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Five Keys: Chargers vs. Titans
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Here are five keys to the game heading into the Week 9 match between the San Diego Chargers and Tennessee Titans.
“(He’s playing) at an extremely high level. 63% completion percentage. I think he has only been sacked about 12 times. We have to do a good job of if we have an opportunity to (intercept) it, catch it. If we have an opportunity to go for a strip, make those things happen. Those numbers are low (for them)… He does a great job of moving in the pocket (and) staying in the pocket. He is accurate with the football. Their rankings are high across the board; red zone offense (and) third-down offense, I think they are both third in the NFL in those so we have to do a good job of really trying to contain him because he is a threat when he gets outside of the pocket because he does run with it.”
“It’s huge anytime you can do something like (forcing two red zone turnovers). It has been a point of emphasis of ours. You’ve got guys creating those types of plays, sack-fumbles, strip-fumbles in that situation like Korey (Toomer) made when the running back was going for the flat. It’s huge. Keep points off the board. It is always something you have to emphasize, but the guys and the coaches that have really been emphasizing (it) throughout the weeks has been good.”
“Tennessee wants to run the football. You see how they play the game and how they throw the football, but they’ve got the two backs in there and they just pound it. They do a nice job with it. (They are) very creative with how they do things formationally to get you in the right type of front and the right scheme defensively to expose what you do. They’ve got two physical backs that go downhill. You have to do a great job in having run fits and be a great tackling team.”
Meanwhile, Pagano chimed in with the similarities and differences in their running styles:
“They are similar. DeMarco is really fast. He has great vision; everyone talks about him being a downhill, one-cut type runner but he bounces it (too). You see things of people saying you want to get him going sideways, but sometimes he goes sideways pretty quick and gets out either side of the back door. It’s something you have to be disciplined across the board with these guys. And Henry is a guy that is just a big, physical runner that hits the hole, sees it and goes. It’s a good combination; it is a luxury they have to have two great runners like that that do the things they do. They are similar in styles but different in a way of one having more experience and one having less experience.”
“He consistently moves his team (up the field) and scores points. They are right up near the top in both categories and he does that every year. It doesn’t seem to matter who is around him; he is just a great player.”
“He's very crafty. They're using him the right way. They're using him on third down. They're using him in the red zone. He finds ways to get open. It doesn't look like he's lost a beat, but he's not playing the number of reps that he used to play, so he's a guy that can come off the bench and wreck your game just in the red-zone scenario. He's phenomenal still to this day.” Read