In part 2 of the Enemy Intel Report, Conor Cahill of boltbeat.com provides more Intel about the upcoming contest between the San Diego Chargers and the Washington Redskins. Chargers vs. Redskins – week 9.
3) How will the Chargers defense try to stop the Redskins rushing attack?
I think the best defense we will have is Mike Shanahan not playing Morris that much. He has averaged below 16 carries a game this year and touched the ball twice in the 4th against Denver, even though Washington led 21-14 to start the quarter. The Chargers defensive line has improved since the beginning of the season, and have done a good job of at least making contact with running backs. The biggest concern is stopping RGIII’s running game. The Chargers have notoriously struggled against mobile quarterbacks this season, and if Donald Butler doesn’t play this week, there is a good chance RGIII will have A LOT of space in front of him. The Chargers threw some creative, hybrid front blitzes against the Jaguars 2 weeks ago, and should look to do the same to knock RGIII off his game early.
4) Which Washington Redskins players on offense and defense will the Broncos be concerned about the most?
Like I said in 3, RGIII is the biggest concern this week. The Chargers struggle against mobile QBs and regardless of how he has looked this season, he has the capability of doing anything on the field. The Chargers made Jake Locker look like a star. On defense, I am worried about Ryan Kerrigan. The Chargers’ O-line is still fairly beat up and we may be missing our starting left tackle again. If Rivers gets pressured consistently, it could throw our entire game off because the Chargers rely on time-of-possession to cover up their poor defense.
5) Which San Diego Chargers player has been the biggest surprise, and which has been the biggest disappointment so far this season?
I can’t say it has been much of a surprise, but Danny Woodhead has been awesome this year. He is a playmaker in the backfield and is now the trusted goal line back because he can run, catch, and pass block. He has been a big reason for Rivers’ success this year. Donald Butler is probably the biggest disappointment this year. He came into the year as a rising star waiting to break onto the national scene. But he has played some very poor games this year and has struggled to get on the field for the others. Chargers fans are still waiting for him to get back into form.