Chargers’ Pass Rush Woes: Is Ron Rivera Out Of His Element?

Posted: 4th October 2009 by Mike Kranzler in NFL
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San Diego Chargers defenders had better be in outstanding shape, because they are going to spend a lot of time on the field this season. With a defense that cannot defend the run or the pass right now, Philip Rivers and the ChargersÆ quick-strike offense is barely even getting a chance to get onto the field. But the problems stem from an ineffective pass rush, which puts the offense in impossible situations week-in and week-out. Shawne Merriman is still not healthy, which makes it very difficult for him to do what he does best. He is almost entirely reliant on his bull-rush, but at less than full strength, he does not have the necessary lower-body power strength to wreak havoc in opposing backfields. Even in one-on-one situations, he does not seem to exhibit the explosive power that made ...

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