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ESPN: Chargers Pleased ?

Trumpet_Man

Well-Known Member
#1
http://sports.espn.go.com/espn/wire?section=nfl&id=2585464

Chargers pleased with romp over RaidersAssociated Press
National Football League News Wire

SAN DIEGO -- Quarterback Philip Rivers and coach Marty
Schottenheimer liked almost everything about their 27-0 romp over
the hapless Oakland Raiders.

There was the usual nitpicking that only a head coach could
offer, and a bit of self-criticism by a guy who made his first NFL
start.

Otherwise, "I think we were pretty efficient in every area,"
Schottenheimer said on Tuesday, less than 24 hours after the
Chargers ran their winning streak to six against the Raiders.

If there was one surprise, it was that Rivers threw just 11
passes, completing eight for 108 yards and one touchdown.

But that was more a product of the field-position game the
Chargers got into in the third quarter, when they led 13-0.
Besides, LaDainian Tomlinson carried the load as he often does
against the Raiders, with 131 yards and one TD on 31 carries.

"I don't think we expected that Philip would only throw it 11
times," Schottenheimer said. "That wasn't the plan, no. Once
again, our job is to win. Nobody cares about style points in the
NFL."

But, Schottenheimer said: "Every throw but one yesterday that
was made by Philip was an accurate throw."

Rivers was pleased with his performance.

"A key thing was that we were always in control," he said.
"Obviously we moved the clock because we ran the ball a lot and
when we threw, we were efficient. It's kind of an odd game that we
were such in control both offensively and defensively that we
didn't have to do too much. You look back at the game plan and
there was a ton of stuff that we didn't run."

The Chargers turned conservative in the third quarter rather
than take risks that might let the Raiders back into it.

Rivers had no problem with that.

"The feeling we had at 13-0 was that if we didn't give them a
freebie, that they weren't going to beat us," Rivers said.

"Let me make something very clear: The number of passes that
were called upon last night was not driven in any way by the guy
playing quarterback," Schottenheimer said. "In that situation,
with the kind of field position we were faced with, with a 13-point
lead, Dan Marino could have been the quarterback and it would have
been done the same way. That's probably considered conservative.
That's fine. it's a W."

Schottenheimer said Rivers' throwing was accurate.

"I think one of the reasons we were efficient on offense was
because our quarterback was very efficient," he said.

And, he added, "Once it got to the point in the fourth quarter
where the field position thing turned around, we went out and
scored two touchdowns. You have to look at the game piece by
piece."

Schottenheimer wasn't happy that the Chargers had to settle for
two field goals in the first half, and said the offensive line
needs to finish blocks better.

"We had too many situations where we had a play extremely well
blocked and somebody didn't finish a block and we ended up making
two yards instead of 20 yards," he said.



Ok this is what I was critiquing in the game so you assswipes do not think I was just biitching to be biitching like Conc or SDchrgr.


Click on the freaking link for the rest.
 

HEXEDBOLT

Don't like it, lump it!!!
#2
Listening to the game on the radio vs watching it, gave me the opinion that the Bolts were doing what they to do to win. Being backed up near your own goal with a lead in no way merrits coming out throwing. If we were down 13-0 then sure you pull out all the stops to try and get back into the game. To throw the ball in that situation just for reps, makes absolutly no sense if you run the risk of letting your opponent up off the mat.
 

ntman68

Well-Known Member
#3
I too was frustrated with the field goals and the almost stubborn dedication to the run, but I have faith that Marty and crew are much smarter than I in such matters. I was impressed with McNeill on the line, as well as the incomparable Lo Neal at fullback. Talk about a guy that rarely gets his props.

Rivers did exactly what he was supposed to do; let the running backs do the heavy lifting and don't make a big mistake. I like to call it the Roethlisberger plan. :icon_wink:
 

boltssbbound

Well-Known Member
#4
Trumpet_Man said:
"We had too many situations where we had a play extremely well
blocked and somebody didn't finish a block and we ended up making
two yards instead of 20 yards," he said.



Ok this is what I was critiquing in the game so you assswipes do not think I was just biitching to be biitching like Conc or SDchrgr.


I saw that too, Trump. There were alot of plays where LT had a nice hole, and just as he was about to hit it, someone would come off a block to make the tackle.

The good news is that I think these guys will get better. And even with a few struggles, we still ran for 194. Hard to be to disappointed.
 

anger management

Well-Known Member
#5
That ONE bad pass that Rivers threw hurt to watch because I knew that b!tch was going the distance. He missed LT on a quick dump off in the third quarter that was executed perfectly and would've easily gone the distance. If he makes this throw, a couple of things happen...

1. Third quarter wouldn't have seemed so "conservative".
2. Rivers would've had 2 passing TDs
3. LT would've been a statistical freak with over a hundred rushing and recieving with a TD in each.
4. Rivers only two missed throws would've been the one screen where LT was being held, and I think the other was a throw away.

Hopefully they work on this play so they get it down.

:bolt:
 

exodus

Well-Known Member
#6
anger management said:
That ONE bad pass that Rivers threw hurt to watch because I knew that b!tch was going the distance. He missed LT on a quick dump off in the third quarter that was executed perfectly and would've easily gone the distance. If he makes this throw, a couple of things happen...

1. Third quarter wouldn't have seemed so "conservative".
2. Rivers would've had 2 passing TDs
3. LT would've been a statistical freak with over a hundred rushing and recieving with a TD in each.
4. Rivers only two missed throws would've been the one screen where LT was being held, and I think the other was a throw away.

Hopefully they work on this play so they get it down.

:bolt:
That pass looked like a miscomunication to me. It's just something that they'll work out together and won't be missing by week 3. It's all good:tup:
 

boltssbbound

Well-Known Member
#8
exodus said:
That pass looked like a miscomunication to me. It's just something that they'll work out together and won't be missing by week 3. It's all good:tup:
Yeah, looked like an option route. Philip threw an out, but LT saw the coverage and turned up the field. Had Philip read this, LT would still be running. :icon_banana:
 

sdchrger

Well-Known Member
#9
boltssbbound said:
Yeah, looked like an option route. Philip threw an out, but LT saw the coverage and turned up the field. Had Philip read this, LT would still be running. :icon_banana:
I thought it was a comeback route to Gates.
 

Trumpet_Man

Well-Known Member
#12
anger management said:
It was supposed to go to LT. He was wide open.

:bolt:
Rivers saw it. I wonder if Brees would have seen it?

The best part is Rivers is kicking his *** about not getting him the ball and will probably not make the same mistake again.
 

boltssbbound

Well-Known Member
#13
sdchrger said:
I thought it was a comeback route to Gates.
I think it was going to be an out to LT right at the first down marker. But LT read the coverage, the LB was digging hard, trying to cover the out, so he turned upfield. Rivers was anticipating LT's and threw it right before LT's expected break. But LT didn't break, so the ball fell between the streaking LT and Gates on the comeback.
 

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