Originally posted by 5ringsLookinFor6:
The biggest problem with the D was Manusky and his VANILLA schemes and piss poor playcalling, especially in late game situations. His top priority was stopping the run and playing the corners 10-15 yards off the opponents WRs. I watched every game last season and the defense was way more aggressive in the preseason. The Chargers wont have the #1 ranked defense this year with Manusky dialing up vanilla call after vanilla call.
Best post of the bunch so far, IMO.
We have to do two things better. We have to know what best suits our personnel and utilize those strengths.
We have to be smart and prepared enough to have B and C contingency plans for when things are not working in-game. The single biggest defensive (and offensive) fail we had was not being able or prepared to alter what wasn't working... at least in part, in a timely manner. (meaning, airing the ball out when already down 3 scores and with minimal time left doesn't much count)
I got the impression late in the year that Manusky was being hog-tied all along by Singletary's mentality. Maybe true... whatever, doesn't matter now. Now it's Fangio's turn, and we wait to see what he can get outta this bunch.