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Defense Looks to Build Off Strong Finish

Posted Nov 11, 2013

The San Diego Chargers defense aims to build off their strong finish over the last quarter and a half.

As pointed out last night, the San Diego Chargers take no solace in nearly pulling off an improbable comeback.  The bottom line is they didn’t perform up to expectations for a full 60 minutes, and as a result, were on the short end of a 28-20 decision to the Denver Broncos.

That being said, the way the defense performed over the final five drives of the game was encouraging.  Going up against the top-ranked offense in the NFL, they made the proper adjustments, and as a result, forced a fumble and three punts before the Broncos final drive of the game ended with a kneel down.  So, even though they lost, were there positives to come out of the way they played over the final 26:34 of the game?

“Definitely,” said Shareece Wright. “They’re one of the best teams. We’ve seen that we can beat them. We just can’t start the way we started. We’ve got to start better than that because it’s hard to come back and beat a good team like that. If we played like we played in the second half the whole game, it’s a whole different game.”

Perhaps no one communicated the positives gleaned from the defense’s second-half effort than one of their captains, Eric Weddle.

“We showed some character and some fight,” he said. “We played well other than that first series in the second half and stopped them in I think four straight series – maybe five – created a turnover and got off of the field. It’s good. We go against a team like that and to fight, in my mind, it gives me some confidence of what we can become. I’m definitely looking forward to our next matchup with them.”

The defensive highlight of the game was Tourek Williams’ first career sack, which lit a fire under the unit.  The rookie flashed some jets by speeding around left tackle Chris Clark.  As Peyton Manning rolled to his right, Williams showed tremendous closing speed, and using a tomahawk-chop, stripped the ball from the future Hall of Fame passer that Donald Butler recovered.

“It is special to get my first sack, and for it to be against a guy like (Manning),” said Williams.  “But it doesn’t really matter because we didn’t win.  That would have really made it special.”

Even though they were disappointed by the game’s outcome, that play as well as others over the final quarter and a half left many players encouraged heading into the final seven games of the season.

“We’ve got seven games left,” Weddle said.  “The whole season is right there in front of us. If you guys on the outside think the season is done then don’t come talk to me because we still have everything there. Going against a great team you have to capitalize on everything. You have to score in the red zone. You have to keep drives going and you have to stop them. We didn’t do all of those things successfully for four quarters and they ended up winning the game.”

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