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Five Keys: Chargers vs. Jaguars
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Here are five keys to the game heading into Sunday’s home opener between the San Diego Chargers and Jacksonville Jaguars:
“The o-line was awesome. I thought Melvin (Gordon) did a heck of a job running. He was really running hard, confident and really seeing things well. The guys up front blocked it up well, so we just have to build on that.”
Now, San Diego faces another top defensive front that is difficult to run against. The Jaguars were one of the toughest teams defending the run in 2015, and continued that trend with a solid effort last week holding the Green Bay Packers to 95 yards on the ground. Offensive Coordinator Ken Whisenhunt outlined what makes Jacksonville’s front seven so difficult to get push against:
“I’ve gone against (Jaguars Head) Coach (Gus) Bradley for a number of years back to the Arizona days when he was in Seattle. They just do a good job. They give you multiple fronts, are very well-coached, give you a lot of different things to look at and are aggressive stopping the run. It will be a challenge for us, but we’re excited to see if we can continue to build on what we did in the run game.”
“Blake is a player that we liked coming out of the draft. As a quarterback in this league, it takes time. I think each year and each game, the more you play, the more comfortable you become and you can see how efficient he is playing. I think he has a lot of weapons. I think they have done a good job of putting a number of talented players around him. Being with (Offensive Coordinator) Greg Olson – he does an outstanding job as a coordinator with quarterbacks. He has been very successful. I think the more you play in a system and the more you play with your teammates in the skill positions, the better you are going to be. He has a lot of weapons to go to.”
“They’ve got two outstanding receivers in 15 (Robinson) and 88 (Hurns). They do it so different. (Hurns) is more of an underneath type route runner, and they are going to throw the ball up to (Robinson). You can see that it’s coming. It’s either going to be a back shoulder or a jump ball. You have to be ready for those things.”
“(It’s a) different style that (Benjamin) brings, but the speed, the ability to turn a small play, your short catch into a big play; he has the ability to do that. He can take the top-end off, a lot of double moves using his speed, so just very active. It’s not like they use him for one thing, but (we) anticipate seeing him as more of a primary threat.”
“We hope the residue from that loss will have dissipated by the time Sunday gets here and the fans are fired up as we will be to play in front of them. (We’re fired up to try to) get a win for them and win our first game and wearing the whites only. Guys always enjoy that change up in uniform. We’re excited. Had we gone and found a way to hold (on), this one was still going to come (anyway). We are still going to kick the ball off and it is still going to be important. Let’s find a way to get to 1-1.”