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Hart banks on experience through competition

Discussion in 'American Football' started by Johnny Lightning, Jul 30, 2007.

  1. Johnny Lightning

    Johnny Lightning Go Bolts

    Feb 7, 2006
    Monday, Jul 30, 2007
    By Casey Pearce , Chargers.com
    Over the course of his three years in San Diego, Chargers fans have gotten to know a lot about Clinton Hart. They’re familiar with his path from junior college baseball to Arena Football before landing in the NFL. They’re aware of his heart for people and commitment to community service. They know his smile and passion for the game.

    But one thing Hart wants to remind people is that should he hold on to the starting strong safety job that he’s battling for during training camp, it wouldn’t be his first rodeo.

    “I’m not new at this,” Hart said, who has started 15 games and played in 62 during his five-year career. “I hear people say that I lack experience, but I started nine games for the Eagles a couple years ago and I’ve been in the starting lineup some since I’ve been here. I’m a confident player and I want people to know that they can count on me.”

    While playing for the Eagles in 2003, Hart was called on to replace All-Pro Brian Dawkins in the starting lineup for more than half of the games. Philadelphia went 7-2 during that stretch, and Hart promises to bank on those experiences as he pursues a full-time job as a starter this season.

    “I played behind one of the best safeties of our era,” Hart said. “I learned so much from Brian about how to prepare and how this game is supposed to be played. I know I’m athletic enough to play this game at a high level. I know the game. I study the game. I’ve got an opportunity in front of me that I’m going to make the most of.”

    In the first few days of camp, Hart has continued to build on his strong offseason by making plays and impressing his coaches. His athleticism was on display Saturday when he went up and took a pass away from wide receiver Malcom Floyd, a player Hart gives up five inches to. Hart credits his work in the film room and diligent playbook study with helping him get off to a strong start.

    “I know this year it’s up to me to hold my own and hold my spot down,” Hart said. “It’s all about being confident and being comfortable. That comes with knowing what you’re supposed to do and where you’re supposed to be at all times. I’ve worked hard to make sure I’m up to speed with everything.”

    In order to win the starting job, Hart will have to hold off rookie Eric Weddle, who has also gotten off to a solid start to training camp. But with a young daughter under his care and a chance he’s waited on for years, Hart believes his time is now.

    “This past year has been a life-changing one for me,” Hart said. “Having a little girl to feed, that changes everything. Plus, I’m getting the opportunity of a lifetime. This is something that’s very special to me. I’m going to do everything I can to make the most of it.”

    Sitting out

    Linebacker Anthony Waters, offensive tackle Roman Oben, wide receiver Eric Parker, defensive end Igor Olshansky, safety Bhawoh Jue, tackle Shane Olivea and defensive end Jacques Cesaire all sat out of Monday morning’s practice. With the exception of Olivea and Olshansky, who tweaked his groin on Saturday, the Chargers had planned to pace all players due to the fact that they entered training camp with lingering bumps and bruises.

    Big Heart

    Turner and defensive tackle Jamal Williams discussed having the two-time Pro Bowl work just once Monday, but Williams convinced his coach that he was up for double duty.

    “We told him that we really didn’t want him to practice this morning,” Turner said. “He wanted to get a couple of days of two-a-days in, so he went this morning and will come back this afternoon. It’s great that he wanted to go this morning. He does a good job in the offseason, but he does a great job getting in shape and being ready to play for the season during training camp.”

    In recent years, the 10-year veteran has limited his work during trailing camp to save the wear on his knees.

    Big opportunity

    With Olivea out of action, Cory Lekkerkerker and Jeromey Clary have split time working at right tackle with the first-team offense. Turner praised the young duo for their work in the weight room this offseason and believes that they’re both taking advantage of a huge opportunity to impress their coaches.

    “When a guy misses, it gives an opportunity to some other guys,” Turner said. “It’s interesting with Clary and Lekkerkerker. They are different guys, and we’re getting to look at both of them. Clary is a very physical player, and both have improved a great deal. I think it’s a combination of coaching and those guys working hard. Both are great workers in the offseason, and both have gotten bigger and stronger.”

    Hot item

    According to the NFL, LaDainian Tomlinson’s jersey is the number one seller amongst NFL players. LT is followed by Reggie Bush, Brian Urlacher, Troy Polamalu and Vince Young.

    Put on the pads

    The Chargers will hold their first padded practice of training camp when they take the field this afternoon. Practice begins at 4 pm and is open to the public.

    Roster move

    The team announced Monday that they've waived wide receiver Jarrett Hicks, an undrafted free agent from Texas Tech.


    This is Harts year...:tup:
  2. PhillyChargerFan

    PhillyChargerFan Well-Known Member

    Sep 25, 2006
    Trumpy will be along any minute :yes: :icon_tease:
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  3. Shamrock

    Shamrock Well-Known Member

    Jun 18, 2006
    He's still trying to clean the "horn cream" off his monitor .....
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  4. Trumpet_Man

    Trumpet_Man Well-Known Member

    Feb 14, 2006

    Kelli Hart - Marc (Clinton's best friend who will be at the tailgater this Saturday) - Kelli's hottie friend

    <img src="http://img528.imageshack.us/img528/8527/sdog7fb.jpg" alt="Image Hosted by ImageShack.us"/><br/>Shot at 2006-05-28

    The Hart's pooch

    <img src="http://img528.imageshack.us/img528/1127/kellitmanmark2gw.jpg" alt="Image Hosted by ImageShack.us"/><br/>Shot at 2006-05-28

    Kelli Hart - Me - Marc

    <img src="http://img280.imageshack.us/img280/4707/trumpietrystactwithsignnazi0gn.jpg" alt="Image Hosted by ImageShack.us"/><br/>Shot with <a target="_new" href="http://profile.imageshack.us/camerabuy.php?model=Digimax+430+%2F+Kenox+D430&make=SAMSUNG+TECHWIN+CO.%2C+LTD">Digimax 430 / Kenox D430</a> at 2006-06-19

    The Cops ask us to remove all the "ELI sucks dick" signs when Eli came to town. It has nothing to do with Hart :lol:
  5. PhillyChargerFan

    PhillyChargerFan Well-Known Member

    Sep 25, 2006
    Right on cue :icon_rofl:
  6. foober

    foober BoltTalker

    Aug 17, 2006
    It would be very nice if hart stepped up and could fill the other saftey role so we can use weddle more in the nickle or dime. Sounds like new pick up Oliver might have some talent as well. Be very nice to be stacked with d-backs in the years ahead.:yes:

    We don't care who starts. We just want the d-backfield to be solid.:flag: :yes:
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  7. Ride The Lightning

    Ride The Lightning Join the Dark Side, we have cookies.

    Aug 15, 2006
    I glad to see he's finally getting a real shot at the starting job. I expect he'll excel.

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