As I'm sure you've discovered by now, I was generally satisfied with what I saw on Monday Night in Oakland. There is a lot to improve upon, but the biggest thing is that I never felt like the Chargers would inevitably make an asinine play and lose. That speaks volumes after what we all suffered through last season. When we were 4-1, we all vented about how the team would go nowhere with the comedy of errors they put forth. I believe Eric Weddle even said that if they kept up the level of play they showed during those four wins, that they'd never be successful. So that's why I liked what I saw on Monday. Check out my scribblings from approximately 1:00 EST. My notes look like the scribblings from the poster for the movie about George Bush vs. The Dixie Chicks.
I know, it's liike looking inside the mind of a madman. Nonetheless, you have to be happy that Rivers was able to "manage" the game. With Ronnie Brown looking less agile than Gary Brown (wherever he is), I am sure Rivers was really itching to start throwing passes all over the field. Settling for field goals won't suffice once the competition heats up. I am sure Ryan Mathews will really help in that part of the field. However, it sounds like he'll wait a week before suiting up. I don't think that's a bad idea. This is a game that we night not need him for. That's not to disrespect or underestimate the Titans. But Mathews will be needed more for the remaining fourteen games than the one tomorrow afternoon.
Sure, the place will be loud. I don't fault local fans for waiting to make the game a sellout. This is definitely a "wait and see" season. The ceremony for Junior will bring even more emotion from the seats. But we also know how quickly this team can deflate its own crowd. The key will once again be to see if they have learned from the mistakes they've committed time and time again.
While there are a lot of new players, the ones who have erred the most in the past are still around. That includes, Rivers, of course. Hopefully, he'll realize that there's no crime in living to fight for another down. I didn't get a chance to point it out in any of the various outlets I wrote for this week, but Floyd's catch was a thing of beauty. It was reminiscent of the touchdown grab he had against Pittsburgh in 2006. That's the only time we've beaten the Steelers since the AFC Championship game of 1/15/95.
If I ever completely snap, I'm sure these shots will be called into evidence. While I share Jeffrey Lebowski's dislike of the Eagles, I do like me some Joe Walsh. There's not an awful lot to say about tomorrow's game. Like the rest of the Justice League, I always tense up every time Kaeding lines up for a kick or Phillips does his stupid dance. I know it's supposed to honor his grandmother, but I doubt that's what he's thinking when he does it. Something tells me he's thinking about Shaun Phillips.
I don't think anyone was really talking about the pass defense that saved a touchdown on Monday Night. While I'm sure Eric Weddle would have loved to snag it, I was more impressed that someone actually made a play to knock a sure scoring pass away. Was that Gilchrist? Like everyone else, I was less than psyched with the garbage time touchdown. However, I never thought they were blowing the game. Once again, that is the only thing that matters. I felt otherwise all throughout last September.
Jammer looked really good, so I will be interested to see how he looks with a broken hand. While Gilchrist still has many more chances to break my heart, the idea of him out there with Cason frightens me. Ingram looked good and I'm not even that mad about the late hit. I liked hearing Weddle passive-aggressively call Super Melvin out, though. He said something like "I'm sure he'll think twice next time." I also saw Weddle instructing one of the corners after a play was broken up. I guess the guy is a real leader, after all.
In order to provide the field of white to honor Junior's passing, the Chargers are breaking out the disco uniforms. Whatever, works I guess. I have some bad memories of those duds in the early 2000s. But maybe it's time they make some new memories. If Mathews is really going to sit, might it also be a good idea to rest Gates? I am sure the last thing he wants is to feel like his offseason of rejuvenation is coming to a screeching halt. But it's pretty clear that he doesn't know how to play any way but full throttle. I apologize to that most FAITHFUL of READERS, Whit Watson. I just don't see Gates monitoring himself on the field. So maybe it's time to use McMichael and Rosario. The schedule will obviously become much more difficult beginning with Week Three.
So there you have it. I know this is an extremely (and shamefully) short post. I will be sure to come out you earlier next week as I am seeing Springsteen on Wednesday and Saturday. Of course, it's also Jewish New Year Monday. Hopefully, the Bolts won't ruin my Rosh Hashanah. I am sure I'll be on Twitter during the game. To quote the only cool member of that most uncool of bands, I keep on going I guess I'll never know why.
Life's been good, even if the Bolts always haven't.
Protect the dream,
After seeing last nights game I do believe this is the test I have been looking for. The Atlanta defense made Manning look ordinary. I did notice that McGahee had some nice runs so I am hopeful the Chargers can do the same. We are at home so I am very optimistic about our chances. Atlanta allowed Denver back into the game making me feel even more postive about our chances. Only 6 teams at 2-0. That feels good.
The Chargers did what they were supposed to do. They beat up on a team that won't be in the playoffs. Having a strong showing against the Falcons will prove they are ready once again to play with the big boys.
The second half of yesterdays game was the most enjoyable to me in some time. We do appear to have what we need to get the job done. The O-line still is a concern for me but without a doubt Rivers decision making is much better at the beginning of this season. I hope what Battle did yesterday can be repeated against better teams.
Tonight is interesting. I am looking forward to seeing not only if the Falcons can beat Denver but also what next weeks match up looks like.
Rivers was under quite a bit of pressure most of the day. We won, largely due to good play calling, adjustments on both sides of the ball, and a very good defensive effort. TOP was something like 43mins. and change for us. Not bad against a team with an outside pass rusher like Wimbley & Martin to get inside pressure.Our OL is rough, but neither Brinkley, Battle, and certainly not Brown are close to possessing the speed/quickness of Mathews. Found it damn encouraging that we can be w/o Gaither, Mathews, Brown, & Gates but still win convincingly. Now for Atlanta to beat the Donkeys & get beat to hell in the process.
@TerryMoody Terry, you never commented on the horseradish shaped like Jerry? Norv deserves credit for the calls and knowing to pull the RBs. Jeff's point is a good one that the defense may have been gassed by the time Battle came in. However, I agree with Fouts' assessment that he looked to have more power in his legs than Brown and Brinkley from the get go.
@Lucab12 Jerry looks hot in horseradish. :-D
I agree that the Titans' D was looking pretty gassed when Battle was brought in. Kudos to Norv & Co. for realizing that they could put this game away by pounding the rock with him. Brown looks OK blocking & catching passes, but he's never been a speedster & time appears to have done him no favors there.
Well what do ya know, I don't have a single thing to bitch about after today's game. Hard to complain when you're team whens by 28 no matter who the opponent is. But if I could make just one "observation", I'd say that the Chargers need to work on their running game. When the blocks are there the backs aren't getting to the hole in time. Sometime there's just no where to go. In any case it looks like we need Mathews back real bad. I know Battle did some good things but by then the Titans had given up the ghost. And things are going to get much tougher starting next week with the Falcons. That's it for now . Cheers.