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Five Keys: Chargers vs. Saints
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Here are five keys to the game heading into the Week 4 match between the San Diego Chargers and New Orleans Saints.
“I’m just going to take what they give me. It’s the NFL. I don’t expect to go out there and run for 200, this or that. You can’t have a set number in your head, because if you do, you’ll be disappointed if you don’t’ reach it. So my goal is to go out there with the unit and see what happens. Get those guys to do what they do up front, and create big plays. That is all we can count on. You can’t say they’ve been struggling against the run. They can come out and be the best defense that week. That’s just how things go, and you learn that early. We’re going to go out there and we’re just going to ball.”
“I think they have some really good players in the secondary. I think they have a really good pass rush. Melvin Ingram is an extremely impressive player. Really, that whole defensive front…a lot of guys who can make plays on the ball (in the secondary). We have our work cut out for us. I think we have to be ultra-efficient in everything we do; run and pass. We need to have a good protection plan. I have a lot of respect for (Defensive Coordinator) John Pagano.”
“(A) fast speed guy (who is) getting better every year. You see the big plays, (especially) the big play he had against Oakland. The ability to run away from people after the catch. You see how they match him up in certain areas to be able to get him open the way he runs routes.”
Meanwhile, Jason Verrett has lined up against the opposition’s top weapon all season long. This week, that would mean also facing one of his closest friends who worked out together this summer. Verrett explained how he must flip a switch come kickoff:
“It’s going to be fun just because I know when we are out there, there is going to be an 'I hate you' mentality. We’ve got to beat each other. I know we are going to dog it out, and after we’ll swap jerseys and show love.”
“They’ve had a lot of injuries in the secondary, but the guys who have been in there are a scrappy bunch of guys. They (have) young guys in some spots and veteran guys in other spots. In the safety spot there is a handful of veterans and Pro Bowlers….It’s going to be a challenge. They are a team that obviously we know is going to be hungry for a win. We are as well. It’s a huge game for both teams:
“He’s a one cut, slashing, downhill runner. Sees the hole, takes what he gets and lowers his pad level. You’ve got to have a pad level to be able to match his intensity coming through the hole to be able to tackle him. He’s smart; has got great vision. They do a lot with him.”