It might have been a meaningless game in the standings, but it meant alot in terms of evaluating talent, that (27-7) trashing of America’s team last night..
The Chargers offense went up and down the field with the ball, hitting big play after big play, to serve notice how dynamic and diverse they are.
The Bolts defense has alot of work to do, and still seems to be the weak link it was last year, eventhough the team got to the postseason and won a playoff game.
They beatdown a bad Dallas Cowboys defense last night, a team missing what few quality veterans they had on what was a 32nd ranked unit from a year ago. Injuries and inept are the two words to describe what Dallas puts on the field now. Dangerous and dynamic describes San Diego’s offense, after they put up (395Y) in offense..
But preseason games are all about grading individual talent and their assignments, and a number of newcomers really stood out.
CFL-import wide receiver Donnie Inman caught passes short, went deep for a 70-yard score, and blocked out people on big catches and runs.
Brandon Oliver, from the University of Buffalo, looking like, and wearing Darren Sproles number, was a force running up and inside, and to the edge too, and now merits a much longer look. Tough as a block of cement.
Colts free agent acquisition running back Donald Brown ran hard, and ran quick in a second period series or two, and is truly a quality added ingredient.
And second year wide body defensive tackle Kwame Gaethers merits more time now, clogging up the middle and showing some burst for someone north of 335-pounds.
Philip Rivers was typically good; the lst team unit caught balls, as did young developing tight end Ladarius Green.
Of course the film sessions will show how really poor the Chargers defensive front was against the run when it was starters vs starters. And it will show there is a lot of work to be done by cornerback Stevie Williams, safety Darrell Stuckey and others in the secondary.
There was no sighting of Manti Te’o making any defensive plays, and safety Jaleel Addae got hit with a penalty and got beat on passes too.
But for a coming out opening preseason game, it was a strong offensive showing, and new people now will get longer deeper looks.
If I’m a Bolt fan, be happy with the explosiveness of the offense, but be worried, this defense, with lots of starters back didn’t do so well.
If you’re a Cowboys fan, they may not be a playoff team again, with virtually no talent on defense, and a quarterback coming off two back surgeries.
Mike McCoy and Tom Telesco are making great progress. Jerry Jones’ franchise looks as if it’s headed in the wrong direction, again.
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