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Burnett gets 'Mo' action

Discussion in 'Chargers Fan Forum' started by Johnny Lightning, Aug 18, 2009.

  1. Johnny Lightning

    Johnny Lightning Go Bolts

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    Chargers' lone free-agent pickup making a case to start at linebacker spot

    By Kevin Acee
    Union-Tribune Staff Writer
    2:00 a.m. August 18, 2009

    This was probably inevitable, even if it isn't official.

    Kevin Burnett yesterday played “Mo” linebacker with the first team, even though Stephen Cooper was back at practice.

    Norv Turner attributed yesterday's particular alignment to necessity due to injury, but the head coach acknowledged the starting lineup Sept. 14 in Oakland could very well look the same.

    “Kevin has played very well, and I like what I see,” Turner said.
    Burnett, the Chargers' only free-agent signing this past offseason, has had a number of sterling practices. And in Saturday's preseason opener, he transferred that to a game.

    So it was no surprise when practice yesterday began with the defense working on its base package that Burnett was alongside Cooper, who was back at the “Mike” (strong side) linebacker spot after a week out with an ankle injury.

    Burnett had practiced at the Mo (weak side) spot in Cooper's absence, with Tim Dobbins working at the Mike. But before Cooper was hurt, Dobbins was working with the first team at Mo in the base package.

    Burnett has always been the Mo in sub packages (in passing situations).

    While Burnett said with a smile after practice that he didn't want to talk about his status with the first team, he is clearly intent on starting.

    “Not looking to be a package player at all,” Burnett said earlier in the day. “Definitely looking to be an every-down guy. . . . Anybody who plays this game, if they're looking to be a special-teams guy and a No. 2 for their whole career, they're in the wrong game.”

    Burnett came from Dallas, where for the first four years of his career he was mostly a special-teamer and a backup. Evidently he played enough to know what he's doing. That much has been clear as he's made play after play in practice this month.

    “He's a playmaker,” quarterback Philip Rivers said earlier this month. “He's always around the ball.”

    One of the players Burnett spends a lot of time guarding was also highly complimentary.

    “He can play,” tight end Antonio Gates said. “What I like about him is you can tell he plays with experience. He's a quick responder, and he can run really well.”

    Acquired with the promise he would improve the Chargers' pass coverage in the middle of the field, Burnett has shown a surprising physicality.

    “He's a more physical Matt Wilhelm,” Gates said, referring to the Chargers starter at Mo for most of the past two seasons.

    Having created several turnovers in practice this camp, Burnett is showing promise that he might bring a dimension to the position the Chargers have lacked since Donnie Edwards left as a free agent after the 2006 season. Whether he is as good as Edwards in coverage might be too much to hope for. But he does bring a physical element Wilhelm and Edwards lacked.

    “He has a football mentality at linebacker,” Gates said. “And he can do the things in coverage that Donnie and Matt could.”
    Whether he is officially the starter, whether he will ever be Edwards, Burnett did not come here to be what he was in Dallas. He has held himself to a standard this camp that borders on unfair.

    “I haven't made enough game-changing plays,” he said. “Game-changing plays are interceptions, sacks, forced fumbles, recovery. To keep things in perspective, would I say I'm having a good camp? Yeah. But part of being an elite athlete is always wanting more. . . . (Edwards) was a six-interception-a-year guy. What I have to be is a six-plus interception guy. I've got to be an eight-plus sack guy.”

    Union-Tribune
     
  2. SDRaiderH8er

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    I dont care who plays, just as long as this Defense improves.

    The Chant

    "YOU CANT RUN"


    should get louder every game!
     
  3. RM24

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    Burnett looks like another AJ Gem like Foley and Godfrey. Aggressive and wants to get even better. No wonder Green Bay and other teams were after him too. Dude is gonna be a huge upgrade from Wilhelm!
     
  4. Buck Melanoma

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    Upgrade over Wilhelm - sure.

    I'm not anointing him anything beyond that yet.
     
  5. SDRaiderH8er

    SDRaiderH8er Well-Known Member

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    Who?
     
  6. Savage Lizard

    Savage Lizard Charger fan at 7000'

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    I just hope it's true this year. Always cracked up at the yahoo that liked to do the chant after a 4 or 5 yard gain when the guy finally got tackled.
     
  7. LV Bolt Fan

    LV Bolt Fan Well-Known Member

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    Kinda like the chant we had up in SF and the next play, Gore ripped off a long run? :yes:
     
  8. Retired Catholic

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    With Merriman back, ANY upgrade over Wilhelm will be a positive change, but Burnett seems to be a lot better.
     
  9. SDRaiderH8er

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    so you guys were the reason...........
     
  10. Kwak

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    Guilty.

    Buy, we were freaking loud. The D turned and looked up where we were all sitting.

    We took over that place. In the parking lot and in the stadium. :abq2:
     
  11. SDRaiderH8er

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    I spent 3 Months at Lemoore NAS just an hour south of there. I had to come back on that Friday. I wanted to stay up there and go to that game. But after spending 3 months away from the family, I was ready to get out of there. Plus that Sunday was my 50th Birthday, and I spent it with my family.
     
  12. HEXEDBOLT

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

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    You old fawk. :icon_tease::icon_rofl::icon_toast:
     
  13. PowderLove

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    "“He's a more physical Matt Wilhelm,” Gates said, referring to the Chargers starter at Mo for most of the past two seasons."

    I could be more physical than Wilhelm
     

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