Chargers 28 – Bears 33: What We Learned

By Arnie
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Aug 15, 2013; Chicago, IL, USA; San Diego Chargers running back Fozzy Whittaker (34) is tackled by Chicago Bears defensive back Zack Bowman (38) during the second half at Soldier Field. Chicago won 33-28. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports

Highlights – Watching the highlights after the game, I’d swear there was an agenda to show the entire world, that the “experts” are still right about the Chargers: “can’t protect Philip Rivers… turnover prone,…Rivers is washed up”. Under absolutely no circumstances was anybody allowed to show the Chargers doing anything well.

If i had not watched the game, from the clips shown you could have sworn the score was 33 to 3. “Where did the other 25 points come from? Please show those. Ladarius Green TD? Mike Willie 2 TD’s ( not just him getting blasted)? Fozzy Whittaker rushing TD? Jay Cutler pick? Jay Getting sacked? Where were those highlights?

Points – When ESPN, Fox Sports, NFL network, dog the Chargers out it is expected, but when your HOMETOWN stations only shows your worst plays, that is a new low. Thanks KUSI. Now the score was 33 to 28. Yes they lost, however it was by 5 points. Last week they lost by 21 points. Last season there were 5 games lost by a TD or less. From game one, to game two that is a significant increase. What also increased? The sacks increased. The defense getting off the field on third downs was better. In the red zone they were 100%. Another note, all of the Charger points were touchdowns, while they forced the bears to 4 field goals.

Turnovers – It’s clear the Chargers turned the ball over 3 times and sometimes that is all the difference between winning and losing. The time of possession was Chargers 27:35 Bears 32:25, the reason? Nothing kills a a drive like a turnover, or bad field position.

Special teams – Are they sure this does not refer to the “other kind of special”? There is a clear problem with protection schemes and lane assignments. Stop trying to fix it or force something that isn’t working. CHANGE IT, OR CHANGE THE COACH!

Wide Receivers – I miss DX an Malcom, however Willie has shown he’s willing to step up. He took a vicious hit, came back and scored 2 TD’s. That’s “Next Man Up” attitude!