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Keys to the Game: Chargers at 49ers
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Here are five keys to the game heading into Sunday’s preseason game between the San Diego Chargers and the San Francisco 49ers:
“You always play to win. That’s what every team does. But we’re into that third preseason mode also of (having) a certain rotation we’re going to use. We only have so many weeks before we get to the 53, so there are certain players we want to see against certain personnel groups or packages…There are still things we want to run that we haven’t run and get a look at on tape. We’ll put players in a position to succeed and see who’s going to step up. There are only so many opportunities left to show us what they can do. We’re going to have some tough decisions to make.”
“We’ve got to go out there, play our football and number one , stop the run. Like coach says, first thing is we’ve got to stop the run. We worked on that a lot each day this week at practice, and I think we’ll be able to do a better job this week."
“For what we want to be we have do better than we did last week. That’s what this game is about; getting new sets of downs and moving down the field. But even if we do punt, we can’t go three-and-out. We have to get into a better position to punt and win field position.”
“It’s tackling and pressuring the quarterback. Those are two things we didn’t do a great job of last year. I thought we did late in the year that really changed for us. And getting the guys back healthy late in the year was big. But it’s just going out, making sure you’re technique, fundamentally sound, and (playing with) unbelievable effort. But those two things are things we need to do better as a defense.”
“We’ve got so many things that we need to be focused on from a team perspective. That’s kind of our focus right now. We need to focus on being efficient (and) being disciplined in what we do offensively. And that’s mainly our focus going into the season.” Read