Chargers Defense Comes Back To Earth

By Ernie Padaon

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.