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Extra day good for Chargers

Discussion in 'Chargers Fan Forum' started by Johnny Lightning, Dec 19, 2007.

  1. Johnny Lightning

    Johnny Lightning Go Bolts

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    Chargers.com

    Chargers Head Coach Norv Turner called Wednesday a “bonus day.”

    With his team having an extra day this week to prepare for their Monday night contest against the Broncos, Turner pushed the work week back a day. While they usually practice for two hours on Wednesday, the Chargers participated in an hour-long walkthrough and were dismissed after lunch.

    “The schedule allows us to get rested, to continue to get healthy and then spend a little extra time in preparation for Denver,” Turner said. “We got a walkthrough and got some good meeting time. Then tomorrow we’ll start our regular week.”

    The Chargers usually have a short practice Friday morning and a walkthrough Saturday morning. This week, they’ll have a full practice Friday afternoon and a ninety-minute practice Saturday.

    The players liked the way Turner adjusted the schedule and broke up the routine.

    “Toward the end of the season, you always get a little tired from playing week to week,” LaDainian Tomlinson said. “For us just to get an extra day of rest, I think that’s going to help us as we move forward.”

    After enjoying a day off for “Victory Monday” and their regular Tuesday off, the players were back to football Wednesday. Quarterback Philip Rivers liked the approach his teammates took to resting their bodies while beginning to focus on Denver.

    “Obviously you don’t want to shut football down for a couple days,” Rivers said. “But like today with the walkthrough and meetings, you get a lot of mental work, but you don’t have to physically do it. We’ll come back tomorrow and treat it like a regular Wednesday and a regular week the rest of the week. It’ll be good.”

    Healing up

    Rivers said that his sprained left knee felt much better Wednesday than it did when he missed practice last Wednesday

    “It’s pretty good,” Rivers said. “These couple of days off have really helped. Having the extra day before we play, it shouldn’t be a problem this week.”

    Last week, Rivers split snaps with backup Billy Volek throughout the week. The Bolts’ starting signal caller may take a few more reps in practice this week but doesn’t expect to take them all.

    “I’ll probably ease back into it a little bit,” Rivers said. “It worked out last week kind of taking a few less reps than I’d been taking. I’d been taking every single snap. It’s good for Billy this late in the year to get in there and get a little bit just in case.”

    Linebacker Shawne Merriman seemed to have a pep in his step as he made his way from the trainer’s room to the locker room after Wednesday’s walk through.

    “It feels good,” Merriman said as he passed.

    The now three-time Pro Bowler was optimistic he’d be back on the field Thursday, but his head coach was a little more reserved.

    “I doubt they’ll practice tomorrow,” Turner said in reference to Merriman and defensive end Luis Castillo. “I think by the end of the week we’ll be able to get some limited work and then we’ll see where they are.”

    Support for Scifres

    While the Chargers were more than pleased to have eight players named to the Pro Bowl, coaches and players said Wednesday that they believed they should have at least one more.

    “The best punter in this league is by far Mike Scifres,” Turner said. “I’ve been with a lot of punters. He’s the most unselfish. He’s extremely talented. It’s a shame he’s not in the game.”

    Scifres ranks third in the NFL with a net average of 39.7 yards per punt. He’s also landed 29 of his punts this season inside the 20, third-most in the NFL. Six times this season, opponents have had either zero or negative punt return yards against the Chargers – Chicago (0), Kansas City (0), Oakland (0), Indy (-5), Baltimore (0) and Detroit (0).

    “If there was one guy that I would have to say got snubbed without a doubt, it would be Mike Scifres,” fullback Lorenzo Neal said. “It’s no disrespect to the guys who are voting, but I just think that people really need to watch the tape really hard and watch Mike Scifres, what he does in the punting game. This guy is a weapon. He keeps us in games. He has a wonderful leg. I know he’s a first alternate, but Mike Scifres should be going to the Pro Bowl.”

    Turner also praised the play of cornerback Quentin Jammer when asked about players who he felt should have received more consideration for the Pro Bowl.
    “I was disappointed that Quentin Jammer doesn’t receive the acknowledgement because he is one of the best corners in the league and in my mind he’s certainly deserving to be in the game,” Turner said. “I know they can’t take everybody.”

    Nice as always

    Tomlinson was voted to his fifth Pro Bowl of his career, an honor that holds the same magnitude to him year after year.

    “It never gets old,” LT said. “I’m always appreciative of the fans, your peers, coaches voting you in, the media, everybody that votes you in. It never gets old because you enjoy going over there, being around the guys and participating. It’s obviously a game that’s for the fans. You never know when it’s going to be your last one. You always appreciate it.”

    Working back

    Neal, who suffered a fractured fibula two weeks ago in Tennessee, is working hard to get back on the field in time for the postseason and feels good about his chances of doing so.

    “I’m optimistic,” Neal said. “I really think that I have a legitimate chance of playing the first or second week of the playoffs without a doubt. I feel that I’ll be back. We’re working hard. James Collins and the training staff are doing a phenomenal job of getting me ready. I feel that I’m making really good progress.”

    On Tuesday, Neal took off his walking boot and spent some time on the treadmill.

    “I’ve been able to walk for a couple days now,” Neal said. “Of course it’s going to be sore and you’re going to have to play through, but it’s football. I think everyone plays through injuries. You’re always going to have some aches and bruises. You’re still able to play. It’s a situation where you just deal with the pain.”

    Neal’s backfield mate has been impressed with the way the 15-year vet has done in his first week of rehabbing the leg.

    “He’s already doing a lot of things that a lot of people probably though he wouldn’t be doing at this time,” Tomlinson said. “He’s ahead of schedule. It’s going to be exciting to see him come back.”
     
  2. Retired Catholic

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    Good news all around. Wonder how Jamal is feeling these days. Be awesome to have the starters good and health from now until someone hoists the trophy in the shower of bubbly.
     
  3. Johnny Lightning

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    The Broncos own a 25-30-1 (.456) all-time record in games played on Monday Night Football, including a 1-1 record this year. Denver is 20-9-1 (.683) in home MNF games and 5-21 (.192) in such games on the road.

    Under Mike Shanahan (1995-Pres.), Denver is 13-11 (.542) when playing on Monday Night Football. The Broncos are 11-4 (.733) in home MNF games under Shanahan and are 2-7 (.222) on the road.

    :bolt:
     
  4. Carlsbad_Bolt_Fan

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    Nice to hear that Lo Neal is working his way back for the post-season. :tup:
     
  5. foober

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    Denver must die.:yes::flag::flag:
     
  6. Boltdiehard

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    Hey Foobs that picture in your sig is that where you handle your business? Looks a little cold.
     
  7. Retired Catholic

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    Shank Shanarat.
     
  8. Buck Melanoma

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    Guess the old guy is still in pretty good shape to be healing this well. Get well quick, Lo.

    And everyone else, too. We need everyone for the playoffs. :tup:
     
  9. HEXEDBOLT

    HEXEDBOLT Don't like it, lump it!!!

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    A long week and a home game to boot, it could be good medicine for this team right now. Get well Bolt's and enjoy the home cookin.:bolt:
     
  10. Thread_Killer

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    Our head coach seems like he has a good handle on this team, what needs to be done to prepare for the next game while giving rest to players who are banged up.

    :yes:
     
  11. Electric Chair

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    I am starting to really like Norv Turner.

    I already like him better than I ever liked Marty, although I have to admit that doesn't take much.

    Of course, one and done in the Playoffs and I'll go right back to hating him.
     
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    The subs have stepped up the way every teams hopes they will. We should be able to rest the wounded and still clean Denver's clock. Punking the Donks and the Raiduhs to end the season would be so sweet.
     
  13. Kwak

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    I fuking hated Marty when he was hired.

    The coaching in the past few week is really starting to make me feel better about the coaches. The only one I was really pissed off at was TC when he was not sending Merriman and Phillips.

    I think they have done a very good job lately. Crush Denver all will happy in Boltville. :abq2:
     
  14. SanDiegoRon

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    Go Rams, Go Bengals... :lol:
     
  15. RM24

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    Soon to be 25-31..... :yes:
     
  16. HEXEDBOLT

    HEXEDBOLT Don't like it, lump it!!!

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    It would be nice to rest players but those that can play should to stay sharp. If we get a big lead then start pulling them out just like last week.:bolt:
     
  17. Buck Melanoma

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    I agree.

    As far as Norv goes .... still not crazy about him, but I never liked Marty at all, so maybe I'll warm up to Norv yet. Teddy - not likely.
     
  18. HEXEDBOLT

    HEXEDBOLT Don't like it, lump it!!!

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    Our coaching staff has seem to be coming on as of late. I don't think we as fans have really seen the whole plan yet. I'm also hoping when we do it will shock the **** out of us.
     
  19. bigmike.x.09

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    destroy denver!!!! :bolt:
     

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