Here are some quick thoughts on Sunday’s game against the San Francisco 49ers.
Corey Liuget was an animal. He could not be stopped and he was everywhere. Corey put a ton of pressure on the 49er offense, tipped balls, tackles for losses, forced fumbles..etc. Clearly he was the all-star on the stout first-team defense.
Ryan Mathews is a monster. Doubters and haters, where are you now? Booga Peters nailed it and this game may help show that he will have an even better year in 2014 than he did last season.
Jeremiah Attaochu showed glimpses of greatness and why we as Bolt Nation are so happy he is here. I was excited that they put him in earlier than later because I wanted – NEEDED – to see him in action. He did not disappoint. He has a long way to go to be a Pro bowl player, but you can see that his speed and pass rushing ability will translate well to the NFL.
The first-team run Defense was masterful. Lanes were closed and pursuit was swift. In fact, the whole D-Line was very impressive as Kaepernick was under a ton of pressure and felt the Bolt presence. Pagano did a nice job putting pressure at the right time.
Danny Woodhead is needed in this offense. ‘Nuff said.
Secondary looked good and was part of the cause for Colin looking frazzled. Wright was all over his guy and looked solid. Most of the completed passes and first downs by San Francisco were short passes. There were hardly any shots taken down field.
Punt returners – Was I the only one that held his breath everytime a punt was kicked by the 49ers? There are a few things teams and fans dislike more than a solid defense series, excited about getting the offense back on the field, then to have a shaky return man bobble the ball or muff the put and give it back to the opposing team. It appears that Eddie Royal will man the punt return duties during the regular season.
The Chargers do not need to keep three quarterbacks. In remembering the article written by Booga and Thomas Powell about their 53-man roster, this was one glaring difference. Though the team seems to like Brad Sorensen, there are too many other needs on this roster to allow the Bolts the luxury of retaining 3 signal callers. He saw a lot of time against San Fran and finished 11/21 with 84 yards pass and two interceptions.
On offense, 3rd (and 4th) and short was dismal. Playcalling needs to be more creative. The offense works hard to move the chains and with one or two yards to go, we need to be able to punch it forward – especially in the red zone. Yes, the playbook was kept under lock and key due to the fact that San Francisco is on the regular season schedule. However, we do not see them until week 16. Meaning, they are going to see 14 regular seasons games of film on San Diego anyway.
I know this was “just” a preseason game, but I felt that the Chargers showed a little more of what they are and what they can be. There is great talent and impressive depth on this team. They took on the starters of the ‘9ers, who many say is the 2nd best team in the NFL, and shut them down while the first-team units were in the game.
What are your thoughts and what did you take away from this game? LET ME HEAR YA, CHARGER FANS!!!
“PEACE….and Boltness forever” – BWK