Antwan Applewhite: They basically did what we thought they were going to do. They had a couple of weeks to prepare for us, so that made it a little more difficult. They came out with a few more wrinkles that we weren't prepared for. As a team, I feel like we need to play better and stick together. We can't wait until the second half to get going. We've got to get it early.
ML: How do you feel you performed in your most extended playing time as a pro?
AA: I feel like I did alright, but there's room for improvement. That's what you do. You watch the film and improve, so that's my whole main focus, just to watch the film and improve on what I did this week and get better for next week.
LB Antwan Applewhite
AA: That's just one of those things where if he holds the ball it's a sack, but he was getting it out of there, sometimes really quickly. I played against Jake Long in college, so I knew a couple things -- what he was good at, what his strengths were –- and that helped me a little bit. It's just one of those things that can go either way; if [Pennington] holds the ball, it's a sack and a forced fumble, but instead he throws it.
ML: What does the defense have to do to bring that second-half effectiveness into the first half?
AA: I don't know. That's something we have to talk about as a team. We need to get going earlier, because this was the second or third week in a row we came out in the second half and played better. We have to do that from the start of the game. We can't allow ourselves to get in these holes. That's really what's killing us.
ML: Why is the defense playing better in the second half? Is the team making strategic adjustments during intermission, or do the Chargers just play better with their backs against the wall?
AA: There's no telling at this point. We've just got to watch the film and see what we were doing in the first half and then we what we were doing in the second half to change it. Of course we make adjustments at halftime before we come out and play better, but that's just something we've definitely got to get resolved here quick.
Michael Lombardo is a member of the Pro Football Writers of America and a long-time contributor to the Scout.com network. His analysis has been published by the NFL Network, Fox Sports and MySpace Sports. He has followed the Chargers for more than 15 years and covered the team since 2003.