LA Chargers News


By BoogaP

Sep 16, 2012; San Diego, CA, USA; San Diego Chargers defensive end Vaughn Martin (92) sits on the bench during the fourth quarter against the Tennessee Titans at Qualcomm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-US PRESSWIRE

With four weeks in the books, the Chargers’ defense has managed to allow only 79.2 rushing yards a game. Although I have yet to raise the banner of years gone by, I feel very optimistic about that stat knowing the running backs that this team has faced up to this point.

San Diego is fifth in the NFL in rushing yards allowed as a defensive unit. They have done so while facing the likes of Darren McFadden, Chris Johnson, Michael Turner, and Jamaal Charles. Sure sounds to me like a formidable group of backs for any defense to contend with regardless of their team’s respective records.

If you would have been asked the total number of rushing yards that this team would have given up to these runners prior to the games being played, what would you have guessed?

Be honest! I, personally, am floored. I would have expected these running backs to have had a much more serious impact on our defense and the games in question.

It’s not that I didn’t have faith in our defense and their abiltity to stop the run.

I truly didn’t expect us to have this kind of impact on such quality backs. It’s very refreshing, to be quite honest.

And then comes this week’s battle with ex-Charger Darren Sproles.

The lightning bug is one of my favorite players of all-time.

Although I’m not overly concerned with his running of the ball, the threat he provides in the passing game should be a focal point of this new Pagano-led defense.

Truth be told, I am terrified. Here’s to hoping that Pagano, not Norv, (Fike the Tuck Muck), will call an aggressive strategy in a effort to slow down “Tank.”

Although it may sound as though I am expecting a loss, that couldn’t be further from the truth.

The reasoning behind this article’s title is that I can’t wait to once again hear, “You Can’t Run,” and it truly be significant.

I missed out on being at the stadium and chanting that along with all of the other diehard fans. Here’s to hoping that I get that chance again in the nearby future.

I envision the Chargers winning this game by a score of 34-31. #BoltUp

Thanks a lot for reading.