Here are five keys to the game heading into Sunday’s match between the San Diego Chargers and the Kansas City Chiefs:
“Have there been tackling issues? Dang right there has been. That’s something these guys have to understand that it’s proper leverage, it’s proper balance and it’s shooting your guns and making sure you wrap the ball carrier up. You can’t just ever assume in this league that the guy is going down. They have to go out there and make the play. It’s something we have done since training camp that we haven’t overlooked, but it’s something we need to keep working and keep improving on.”
“They wreak havoc on quarterbacks. They’ve done a great job, ever since I played them, of getting after the quarterback. They have great edge rushers. They have a very solid front seven and a good secondary. They do a great job of getting after you. One other thing they do a lot is create turnovers. All that is because it’s a good pass rush that forces quarterbacks to make some poor decisions. And when the ball is in the air, or someone is carrying it, they attack it. It will be a good test for us.”
"We have to do a great job of being in our gaps and being in position. We have to go out and tackle. We have to get (him) to the ground. (He is) very explosive and can change a game in a heartbeat. Our guys have played him before and we have to do a great job of containing him.”
“I think it is arguably the toughest place to play in the league. Going there is the NFL. When you go there and play – that atmosphere, those fans and that team. It’s a heck of an NFL football team. Besides Seattle, I don’t know if I’ve been to a place as loud. Every place is loud, but those two standout to be at the top when it comes to noise and how to manage those sort of things."
“Just find a way to win. Like we’ve talked to the team, it’s about understanding the importance of every play because you never know whether it’s the last drive, last week or the first half. On a blown protection scheme, if we don’t do that, it might be a touchdown and all of a sudden it’s this score versus this score. Understanding the red area; on third down I consider them four point plays. If you convert them, you’ve got a chance for a touchdown. If you don’t, you’re kicking a field goal. There are all different reasons. Every game there’s good and bad. You’ve just got to look at each game differently and analyze how quickly you can fix those mistakes."