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Cromartie delivers number 10

Discussion in 'Chargers Fan Forum' started by Johnny Lightning, Dec 16, 2007.

  1. Johnny Lightning

    Johnny Lightning Go Bolts

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    Chargers.com

    As Antonio Cromartie peeled himself from the turf Sunday afternoon following his third-quarter interception, he thought about breaking into the hula dance he’s pulled out on various occasions this season. Then he paused, smiled and headed to the sideline.

    “Voting is done now,” Cromartie said, referring to the Pro Bowl.

    Cromartie will find out Tuesday afternoon whether or not his NFL-best 10 interceptions are enough to send him to the Pro Bowl in just his second professional season. One thing that was determined Sunday afternoon is Cromartie’s place in the team record books.

    When the Florida State product went up and grabbed a Jon Kitna pass out of midair, it was his 10<SUP>th</SUP> theft of the season, establishing a new single-season team record. It was a nice accomplishment for the team’s 2006 first-round pick, but he promises that he’s not finished.

    “Records come and go,” Cromartie said. “The biggest thing for me is to continue to be consistent and play how I’m supposed to play.”

    Cromartie’s interception was one of five by the Chargers Sunday afternoon, pushing their league-leading team total to 27 on the season. That’s the most they’ve had as a team since they posted 28 in 1979.

    Prior to the season, Cromartie set a personal goal to reach 10 interceptions. While that may have seemed like a lofty goal to many people, Cromartie never doubted he could get there. Sunday afternoon he did.

    “I believed it,” said Cromartie, who also recovered a fumble on a kickoff Sunday. “You don’t put down goals that you want to achieve unless you believe. I put down goals that I know I can reach and just go out and play every week.”

    While his sudden ascension has been one of the many bright stories surrounding the Chargers this season, neither Cromartie nor any of his teammates are surprised with the way he’s playing.

    “He’s something,” quarterback Philip Rivers said. “I’ve known ever since he’s been here that he had it in him to make those type of plays. You knew once he got going making them that you get that confidence and you just feel like you’re going to make those kind of plays every week. He’s doing that.”

    Sunday marked the third-consecutive game in which Cromartie has recorded an interception. He has four picks in his last three games, and more importantly, the Chargers are 6-0 this season in games in which Cromartie records an interception.

    “He’s got such great ball skills,” said Head Coach Norv Turner. “He’s got such great speed and athletic ability. I can’t say enough about Cromartie and the way he’s played.”

    Cromartie narrowly missed another takeaway that would have given him his fourth multi-interception game this season. On the final play of the first half, Kitna lofted a Hail Mary to the Chargers’ goal line that Cromartie got his hands on. Instead of trying to put the ball away, Cromartie swiped at the ball in hopes of getting it to the ground. It instead fell into the hands of Calvin Johnson, who was knocked down one-yard shy of the end zone as time expired in the quarter.

    “I was just trying to get the ball out and throw it on the ground,” Cromartie said. “If I had pulled it to my chest I probably could have caught it, but in that situation you’re just trying to bat it down. I’m just glad he didn’t score.”

    In his postgame interviews, Cromartie used the phrase “having fun” roughly a dozen times within about a five minute period. On Tuesday, he’ll find out if he’ll say “Aloha” to more fun in Hawaii.

    “We’ll see,” Cromartie said. “I can’t think too much about it. It would be special, but I’m preparing every week and having some success. Hopefully it will continue. That’s all I’m worried about.”
     
  2. stone86

    stone86 Well-Known Member

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    A few years ago, I could never imagine having a league leading interception totals. I love it.
     
  3. AnteaterCharger

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

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    not just the player but the team itself
    Its amazing that last year we absolutely dominated in sacks, but this year we dominate in takeaways, and I'd swear I think this defense is better then the one we had last year
     
  4. Alpenbolt

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    "Voting is done now." :lol:

    That is a smart kid.
     
  5. Buck Melanoma

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    Cro should be doing the hula in February, hopefully as part of the 2007 NFL Champs!!! :tup:

    This kid really is something, & seems to have a great attitude & work ethic to go along with the MONSTER athletic ability.
     
  6. Kwak

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    Said it a few weeks ago that we have not had a talent like his at CB in decades, but I think I was wrong.

    I don't think we have had a CB on this team as talented as him, ever.
     
  7. Trumpet_Man

    Trumpet_Man Well-Known Member

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    Nope and not that I can remember.

    This team has more number one dudes at the key spots than any team ever assembled.

    Last year, I said the same thing.

    The Chargers have upped the ante.
     
  8. Boltdiehard

    Boltdiehard Well-Known Member

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    I'm pretty sure Cro is something like 6'2 but it seems like he plays bigger than that and is really learning how to use his height. :tup:
     
  9. Concudan

    Concudan Caffeinated Commando

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    Happy holidays BDH! Wish you were at the game yesterday! It was rockin!:tup:
     
  10. PowderLove

    PowderLove Former Mod, Current Slacker

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    Don't ask Raiders fans though. I've encountered a few on other forums that feel the Chargers are on a decline while they are on the way up. :lol: If they are on the way up, it is by virtue of the Chiefs and Broncos. :yes:
     
  11. ChargerRay

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    Video of Cromartie's 10 picks

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  12. Retired Catholic

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    Agreed. The overall play is better than last year because of the gains made by the secondary. We could not have said this in the first half of the season, but these guys are now peaking above their best levels of last season. If they continue the same trajectory, New England will have more than their hands full. Their pants will be, too.
     
  13. LTisCool

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    Shoulda stayed in the endzone after his first pick against the Colts, but whatever.

    I'm definitely buying a Cromartie jersey. I think he's a champ and a half. More of a champ than Champ Bailey even.
     
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    [​IMG]

    ...just put a cape on him....
     
  15. Boltdiehard

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    Great shot! :tup:
     
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    Video of Cromartie's 10 picks

    Thanks for posting Ray. Great video.
     
  17. exodus

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    The guy is just awsome. His growth was something I was really hoping to see since the end of last year. For years one of our biggest weaknesses was in the secondary. Now we got a guy out there that qb's are going to be afraid to throw against and on the other side is Jammer, who's just been getting consistently better the last 2 or 3 seasons. Congrats Cro. You certainly earned your probowl bid, but you still gotta get us a ring.
     
  18. BOLTS4LIFE

    BOLTS4LIFE Banned Banned

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    Thanks Ray!!!!!

    That was awesome!!! :tup:
     
  19. Johnny Lightning

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    How many picks will Cro get against Cutler this week ?
     
  20. Retired Catholic

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    How does four sound?
     
  21. Johnny Lightning

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    Up up and away................I can fly I can fly.............
     
  22. sdbound

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    Merry Christmas Mr. Cromartie,

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  23. Showmeyourbolt

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    Something else worth bring up, is I saw Cro make a couple of nice tackles in space. People questioned his tackling ability, and I think that he has done a good job as a starter.
     
  24. Buck Melanoma

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    Thank goodness he didn't study Prime Time for tackling pointers!!! :lol:

    I like the way that Cro pushes himself to excel - studies film, works out hard, sets high expectations. :tup:

    Better get him signed long-term before we can't afford it!!!
     

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