Manti Te’o Will Be Calling Defensive Signals vs Colts

Oct 14, 2013; San Diego, CA, USA; San Diego Chargers linebacker Manti Te

Chargers LB Manti Te’o will be making his Monday Night debut against Andrew Luck and the Indianapolis Colts tonight. Manti will have the added responsibility of calling the defensive signals from the huddle because Donald Butler is out of the game. I wouldn’t be mad if Manti called a few extra blitzes on his own.

Manti will see the field a ton tonight. He is the top linebacker on the roster at this point. He will have Larry English, Tourek Wiliams and Andrew Gachkar playing along side of him tonight. Te’o may finish the game with 22 tackles like Bills rookie Kiko Alonso did yesterday.

This is a tough situation, but these kids are getting an opportunity to play. Time to do something with that chance.

Topics: San Diego Chargers

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  • Jesus

    I expect him to struggle a little tonight against such a great offense. And mobile QBs gave hiM and his Irish teammates headaches for years until his senior year.

    • arnie

      And he had 9 INT in that year. Thanks for sopping by Jesus, we could use your help now. ;)

      • Jesus

        7 interceptions. Oh but it was a magical year. Yeah sure, it had a real shitty ending, but I was waiting for that season my entire life lol.

        • arnie

          That’s right he had 9 sacks his junior year.

          • Jesus

            Yep there we go. Looked great tonight as well. I was wrong. And I honestly don’t know how tackles are tracked in the NFL, but they only gave him 5 credited tackles, where I myself counted him being either first, or second to a tackle 9 times.

  • Joe Putter

    Te’o is struggling…. Defense shutting Luck down, but not much from Te’o. Maybe 22 touches but definitely no 22 tackles tonight.

    • sick

      Struggling my ass, he had 5 tackles the most up front besides our secondary Weddle and Cox who tied him, he led that defense to suffocate that run to 70 yards when they ran all over the Seahawks defense 100+ yards, TD and 49ers defense 180 yards 3 touchdowns, called the defense that shut out Luck to no touchdowns, COBY FLEENER HIS MAIN RESPONSBILITY ABSOLUTELY A NON FACTOR WHEN HE WAS TEARING IT UP!!’

      The combo of Gachkar and Te’o holding up that defense when Chargers D has been dead last!

    • sick

      Suck a fucking dick you dont know shit about football fundamentals and what it takes to win besides looking for some flashy play

    • http://boltbeat.com/ Ernie Padaon

      He definitely struggled out there… Still hasn’t put together a good game

      • sick

        Nope, he didn’t “struggle”, this run defense has gone from 31st in run defense when we had all our starters except Te’o in the front to most likely cracking the top 20 after this game with Te’o playing in despite losing out on key defensive players that were suppose to carry this team (Butler, JJ, Freeney)

        You know who’s struggling? That Kiko Alonso kid

        Know why? because despite those 22 tackles of his which is really padded because most were assists and he actually just made 9 solo stops compare to Te’o's 5 solo stops, He still couldnt help his team hold down the Bengals run, they ran all over his butt with over 160 yards rushing by 3 different runners no name runners.

        I ain’t impressed by him, he look alot like our backups when dealing with scrambling QBs who have burned us till Te’o played like for example, he was the quarterback responsible guy against Pryor and shut him out to 3 yards per carry in 3 runs, yes you can look at the stats of Pryor, he also was able to put up running yards on the Chiefs defense despite the chiefs getting the best out of him by the time the game ended but run-wise Chargers were the only team that was a road bump for his scrambling and rushing yards

        Way early into the season,remember a highlight of Geno Smith running for 10 yards into the end zone with Kiko having a mental gaffe and not stopping him for a rushing touchdown.

        Kid is all flash now and then, he can have the individual accolades but Te’o quietly elevates the defenses around him overall which i would choose over ANY DAY as that would result in winnings 10 out of 10 times.

  • arnie

    Huh, from that picture, i guess you don’t have to 6’4″ to be a great LB. Either Ray is Bigger in person, or Manti is on a box.

  • Gerald_Hodges

    Someone is going to have to explain to me against why Manti Te’o is neither strong enough nor fast enough to play in the NFL. Considering how relatively little he was on the field (especially on those late drives where near as I could tell the Chargers had 10 DBs in the package), he had a great game. He was quick to the ball, made good tackles, and overall did a good job with the signal calling.

    • sick

      Te’o has made this defense good as hell, at least up front where his main responsbility is, covering the TEs in the passing game and the RBs in the running.

      FOR THE PASSING DEFENSE:

      In the first 3 games without Te’o, The LBs filling for Te’o allowed TEs to catch 16/22 passes for over 200 yards and 3 touchdowns.

      In the last 3 games with Te’o: there’s a huge reduction in the TEs being effective against the D, Just 9 out of 19 passes caught for 64 yards and absolutely no touchdowns.

      That’s a huge huge impact as the Defense went from allowing 72% of passes by TEs being completed to 47%, HUGE!! That’s shut down numbers right there.

      FOR THE RUNNING GAME:

      In the first 3 games without Te’o: LBs filling in for Te’o allowed opponents rushing offense to average 130 yards per game.

      In the last 3 games with Te’o: Opponents rushing offense has drastically reduced to 90 to an average of 90 yards per game.

      That’s 50 yards knocked off the average with Te’o being in the game.HUGE IMPACT!!

      Te’o is the secret superstar of the defense, not all flashy but his solid fundamental footballing that’s consistent and impacting throughout the game is steadily adding up.

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