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ESPN Position rankings

Discussion in 'Chargers Fan Forum' started by AnteaterCharger, Jul 18, 2007.

  1. AnteaterCharger

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

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    According to Scounts INC and ESPN, the Chargers were

    QB: #6
    Young Philip Rivers exceeded everyone's expectations a year ago with his poise and maturity and now the Chargers are ready for him to take the next step. He has excellent physical skills and fits perfectly into the Chargers' offense, which requires a lot of timing routes, quick decisions and tight throws. He is a student of the game, prepares well and will only get better. His backup is ex-Titan Billy Volek, who could start for a lot of NFL teams. He has good skills and intangibles and could step up immediately if Rivers was hurt. Charlie Whitehurst will be the No. 3 QB. He's young, has a strong arm and is an excellent prospect.


    RB: #1
    It is hard to not be ranked No. 1 when you have the reigning league MVP and best running back in the NFL on your roster. LaDainian Tomlinson was unstoppable last season. He is the most versatile running back in the NFL because he can beat you as a runner and receiver. The 2006 coaching staff did an excellent job creating mismatches with him in the passing game. With his vision, run instincts and playmaking ability, we expect him to pick up right where he left off in 2007. The other thing that makes this unit special is depth. In addition to Tomlinson, they have Michael Turner, who is the best backup in the NFL. Turner provides an excellent change of pace to Tomlinson. When both are in the lineup at the same time, they give defenses fits. (Note: didn't talk about Neal at all ;))


    WR: #23
    The Chargers recognized their weakness at wide receiver and were aggressive in their selection of Craig Davis in the first round of this year's draft. Davis brings something that this great offense was lacking -- speed on the edge. Obviously, Antonio Gates is the featured receiver in San Diego's offense. But Davis' deep speed will force defenses to stay honest, which should open up room for both Gates in the middle of the field and for LaDainian Tomlinson in the run game. Eric Parker has great hands and good quickness. He will play a valuable role and should begin the season as a starter. The Chargers have a rare bird in Vincent Jackson, who is a massive wideout with impressive physical tools. This could be his breakout season. Jackson has become an effective blocker as well and can be key in springing Tomlinson on long runs. Keenan McCardell's stay in San Diego is over and this is now a young group on the rise.

    TE: #1
    Antonio Gates has been one of the most productive tight ends in the league over the past four seasons. Gates is an excellent combination of size, athleticism and hand dexterity. He has been one of the most impressive college free-agent acquisitions in recent memory. Gates is an excellent route runner who shows natural receiving skills and versatility to pressure defensive coordinators to game plan the tight end position. He's also an above-average blocker. The depth at the position comes with great size and effective blocking with Brandon Manumaleuna and a huge rookie in Scott Chandler.

    OL: #1
    The Chargers would rank No. 2 pretty much by default thanks to an impressive running game that posted nearly 5 yards a carry last season, but they were also able to hold opposing defenses to just 28 sacks in 2006. Left tackle Marcus McNeill was the gem of last year's draft class and does a great job of protecting the blindside of quarterback Philip Rivers from what is arguably the most crucial position on the line. San Diego also has a good blend of youth and experience with seasoned right guard Mike Goff holding down a starting spot in his 10th season in the league. This is a unit that can come right at opponents and create running lanes with drive blocking, or use finesse in pass blocking to give Rivers time to locate open receivers. Overall, they rely on athleticism more than bulk and pure power.

    DL: #5
    San Diego employs a 3-4 scheme that stymies offenses with a variety pressure packages. Nine-year veteran Jamal Williams (6-2, 350) anchors the middle and is effective stuffing the run. Williams has never been an active pass-rusher, but he can disrupt the pocket with an effective push up the middle. Third-year player Luis Castillo had seven sacks in 10 games last year. Look for him to have a huge year in 2007 if he can stay healthy. Igor Olshansky has great size (6-6, 310) and strength to hold the point versus the run, but is an average pass-rusher. However, he does play with a high motor and is a consistent player.

    LB: #1
    Shawne Merriman might just be the most disruptive defensive player in the game today. He is massive, extremely powerful and competitive. At times, he is a man among boys on the field and still probably has not reached his prime. On the opposite side, Shaun Phillips certainly benefits from Merriman's presence -- as does every player of San Diego's defense -- but Phillips is a fine player in his own right. He is a quick-twitch pass rusher who has gotten better in all areas year after year. There will be some change at inside linebacker. Stephen Cooper and Matt Wilhelm probably will be the starters. Neither is an exceptional talent, but they both should be solid starters between Merriman and Phillips. Donnie Edwards will be missed, though, especially from a coverage standpoint.


    DB: #9
    The Chargers are one of the most talented teams in the NFL. CB Quentin Jammer played at a very high level last season. He has all the intangibles to develop into a solid frontline player in the NFL and is the Chargers' No. 1 corner. Drayton Florence will have his hands full fighting Antonio Cromartie -- last year's first-round pick -- for the starting CB position opposite Jammer. Cromartie is a big, physical player with a tremendous amount of talent, but he lacks experience as a starter. With that said, the Chargers have three talented corners to match up in the AFC West. FS Marlon McCree is a consistent player who has good recognition skills and instincts. He has good ball skills and handles the calls in the secondary. Clinton Hart and rookie second-round pick Eric Weddle will battle for the starting SS position.
     
  2. PowderLove

    PowderLove Former Mod, Current Slacker

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    That was some serious Charger lovin right there. :)
     
  3. AnteaterCharger

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

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    thought it good to have everything in one place like that and yeah thats alot of love from the east coast
     
  4. Kwak

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    Who was above the bolts in the DL rankings?

    Seems a bit low and to point out that Williams is not a pass rusher means the dude who wrote it does not have a clue about the NT position in a 3-4.
     
  5. Steve

    Steve BoltTalker

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    I would argue that Williams is a pretty good pass rusher. A couple of years ago he got 5.5 sacks the first year we went back to the 34 when he got to play on passing downs. Factor in the fact that it is almost impossible to get sacks as a NT because we deliberatly try to get Jamal double teamed, it really is amazing he just can split the double teams and still make plays.

    I would like to see Jamal and Igor get some more time as pass rushers this season. One of the things I think we miss in our pass rush line is more push up the middle at times. The other guys penetrate so fast at times, I think a nice complimentary power guy could pick up some garbage sacks when the OLB and Castillo get around the blockers. Have them split time, plus rotate in Cesaire, try to keep everyone a little more fresh. At times it also helps to flush the QB out of the pocket to the OLB outside if you can get some quick pressure inside. If Igor and Williams can tie up the C and OG, then Castillo will get those chances inside.
     
  6. BOLTS4LIFE

    BOLTS4LIFE Banned Banned

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    With ALL of this, there is NO excuse for not winning a Championship!!! :icon_twisted:
     
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  7. Alpenbolt

    Alpenbolt BoltTalker

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    Anyone surprised as I am we got as much DB love as we did? Top Ten was not expected when I was scrolling down. I think we will earn it this year but nonetheless I am surprised we got some respect there.
     
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  8. HeatMiser

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    Pats fan, after reading these rankings:

    "Whyah, the Paatriots will be wicked good this yea-uh. Pet-uh King, uh, said so! These rankings are all uh, wrong! Best quatahback is Tomah Brady. We got Bill Beluhcheck heyuh, don't you faarghet. If the Paatriots had not lost to the Colts and had beaten the Bay-uhs in the supahbowl, they would be supahbowl champs! They should have beat the Colts! The refuhrees were agaanst us! Now, they added Randy Mahss and Odie Thomahass. They will be wicked unstoppable! Everyone undahrates the Paatriots!"
     

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