Oct 6, 2013; Oakland, CA, USA; Oakland Raiders wide receiverDenarius Moore
(17) runs between San Diego Chargers free safetyEric Weddle
(32) and defensive backRichard Marshall
(31) during the first quarter at O.co Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports
Was just on NFL.com, reading about the 5 things to watch coming into this game and they shared this little tidbit about the players on the defensive side of the footall:
Definitely an interesting stat. PFF is not gospel but they have some useful information. PFF ranked Bills rookie LB Kiko Alonso with a negative game after he racked up 22 tackles this weekend.
Are the players on the Chargers defense that bad or are they just playing poorly? I think that the Chargers have some talent on that side of the football and are just playing like crap.
Eric Weddle was once considered the best safety in the league, but he is nowhere to be found. Corey Liuget was one of the top breakout candidates and had a solid season last year, but has disappeared. Donald Butler is a solid middle linebacker. Manti Te’o should be a solid linebacker also. We have guys on the roster that can make plays, but are not performing up to their level.
If players are not playing up to their potential, who do we point the finger at to correct that problem? There still is plenty of time to turn things around, but will they make the changes needed.