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CBS Chargers Love/Hate list

Discussion in 'Chargers Fan Forum' started by ThunderHorse17, Aug 18, 2010.

  1. ThunderHorse17

    ThunderHorse17 Lone Wolf

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    http://www.cbssports.com/nfl/story/13780837/chargers-love-and-hate

    Ill link the Love gotta clikc for hate.

    Love

    • Quarterback Philip Rivers. If and when he wins a Super Bowl people will appreciate this guy for what he is: One of the toughest, most accurate and most successful quarterbacks on the planet. Quick, who is the NFL's highest-rated passer the past two seasons? Drew Brees? No. Peyton Manning? Uh-uh. It's Rivers, with a 104.95 mark. A year ago he threw for a career-best 4,254 yards. He was more accurate than ever. He had more completions than ever. He threw 28 touchdown passes and only nine interceptions. He also won his final 11 regular-season starts. There wasn't much he missed, except going deep in the playoffs, and that's an issue. For Rivers to gain the attention he deserves he needs to add one line to his résumé, and that's Super Bowl quarterback. Trust me, people. He'll get there.

    • Wide receiver Malcom Floyd. People wonder what happens to the passing game without Vincent Jackson, and I'll tell you: Floyd. The guy has great size (6-feet-5), soft hands and a marvelous ability to get the football. With Floyd, Legedu Naanee and veteran Josh Reed, the Chargers are OK at wide receiver. With tight ends Antonio Gates, Randy McMichael and Kris Wilson, they're more than OK with pass catchers.

    • Rookie running back Ryan Mathews. If you watched last weekend's defeat of the Chicago Bears you saw why the Chargers moved up in the draft to acquire him. He has everything you're looking for in a young back and should push the league's 31st-ranked rushing game to respectability. "It's everything about him," said general manager A.J. Smith. "It's his running style, which is extremely physical. He can break tackles. He has a very strong straight-arm. He's power packed in the legs. His instincts are outstanding. His acceleration is second to none. And he has outstanding speed. For some reason, he's not given much credit out there for speed, but you're talking about 4.37 or 4.41 speed -- and, to me, it shows. So he has the ability to kick it outside, and he has the ability to break arm tackles and attempts from inside. Plus, he's six feet tall and weighs 219 pounds, so we're excited about what he brings to the table." They should be.

    • The return of linebacker Shawne Merriman. Unlike Jackson and left tackle Marcus McNeill, he finally signed his tender and reported. Now we get to find out what he has to offer. I don't know, either, but I do know Merriman has every reason to make an impact. Once upon a time, he was one of the game's standout pass rushers, and while that hasn't been the case lately there's no doubt the Chargers are a better team with him in the lineup.

    • Team unity. The Chargers had 50 players show up daily for offseason workouts, "and that was from 7:30 in the morning on," said Rivers. Players keep mentioning how much happier this year's team is, and I consider that a jab at LaDainian Tomlinson. Maybe I'm wrong, but you get the feeling walking through this locker room that these guys are, how do I put this, delighted to go to work. "Sometimes you had a situation [last year] where guys were unhappy," said Gates. "Even though they were good players, they were unhappy. But now that that's behind us, and we can just worry about the players who are in this locker room. There's a happiness with these guys. They want to be here, and they want to win and they want to win for the person next to them. Now, it's pretty mellow." Works for me.

    • Their closing speed. Nobody knows how to finish a season like the Chargers. They have won their past 18 games in December. Look at the 2010 schedule: Their four December dates are Oakland, Kansas City, San Francisco and a Dec. 26 date at Cincinnati. I count three wins in there, maybe four. Remember, this is a team that was 7-1 on the road last season, including a December defeat of Dallas.

    • The schedule. The Chargers are in the AFC West, where they were 5-1 a year ago and 20-4 over the past four seasons. So figure on a minimum of five wins there. Then they pick up the NFC West, and give me another four there. That leaves six more starts, and a split there puts them at 12-4. Can you say "home-field advantage?" The Chargers have the third-easiest schedule in the NFL (only Arizona and St. Louis have it better), facing opponents with a .453 winning percentage, and, yes, I expect them to take advantage of it.

    What a surprise when I went to the cbsnfl site and WHAT team is on the front page???

    Hells yea. But it looks like the SD cat is out of hte bag even the media knows now PR is elite this team is and has been stacked for years with talent on both sides of the ball. Oyea and SD is the Tortise to DENs Hare.

    Interesting how he goes to praise Floyd as a viable canidate to step in for VJ, then right in the Negs he goes on to say he better do well or he sucks in no certain terms.

    WTF CBD? Can we get this guy some real pads and stop with the fake ones??


    Yea we got a ez sched and yea we are unbeaten *under PR* in DEC. Yea we drop 1 game a year avg to AFC W. Yea we are lookin good this year!!

    B O L T S!
     
  2. wrbanwal

    wrbanwal Well-Known Member

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    Paging LT for a response

    :unsure:
     
  3. Ride The Lightning

    Ride The Lightning Join the Dark Side, we have cookies.

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    Hate

    • The absences of McNeill and Jackson. So McNeill was inconsistent in his play last season. He was a starter, and that means he was better than anyone they had at his position. Jackson excelled, leading the team in receiving yards and receiving TDs, and he will be hard to replace. But the Chargers are confident Floyd can step into the void and do for them this season what Jackson did a year ago. We'll see.

    • Their slow starts. Next time you read The Tortoise and the Hare you can cast Norv Turner as the tortoise and Denver's Josh McDaniels as the hare. The Broncos won the first six games last season, yet finished way, way behind San Diego. That's because the Chargers are built for the long haul, not September and October. In fact, they struggle then, with the team going no better than 2-3 in its first five games of any season under Turner. I know it hasn't affected them, but it could. Someone order a round of coffee for the season opener.

    • Wide receiver Buster Davis. The guy has ability, but he also has an uncanny knack for getting hurt. It happened again against Chicago, and at some point the club is going to lose its patience. Davis was a first-round pick for a reason: The club believed he could be an impact player. But you have to get on the field to have an impact, and good luck with that one, guys. <<< this wholeheartedly
     
  4. ThunderHorse17

    ThunderHorse17 Lone Wolf

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    I only pray LT can find the High road again and pretend that this comment wasnt made once again.

    Yea the CBD part isnt the sweetest cherry in there. Sad but True.

    Im glad im a Legs man!
     
  5. Boltergeist

    Boltergeist BoltTalker

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    When I think of Buster Davis, I'm reminded of all the times that LT played through injury....and not so much the past 2 years when it has actually slowed him down...but the first 6 when he played right through cracked ribs, groin tears, etc and still produced at a high level......also, it was mentioned by Mathews early on that he had to learn the difference between being hurt and being injured...and it took him a while to do that at Fresno State....I don't think Buster has learned that yet and he's going on his 4th year in the NFL. This is the year he needs to just stay on the field regardless.
     
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    BTW---this was a pretty good article overall....not just because of all of the positive spin...but obviously some homework was done to see that we aren't this "old team past its prime and window of opportunity" that we are made out to be by a lot of the mediots who make a half assed attempt at even figuring out who is on our roster.
     
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    Im pretty sure it's the same 2 quotes (1 by Gates, 1 by Rivers) being used over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over.
     
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    I'm taking the high road here. I think Davis plays through the pain this year. AJ probably told him this is it bub, this is your last chance

    :tup:
     
  9. ThunderHorse17

    ThunderHorse17 Lone Wolf

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    I kno what my first thought was after I finished it. After readin the hate part tho i did take a sec to reflect on what I saw as a fan and what was reported and it was all true as you could get from a reporter.

    Thank you Clark Judge for doin some reading before blabbing on something. More mediots need to do this.


    I am glad I have move past CBD and am confident the second he cant go or doesnt work to his expectations, that we have that guy that will already on the team for years and well aware of our routes/playcalling tendancies. Legs Banks Floyd..tho Floyd should be first since hes been here since 06 I beleive. Yea thats right then VJ in 07.
     
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    If Buster is going to be a Bust, this opens the door for Jeremy Williams or Sery Aijotutu or whatever his name is. M80, Legs and Reed will be the starters opening night in KC if Buster continues to have injury issues. This it NOT good for Bust getting hurt yet AGAIN in the Bears game. :no:
     
  11. Cheapseats

    Cheapseats Loud, proud Charger fan

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    It almost seems that Buster needs his own catagory like "in case of emergency break glass" where you roll him out to perform well for a couple of series before he finds a way to injure himself.

    I am really looking forward to the regular season, so we can concentrate on things "on the field" and see the Chargers send a message that they are not "soft" this season.

    I would also like to see the "LT vs the Chargers" soap opera move to the back burner. Shut up and play and we will look at production and impact after the season. I really enjoyed what he brought to the Chargers until the last couple of seasons, but it is a young man's game and I am quite happy with Mathews getting the rock now.

    Bring on the Cowboys!!!...I'm ready for some more football!!
     

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