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Bob Sanders is bringing intensity to the Chargers

Discussion in 'Chargers Fan Forum' started by Blue Bolt, Aug 7, 2011.

  1. Blue Bolt

    Blue Bolt Persona Non Grata

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    CHARGERS: Always intense Sanders making presence known with new team
    By SCOTT BAIR sbair@nctimes.com | Posted: Sunday, August 7, 2011 9:08 pm

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    The Chargers' Bob Sanders, right, watches practice last week during training
    camp at Chargers Park in San Diego. (Gregory Bull-Associated Press)

    SAN DIEGO ---- Philip Rivers, Antonio Gates and Vincent Jackson were sitting in the locker room on Thursday, analyzing the first practice in which veteran free agents could participate.

    The first topic was a reverse to Jackson, which has produced huge gains in seasons past. On this particular day, the play ended almost immediately.

    "It was crazy," Jackson told his locker room neighbors. "I got the ball and before I even got to the corner, I was blinded by this dreadlock explosion."

    That dreadlocked explosion was new strong safety Bob Sanders introducing himself.

    The 2007 NFL Defensive Player of the Year is a Charger now, and after four days of practice it's clear that Sanders is a fearless attacker with only one speed: full throttle.

    "You have to practice the way you play in a game," Sanders said. "I don't care who you are; you can't go through the motions in practice and expect to be ready when it counts. I don't live that way. Never have. I practice hard and always give everything I have when I'm on the field. I practice hard. I play hard. I hit hard."

    Sanders is aggressive, not reckless. He doesn't take cheap shots, but he does intimidate. He plays surprisingly close to the front seven, yet is rarely out of position because his reads are generally accurate.

    "There's a line between being aggressive and being overly committed," he said after Sunday's practice. "You don't want to be in the box to stop the run when they're passing the ball. You're not helping your team out by doing that.
    "I know the difference, and that's not by accident. I study, a lot. That allows me to stay aggressive, and when they do run the ball I'm flying towards it."

    Sanders put in a ton of time with free safety Eric Weddle before the two veteran free agents were allowed to practice, breaking down each practice rep as it happened. He says he's grasping the Chargers defensive scheme quicker than expected, which means he's that much closer to playing fast.

    Sanders seems incredibly focused for this point in his eighth training camp. He's excited about being a Charger and, after injuries ruined his last three seasons, Sanders is ready to enjoy football again.

    "This year is so important for me," Sanders said "I'm coming off a lot of injuries, but being healthy and with a new team makes it feel like a new beginning. It's a breath of fresh air."

    Sanders is tired of injuries sapping his talent. His last full season was his best, a 2007 campaign in which he recorded 71 tackles, 3½ sacks and two interceptions.

    He only played six games in 2008 due to various injuries, the worst of which was a high ankle sprain. He missed five games in 2009 due to knee surgery and tore the biceps tendon on his left arm in his second game back. He tore his biceps tendon in his right arm in the 2010 season opener and never returned.

    Sanders, once the NFL's highest paid safety, was cut by Indianapolis, the team with which he had spent his entire pro career.

    Even worse he was labeled injury prone, a term he despises.

    "It's a physical game," Sanders said. "Some guys are fortunate and never really get hurt. There are others that continually get injured, but I try not to focus on that, and I don't lump myself into that category. I just worry about being healthy, staying healthy and focused on the positive things. Every day I find a way to make myself better. That happened today. It's going to happen again tomorrow."

    The Chargers are happy about that. Sanders ended up here after a conversation with Norv Turner, in which it became evident that the Chargers head coach views football with the same passion and intensity that Sanders does. Now that he's here, Sanders considers the Chargers a perfect fit.

    This was the first offseason in recent memory in which Sanders was working out rather than rehabbing. He believes he's in the best shape of his life ---- a teammate recently told him to take his shoulder pads off, but Sanders wasn't wearing any.

    "I've been able to prepare all offseason," Sanders said. "I actually started training in October, shortly after I tore my biceps. I've had almost a full year to prepare myself for this season. I can say for certain that I'm ready to go. I can't wait for the season to start."

    Even though he's making practice harder on the offense, players are thrilled to have a player of Sanders' caliber on their side.

    "He brings experience, intensity and a certain toughness to our team that definitely make us better," tight end Antonio Gates said. "He's a guy with a history of making big plays and big hits, so it's a welcome sight to see him in a Chargers uniform. It also means he won't be hitting me in games, either. Trust me, that's a good thing."
     
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    Dear lord. How big do you have to be for someone to make that mistake?

    All this talk about Sanders is getting me really excited for the season though. I can only hope he lives up to it.
     
  3. Buck Melanoma

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    "Dreadlock explosion"

    Love it
     
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  4. HEXEDBOLT

    HEXEDBOLT Don't like it, lump it!!!

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    Sanders can't do it alone so I hope it spreads throughout the defense like one bad arsed virus.
     
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    Stay Healthy My Friend
     
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  6. paddyirishman

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    Im excited about what this guy can bring to the team. Hopefully he remains healthy.
     
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    note to Norv

     
  8. robdog

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    If this guy can stay healthy the whole season, he is going to kill it this season. So pumped to see him play... maybe on Thursday???
     
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    Guy has an opportunity to prove not only is he not injury prone but to show the world that he's still in that upper echelon of safeties. With so much incentive and a season + locked out off-season, if he can't stay healthy now he's just SOL. But if he's healthy, guy will bring so very much to the team i'm excited.
     
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    love this guy already
     
  11. Concudan

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    Cautiously optimistic….

    Wanting to believe, but cant bring myself to do it, no matter how ‘bradey-bunch-esque I am…
     
  12. Blue Bolt

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    Is that a character flaw of some kind? ;)

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    Possibly. Could we have him play in platemail?
     
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    I was thinking a Kevlar body suit would be easier to move in. Judging from his comments, the odds of him getting hurt in practice are as great as during a game. ;)
     
  15. When Lightning Strikes

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    Off to a good start with the Bolts by wearing 31 instead of 21. I liked watching him at last thursdays practice. Dude seems like a good pickup....but like the button says...Stay Healthy...
     
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    HEXEDBOLT Don't like it, lump it!!!

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    Hey, it's Bob Marley.
     
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    Man I'm stoked for some dreadlock explosions. Holy ****, imagine if he was healthy all year!
     
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    There is no question that Bob is a great player...Hopefully we are smart in the way we use him and don't risk him to injury unnecessarily.
     
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  21. matilack

    matilack Take A Knee McCree!!!

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    He's like a giant.........Honey Badger.

    BobZilla fears no man.
     
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    HEY Leave the Honey Badgers alone! :D
     
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    *drool*

    We should just have Rivers, Gates, and have the rest of the team be honey badgers. That would guarantee a superbowl.
     
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    HEXEDBOLT Don't like it, lump it!!!

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    I know this guy, he can sell honey to a bee,,,,,errr badger.
     
  26. JohnnyX

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    If he stays healthy he'll be a great addition along side Weddle and Jammer. Imagine that entire backfield being a "No CrossZone" for WR's. Cason better man up.
     
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    This could end up being one of our better defensive backfields ever if it stays intact for the season. If Ski gets these guys to hate their own Grandmothers on Sunday, we could be in for a rewarding season.
     

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