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Liuget Continues to Impress for Chargers
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In a game that did not end the way the San Diego Chargers would have liked, there were things to be proud of, specifically the play of the defense’s front seven, who accounted for five sacks and nine tackles for loss against the high-powered Baltimore Ravens offense.
One of those front seven that stood out was defensive end Corey Liuget.
“We just have a different mindset as a defense to go out, get pressure on the quarterback, bring him to the ground, make plays, score touchdowns, whatever we can do to help this team win and get this thing on the right track,” Liuget said. “We’re just out there fighting. We’re fighting and we’re fighting and we just have to turn them into wins. That’s the most important thing.”
Liuget did his part, tying a career-high with six tackles, five of which were solo, and one sack in the 16-13 overtime loss.
Liuget’s impact was felt almost immediately, as he totaled half of his tackles in the first quarter alone, including the sack.
With the Ravens facing third down and 10 on the Chargers’ 34-yard line, Liuget sacked quarterback Joe Flacco for a nine-yard loss. The tackle pushed Baltimore out of field goal range and the Ravens were forced to punt.
Still, Liuget’s most significant play came late in the third quarter with the Ravens trailing 10-3 and facing fourth-and-inches on San Diego’s 14-yard line. Liuget was able to break through the Ravens offensive line and tackle running back Bernard Pierce in the backfield for a loss of two yards. As a result, the Chargers would take over on downs and drive down the field for a 30-yard Nick Novak field goal to extend the lead to 13-3.
Despite his great play, Liuget’s focus was on the defense as a whole after the game.
“I can say that, but it wasn’t good enough,” Liuget said when asked if he believed Sunday’s game was his best as a pro. “It would have felt a lot better with a W. It was a good game, but not great enough… We work every weekend and we know what they’re going to run. We just have to go out and execute as a defense. We did it for the most part. Like I said, that one play where we didn’t tackle good enough or things like that as a defense, it hurts us. We know what comes every play and every snap. We just have to go out and make it happen.”
Despite the 4-7 record, Liuget says there is still a lot to fight for.
“Your pride, your dignity and hopefully getting a wild-card spot and getting into the playoffs and just take off from there,” he said. “That’s what we’re fighting for and we’re not giving up. We have the talent, we have the guys, we have the coaches, we have the mindset.”