Inside Slant 10-05-06

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mapcap55

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MATCHUPS TO WATCH: The Chargers' run-blocking, with C Nick Hardwick in the middle, vs. the Steelers' run defense, which is anchored by NT Casey Hampton. It was for days just like this Sunday that Hardwick added about 20 pounds to his frame this offseason — to wrestle with the likes of Hampton. While the linebackers on the Steelers get much of the glory for the team's great run defense (ranked No. 4) it's the work of Hampton that is the key. Hardwick likely can't handle Hampton by himself, which is going to open some lanes for the linebackers to shoot through. If Hardwick is on his game and can stop Hampton, it allows the other blockers to work elsewhere.

—The Chargers punt return game, with Eric Parker returning punts, vs. the Steelers' punt return team, which has been struggling. Parker has given the Chargers a spark, averaging 9.8 yards per game. Parker, though, had a bruised leg after getting rocked in Baltimore but says he is OK. The Steelers' punt return team is ranked 29th in the league, so there could be some yards to be had here for the Chargers. And in what figures to be a game that revolves around good field position, this matchup could be a key.

—The Chargers' pass-blocking, which must protect a quarterback making his fourth NFL start vs. the Steelers' zone blitz package, which can confuse even the best offensive lines. Philip Rivers has been good about getting the ball out in a timely matter — there's no doubting his quick release — and he has been sacked but once all year. But mastering the Steelers' array of blitz packages born from their 3-4 alignment is no easy task. Look for the Chargers to put a tight end — and maybe two — up on the line to help and go to max pass protection in other cases to make sure Rivers stays upright. The Steelers have 10 sacks, and what makes that number impressive is they come from six different players which illustrate the various people from various angles that the Steelers' attack rival quarterbacks.

Here's to EP taking one all the way...
 

Trumpet_Man

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Schottenheimer knows it. And he knows he'll never change his approach — he'll go down or up doing it his way.

Oddly, a coach who does it the same way — the Steelers' Bill Cowher, who at age 28 got his first NFL coaching job from Schottenheimer — is wearing a Super Bowl ring.

Cowher is a clone of Marty.

It is only a matter of time before Marty is due. This year he is due.
 

mapcap55

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Trumpet_Man said:
Schottenheimer knows it. And he knows he'll never change his approach — he'll go down or up doing it his way.

Oddly, a coach who does it the same way — the Steelers' Bill Cowher, who at age 28 got his first NFL coaching job from Schottenheimer — is wearing a Super Bowl ring.

Cowher is a clone of Marty.

It is only a matter of time before Marty is due. This year he is due.

He is OVERdue
 

exodus

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The Chargers are going to bring it. Is it on? Yes! It's on! Death to the terrible toilet paper. LT is going to carve that overated D to ribbons and, possibly, even break Palomalos ankle.
 

glutton4Bolts

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Trumpet_Man said:
Schottenheimer knows it. And he knows he'll never change his approach — he'll go down or up doing it his way.

Oddly, a coach who does it the same way — the Steelers' Bill Cowher, who at age 28 got his first NFL coaching job from Schottenheimer — is wearing a Super Bowl ring.

Cowher is a clone of Marty.

It is only a matter of time before Marty is due. This year he is due.
A monkey filling our HC position should be able to get a ring with this team.... we are loaded.