eagles game

      • Gunnar Martin

        Actually yeah I didn’t haha. It would be really great news to hear that they did do well. Please enlighten me

  • Cgoodness13

    I’m worried about our D. In preseason we were ranked #6 best but now we are probably around 20ish….I really do think its our DB play and play calling is killing our D. Weddle keeps getting positioned in the box every first down leaving Gilchrist to cover deep and the way Cox and Wright are playing that’s not good, especially if any team runs play action. Is Weddle a SS now?

  • arnie

    I’m going out on a limb, to say duck, duck, goose, will be the formation.
    Look, stand Freeney up and play 3-4, move him around and attack the weaknesses in the protection. It’s what this team planned on in OTA’s it’s what was expected to be ran in camp. It’s what the Chargers drafted for. Cam, Reyes and Liuget work best when they are pushing the pocket, when they double one of them use the LB on stunt or over-laoded Blitz to attack. This is the 3-4 in the nut shell. it was never meant to line up the OLB in the same spot.

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