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Bolts' Clary toughest on himself

Discussion in 'Chargers Fan Forum' started by Johnny Lightning, Aug 26, 2009.

  1. Johnny Lightning

    Johnny Lightning Go Bolts

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    Offensive RT aware of fan barbs, vows ‘to work way harder’ to avoid mistakes

    By Kevin Acee
    Union-Tribune Staff Writer
    2:00 a.m. August 26, 2009


    SAN DIEGO #8211; This doesn't sit well with him either.


    “I don't want to be the doubt,” Chargers right tackle Jeromey Clary said.


    More than ever, he is. At least from the outside.



    Clary got beat on two of the Arizona Cardinals' four first-quarter sacks Saturday night. That performance did nothing to quell the calls by fans for his ouster. Throughout last season and going into this one, Clary is perceived as the weak link on an offensive line that has been going through something of an identity crisis the past couple of years.



    In this age of Internet information/opinion saturation, Clary can't help but to have noticed.



    “Nothing those fans could say — not that I don't care about what they say — they are not going to punish me more than I punish myself,” he said. “They can say what they want to say. In my own world, my heart, a sack-fumble hurts me way more than it hurts them. I'm a self-motivator. I don't look outside for motivation. It comes from within . . . I don't want it to happen a million times more than they don't want it to happen. I'm going to work way harder for it not to happen.”



    Clary plays a position in which being exposed for two errors in 60 plays can mean a bad game. Not too many vocations outside offensive lineman and bomb disposal specialist where a 97 percent success rate is disappointing.


    “You can have bad plays in this league,” head coach Norv Turner said. “You have a bad play at the wrong time, and people interpret that as he's struggling.”



    It was on successive plays in Saturday's opening drive by the Chargers that Clary was simply run past by one defender and then run around by another defender on a stunt.


    “The first series I didn't play good,” Clary said. “The rest of the time I played pretty good.”



    Clary said he would have played the second half if Turner had allowed him. He was not interested in excuses, such as what others are offering in defense of the offensive line — that the Cardinals were active on defense, moving and working on things the Chargers were not prepared for in a preseason game.


    “The preseason is not to (mess) up and get a free pass,” Clary said. “I'm ready to go back to go work. I was probably the only one who couldn't wait to get back here on Monday and get that game behind me and start working on the next one.”



    Clary in 2006 was a sixth-round draft pick, four rounds after Marcus McNeill was selected. While McNeill started from his first game and made the first of two consecutive Pro Bowls, Clary spent that year on the practice squad.
    In 2007, he was sitting behind Shane Olivea when in the 11th game Turner was fed up with Olivea's inconsistency and softness and inserted Clary.



    That was the beginning of an eight-game winning streak that took the Chargers to the AFC Championship Game, so few noticed the kid struggled at times. But in an 8-8 '08, with a running game at times seemingly in ruins, with him facing a string of good defensive ends that exposed a weakness against speed, Clary became a lightning rod.


    “Jeromey Clary is a very underrated player,” Turner said. “I like Jeromey and what he does for us. I know a lot of (fans) would disagree with me. We leave him by himself against a lot of good players. He held up great (in 2008), and I think he's going to continue to get better.”



    For sure, what was deduced as Clary messing up sometimes in 2008 was often actually right guard Mike Goff's inconsistency. The Chargers believe they have rectified that, but so far Clary has worked with two different guards in preseason games, as Kynan Forney and Louis Vasquez have taken turns being hurt.


    The Chargers have no plans to replace Clary, who just went through an offseason without major shoulder surgery for the first time in his NFL career.



    “He's young,” General Manager A.J. Smith said, referring to the fact Clary has just 27 starts (including postseason). “ . . . I think he's going to be a solid player. I need another football season (to evaluate). Because of his work ethic, his experience he gained, I think he's about ready to come on to be a steady, solid guy.”


    Union-Tribune
     
  2. wrbanwal

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    good enough for me.

    :tup:
     
  3. Skuzzlebutt

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    This bothered me a little. Why aren't you already giving 100%?
     
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  4. HEXEDBOLT

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

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    I won't worry until they strap em up for the regular season. If he fail's then, the worrying will start.
     
  5. Chargers4lyfe

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    I was bothered by it 2. I think we need to dump this guy and trade for a REAL RT.He's not gunna get any better IMO.
     
  6. Aggieman

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    Paging Levi Jones?...
     
  7. RM24

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    Agree with that. However if he tanks in the regular season, we should seriously consider putting L.J. Shelton the vet over there. Doesn't he play RT too?
     
  8. HEXEDBOLT

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

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    I don't think he'll tank, look at Gates he needed a day off due to soreness. I believe we're just seeing the effect's of tired leg's. Besides the defense is always ahead of the offense early in the season.
     
  9. AnteaterCharger

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    From day one the report on this guy was he would be a good back up or at best an average RT, and I likened him to a Vaughn Parker. Unfortunately its starting to look more like the former then the latter. I think he's a good guy, he has a good attitude, but he's just not good enough to handle full time the RT spot. And I think they need to seriously look at who they have here Dombrowski and Clark and if not then yeah start looking at someone like Levi Jones
     
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    Both Norv and AJ have defended this guy so there has to be something there... I'll play the wait and see game for now, keep the faith, etc... but I have my doubts - I hope they prove us all wrong :yes:

    As for the "I'm going to work harder" comment, I'm sure he just means he's going to continue to work hard to get better and better - just like all players do - not that he wasn't already trying but when you fail wouldn't you say "i'm going to do all i can not to do that again"? JMO
     
  11. Concudan

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    Guys, go back and watch the play. Especially the first sack 'Clarry' gave up. Slow mo through it. You will see that it was Vasquez that let the rusher go free. Clarry actually let go of his block and went and pushed the rusher, minimizing his hit on Rivers.

    I watched the replay looking for details. It looked to me like Clarry several times had to disengage and then pick up a new rusher. The fact that he sees the extra pressure, moves to try and minimize the threat is a good thing.

    He is bettern than most fans are giving him credit for in my honest opinion.
     
  12. Ride The Lightning

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    Then he should do us all a favor and cut himself.
     
  13. LinksterAC

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    At least someone else sees this. The blocking schemes were all screwy because A) Vasquez was in for the first time, and trying to get up to speed, and B) the Cardinals were going blitz-bananas. What was encouraging to me was that the O-Line settled down as the game wore on and the Chargers first team put six on the board.
     
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  14. RM24

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    Good points Conc. I'm ready to throw Clary or Vasquez under the bus yet. I mean it's Pre Season. At least this stuff happens now where we can correct it. Clary and Vasquez will learn after watching the film. Remember: Lions went 4-0 in the PS last season......
     
  15. Johnny Lightning

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    Kris Dielman give up a sack to, should we cut him...
     
  16. Scott the Rock

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    I agree. What you see is what we are gonna get. We need a monster. Why cant someone teach Dalip Singh how to block and we can sign him :)
     

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  18. LFEpooh124

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    If we signed him, chances are he wouldn't be able to pass the drug tests/screenings. Probably juiced up on a whole lotta s#it, and if he did go off his medicine, chances are his body would just fall apart.

    We should bring in Kimbo Slice, at least LT and him could continue their off-season training throughout the year. We could also use him to control the Faiduh fans when we play them. "Act out of line, and get knocked out."

    *Please note, I do not endorse the signing of Kimbo Slice to our 53-man roster, let alone our practice squad.
     

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