New of­fen­sive ap­proach

L.A. made coach­ing change

Antelope Valley Press (Sunday) - - Sports - Val­ley Press Staff Writer By BRIAN GOLDEN

CAR­SON — Dig­nity Health Sports Park here is the home of the Los An­ge­les Charg­ers for the re­main­der of the 2019 sea­son.

To­day, it will be more like Car­son, Wis­con­sin with the Green Bay Pack­ers in to play the Charg­ers.

Just like it was Car­son, Pa. — an ac­tual sub­urb of Pitts­burgh — when the Steel­ers vis­ited on Oct. 13.

The Men of the Light­ning Bolt un­der­stand they are the only team in NFL his­tory to be the vis­it­ing team every week.

“I’m sure there’ll be a lot of Pack­ers fans,” Charg­ers full­back Derek Watt, a Wis­con­sin na­tive and Pack­ers fan grow­ing up, told re­porters last week. “They al­ways travel well with their fans.

“But it’s not go­ing to be a big prob­lem for us, be­cause we’re fo­cused com­pletely on win­ning the game.”

Steeler fans made up 75 per­cent of the 27,000 fans in the Charg­ers’ last home game.

Cheese­head Na­tion may match that turnout Sun­day, with the Pack­ers (7-1) off to their best start since an 11-0 getaway in 2011 and quar­ter­back Aaron Rodgers the NFL’s lead­ing can­di­date for the MVP award at mid­sea­son.

The Charg­ers, who stopped the bleed­ing with last week’s 17-16 es­cape at Chicago, are only two games out of the AFC West lead.

With quar­ter­backs coach Shane Ste­ichen tak­ing over from Ken Whisen­hunt call­ing the plays Sun­day, they’d ap­pre­ci­ate not hav­ing to use a silent count in their own sta­dium.

“The Pack­ers present enough prob­lems on de­fense with­out adding in any wor­ries about the noise or the crowd,” said Charg­ers quar­ter­back

Philip Rivers. “Our team is ex­cited about Sun­day.

“It’s the start of the se­cond half of the sea­son and all our goals are still out there for us. Shane has us en­er­gized to do a bet­ter job of­fen­sively.”

Green Bay is vis­it­ing South­ern Cal­i­for­nia for a se­cond straight year.

They made up more than half the crowd of 82,000 at the Los An­ge­les Memo­rial Coli­seum vs. the Rams on the day of Game 5 of the World Se­ries a year ago Oc­to­ber.

The Charg­ers only hope their change in play-call­ing goes as well as Green Bay’s has.

Ini­tially new head coach Matt Lafleur, the for­mer Rams quar­ter­backs coach, and Rodgers clashed over play-call­ing au­ton­omy.

But since, Rodgers has thrown for 16 touch­downs and only two in­ter­cep­tions, for a gaudy 106.7 quar­ter­back rat­ing.

Aaron Jones has emerged as a play­maker at run­ning back, scor­ing eight touch­downs al­ready.

Charg­ers de­fen­sive end Joey Bosa, the AFC”s De­fen­sive Player of the Week with his se­cond straight two-sack game, knows it will be on the de­fense to at least slow down the Pack­ers.

Even if it turns out to be Mr. Rodgers Neigh­bor­hood West.

“We’re play­ers, we have a job to do,” in­sisted Charg­ers de­fen­sive tackle Isaac Rochelle, dis­miss­ing the home field dis­ad­van­tage talk..

“No excuses.”

As­so­ci­ated Press

PLAY CALLER — Charg­ers quar­ter­back Philip Rivers (17) talks with head coach Anthony Lynn dur­ing the first half of an NFL foot­ball game against the Chicago Bears on Oct. 27 in Chicago.

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