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Bolts Recharged, Reloaded for 2008? Slideshow

Discussion in 'Chargers Fan Forum' started by wrbanwal, Jun 26, 2008.

  1. wrbanwal

    wrbanwal Well-Known Member

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  2. AnteaterCharger

    AnteaterCharger Calibrating Bolttalk, Podcast by Podcast Staff Member Super Moderator Podcaster

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    good stuff

    and yeah ST was a whipping boy from 01-04 but since then its been outstanding
     
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    NICE!!! :bolt: :tup:
     
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    the linebackers are up...

    http://www.signonsandiego.com/sports/chargers/multimedia/recharged/index.html

    "Coaches and teammates, however, are raving about Anthony Waters. A torn ACL cost Waters his senior season at Clemson and essentially wiped out his rookie year with the Chargers. But by all accounts Waters spent the time last year learning the defense, and the third-round pick in 2007 showed in the preseason last year he is physical. Totally healthy now, it will be difficult to keep him off the field -- either in place of Cooper early or splitting time with Wilhelm."


    Raging Waters = starter... :yes:
     
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    I suspect that's about to change this season. Olshansky has improved himself every season so far and that hasn't changed this year. Castillo should be wearing ankle supports and/or orthotics instead of just tape. He keeps spraining them and he will be gone a lot sooner than he should be. The supports are cheap and simple and don't limit mobility one bit. I'm surprised they aren't used more. I gotta think Castillo pronates or suppinates too much, but my hunch is suppination. If the trainers lick that problem, then Katie bar the door.
     
  11. SanDiegoRon

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    The DB's are up... some nice pics...

    http://www.signonsandiego.com/sports/chargers/multimedia/recharged/index.html

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    The Chargers did something in 2007 they had not done in 47 years -- lead the league in interceptions. Their 31 picks were third-most in team history.

    The Chargers’ secondary was responsible for 22 of those interceptions, most by that group since 1989. While the secondary had vastly improved in 2006, it was the interception total of ’07 that changed the perception of the group.

    Antonio Cromartie set a team record with 10 interceptions, and became the first Chargers cornerback to go to the Pro Bowl since Ryan McNeil in 2002. Cromartie, still just 24 and about to enter his third NFL season, believes 10 interceptions is simply a launching point. He thinks he can do at least that every year, and with speed, agility and gigantic hands uncanny even in the talent-overflowing NFL, not to mention an ever-improving understanding of the game, his lofty goals are not out of the question.

    While certainly not blessed with Cromartie’s ball skills, Quentin Jammer has developed over the past two seasons into one of the league’s top 10 cornerbacks. He might not intercept a lot of passes (he has just 11 in six NFL seasons) but he doesn't give up touchdowns very often either. One sign of his vast improvement -- as well as the evolution of the Chargers’ defense -- is that in 2006 he was the league’s most-targeted cornerback. In 2007, he was tied for 23rd most-targeted. A quiet leader in the secondary, Jammer has also had much to do with Cromartie’s development.

    The departure of Drayton Florence as a free agent to Jacksonville leaves the Chargers with their only battle of training camp -- for the nickel cornerback spot. Paul Oliver, a fourth-round pick in the 2007 supplemental draft, is the front-runner after a strong spring. But the Chargers did not take Antoine Cason in the first round this year to have him sit around. Cason, who was a ballhawk in college, can run and was clearly making progress at the end of the offseason coaching sessions. Oliver is also working at free safety and could eventually make the transition there and will certainly be on the field in some capacity, plenty in passing situations this season. Cletis Gordon seems destined to be a fifth corner and could be fighting to be active on Sundays.

    The safety position has been in flux for most of this decade, with seven different players making starts at the two spots since 2003.

    An eighth will be Eric Weddle, who will take over for Marlon McCree at free safety, while Clinton Hart returns for his second year as the starter at strong safety.

    Weddle has the Chargers excited about the long-term future at his position. He is neither flashy nor particularly fast, but he knows football and plays fast because of it. He gained valuable experience at nickel and safety in ’07 and was outstanding this offseason.

    Hart, the former Arena Football League player, was a pleasant surprise last year. He made five interceptions and steadily improved against the run. No one will confuse him with Rodney Harrison, but he has bulked up and worked on his physicality.

    The final member of the secondary, Steve Gregory, keeps hanging onto an NFL career by being a fantastic special teams contributor.
     
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    Those are great man. I'm ALL fired up now! :abq2:
     
  13. SanDiegoRon

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    The Chargers' offensive line is in a period of continuity that characterizes good teams.
    A position that by its nature demands cohesion should benefit greatly by the fact they have spent the past two years with the same five primary parts.

    Of course, that cohesion might have to wait.

    Nick Hardwick played the second half of last season with a badly sprained foot that required surgery, which he had in March. Of all the Chargers recovering from offseason surgeries, Hardwick’s status will be the most uncertain going into camp. And his absence could be the most troubling.

    A foot injury is always cause for concern. Hardwick’s sprain was more severe than the one that hobbled Philip Rivers after the 2006 season, and Rivers did not need to come back and support 300 pounds while trying to hold off another 300-pounder. The best guess is that Hardwick will miss at least September and perhaps October.

    In that event, newly acquired Jeremy Newberry, a former Pro Bowler signed to a one-year contract in June, will start.

    On either of Newberry’s hips are Mike Goff on the right and Kris Dielman on the left. Goff is a 10-year veteran, who has not missed a start in four seasons as a Charger. What he did last year, playing hard through foot and hand injuries last season, was as impressive as anything any of his teammates did. But he is 32 and his limitations are more pronounced. This will be his final season with the Chargers, unless he wants to accept a reduced contract and a reduced role.

    Dielman is among the best in the league. He is mean and country strong and plays with intent every down. He was rewarded prior to last season with a rich contract and after last season with his first Pro Bowl selection.

    In Hawaii, Dielman was joined by left tackle Marcus McNeill, who was making his second Pro Bowl trip in two NFL seasons. McNeill actually struggled early last season but devoted himself to extra practice and a return to form in the final month of the regular season and in the playoffs. He promised in Hawaii to not have another letdown in ’08.

    At right tackle is Jeromey Clary, who took over for the since-departed Shane Olivea in the season’s 10th game and was an immediate improvement over the disinterested Olivea. Clary is a solid player but might be better suited to move inside and replace Goff after this season.

    With Roman Oben’s retirement, the Chargers filled their need for depth at tackle by bringing in 10-year vet L.J. Shelton, a longtime starter at both tackle spots. Scott Mruczkowski and Cory Withrow, who made four starts in place of Hardwick last season, provide the depth inside.
     
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    Starting to sound like 14-2 more and more.
     
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    I hope Hardwick makes it back more than any other Bolt

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    GREAT pics... WR are up...


    No group -- not even the secondary -- has undergone the transformation the Chargers receivers corps has in the past year.

    Considered bit players to Antonio Gates’ lead and the team’s weak link prior to last season, the Chargers would not have advanced to their first AFC Championship in 13 years if not for Chris Chambers and Vincent Jackson.

    In fact, no single player was more responsible for the turnaround in the Chargers’ offense than Chris Chambers. Acquired last October from Miami in a trading deadline deal for a second-round pick, Chambers caught virtually every pass thrown his way. Seemingly unable to consistently find any target but Gates in the first half of the season, when Chambers and he began clicking after four games together, Rivers was a new man and the Chargers did not lose again until the AFC title game.

    Chambers caught 35 passes for 555 yards and four touchdowns in his 10 games, including many in crucial situations. His biggest catch was one that might not have happened. A diving fourth-down grab for 19 yards kept the winning drive alive at Tennessee, though many who saw it swore Chambers did not actually catch the ball. Regardless, the Chargers have found a bona fide No.1 receiver.

    A future No.1 finally emerged last year also, as Vincent Jackson began to approach the potential the Chargers saw when they made him their second-round pick in 2005. Jackson caught 35 passes for 539 yards over the final six regular-season and three postseason games. The 6-foot-5, 245-pound Jackson made big play after big play in the season’s final two months, and 75 percent of those catches went for first downs. His combination of size and speed and his newfound reliability portend an up-and-coming star.

    The Chargers are preparing for life without Eric Parker, in part because they believe the latter half of their depth chart is sufficiently strong without him.

    Legedu Naanee, a fifth-round pick last year, showed an ability to catch and run in the last part of 2007. This spring, he has caught everything in practices. And 2007 first-round pick Buster Davis could blossom into a fine possession receiver based on his improvement toward the end of last season. Both of the second-year players should catch about 20 balls in ’08.

    While special teams Pro Bowler Kassim Osgood is listed as a receiver, he caught just two passes last season, none in ’06 and two in ’05. The real fifth receiver this season will likely be Malcom Floyd again this year, though his being active will depend on his special teams contributions. Floyd is fast enough and has great hands. He could be a third or fourth receiver on some teams.
     

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