Aug 28, 2014; San Diego, CA, USA; San Diego Chargers cornerback Jason Verrett (22) follows the run by Arizona Cardinals running back Stepfan Taylor (30) as tight end Darren Fells (85) blocks during the first quarter at Qualcomm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports
The defense looked awesome tonight. I’m not even going to talk about individual plays… penalties… blown overages… whatever… they did their job. Our defense was THIS close, and held a road team to 18 points. Pagano skates on this one.
Frank Reich, on the other hand, had some of the weirdest “Whisen-Norv” playcalls of all time. Two reverses? Woodhead up the middle numerous times? Was Mathews hurt? The offensive line looked unprepared. It was clear that the loss of Hardwick, and the insertion of Rich Ohrnberger was a problem. Especially, with the crowd noise.
We saw a HUGE upgrade to our tackling effort, but when we got into the backfield (which we did routinely), we let the QB slip away.
In a way… I’m happy with this game, because I’m certain that this offense will be top notch. The O-Line needs to continue to improve, and stay healthy. We have the best o-line coach in the league. And, if the defense stays healthy, it looks like we got better with the upgrades we made.
But, if the Chargers are to take this league by storm.. which they look poised to do… Frank Reich will have to call much better games than that. Hardwick needs to get healthy, or Watt replaces Ohrnberger. Coach Joe D needs to coach the line upbetter. McCoy needs to finally trust Ryan Mathews… I saw him hold back… again!!!
But, as you sit there wallowing over tonight’s loss…. remember… Brady lost, Rodgers lost, Brees lost, and Rivers only lost by 1.
Let’s see if the Chargers can stop the Seahawks next week.
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