Aug 9, 2014; Glendale, AZ, USA; Houston Texans defensive tackle Ricardo Mathews (94) against the Arizona Cardinals during a preseason game at University of Phoenix Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports
Over the weekend, the Chargers signed Ricardo Mathews. We needed help on the defensive line, and “I guess” we got it.
While everyone was dreaming about picking up Vickerson, or re-signing Aubrayo Franklin (Are we SERIOUSLY dreaming about Franklin these days? Sad…).. Telesco was picking up ‘solid depth’ from the Colts scrap heap. I guess he was tired of picking up players from the Cardinal’s scrap heap… for a minute, anyway.
I’m certain he will be the spark that will ignite this defensive line, and was the “best player available!!!!!”.
Telesco has clearly shot himself in the foot by not addressing the nose tackle position earlier in the off-season… despite it being as obvious as a wart on a frog’s ass. I still stand behind this team, it’s roster, and a lot of the decisions TT has made…BUT, I can’t help but bury my face in my hands when I look at how this team consistently neglects putting quality players in the nose tackle & strong safety positions.
With a make-shift set of nose tackles, and Manti Te’O being “as weak as water” against the run.. and Tourek struggling mightily.. I guess we will have to rely on Butler & Double J to clean up the mess. Gilchrist, Weddle, Addae & Marshall are pretty solid hitters too. Perhaps with a rotation of Connor & Walker, maybe the backside of the d-line can mask the inadequacies of the front. Liuget showed traces of his former self in the San Francisco preseason game, and Reyes will have to pull his weight for this line to be good.
The addition of Palepoi & Carrethers actually gives me hope for our goal-line defense, which usually gasps for air. However, after getting ‘back to back’ stops, Te’O can’t just let the QB twiddle a cane into the endzone on the very next play, if we are going to make a stand.
The defense is definitely better this season. But, by how much? With Pagano in his final year, it has to be better at stopping the run, plain and simple.
Even still!!!!! I believe that this team can win the division, and possibly the Super Bowl!
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