Chargers Adjust Defense And Take Bront Bird Out

By Ernie Padaon

Sep 9, 2013; San Diego, CA, USA; Houston Texans tight end Owen Daniels (81) scores a touchdown against San Diego Chargers linebacker Bront Bird (97) during the second half at Qualcomm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY

The San Diego Chargers made an adjustment on defense this week by pulling Bront Bird out of the starting lineup and starting Reggie Walker in his place. I love the move and love that the team is not stuck and stubborn with their original decisions.

Bront Bird racked up a ton of tackles against the Houston Texans in week 1 and finished the game 2nd in the league in tackles, but he still was innefective. He couldn’t cover the tight end and was making tackles on the running back 7-10 yards down the field. The Chargers needed to make a change.

Manti Te’o still was unavailable for the game, so the Chargers went with Reggie Walker. Walker had 5 tackles on defense and led the team on Sunday.

The Chargers adjusted their defense to deal with Lesean McCoy and the Philly offense. The team wanted to slow the running attack and got burned over the top with Desean Jackson. The defense had to sacrifice something against that offense and it was in the passing attack.

There still are adjustments that the defense has to make. There will be more tinkering that needs to be done.