Chargers Defense Comes Back To Earth

Nov 3, 2013; Landover, MD, USA; Washington Redskins running back Alfred Morris (46) runs with the ball as San Diego Chargers outside linebacker Jarret Johnson (96) and Chargers defensive tackle Lawrence Guy (71) tackles in the first quarter at FedEx Field. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

The San Diego Chargers defense came back  to earth yesterday. Lawrence Guy helped save a couple of drives by swatting the ball around, but the defense was unable to stop the Washington Redskins for most of the game. They just drove that ball down the field on us the whole game. They held onto the football for 40+ minutes. That is what our offense tries to do, but they turned the tables on us.

We couldn’t get stops on 3rd down. We couldn’t stop the running game. We couldn’t get stops in the passing game. Have we heard this before? Before we played the Colts and Jaguars, this sounded like the theme that we had been running into.

If the Chargers are unable to get off of the field on defense, we are not going to have any chance. A number of players played bad during the game. Derek Cox was the first player to feel the wrath of the coaching staff. He was giving up long passes and big plays and finally the coaches were over it. He was benched in the middle of the game for Johnny Patrick. It doesn’t matter how much money we are paying him to be on the roster, he is not getting the job done.

Now we have to face Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos offense this weekend. I don’t even want to know how they will do against are terrible secondary.

This defense frustrates the crap out of me. We have some playmakers. Corey Liuget looked good. Lawrence Guy looked good. Eric Weddle is used all over the field, but I can’t say that is the best use of him.

This defense is going to be our downfall. We have to find ways to get off of the field. Broncos are the next test.

Topics: San Diego Chargers

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  • TheReturnOfMrBlanks

    Pagano should really try to use Weddle as he was used last year in his traditional FS role, I’m starting to get worried for the guy with some of these Getting plowed over tackles, he saved us a couple times that he at least slowed the runner down but dude is no line backer and he’s taking a serious beating this year trying to be one.

    Also did anyone notice RG3 targeting Weddle vs. his Big TE’s in the first half? Any time he had Weddle on Reed or that other guy he went there and it worked every time.

    There’s going to come a time in the NFL, that every team needs a Anti-Gronk or a 6’5 plus Linebacker that will just line up against the Huge TE’s and take that part of their game away. Miami did it with Dion Jordan Vs, Gronk and it worked, Not sure why more teams aren’t getting ahead of the curve and doing the same. Putting a 6’0 190lb dude on any 6’6 250 TE is just not going to cut it anymore for any team.

    • http://boltbeat.com/ Ernie Padaon

      right… he is playing linebacker for us… and tackling big backs is not his strong suit.. can we get him back at FREE now!

    • C.Steele

      Totally agree. I have seen more than one comment slighting Weddle for getting plowed during a tackle. He’s FS playing line backer!! I mean he’s making a valiant effort and usually brings the runner down, but taking on Lineman, FBs and running backs in the hole is not what you want your Super Star FS doing!! If you have to walk a Safety down in the box, Use the SS (Whoa! Epic Idea) especially if your starting SS sucks at coverage!
      I also think your spot on with Weddle being targeted when covering the Big TE. They wore that match up out in the first half (I think they converted 3 straight 3rd downs on one drive). But, I don’t think we have a LB on the roster the can cover even a mediocre receiving tight end.
      Never mind the fact we can’t cover WRs either, (see the high priced FA signing Cox Benching).
      Gonna be another long year..
      #GoBolts!

      • TheReturnOfMrBlanks

        lol Word, ya dude I know we don’t have that TE coverage guy (or really any kind of coverage guy) but something to think about for the future, you could even turn a huge TE into a mirror defender would just take a shit load of practice.

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