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Chargers defensive coordinator Gus Bradley
COSTA MESA Elgton Jenkins Jersey , Calif. (AP) — might be feeling the most pressure going into Sunday’s AFC divisional-round game at New England.Bradley’s game plan of using seven defensive backs to neutralize Baltimore quarterback Lamar Jackson resulted in a 23-17 win. His challenge this week is coming up with the right strategy to contain Patriots QB and five-time Super Bowl champion Tom Brady.Bradley isn’t tipping his hand about using seven DBs for a second straight week, saying each opponent is different.“I learned through Larry Coyer when I was in Tampa about the importance of personnel placement,” Bradley said on Thursday. “We talk about personnel placement every week. I think for that game, that was more of a decision we made for that game and every week is different.”Brady said during a conference call Wednesday that the Chargers using seven defensive backs on all but one of the 59 snaps did surprise him and that it could present some difficult matchup problems if they used it again Sunday.“It’s unique. They play tough against the run, but also have the speed and quickness to play against the pass,” Brady said. “They get home quickly. The quarterback is always under pressure because they have a pass rush. The secondary knows you can’t hold on to the ball forever and they jump routes.”In last year’s Week 8 game — which the Patriots won 21-13 — the Chargers played dime (six defensive backs) on 53 of 82 plays. Brady threw for 333 yards and a touchdown, but the thing for him that stuck out about that game was that New England made four trips to the red zone and had just one TD and three field goals.“They’re good at every level. They use a lot of defensive backs at different times and that creates a lot of problems,” Brady said. “They challenge you in every way. Between coaching and scheme, it is a great defense.”The Chargers’ philosophy of getting as much pressure as possible will not change this week. They did a great job of that last week against Jackson, recording seven sacks despite rushing five or more only four times in 59 plays.According to Sportradar, the Chargers blitzed on only 17.7 percent of plays, which was third-fewest in the league. In last year’s game, they did rush five or more on 10 plays and sacked Brady three times.Defensive end Joey Bosa has 6 ½ sacks in seven games since returning from a foot injury, while Melvin Ingram had a pair of sacks and a fumble recovery.“Our defensive line has to put pressure on him. He’s not very mobile, but he does step up into the pocket and throw http://www.packersauthorizedshops.com/au...ger-jersey ,” cornerback Desmond King said. “We have to bring pressure up the middle and play good defense in the back end.”Brady is averaging 2.61 seconds to throw according to the league’s Next Gen stats. He will be the third-quickest QB they have faced this season, as Oakland’s Derek Carr and Pittsburgh’s Ben Roethlisberger averaged 2.55 seconds. The Chargers sacked Carr in two games and got to Roethlisberger once.Brady presents much of the same challenges as Roethlisberger in extending plays and reading coverages.“The way he handles the offense, he’s been in that style of offense for many years, so they’re on the same page,” Bradley said of Brady and the Patriots. “Their offense operates with precision, and they’re all on the same page. As you watch it, you can see it all come together for them.”Besides getting pressure on Brady, another focus will be on taking the running backs out of the passing game. Patriots running backs were targeted a league-high 157 times, while the Chargers allowed 7.0 yards per pass attempt to running backs, which was eighth-worst in the NFL.The best matchup might be Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski against Chargers safety Derwin James. Los Angeles goes into the game allowing only 6.3 yards per pass attempt against tight ends, which was second in the league.“We have to play sound football and correct mistakes. We have to take a look at the notepad between plays and see what windows of opportunity he had and close them up,” defensive tackle Damion Square said. “You can’t try to be overwhelming and get out of place or Tom will find out. Everyone has a job to do.” NEW YORK (AP)Josh McCown is still the man under center for Todd Bowles and the New York Jets. A day after his team dropped to 4-6 heading into its bye-week break, Bowles insisted he’s not considering making a quarterback change from the 38-year-old veteran to either Christian Hackenberg or Bryce Petty. ”I’m not coming up with a scenario right now,” Bowles said during a conference call Monday. ”We’re going to play the games, and we’re going to try to win each one and take them one at a time. Josh will be our quarterback Dexter Williams Jersey , and then we’ll go from there.” The Jets’ playoff aspirations took a serious hit Sunday when New York fell 15-10 to short-handed Tampa Bay , which played without quarterback Jameis Winston and wide receiver Mike Evans. The loss prompted some fans and media to speculate as to when New York might give Hackenberg or Petty a look as the Jets play out the season. ”If something happens to Josh, and those two get ready to play, they’ll play,” Bowles said. That ”something” would be an injury, and that’s not a far-fetched scenario – particularly after all the pressure Tampa Bay put on McCown. He was sacked six times and the Buccaneers finished with 14 quarterback hits, sending McCown to the ground often. McCown said it was ”fair” to ask him about whether he felt sore a day later. ”It’s part of the game,” he said. ”You just take the hits, so to speak, and move on. Thankfully, nothing major, and now we just take this time to heal up and utilize the bye and come back at it.” Bowles said the Jets’ goal remains trying to win each game, and clearly believes McCown gives them the best chance to do so – despite New York dropping four of its past five. Some frustrated fans took to social media and New York-area sports radio to call for McCown to take a seat and for the Jets to see whether Hackenberg, a second-rounder last year, or Petty Max Scharping Jersey , a fourth-rounder in 2015, can establish themselves as the answer at quarterback for the future. ”My approach is that I give my all to the role that I’m in,” McCown said of the buzz. ”If that changes, then I’ll adjust accordingly, but I don’t really pay attention to what outside opinions are or any of that stuff.” McCown, in his first season in New York, had been mostly solid in his past few games entering Sunday, but has also had some interceptions that have helped lead to some losses. Against the Buccaneers, McCown finished 23 of 39 for 262 yards with a touchdown and an interception while being harassed all day by the defense. That TD toss, though, was his career-high 14th of the season, making him the oldest quarterback to set a career best, according to the NFL. His previous high was 13 with Chicago in 2013, when he started five games for an injured Jay Cutler. ”Really, that number needs to be a lot higher http://www.texansauthorizedshops.com/aut...ing-jersey , to be honest with you, in my opinion,” McCown said. ”I just look back at the few touchdowns that we’ve had taken away and other things that I feel like I could’ve done better to have more.” McCown, in his 15th NFL season, is also closing in on another personal milestone. His 2,242 yards passing are just 269 fewer than his career high of 2,511 set with Arizona in 2004. ”I’m pleased with how I’m playing,” said McCown, whose 69.0 percent completion rate ranks third in the NFL. ”Some of the things that I’ve set out to do for myself personally, just with different markers that I want to hit and things that I’m looking for as far as playing good football and stuff like that, I feel really good about. ”Obviously, we can always do better and want to do better. But considering coming together with a new group and everything, I’m just really proud to be a part of it and feel really good about the things that we’ve been able to do. I would say I like how I’ve played and like what we’re doing and believe that these next six games, we can get even better.” McCown has never played a full 16-game season, with the most being 14 – including 13 starts – in 2004 with the Cardinals. If he hits that career milestone Cullen Gillaspia Jersey , he knows that it likely means good news for the Jets during a season in which expectations outside the facility were extraordinarily low. ”It’s something I haven’t done throughout my career, for one reason or the other, whether it’s injury or what not, and so to be able to do that, I would be proud of that,” McCown said. ”More than anything, just hopefully to be there helping our team make a push to be there in the playoff hunt in the end, that’s the key. So, absolutely, as long as that is what it’s about, then I’d be all for that.” —
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