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Despite all the other stuff, 'Lights Out' doesn't take day job lightly

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  1. Johnny Lightning

    Johnny Lightning Go Bolts

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    By Kevin Acee
    Union-Tribune Staff Writer
    9:34 p.m. August 7, 2009

    Shawne Merriman might Twitter. He might ham it up for fans and television cameras. He might relentlessly pitch his own clothing line and an energy drink and show up on television and in the gossip columns more than any other Charger.

    But on the field, especially now, Merriman is all business.

    “I'm on a different path,” he said this week. “My focus is different than it's ever been.”

    Merriman, among many others, recognizes a more focused approach among the Chargers this camp. And he will not accept anything less than 100 percent adherence, especially from a vital cog.

    What Merriman did at practice Wednesday should not be seen as earth-shaking. Things happen between teammates all the time. On every good team, players challenge other players.

    What this is, though, is an example early on that this team's leaders have a goal in mind and will not be afraid to keep others focused on that goal.

    After perceiving that cornerback Antonio Cromartie had dogged it on a play, Merriman yelled at the cornerback. When Cromartie yelled back, according to sources, Merriman shot back at Cromartie that he wanted to win a Super Bowl and Cromartie better get on board.

    “I'm not going to let anyone ruin it for me,” Merriman said the next day. “And not just one person – anyone. And I'm not going to let anyone else down either. I'm so serious about what we're going to try to accomplish.”

    Letting go


    Strong safety Clinton Hart is trying to make sure 2009 is different than '08.

    So Friday, he took a step, even if it was purely a mental leap, toward forgetting last season. For the first time this camp, he practiced without wearing his protective neck roll.

    “I'm not going to be out here feeling like I'm restricted,” said Hart, whose head movements were somewhat limited by the device. “ ... Plus there's the psychological part of trying to leave last year behind me.”

    Hart in 2008 broke his hand in the season's second game, played poorly at times and ended up the season wearing a huge neck roll after suffering a neck injury on Nov. 30. He acknowledged this offseason his confidence had been wrecked.

    While still the starter in the base defense, Hart is competing in camp for playing time with Steve Gregory and rookie Kevin Ellison.

    “I know I'm in a battle,” Hart said. “But the battle is with me.”

    New rules


    Officials were in camp the past two days, working practices and making a presentation to players on rules changes and points of emphasis.

    The rules were passed at the owners' meetings in March, and most of the new rules had to do with safety.

    Most prominent among those were rules prohibiting more than a two-man wedge on kickoffs and the requirement that at least four players be on one side of the kicker on kickoffs, including three between the hash and number.

    Highlighted for the players, too, was the “Hochuli rule,” which will allow plays such as Jay Cutler's fumble in September's Chargers-Broncos game to be reviewed – and reversed – by replay.

    Nuts 'n' Bolts


    Kynan Forney's wife gave birth Friday in Atlanta. Forney is expected back in camp Sunday night. Meanwhile, Louis Vasquez's injured left foot is still in a protective boot. So Corey Clark continues to work at right guard with the first team offense.

    Jeromey Clary has been working more on long snapping and is listed as the No. 2 behind David Binn. Brandon Siler had been the backup.

    Cornerback Quentin Jammer returned to practice in the afternoon after sitting out the morning workout. Eric Weddle's ankle kept the safety from practicing. Both players were hurt in a collision Thursday ... Buster Davis worked both practices ... Jacques Cesaire (calf) has missed the past three practices ... Larry English (hamstring) has missed five straight practices. ... A day after he left practice with cramps, inside linebacker Kevin Burnett walked off during the morning practice and did not work in the afternoon because of an allergic reaction.
     
  2. Boltergeist

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    I love this:

    After perceiving that cornerback Antonio Cromartie had dogged it on a play, Merriman yelled at the cornerback. When Cromartie yelled back, according to sources, Merriman shot back at Cromartie that he wanted to win a Super Bowl and Cromartie better get on board.

    “I'm not going to let anyone ruin it for me,” Merriman said the next day. “And not just one person – anyone. And I'm not going to let anyone else down either. I'm so serious about what we're going to try to accomplish.”


    Cro need to pull his head of out his ***. I love that Merriman is taking charge out there and isn't afraid to call people out. That's what leaders do. It takes more than just coaches...You have to have field generals too.
     
  3. sdbound

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    Two players going in opposite directions.
    Merriman, doing and saying all the right things.
    Cromartie just doesn't get it. Broken hip? Sure.
     
  4. Buck Melanoma

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    If I were Cro, I wouldn't piss SM off.

    He can't run forever. :lol:
     
  5. Nomad

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    Maybe we all misunderstood, I think it was a broken LIP that he had last year. :icon_banana:
     

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