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ESPN / AP's take on First Te'o Practice

Discussion in 'Chargers Fan Forum' started by Skuzzlebutt, May 13, 2013.

  1. Skuzzlebutt

    Skuzzlebutt BoltTalker

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    Since when did this become an editorial piece? Somebody call the WAAAAAAAAmbulance for this writer. Practically in tears that the Chargers are making Football decisions instead of tablodid decisions.




    Manti Te'o practices with Chargers

    Updated: May 13, 2013, 5:54 PM ET
    Associated Press

    Te'o Looking Like A Starter

    AFC West blogger Bill Williamson talks about Manti Te'o's performance in rookie minicamp, and the next steps for the Chargers' linebackerTags: Blogger Blitz, Manti Te'o, Chargers, Bill Williamson

    SAN DIEGO -- Philip Rivers thought Manti Te'o had a decent first interaction with San Diego Chargers veterans.
    "It didn't seem like he was lost or anything ... he didn't stand out, which was a good thing," Rivers said after the first practice of organized team activities, which are practices in helmets, jerseys and shorts, but no pads.
    Te'o did get matched up with star tight end Antonio Gates a few times, which was "a quick welcome, Day 1," Rivers said.
    "Today was a good first day," said inside linebacker Donald Butler, who will be paired with Te'o in the Chargers' 3-4 defense.
    The only person who didn't get to talk about Te'o's performance was Te'o himself.
    The team pulled an end run and kept Te'o away from a large media contingent that hoped to find out from the player how he felt after mixing it up with vets for the first time.
    As Te'o walked off the field, an assistant coach put an arm around the rookie's shoulders and said he had to get to a meeting.
    Te'o, the linebacker from Notre Dame, was picked by the Chargers in the second round after slipping out of the opening round in part because of a poor performance in a blowout loss to Alabama in the national championship game.
    He also was part of a girlfriend hoax that drew national headlines.
    If the Chargers can protect Rivers on the left side of the offensive line as well as they're protecting Te'o from the media, they might end their three-year playoff drought. (ZING! Waaaaaaa.)
    The Chargers have taken unprecedented steps to limit Te'o's time in front of the microphones. The team refused to let reporters do customary one-on-ones with him after his introductory news conference during the draft, and has continued to refuse to set up interviews with the linebacker. Te'o did speak after the first practice of rookie minicamp on Friday but was the only player off-limits on Monday.
    "We make decisions that we think are best for the organization," rookie head coach Mike McCoy said. "Like every other player, we've got a plan and we move forward with it. He addressed everyone the other day. We have a schedule for him and we're going to follow it. We have a belief in what we're doing and the way we're going to take care of our players."
    Te'o worked with the first-team defense.
    "He's done a nice job," McCoy said. "It was a good start for him this weekend. We have big expectations for him coming in here and stepping in and playing for us. He's in there with the ones right now and we're going to see how much he can pick up."
    Said Butler: "Obviously, we have high expectations for him coming in and playing and hopefully he can get our system down and come in and be productive."
     
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    Don't know what they really expect to learn from the first day of practice anyway. What pressing football questions could they have?

    The Chargers are smart to limit his media access and let him concentrate on football.
     
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  3. MasterOfPuppets

    MasterOfPuppets Charger fan since 1979

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    DJ Fluker will be the most overshadowed first rounder ever
     
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    Good....... it'll just make him play angrier. :)
     
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    Overshadowed but casts a HUGE shadow
     
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    Ah, this is old news.
    I read this AP story long before on Whitehouse.gov

    (via some phone records & the Justice Department, I'm told)

    [p.s.: anyone who truly believes that the Kekua story is going to go away any time soon-- just because us Charger fans would prefer that it not be a distraction to our team--there's some oceanfront property in Arizona you might consider investing in...Chargers are wise to shield Te'o for awhile. Seriously, the USA Today version of this very story is interrupted with: "HOT 100: Te'o's fake girlfriend on 'Maxim' list"]
     
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    That long, drawn-out hissing sound you hear is the air being slowly let out of the gf story. Good work, Boltz.
    (Attention crappy writers who poach quotes off the internet and cobble together stupid stories: nothing to see here, move on.)
     
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    I swear, the way this media is acting about T'eo, "can he start right away?" "will he play all 3 downs?" It's like he is the first rookie in the history of the NFL to ever start a game day one.

    Even Rivers said, the whole "catfish hoax" is media driven, the players don't care or even talk about it.

    guess I should be thankful that in the past week Total access had a Chargers theme 2 or 3 times already. But at the same time, it's getting old real fast.
     
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    What else is happening on NFL Network in May? :D

    Top 100 players as voted by 20% of the players who live closest to NFL headquarters in New York?

    Reliving the "Best games ever" we all pretend to still care about but really don't unless your team was involved and even then you're probably over it?

    Top 10 Linemen who's gut hung out below their jersey?
     
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    Williamson writing about football is like having the marksman from the Annandale School of Blind perform a sniper hit on your ex.
     

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