Sep 29, 2013; San Diego, CA, USA; Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Terrance Williams (83) fumbles the balls as he tries to get into the end zone while being hit by San Diego Chargers free safety Eric Weddle (32) and cornerback Crezdon Butler during fourth quarter action at Qualcomm Stadium. The Chargers recovered the fumble. Mandatory Credit: Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY Sports

Chargers Have Only Forced 2 Turnovers This Year

Why do the Chargers always suck at taking the ball away? Could you imagine what we could do if we could force a turnover every now and again? Through the first 5 weeks of the season, we have forced 2 turnovers this year. That is some kind of terrible. We need to get extra possessions and shorten the field for our offense.

Out offense is strong, but we can get them a little help by picking the ball off or forcing a fumble every now and then. Those turnovers are momentum changers. We saw what it could do to a team last week while we were handing gifts over to the Raiders. We need to take some of those gifts.

Currently, the team’s lone interception is by our big defensive tackle Cam Thomas. The only fumble that we took away was forced by someone who didn’t have a roster at the start of the year. The person that recovered it was released by the Miami Dolphins. Where are our playmakers?

Eric Weddle is being moved around all over the field, but he is missing from one spot… Center field. Weddle once was one of the best safeties in the league, but now he doesn’t get to do what he does best. He doesn’t get the opportunity to roam around and get to the football. His role seems to be up at the line of scrimmage, trying to stop the running game. Get him in a position to force some turnovers!

Marcus Gilchrist has been garbage at safety. We have to do something with that position. It has been a black hole for this year. Put someone else at that spot to play central field. Does Corey Lynch even have a job yet? He played well for us last season. Everyone has been mentioning Kerry Rhodes. Jairus. Byrd? I know we have no cap space, but make something happen.

Manti Te’o forced a bunch of turnovers in college. Hopefully his arrival will bring some takeaways.

The defense has struggled in all kinds of areas. If only they could force some turnovers from time to time, they could change the momentum of some games.

We need some takeaways!

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  • Gunnar Martin

    You know your defense is hurting when your nose tackle is leading the squad in interceptions.

    But I have hope for these guys. Team chemistry forms with time. Things will start clicking for them sometime. It just might be too late by then…

    • I_Bleed_Powder_Blue_801

      truly a sad state the lord of no rings left SD in….TT has his work cut out for him…just gonna enjoy the ride & see how they develop w time….

  • Cgoodness13

    Maybe if we actually ran a 3-4 and stopped playing our safeties as dual SS’s we’d force more turnovers.

  • arnie

    For the record I can’t see the line between player an coach. If it’s the players then the easy solution is to get some better ones. The problem is there are no guarantee’s a new player will be better for us, (see fisher, gaither, meachum) The other side if it’s the coach and the scheme they have in place, then either an adjustment needs to be made, or go in a different coaching direction.
    From what I can see Gilchrist is a nickel back, but the Chargers spend most snaps in base formation. Or, they have Weddle at nickel LB and leave Cox, Butler, Addae and Gilchrist in zone. I don’t know what the hold up is with Taylor. I can’t see him not knowing the defense, since this is his 3rd season with Pagano? However, the problems on the back side, point to problems up front. IMO 3-4 is with 3 linemen and 4 LB. it was created to defend against the pass by forcing the QB to throw early. The point was to take a player off the line, an move him around, to rush the passer or drop into coverage. The key is “MOVE THEM AROUND”. In almost 90% of the time you could count on JJ to be of the left side, an Freeney to be on the right. This is a 4-3 philosophy, and easy to account for in blocking schemes. The 3-4 gives you the freedom to move pass rushers to attack weaknesses in the protection. It also allows you to fill up the running lanes. Pagano doesn’t do this. Rivera didn’t do this. Who did? Wade Phillips. And the results speak for themselves.
    It may sound like I’m leaning on Coaching, but I simply believe it’s 50/50 right now. Lack of playing/experience time from players, unfamiliarity of the system from FA, not being able to go into the season with your #1 pass rusher, and not allowing players that are better in “man” coverage to play more coverage.

    • I_Bleed_Powder_Blue_801

      many peices r missing…I can’t wait to see the masterpeice once TT has had time to build it…..

    • Stan Zab

      Chargers have corners who are good at man coverage? Thats news to me. Last time I checked the nickel and dime corners (Marshal and Butler) were sitting on their couch a couple weeks ago. They’re good? I’d like for someone to point out some better than avg players on this defense…once you realize that Weddle and maybe Donald Butler are the only legit guys on defense, why this defense is struggling becomes beyond obvious IMO.

      • arnie

        Cox, Addae, and Wright were able to defend passes in man. But since the Chargers play so little of it, it’s easy to miss. However, their resumes of their former teams have them in “man” coverages since it is the most effective against a pass happy league. We will never seem to get an opportunity to see their skills, Marshal or Butler, since the Chargers keep putting them in zone. Coaches are stubborn.
        The facts are, the Chargers have consistently play soft coverage, 5-10 yards off without jamming receivers. It’s easy to observe with your eyes and make an assumption the are below average players, yet the scheme or lack of any adjustments are not doing them any favors. Secondly marshal an butler are not here because they were the Chargers first choice, injuries to starters forced their sighing.
        Lastly avg or not, even Darrell Revis would look average, giving a 10 yard cushion on 3rd n 6.

        • Stan Zab

          So we agree that the reason this defense is struggling is that the players on the defense are below average players….they are playing that far off for a reason. I’d rather give up 10 yards than a TD over the top………..

        • Stan Zab

          I guarantee if they were playing press and giving up passes over the top you’d be saying they need to play a softer coverage lol.

  • Alex Pitrofsky

    If Donald Butler and Jarrett Johnson don’t play tomorrow, we’re screwed.


  • Joel Ayala

    Off the subject. but watching the Donks vs Jags. and man I would love to see MJD in a SD uni. wishful thinking

    • Michael

      The only problem in getting mjb is ,he might be another pickup that has seem some age and comin off injuries, we need someone fresh, fast, and a beast,,,, but,,,,,,,

  • Peter Thompson

    And Cam’s INT was on the FIRST PLAY OF THE SEASON!!!! Awful…

  • Stan Zab

    I know its tough to admit that the defense is just point blank garbage, but its so obvious that it becomes very hard not to. You can’t couch up guys who are just not cut out to be starters in the NFL to be starters in the NFL. Its that simple.

  • Peter Thompson

    Wow… off the subject… but, there has been a lot of talk about the Chargers having fair weather fans. But, half the Patriots fans left, and they had a HUGE comeback win! Now THAT’S fair weather as it gets! Isn’t your team in first place in the division? Haven’t they been in the playoffs for the last God knows how long? How many last second TD’s has Brady thrown? It just supports my theory. .. Patriots fans are a vile bunch of spoiled brats.. In fact, that whole region is full of whine-babies. In other news, FUCK DREW BREES! Hahaha… That is all.

  • boltingindiego

    while weddle hasn’t been playing center field i think hes been playing just as great in man coverage shuts down opponents te’s.

  • Pels04

    Opportunities have been there for this defense. 2 dropped int’s (that i can remember) and Reyes not falling on the ball vs the Raiders. If Gily catches that int vs Tennessee we win the came. If Reyes just falls on the ball instead of trying to pick it up, then Rivers gets the ball on the raiders 25 or 30? with a change to tie….HUGE missed opportunities! Defense needs to capitalize on the opportunities when they are handed to them.