Oct 6, 2013; Oakland, CA, USA; Oakland Raiders cornerback DJ Hayden (25) intercepts the pass intended for San Diego Chargers wide receiver Keenan Allen (13) in the end zone during the fourth quarter at O.co Coliseum. The Oakland Raiders defeated the San Diego Chargers 27-17. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

Chargers Waste A Lot Of Opportunities

Why are people mad at Philip Rivers for the game yesterday? There are so many other fingers I would like to point at before I point at Philip Rivers.

The turnovers were HUGE in brining us down. Philip is going to have his share in the blame, but he also is one of the reasons why we even had a chance to come back in that game. Antonio Gates needs to bring down and bring some momentum to the offensive side of the ball. We need to run that in at the 1 yard line with someone that can get the score. If you are going to use Woodhead, you better block for him. We need 7 points in that situation!

When the defense finally was able to get a stop. When the defense finally was able to figure out how to stop Terrelle Pryor, we force a punt and we drop the ball and give up field position all over again! That HURT big time! We shot ourselves in the foot over and over again.

The defense kept getting stops and giving the offense a shot and then we have a fumble that goes in for a score to dig ourselves in a deeper hole. Every time we had a glimpse of hope, we turned the ball over. What was that?

When we can get a short field by actually forcing a turnover, we need to capitalize on that opportunity. On the 10 yard line, Kendall Reyes is the only person on the fumble and he let the Raiders scoop it up again and were able to punt it away.

We even get a ball that bounced in our direction after getting our field goal blocked and we couldn’t put the ball in the end zone (even though I still believe that Allen should have been called in for that touchdown).

The difference from the good teams and an 8-8 team, the good team will take advantage of all the opportunities that they get. We are a middle of the pack team until we learn how to take advantage of those opportunities. That is the reason why we lost to the Texans. That is the reason why we lost to the Raiders. We missed out on opportunities!

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  • tubbs45

    Yep… Dont give up ball and take it when the other teams gives it up. And enough with the stupid penalties. Oh yeah, Cox, you are a corner back… COVER SOMEBODY FOR FUCK SAKE!!!!!

    • http://boltbeat.com/ Ernie Padaon

      where is the safety on that play though… only one guy on that side and gilchrist is way late to get over…

      • tubbs45

        I agree that there needs to be safety help. But if the safety is supposed to be there why the hell isnt he bumping the receiver off the line? he playing 5-10 yards deep and still getting beat…

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

        He’s getting torched a lot, Ernie. I went back & watched all 4 games over the weekend (and obviously the 5th), since so many people were asking what I was seeing. I paid specific attention to Derek Cox. I stopped keeping track of bad plays.. that’s how bad he has performed. He is getting manhandled by every #1 receiver, regardless of talent level… and some #2 & 3 receivers too. It should have been a whole lot worse, but there were some plays where he got REALLY lucky, where there was a penalty, it got called back, or there was a dropped pass. He is a mess right now.

        • TheReturnOfMrBlanks

          Cox is only a beast on Madden, in real life he can;t cover anybody. I can’t see it being on the front 7 not getting pressures or whatever, if you don’t show any sign of being a legit cover corner it becomes obvious after a few games that he can’t cover #1′s and that’s a fact, next year we are going to need a serious #1 CB and have Cox and Wright either #2 & #3 or even #3 & 4, or if he sucks it up all year and does nothing but give up TD’s we would have to start over and cut him loose.

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

            Sadly, I think you are right. I had high hopes for him, but this is far below even my lowest expectations. I realized another thing about him after re-watching the games. He is pretty useless in the run game. Maybe because he is so injury prone? IDK… I could have sworn a few times, he was hiding behind the blocker on purpose, instead of getting involved in the run play or making a tackle. He literally waits until he can’t possibly avoid it any longer, then tackles late (usually when the 1st down is already gained, or all other tacklers have failed). I would hope an NFL player wouldn’t duck out on his assignment, or avoid contact.. but, I am starting to get suspicious after what I saw. Patrick, Marshall, Wright, and Butler all get involved.. Cox is usually ghost.

        • arnie

          He plays 5-10 yards off. it isn’t working. stop it. i don’t know if it’s Cox that is giving that cushion, or it’s the scheme. The defense needs to help themselves first, and make the QB go through his progression. Pryor was getting open looks on his first WR. When the Chargers were tired of giving free releases on WR and open targets to opposing QB’s, they”ll do something different.

          • Nick in PB

            He’s starting to remind me of Cason in that regard. Peter, I was hoping this game would be the turning point for Cox but no such luck. We shot ourselves in the foot too many times. No way you win a game like that. It seemed like a Norv Turner game all over again. I am surprised we played so poorly in the first half. I’ve said it before, if this team can avoid injuries, we could be good. The injuries are piling up. At some point, it’s going to effect us.

  • TheReturnOfMrBlanks

    Fire Gilchrist!

    • tubbs45

      We need a healthy Taylor first! but seriously… he’s bad…

      • TheReturnOfMrBlanks

        I don’t care if Rhodes is the flammingest gay safety on the planet, if he can cover then can we sign his arse ASAP and stop trying to see if the Gilchrist experiment is going to work out.

        • tubbs45


    • Nick in PB

      I was going to say… someone pointed out how late Gilchrist was on that sideline route. Well, that’s been happening all year! Same side, late again. The other teams are seeing that and taking advantage of it. And right there, after the play is over, there’s Gilchrist, 2-3 seconds too late.


    We have to many key players injured.
    And this Defense sucks! NO pass rush, NO Corners

  • Daryl Peek

    I’m not gonna bash Rivers for one bad game but am gonna bash BOLTS fans that want to ignore or excuse this as a bad game for PR. We failed in the red zone and had too many turnovers. Yes the run game was ineffective but that’s pretty much been the case all season. Third down and red zone effiency have been our strength. This was the worst turnover game of the season. Point the finger no further than that, bottom line.

  • Bill Nichols

    We lose to the Raiders, and watch, we are going to beat the Colts. Freaking crazy, but damn, that was bull shit, playing that late, and then starting like we were asleep. Come on man… Bolt Up!!

  • JoseSD

    This is when Philip makes the mistakes he does, when he puts the game on himself watch the Replay of his first interception the line gave him so much time Gates found a hole in the coverage for a quick and easy first down but with all that time he got desperate for the big play like in Norv’s offense and forced it in double coverage deep to Royal who had given up on his route since he had two guys on him. and he had Keenan Allen wide open immediately in the endzone. DJ Hayden is pretty bad and Philip should have recognized the single coverage with no safety help and thrown it there immediately cause Allen got open on a quick slant but he was late and got picked. He wasn’t doing what this McCoy offense is meant to do take what the defense gives you

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