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Mailbag: Stopping RGIII and a Tough November

Posted Oct 30, 2013

Check out this week's edition of Ricky Henne's Fan Mailbag.

Q: The Chargers have struggled against mobile QBs (Jake Locker and Terrelle Pryor). How can they contain RGIII?– Dan Dean

A:  Quite a few questions came in this week about the Bolts needing to stop Robert Griffin III.  So I posed this question to a couple of Chargers.  Here is what Kendall Reyes had to say:

“He’s a great athlete as everyone knows.  He’s going to do everything he can to extend the play, so you’ve got to keep him contained.  You can’t give him any space. You can’t let him bounce rushes, and if that’s the case, we should be good.  We had a good practice today and we’re looking forward to this game. But we do have a challenge ahead of us this weekend and we’ve got to be ready for it.”

I also asked Shareece Wright what it’s like to cover receivers when there is a dual threat QB of Griffin’s nature.  Here is his response:

“For me as a corner, it’s about coverage.  You just have to cover your guy. You can’t fall asleep on guys at the top of routes.  When Griffin is scrambling outside the pocket, you still have to stay on your guy and be alert because he may throw that pass right before he runs out of bounds.”

Q: Looking at the schedule this is a real tough stretch in November. Away games at Washington, Miami and Kansas City and the only home game against Denver. Are you worried about this stretch?– Larry Dawkins

A: Worried isn’t the right word, but I do agree that this is an important month for the Chargers.  The team has four of their final five games at home, with the last three all against AFC West opponents.  As General Manager Tom Telesco explained in my interview with him, these next five games (the four you listed plus the Dec. 1 match vs. the Cincinnati Bengals) present a particularly tough stretch for the Bolts.  If they are able to meet the challenge head on and come away with an impressive record, it sets the team up nicely for what they hope is a stretch run into the playoffs.

Q: Ricky, show some love to Coach Kevin Spencer and the special teams. I know we’ve had a couple blocked field goals but compared to previous seasons they are playing outstanding. Darrell Stuckey is playing at a Pro Bowl level and Mike Scifres has all day to punt back there. I like the effort I've seen from Seyi Ajirotutu as well. – Andrew Cronin

A: I agree that the special teams unit as a whole is playing well.  Above all else they haven’t given up a big return in the kicking game.  They are mostly forcing the opposing team’s offense to march down a long field in order to get points.  One play that sticks out in particular that is indicative of this strong play was Stuckey catching a punt over the shoulder at the three yard line on a precision punt by Scifres against Jacksonville.   And don’t forget about Nick Novak who is also in the midst of a standout season.  The one area I think that they could do better in is in the return game, and earlier today Head Coach Mike McCoy echoed those same sentiments:

"We're always looking to improve. I think we are about due to make a big play in the kicking game. You always look for it. We've eliminated the issue we have had for a couple weeks of poor decisions, poor techniques or whatever you want to call it, but we had a few blocked kicks in there we have to eliminate. Those plays are game changers. They change the tempo of the game, change field position, put a team on a short field or whatever it is."

Q: What is the team’s mindset after the days of rest they got from the Bye? – Alfred Darlington

A: Overall it’s quite positive.  Some of you wrote in you were worried that the team would be rusty or could lose the momentum they built over the weeks leading up to the break, but that’s not the case.  They say they’ve had crisp practices and are looking forward to going out there and executing up to their high standards in the Nation’s Capital.  They feel the extra days of rest came at the right time as it allowed some players nursing injuries to get healthy.


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