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

John Pagano Finally Decided to Mix Things Up


I have to give credit, where credit is due. John Pagano coached a hell of a game against his brother on Monday against the Indianapolis Colts. Where were some of those play calls in the first 4 games of the season? Did we need to lose every linebacker that we have in order to create a few more exotic blitzes?

I love what he did in the game against the Colts. I have been one of his biggest critics and I give him props for what he did, I just don’t understand why he has not been doing these things since the start of the year. What do we expect from him against the Jacksonville Jaguars on Sunday now also?

Donald Butler and Jarret Johnson might be back on the field this weekend also. What will that mean for the play calling?

Keep that foot on the gas and keep coming after the quarterback. I loved seeing the team getting aggressive on defense and confusing Andrew Luck. I loved that the corners jammed their receivers on the line. It was a completely different defense than what we had seen Hopefully it is a sign for the future.

The best defense for the team was the Chargers hogging the football. The team help onto the ball forever with their power running game. Ryan Mathews pounded that football over and over again and Danny Woodhead did the same.

It was a whole team victory. The defense impressed and I am looking forward to them building on their effort from Monday Night.

Score one up for the John Pagano backers after tonight’s game. You do know that this performance does show that you can make something out of the players that we have on the field though.

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  • Tazzster

    Give props where they are due. The defense played great. They kept the colts out of the endzone. They were helped by a few dropped passes, but still. The only number that matters is 9. If we can hold teams to 9 points we are going to win a lot of games.

    Also, the Bolts held the colts to 2 for 10 on 3rd down. And only gave up 12 first downs.

    GOOD WORK D!

  • http://www.standupforkids.org blackroseMD1

    All the linebackers hopping around and the DL standing up reminded me of the old days when Stephen Cooper would be running around basically stealing Peyton’s signals and leading Peyton to 6 INT games.

    We need to keep doing this.

    • I_Bleed_Powder_Blue_801

      Miss the Conductor of that Orchestra (Cooper)….here’s to the young guys stepping up!!!

  • 619chargers4life

    it was an awesome showing. and i love the fact the we have only given up a grand total of 6 pts in the 4th quarter in the last 3 games. hopefully we keep it rolling. Go Bolts!!

  • TheReturnOfMrBlanks

    The Ameba defense was sick, I was seriously sayin “What the hell kinda awesomeness is this” and I bet Luck was thinking the same thing. All our game tape is Vanilla Vanilla and then we bust out some rocky Road and Mint Chip.

    We seriously need to play this way vs. every team even the Jags. For some reason i can’t wait to watch that game. Henne is looking to take over the starting job for the rest of the year and every now and then he looks good. Hopefully they trade MJD before gametime lol

    • I_Bleed_Powder_Blue_801

      That was the Banana Split!!!LOL

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

    Great job!!! Now he needs to do it again in Jacksonville. If I can take any negatives away from the game, it is our redzone running game. I know Mathews has had fumblitis, but you have to let him pound the ball within the ten yard line. It’s either him, or McClain… pick one. Woodhead is too little, and Brown looked like Re-Run toting the rock last night… lol. He’s good for a few plays, and a few yards.. but, he has almost NO speed. The other teams D could easily get penetration, and get to him in the backfield before he can even make it to the line of scrimmage. Gotta let the big boys handle that scandal = )

    • http://www.standupforkids.org blackroseMD1

      I don’t know. I think I’d be comfortable with Woodhead carrying in the red zone, especially inside the 10. Run him up the middle, by the time the linebackers see him, he’ll be behind them in the end zone. I wouldn’t mind seeing some more screens down there too.

      I think we should get rid of Ronnie Brown. He’s not really contributing much at all. His big contribution last year was catching the ball out of the backfield. Woodhead took that over, so…

  • Ioane

    Pagano has frustrated me the entire season and has had me calling for Rex Ryan. But MNF against the Colts, I can finally say that Pagano coached a good defense.

    Pagano should be well aware that the fans are now expecting to see this type of agrression and scheme going forward. Anything less will be a dissappointmet. I just hope he didnt go all out because he was playing against his brother and than revert back to the style of coaching that has had me wanting me to punch a Raiders fan.

    When the Chargers can run the ball with Mathews, good things can happen. It was so refreshing seeing them run the ball in different formations other than shotgun.

    Great win all around. There should be game balls for both Novak and Scifres. These guys were stars for us lastnight.

    Lets roll the Jags on our way to the bye.

    • TheReturnOfMrBlanks

      I’d love to see this same defensive scheme with Butler – JJ – Ingram (whenever he is to play again)

      • zzzz

        They already ran those plays with them, it didn’t work.

        • TheReturnOfMrBlanks

          no they didn’t, Pagano was told to create some new blitzes for last nights game. How did 3 injured guys that didn’t play run those plays?

          • zzzz

            He did not create any new blitzes, those “blitzes” like the one where Reyes got a sack is just your basic run of the mill stunts, its a good confusing scheme. We ran those with JJ and Freeney and was really heavily prominent last week, we just had a better outing with English, Keiser at OLB and Gachkar and Te’o being used in the package, usually Pagano just uses one ILB, mainly walker and brings in a DB to stunt/blitz in the Package..

            If they didnt drop the passes you’d say Pagano has the worse schemes ever LOL

  • Stefanie Smith

    I saw a short interview with McCoy. It’s likely that you saw it also. But the interviewer asked him about the Raiders’ game. He said it was a “poor performance” and that he called in his coaches and coordinators and told them to come up with something–schemes etc to get it going. Basically, he would not tolerate a performance like what had previously occurred.

    Guess they took him serious and did something. This is more a rhetorical question. Are we good and do we hide it sometimes? Are the coaches decent but they hide it or get lazy or what? Why do we drastically change in performance from game to game? Compare Raider game performance vs Colts’ game performance.

    • arnie

      Yeah i saw that. i Believe McCoy trusts his staff, but at some point as HC you have to have sit them down in your office, call them out and hold them accountable.
      IMO i think certain young players were being “spoon fed” the scheme’s, and based on last nights performance, it was time for the diapers to come off, and the defense to grow up.
      Now every game preparation is different, but what a Defense is capable of doing depends on the personnel.

  • joerockt

    I think a lot of times coaches outsmart themselves. Norv was notorious for this. You get so caught up in that single game that week that you forget what you do best or what your potential might be, even with some of your best guys out.

  • zzzz

    ZZZZ

    The scheme were the same stunts and blitz they’ve ran all season, Was very obvious in the RaidersReyes and Luiget collapsing pocket, English stunting through the middle from the left end all game long, Pryor running for his life etc etc. EVeryone whining Pagano sucks.

    Swear, If Colts receivers did not drop those passes in blown coverages, Yall be whining about Pagano this pagano that, Pagano being the same.

    Watch were gonna run the same plays on RG3 and he can run like Pryor and yall would be running Pagano is back to his old tricks when he hasnt even change at all.

  • Bill Nichols

    Better keep it up Pags, or you too will be getting your walking papers. Now we know you know how to call a monster game, no excuses. I don’t want to see any more soft ass defense, no need for it. Play like you are playing against your big brother every damn game.
    You can do it………… Bolt Up!!

  • Sergio Quintero

    I already have made the rant about the need for creativity and overload blitzes so no more from me on that point.

    But what is important is maintaining this multiple defender standing at the line of scrimmage defense for the rest of the season, the mere fact the opponent has to guess who is coming and might make a miss read like on the play Wayne dropped a 3rd & 3 slant pass, because Luck was expecting a 7 man pressure, and the pass was hurried.

    Pagano time to study up on the Steelers 3rd down defense that old man Lebeau has some great play designs.