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Garay won't admit it, but Twitter is a distraction...

Discussion in 'Chargers Fan Forum' started by Blue Bolt, Nov 8, 2011.

  1. Blue Bolt

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    @antoniogaray71 letting his play speak lately
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    It can’t be coincidence.

    Though, as usual of late, Antonio Garay isn’t directly acknowledging anything.

    “It’s not something that has anything to do with anything,” Garay said.

    OK.

    Here’s the equation: Garay, who on many days has tweeted 20-50 times, hasn’t used the social media site Twitter one time since before the Chargers played at Kansas City on Halloween. He tweeted three times in the three days prior to that game. In the two games since, he has played in a manner befitting the NFL nose tackle he believes he is and had actually shown he was last season and even through the first two games of 2011. In the four games prior to Kansas City, he had been almost invisible.
    “I haven’t felt that way,” Garay said.

    Yet he also said he knew he had to play better. Of course, in a highly circular conversation on Tuesday, Garay said both that he leaves the field pleased with his performance after some games and that he never leaves the field pleased with his performance.

    He said of his absence from Twitter: “I don’t have anything to say. It’s not in my occupation.”

    He also said: “Right now I just need to do without it. I need to concentrate on football.”

    He also said he has “toned it down” recently in regards to his off-field pursuits but later said he has not.

    This is how it goes in conversations with Garay these days. Formerly engaging, now purposefully stoic and antagonistically friendly.

    “Maybe you just misquoted me before,” he said when told he used to offer more insight.

    Garay’s transformation has mirrored that of the entire defensive line – a bunch of nice guys who are making an obviously concerted effort to not say much and present a harder, all-business persona.

    It has come across like a wannabe biker gang rolling on mopeds. With baby faces instead of beards. (Well, Garay has a beard. But no one in the Hell's Angels ever tweeted that much about his Hello Kitty Smart Car.)

    Hey, surliness is a perfectly acceptable personality trait for a football player. If it’s real and if he produces. You know, like Kris Dielman.

    It has been difficult to be impressed by the Chargers’ defensive line’s hard line, though, while they were failing in their one-on-one matchups and losing the battle for the line of scrimmage. They were complicit in giving up 162 rushing yards in back-to-back games, to the Denver Broncos and New York Jets. They did not have a sack between Garay’s takedown of Donovan McNabb in the season opener and Cam Thomas dropping Matt Cassel in the seventh game, and they had 3½ quarterback knockdowns and two hurries through the season’s first six games.

    Against Kansas City and Green Bay, the linemen have made stops. Vaughn Martin is emerging from “project” status. Tommie Harris may have earned a permanent spot on the roster. The line combined for four hurries of Green Bay’s Aaron Rodgers, and Garay had his first sack since Game 1 and first knockdown since Game 2. He forced more of the action, made stops, influenced plays.

    “I haven’t noticed a difference,” Garay said. “… A lot of plays I wish I had back.”

    Whatever.

    Coming off Sunday’s game, wherein they were most often asked to get after (and contain) the league’s top passer, who happened to also run for 52 yards, the line has on Thursday night against the Oakland Raiders another chance to show it is emerging.

    The Raiders rank third in the NFL with an average of 151.9 rushing yards per game. The last time they were at Qualcomm Stadium, they ran for 251.

    It certainly changes things that Darren McFadden is out again. He averaged 5.1 yards on his 19 carries against the Chargers in that December game and was the league’s leading rusher before spraining his foot in the Raiders’ Oct. 23 game against Kansas City. But Michael Bush will play Thursday. He’s averaging 4.2 yards per carry this season, just a tick more than he averaged on his 23 carries at Qualcomm Stadium last Dec. 5.

    Certainly, slowing the Raiders is not entirely up to the line. The secondary virtually to a man had its worst day of the season the last time it faced new Raiders quarterback Carson Palmer. He completed 16 of his 21 passes for 261 yards and four touchdowns on Dec. 26 while with the Cincinnati Bengals.

    But the Raiders run.

    “They’ve been doing a hell of a job at it this year,” Garay said. “I don’t see any reason for them to stop doing it.”

    As for whether he and his line mates are up it, Garay got downright verbose, practically philosophical.

    “I think we’re continuing to get better as a group,” he said. “This group, this is the first time we’ve all played together. Week to week we’re growing as a group. Thursday night, and from here on out, I only expect us to get better and better.”
     
  2. LaDeezie21

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    I most definitely see it as a distraction. I personally think that Twitter is silly and serves little to no benefit to players.
     
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  3. Concudan

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    Yeah, just like those damn cell phones and email! :mad:
     
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  4. Blue Bolt

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    Personally, I think these fan forums are a complete waste of time. ;)
     
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  5. Brundlefly

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    Just like watching football
     
  6. Blue Bolt

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    #@%*!!!....... don't get me started! :D
     
  7. Concudan

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    BLASPHEMY!
     
  8. Lance19

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    I'm mostly okay with it...as long as he isn't doing it while chasing Carson Palmer...
     
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  10. bigmike.x.09

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    We haven't won a game in a month, it's time to focus fellas. Glad he's got his focus back where it should be. Although it WAS nice that he said happy birthday to me on Twitter :)
     
  11. Blue Bolt

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    Enabler......... #imjustsaying ;)
     
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  12. Ride The Lightning

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    I want them to set up pcs on the sidelines so guys can twitter and update their facebook pages after each play.

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