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AFC West training camp challenges

Discussion in 'Chargers Fan Forum' started by SanDiegoRon, Jul 6, 2007.

  1. SanDiegoRon

    SanDiegoRon BoltTalker

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    http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2007/writers/bucky_brooks/07/05/tc.preview.afc.west/index.html

    San Diego Chargers
    Challenge No. 1: Make a smooth transition from Marty Schottenheimer to Norv Turner

    Though Schottenheimer had led the Chargers to a 13-3 record and is one of the winningest coaches in league history, he was dismissed following last season due a disappointing playoff performance. Turner's familiarity with the team should make the transition easier since he was the offensive coordinator in 2001 and the team still was using most of his offensive principles last year. He also wisely retained most of the offensive assistants during the coaching transition. Having continuity with his offensive coaches will undoubtedly help him as he continues to build the attack around the talents of LaDainian Tomlinson, Antonio Gates and Phillip Rivers. Defensively, his decision to hire defensive coordinator Ted Cottrell also will keep things running smoothly on that side of the ball. Cottrell spent several years working under Wade Phillips, and his defense relies on the same elements and principles previously established by Phillips. Though he is sure to tweak the scheme to suit his tastes, the defense should be able to build off the momentum and success they have created over the past two seasons. The pressure is on Turner and the Chargers to take the next step, but how well they make the transition to Turner will determine if they can pull it off.

    Challenge No. 2: Expand the playbook for Phillip Rivers

    Rivers finally got his opportunity to lead the Chargers last season and responded with a Pro Bowl season. Compiling a 61 percent completion percentage and a 22-to-9 touchdown to interception ratio, Rivers has shown that he has the tools to be one of the league's best quarterbacks. Heading into his second season as the starter, Rivers will benefit from Turner's expanded playbook. After San Diego spent most of last season relying on play action passes with Gates and Tomlinson as the primary targets, Turner will craft an attack that features more drop-back passing with vertical routes and incorporates the receivers into the gameplan. Expanding the playbook will give young receivers Vincent Jackson, Malcolm Floyd, Eric Parker and Craig Davis their chances to make plays down the field. If they can deliver during the preseason, the Chargers will show more diversity in their offensive approach this season.

    Challenge No. 3: Find another starting safety

    The Chargers enter training camp with Marlon McCree penciled in at one safety position, but without a clearly defined starter at the other spot. Veterans Clinton Hart and Bhawoh Jue are battling second round pick, Eric Weddle, for the safety position opposite McCree. The Chargers do not label their safeties, but McCree is best suited to be a deep middle player in the defense. His savvy, experience and intelligence makes him the perfect guy to control the back end. With him in the middle of the field, the other safety needs to be a physical player with the toughness to fill the alley versus the run. Hart and Jue both have the size to be a box defender, but neither has much experience in that role. Weddle lacks the size, but his savvy and penchant for playmaking makes it hard to keep him off the field. Finding the right player for the position is critical for a defense regarded as one of the league's best.

    SWEEP THE AFC WEST... :yes:
     
  2. Charger Dave

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    "Though Schottenheimer had led the Chargers to a 13-3 record"....

    And they wonder why I said hell no and slammed the telephone down when they offered a subscription renewal at a reduced rate a couple of years ago..... @#$#%@$!!!!!
     
  3. SanDiegoRon

    SanDiegoRon BoltTalker

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    thank you for recognizing I didn't write that chiat... :lol:
     
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  5. Charger Dave

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    Nope - I know you have better attention to detail that those buttwipes from that rag that once upon a time was a pretty good magazine..... That is unless ya been hanging with Trumpy just before ya started typing. :icon_toast:

    Now if they would put out all swimsuit editions I might resubscribe...


    Edited: Bet I know who Thump has been hanging with today! <runs>
     
  6. Thread_Killer

    Thread_Killer Well-Known Member

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    Here's another picture where Jay Cutler looks like he's half-asleep:

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    I can't see this guy firing up the team like Rivers does, if they're down a couple of touchdowns by halftime. :no: :no:
     
  7. Trumpet_Man

    Trumpet_Man Well-Known Member

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    The article just proves SDR does not know how to start a thread. :icon_eek: His hanging out with me has everything to do with his defective genetics.

    We have 36 days left.

    Cheers :icon_toast:
     
  8. Trumpet_Man

    Trumpet_Man Well-Known Member

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    The dude is baked...are u kidding me ? Baked to the bone.
     
  9. Shamrock

    Shamrock Well-Known Member

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    I didn't check the link ..... so you're responsible for that crap. :yes:


    :icon_rofl:
     
  10. ChargerRay

    ChargerRay #FireMcCoy #FirePagano Staff Member Super Moderator Podcaster

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    AFC West 2007 Training Camp Preview

    http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2007/writers/bucky_brooks/07/05/tc.preview.afc.west/index.html

     
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