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Old 09-12-2004   #1
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Default 3-4 scheme a dream!

Sorry folks for the early rant, but either the 3-4 has to go or they have to find a defensive coordinator that will run it the right way! YES, I know we can not turn the ball over as many times as we did, but we also have to cause something on the defensive side of the ball! How many third down conversions did the Chargers have? Not the Patriots, Not the Eagles, Not the Colts, but the Chargers? Not only conversions, but for long yards! This team has to blitz the QB more and place pressure on the QB! Mark my words, the Chargers will not win more than 3 more games this season, due to the SMART D-Coordinators realizing that pressure is the key to breaking down an offense, not relying on a defense that is just getting back together after being destoryed by injury a year ago, and two rookies! Either switch to a scheme that will alow you to place more pressure on the QB, or fire the Coordinator! With a game plan like this, get ready for a long, hot, loosing season in Houston!
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Hate to say it but you have a point. Something has to be done about the lack of pressure on the opposing QB.
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Too much conservative play calling on offense and defense.
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i couldnt agree more. we dont have any pass rush, and IMO it's due to not sending enough rushers. 4 men usually arent going to get it done. it's obvious that the olb that isnt on a te is going to rush and the other will watch. the 3-4 is meant to confuse qb's with that many men in the back able to either rush or drop back. it does no good if everyone drops back. either we send 4 certified linemen as per the 4-3 or we utilize the 3-4 by mixing up our schemes. i never saw sharper or foreman blitz, did yall? wong got a couple calls but that's expected and if their left guard was 1/2 a step quicker we would've gone the entire game relying on robaire's solitary rushing ability.

blitz somebody! hit somebody! there's not an offense in football that is afraid of the texans and we're to blame for that.
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Firstly DOm Capers has complete control over the scheme the defense runs and secondly I think you have to look at the personel we have. We have great D-lineman and pretty good LBs. I think that the secondary only has one very good player, as it did last year. Dunta is a rook and he will come along, but he played questionably today, with the trip and the penalties, I had my doubts on Marcus Coleman making the switch to FS and he really didnt show me anything today. But the person I was most worried about proved his worth today. SS Eric Brown had a horrible game in my opinion, not being able to contain a the TE and vertualy being demolished by the guy.


Oh and the pass rush is bad, but thats the only thing I place on the coordinator. Too conservative in his blitzing, not really bringing enough players on the blitz.
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Eric Brown did look pretty bad today.
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blitz somebody! hit somebody! there's not an offense in football that is afraid of the texans and we're to blame for that.
We couldn't buy a sack today. Wong got ONE.......WHOOPEEEE!!!!!!!!!

Arm tackling does not work. I have never seen so much hand slappin'. Guys like Tomlinson and Edgerrin James just skip and hop along like mutant rabbits up the field through our defense.

Eric Brown can't keep up with a guy twice his size and probably much slower.

The supposed weak offensive line of San Diego, that you message board experts told us about, looked pretty doggone good today!!!!!!!!
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LT did NOT skip through our offense today, we got beat by the passing game. i didnt see many arm tackles and i think joe texan could've been a wr threat the way penalties were called on robinson today. if that 40 yard touching call is a penalty, we are in a LOT of trouble this season.

eric brown did look bad, but he was out of place. i want babin or wong slamming him at the LOS and ending it there. gates was never touched by a lb, either at the line or in coverage.

our big problem is pass rush, and i think it's quickly becoming obvious that it's not necessarily personel, it's system. babin did his job very well today, getting close to the qb and making plays in the backfield, but didnt have time to get to the qb. we were missing payne which hurt quite a bit but isnt an excuse. we HAVE to send more rushers occasionally. we HAVE to scare the opposing qb's. manning is the only qb in the league that i've seen that's afraid of 9 men in the backfield, for everyone else we need to send atleast 7 on occassion and hurt someone in the process. hit em! this is football, i wanna see the whites of the opposing qb's eyes as he gets pummeled by a backside rush.
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The 3-4 "vanilla" defence is no good unless you are gonna USE the flexibility it gives ya to create confusion and pressure on the QB. Playing a "conservative" 3-4 is playing to lose - not to win. If the DC want's to keep his job, he is going to have to show a bit of testosterone and turn those dogs loose so they can hunt! Keep tying them to the portch and they will be guarding your retirement home.
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oh boy are you guys in a state of dissaray or what
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If they're not going to get a pass rush, they better get som Safeties and LB wo can really cover. If SD put up 27 on us, what is KC gonna get, 42 again? What about MIN, or IND?? Something needs to be done.
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chargers were the highest scoring team in the pre season leader of turnovers in pre season and sack leader so hey maybe pre season does mean a thing or 2. regardless if it does or doesnt the 27-20 score today means you lost and we win
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preseason means nothing. the bengals had the #1 run D in the preseason and got trampled by Curtis Martin today.
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It's a combination of things for sure, but clearly, there was a lack of aggressiveness today on both sides of the ball. San Diego dictated the action, and we waited for their move. Regardless of the turnovers, which was reason #1 for losing this game, this has to change, or we will be a 5 win team again. Capers has to turn the hounds loose on both sides of the ball, and start making the oppenent react to the Texans instead of vice versa. In addition, the Chargers braintrust made some good ingame adjustments. I saw no significant adjustments by the Texans. Hopefully, things will improve, or the coaches will have to pay the piper at years end. Based on talent, this should be a 7 or 8 win team. Unless we have a rash of injuries, anything less will be a disapointment, and will call into question the schemes and game plans.
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exactly Porky. I was suprised by our defense. I don't know if we over compensated for LT or what, but they dictated (s.D.) to us what we did. Penalties held them back on the offensive side of the ball and for a while there I didn't think g-funk was even in the game. They did a good job.

Babins showed me some stuff but overall it was really a downer about our defense.
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since both the Patriots and Ravens run the 3-4, and ironically have won 3 out of the last 4 Superbowls, I am going to assume there is nothing wrong with 3-4.

San Diego exploited Eric Brown's know weakness in coverage with a physically talented TE. it is the job of the DC and Capers to figure something out to cover up that weakness, but even late when then needed a play they were able to find Gates.

A large part of the offense this year will be to keep the defense off the field and with 4 turnovers, they did not do that.
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Your exactly right, there is nothing wrong withthe 3-4 defense, if you allow guys to go out and make plays! Pats continue to embarass the league, the Steelers prosper, and the Ravens will bounce back, but you have to be aggressive. It looked like Fangio and Capers decided to allow LT to come to them, rather than dictate the tempo of the game, and take the game to them!. Needless to say, the tempo went the wrong direction. Some of Eric Brown's plays were bad, but he, along with no one in the league could cover Fat Albert for as long as Drew Brees had time to throw!
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The defense is going to be an issue this season but it's not the fact that we're running a 3-4. It's a number of factors that include the following:

Seth Payne, coming back and getting back to form (DeLoach may be filling in admirably for Seth but he's not Seth. He's never going to be Seth)

Gary Walker getting back into the groove. A much smaller step up for Gary than Seth but he still missed significant time last season.

Robaire Smith getting fully integrated into what we're doing and in sync with the rest of the defensive line.

Starting a new rookie linebacker (Babbin) who's learning a new position

Starting a new rookie cornerback (Robinson) who's not learning a new position but who can single handedly give up a score when he makes a mistake.

Starting Marcus Coleman at Safety. Not a rookie but a new position.

All of these things are going to take a few games (at least) to get worked out. Remember that whole "gel" thing? They need to and until they do they aren't going to be playing well. At times they'll play great and at other times they'll blow it. Come week 8 or 9 when the defense is really on the same page without thinking about what they're doing many who are worried about whether or not the 3-4 is viable will be talking about how they're finally playing it like it's meant to be played. As if this is a result of the way the Texans are trying to play the 3-4 and not a result of the changes they've made to the personnel.
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You Gotta Realize While You Guys Are Hearing How Your A Team On The Rise And Possibly Can Make The Playoffs And Blowing Up Your Ego Talking About You Have A Triplets Like The Cowboys Or Colts...when These Guys Are Proven And Potential Hall Of Famers. You Got Caught Up In The Hype And A Team That Has Been Getting Nothing But Disrespect And A Bunch Of **** Talked About Them And Has Just Been Feeding The Fuel To The Fire. We Were Amped Up And Had Something To Prove. You Expected To Win Relatively Easily. While We Came To The Game For A Fight. We Brought A Fight To You Went The Distance And Ko'd You In The 12th. It Was A Good Game But You Guys Have Got To Get More Aggressive. You Were Too Wrapped Up In Bs Stats And Novelties Like You Have Never Lost On Opening Day... So What It Was Bound To Happen... If That's The Case We Have The Coach With The Best Win Percentage On Opening Day And That Made The Difference... Not!
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Stop making stupid excuses man!!!!! SD had more fire than our team. How the &*^% does that happen when we are suppose to be the team on the rise!?
I do not where we go from here. The competition will get harder.
Which one of the things I pointed out is not a fact? If they are all facts (and I am certain that they are) then failing to see that these things will have an effect on a defenses (or an offenses) performance is simply stupid.

In the year that the Oilers began running the 46 defense they were sporting a number of quality veteran defenders. They added one linebacker who had not played with them before (but who was well versed in the 46 defense) and their defense looked terrible for the first quarter of the season. It didn't really begin to produce the kind of results they wanted to see until the second half of the season. Making changes or enduring changes in your scheme or personnel results in a period of adjustment. It's a fact of life, not an excuse.

I've never made a "stupid excuse" for the Texans. I've never had to.
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