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Old 10-15-2009, 02:50 PM    (permalink
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I'm rooting for some legit failure in Dallas just to get Wade Phillips back. His defensive regime was the last time the bolts bothered to really get aggressive with their blitz tactics. Cottrell and Rivera both call games like they're coaching a 4-3.
If we can stop the run, I think Rivera would be more aggressive. But as it is now, we can't tee off on a QB because it's being neutralized by the running game. Do you know why our cornerbacks have always played off? It's because it allows them a better chance to stop the run as opposed to being in press all the time.
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If we can stop the run, I think Rivera would be more aggressive. But as it is now, we can't tee off on a QB because it's being neutralized by the running game. Do you know why our cornerbacks have always played off? It's because it allows them a better chance to stop the run as opposed to being in press all the time.
I bought that for a few years but not anymore. We're playing zone in third and long, and that's not to stop the run. The off coverage on 3rd and short/mid is debatable but given how often we've been torched by uncovered receivers I expect this team to adapt. Who knows, maybe the bye week did something.
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I bought that for a few years but not anymore. We're playing zone in third and long, and that's not to stop the run. The off coverage on 3rd and short/mid is debatable but given how often we've been torched by uncovered receivers I expect this team to adapt. Who knows, maybe the bye week did something.
Maybe the coaching is a factor, since most 3-4 teams blitz somebody on 3rd down, usually a linebacker. The soft zone on 3rd down is one of the few things that irritates me about Lovie Smith's defense. Ron Rivera has been doing the same.
Plus, the D-Line isn't what it used to be. They are allowing a good amount of push by the other teams and are not holding their ground very well against the run or pass.
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Wade also had Jamal in his best years and a healthy Merriman on steroids. The supporting cast around them was also much more solid.

You really can't compare the defensive personnel Marty/Wade had with what the Chargers have now.
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For SD, injuries/lack of depth in the front 7 has caused a terrible pass rush and push in run defense, and that is exposing a back 7 not built to cover very well.

Factor that in with a passive scheme, and an unimpressive secondary, and you have problems.

The main issues are that this defense has relied too heavily on the skills of Merriman and Williams for too long. Now that both are hurt, this defense looks awful.

AJ Smith is a complete arrogant fool if he thinks letting Merriman walk is a good idea. It just shows how full of himself he has become. Merriman is only proving how valuable he is to the team by being hurt the past 2 years. Without him, this defense looks terrible. He made that defense tick, he made every player on that defense look better than they really are. Phillips, Castillo, Cooper, Cro, they're all afterthoughts without Merriman drawing double teams every play.

Now Smith wants to let him go? Go do it dumbass. See how far that gets you. Btw, youve done a pretty crappy job drafting the past couple of years, so maybe you should stop smelling your own farts.
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SD desperately needs to bolster both the talent and depth on both of their lines. That would go a long way to making that an elite team again, offensively they just can't move the ball and defensively they get pushed around to much and as you said Merriman isn't there to beast like he used to, at least not yet, and until cro gets his head out of his ass or gets benched for Cason, that secondary just can't make up for it. That said I think if they did bench cro for cason that'd not only make them better, it'd also light that fire under cro to make him start playing up to his abilities, the support isn't there for him to have 10 picks again, but three quality corners would go a long way for them making it work despite their DL.
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Cro shouldve been benched a long time ago. And you just see no development of young players under Turner. A big part of draft picks panning out for an organization is their development under their coach.

Turner isn't doing a good job developing talent. Not on the defensive side at least. He's done a great job on the offensive side of the ball, i'll give him that.

They need a better DC. They shouldve went after Dom Capers when they had the chance.
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Cro shouldve been benched a long time ago. And you just see no development of young players under Turner. A big part of draft picks panning out for an organization is their development under their coach.

Turner isn't doing a good job developing talent. Not on the defensive side at least. He's done a great job on the offensive side of the ball, i'll give him that.

They need a better DC. They shouldve went after Dom Capers when they had the chance.
They need a better coaching staff, I've never considered Norv a good HC and Ron Rivera has always seemed like much more of a motivator than co-ordinator which is problematic with a head-coach who doesn't understand a defense all that well.
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