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Short-handed Chargers defense gets it done

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The Chargers were facing one of the league’s best fourth-quarter quarterbacks, without perhaps their four best linebackers.

So naturally, it was the Chargers defense that stole the show in last night’s 19-9 win over the Colts.

We knew we were shorthanded out there,” safety Eric Weddle said, via Michael Gehlken of U-T San Diego. “Those guys stepped up, . . . Geez, they just played hard.”

The Chargers were playing without starters Jarrett Johnson (hamstring) and Donald Butler (groin), in addition to the guys they knew wouldn’t be available (Dwight Freeney on IR and Melvin Ingram on the PUP list). That forced guys such as Andrew Gachkar and Tourek Williams into the starting lineup.

So naturally, defensive coordinator John Pagano dialed up enough pressure to keep his brother’s team on its heels all night.

“I thought he was aggressive when he needed to be aggressive,” Johnson said of Pagano and the defense he watched. “I thought he played off when he needed to. He called a phenomenal game. I love pressure.

“I was happy to see him cut loose and say, ”You know what? We’re going to be aggressive and bring who we got.'”

That defense also provided the signature moment late, when Derek Cox picked off a pass intended for Reggie Wayne that could have added another page to Colts quarterback Andrew Luck’s book of late-game heroics.

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6 Responses to “Short-handed Chargers defense gets it done”
  1. Smarterthanyou says: Oct 15, 2013 7:34 AM

    Can we please stop with all the forced Kool-Aid now regarding FraudIII and Luck?

    The media overhyped these two average QB’s into superstars before even seeing them play a full season and handed them undeserved awards. The simpleton fans who only understands football based on what they read, drank the chugged the KoolAid by the cases.

    Its becoming clear to all that FraudIII has severe flaws and Luck is an average Joe.

    Its VERY apparent that Russell Wilson earned ROY honors but was robbed, and is by far the best QB of the three and will have a much more successful career

  2. ericxchavoya says: Oct 15, 2013 8:59 AM

    With a little luck we won

  3. natelan69 says: Oct 15, 2013 10:49 AM

    Just a very smart and good game by the Chargers.

  4. 619sdfan4life says: Oct 15, 2013 10:53 AM

    I’d take luck over rg3 anyday.

  5. lance19 says: Oct 15, 2013 12:05 PM

    Anyone who watched ESPN’s pre-game show
    would be wondering who Luck & the Colts
    were supposed to play.

  6. chargersdiehard says: Oct 15, 2013 9:00 PM

    And that’s just who we’ve lost on d. On o we lost our two top wrs, and were missing a starting guard. We gave om e game away (Texans) and could easily be 4-2. Oakland and the Titans beat us hands down. McCoy is doing a great job making the most out of this roster. Within a couple years of building, our long over due super bowl win will happen.

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