dig up this post from back in January where I point an area that needs to be addressed:Because it's such an important fact that gets lost on people, I felt it was necessary to
Something that has been bugging me about the Chargers defense in the has been their inability to stop the third-and-short run plays. When teams run the ball on the Chargers during third-and-short, opponents are a perfect six for six in converting the third down.
The Indianapolis Colts ran the ball twice on third and short and both times they gained enough yards for the first down. The Tennessee Titans, a much more run-oriented team, ran the ball on third and short four times against the Chargers and all four times they got the first down.
Stopping teams on third down is crucial to a team’s ability to win a game and the Patriots are going to be an incredible challenge. There is no question in my mind the Chargers have what it takes to win on Sunday, but its going to take a special effort from all eleven players on defense to stop such a high-powered offense. Re-watching the Titans and Colts games points to some shoddy tackling on the part of the safeties in third and short... especially from the strong safety spot. In the words of Shawne Merriman "You cannot know what a team is going to do and not stop it. This is football!"
Subscribe in a reader
This Week's Popular Posts
The Chargers have a plan on where to play when they move to Los Angeles and according to reports from USA Today, as well as NBC Sports Pro ...
Dean Spanos, Chairman of the Chargers, announced this morning that the team is relocating to Los Angeles and will begin the 2017 NFL seas...
The rumors are going strong as stories are being published left and right in regards to the future of the San Diego Chargers in San Diego a...
A bitter AFC West division rivalry sets the league afire when the San Diego Chargers and Oakland Raiders face off in Week 5. This part...