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Eric Weddle - The next step

Discussion in 'American Football' started by Johnny Lightning, Aug 10, 2010.

  1. Johnny Lightning

    Johnny Lightning Go Bolts

    Feb 7, 2006

    By Christopher Smith, Chargers.com
    Posted 31 minutes ago

    Safety Eric Weddle already is one of the leaders of the secondary. He’ll try to leverage his offseason self-analysis to become an even better player this season.

    SAN DIEGO – The first day of training camp wasn’t long ago.

    The thickness of each day already has buried it, but the first full-squad practice took place 11 days ago. Eric Weddle[​IMG] looked like he’d filch every pass thrown downfield. The fourth-year free safety intercepted two passes and nearly nabbed a third during the same practice.

    That’s no surprise for the man who ranked second on the team in tackles with 135 in 2008 and second in the secondary with 82 more last season. He has 18 passes defensed and four interceptions during his first three NFL seasons.

    But those around the team think he’s capable of more.

    “Eric’s got such a mind for the game, (so savvy), such a presence back there playing center field,” Philip Rivers said. “I think he’s determined to have his best year yet.”

    Said Head Coach Norv Turner: “I think Eric Weddle has taken that next step. I think he’s going to do things more naturally and more instinctively.

    “And I say that, I’m not trying to encourage him to go out and create, because that’s when guys get in trouble, but when the plays come to him, I think he’s going to take advantage of them.”

    The impetus doesn’t come out of duty or natural progression.

    Weddle offers as blunt and critical an assessment of his own game as any Chargers player. He spent considerable time self-analyzing this offseason and decided he needed to leverage angles much better to close on receivers. But he hasn’t stopped at identifying a problem, instead working to incorporate a fix during OTAs (Organized Team Activities) and training camp.

    “A lot of times (last season) my angles were off and this year they’ve been a million times better,” Weddle said. “I’m making plays on the ball and being able to be in a position where it’s a bang-bang play. A guy catches it and (I’m ready for) a blowup shot or I’m making a play on the ball. That’s the difference between being great and just being a good, consistent NFL player.

    “Each year you see more things, you see new things. You put it in the piggy bank and remember it. You’ve got to work on things that you weren’t so good at the year before. Hopefully fourth year, fifth year, sixth year, you’re putting it all together and you’re consistently good and you’re making plays and you’re helping your teammates.”

    One of those, cornerback Quentin Jammer[​IMG], sets the example that Weddle tries to follow.

    “Each year he’s gotten better. He’s consistent. He’s the guy I look up to,” Weddle said. “He’s the leader of the group and he’s really set the standard for what a (defensive back) should be like on and off the field. We try to emulate that. If any of us can have the career he’s had, we’ll be in good shape.”
  2. Johnny Lightning

    Johnny Lightning Go Bolts

    Feb 7, 2006
    Fan Q&A: Eric Weddle

    Posted 4 hours ago


    The fourth-year safety explains how the defense has improved, shares the hardest part of being a football player and names his favorite place to eat in San Diego.

    The Chargers traded up 25 spots in the second round of the 2007 NFL Draft to select safety Eric Weddle out of Utah.
    After he racked up 135 tackles in 2008, Weddle followed with another productive season, posting 82 tackles, second on the team behind linebacker Stephen Cooper.
    In Week 3 last season, Weddle all but finished the game against the Miami Dolphins when he intercepted Chad Henne and returned it 31 yards for a touchdown with just under six minutes remaining.
    Weddle answered fan questions Thursday.

    David Ewing; Carlsbad, Calif.
    Do you see your role this year as being different from your previous years with the Chargers?
    I’m a guy that’s been around for a little while now, which means I take on more of a leading role. It is up to Quentin Jammer and I to take ownership of the defense and teach the younger guys the ins and outs of the game.

    Luke Sluiter; Byron Center, Mich.
    How far along do you think the Chargers defense has come since last year, and how far do you think it could carry the team?
    This is miles and miles from where our defense has been in the last couple of years. The continuity, the relationships, the communication and the fact that both the safeties and corners are better technically will contribute to a productive defense this year.

    Mike Carpenter; Lakeside, Calif.
    What do you do before a game to get fired up?
    I don’t really get fired up. I like to stay cool, calm and collected (the three C’s). Aside from that I listen to a little music, go over my notes and make sure I’m as mentally prepared as I can be.

    Laurie Dishon; Escondido, Calif.
    What is your favorite thing to do outside of football?
    I love playing with my kids, going to the movies, playing golf and camping every now and then.

    B.J. Martinez; Delano, Calif.
    After a few years under your belt, how has your leadership role changed?
    Being in my fourth year I’ve seen and grown a lot. I have seen both big wins and big losses, and as a player I must learn to grow from both the positives and the negatives.

    Alex Ballesteros; Puebla, Mexico
    Being an NFL player is every football player’s dream, but what would you say is the hardest part about being one?
    It’s not so hard. It’s a job in that the game requires so many hours, but this is a game that millions would love to play and I happen to be one of the lucky ones. This is the game I love. I take every play like it’s my last.

    Jimmy Byeah; Centreville, Va.
    What are the chances of this year’s team making it to the Super Bowl and what are some of the offseason changes that will help this team get there?
    I think our chances our good. I think our team will be closer. I’ve seen our togetherness as a team and when we get into those close games I think we will be ready.

    Daniel Humpal; Cedar Falls, Iowa
    Do you try and emulate a certain defensive back on another team, and if so, who and why?
    There are guys that I look up to, especially those who have been great players for many years. I look up to Jammer in a lot of ways in that he came into the league and struggled and then you see where he is today as one of the elite corners in the league.

    Tadd Dolfo; San Diego
    Is there any one hit that you have either given or received that you remember the most?
    My rookie year when I sacked (Bears quarterback) Rex Grossman.

    Gabrielle Osuna; San Diego
    What is the first thing that comes through your mind as you run through the Chargers Helmet and are greeted by thousands of screaming fans?
    The energy, the excitement and the opportunity of a lifetime definitely come to mind. You have to take that time and make the most of it and not take anything for granted.

    Ryan Jones; Colorado Springs, Colo.
    Where is your favorite place to eat in San Diego?
    Mi Guadalajara in Escondido is one of my family’s favorites.
  3. coachmarkos

    coachmarkos BoltTalker

    Jul 12, 2009
    Weddle! My adopted Charger.
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  4. Enormo

    Enormo BoltTalker

    Jul 22, 2007
    I would normally chalk this story up as more pre-season cheerleading but Mr. Weddle has a very real example to back up his point. Hope his story follows the same arc.

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