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Hungry Chargers ready to get back on track

Discussion in 'Chargers Fan Forum' started by Johnny Lightning, Oct 5, 2007.

  1. Johnny Lightning

    Johnny Lightning Go Bolts

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    Friday, Oct 05, 2007
    By Casey Pearce, Chargers.com
    As the Chargers wrapped up Friday’s practice, several players made a point of talk highly about their recent practice sessions.

    “Guys have been upset. They’re coming to the practice field and getting to work,” defensive end Luis Castillo said. “We’re putting the effort in that it takes to win a game in this league. The only thing you can do as a player is practice the way you’re going to play; to have that same mentality and approach it the same way. That’s what guys are doing.”

    Despite dropping their last three games, the Chargers remain just one game off the division lead. They also remain fully motivated to get on track.

    “When you lose, it can seem like the fire is gone,” Tomlinson said. “I don’t think the fire is gone because I know all the guys when they get on the field still love to compete and want to win their battle out there on the football field. We know what’s at stake. We need to win and that will motivate you.”

    Head Coach Norv Turner praised the level of accountability that has been present with his team and credited a veteran group of players for their ability to stay focused.

    “I think our mental approach has been outstanding,” Turner said. “The leadership of this football team is outstanding. Everyone in this locker room - coaches and players - we’re all working to stay as mentally sharp as we can be.”

    Several players have stayed after practice to work on little things, hoping to iron out small kinks that have kept the Chargers from attaining the record that they’d like through four games.

    “I spent a lot of time with (offensive line coach) Hal (Hunter) the last two weeks working on a couple technique things,” offensive tackle Marcus McNeill said. “You see other guys out there with their position coaches trying to do everything they can to prepare themselves. I think that’s a hungry team trying to get ready.”

    While the Chargers feel confident in their preparation, they also recognize that extra work and big talk means little without results on Sundays.

    “We’ve got to find a way to win one game and we have to do it this week,” Tomlinson said. “It’s not going to get easier for us. The true character is going to be shown now with how we handle ourselves after the way we’ve started. We need to find a way to win.”

    Healing up

    Wide receiver Buster Davis (ankle), defensive tackle Jamal Williams (knee), linebacker Carlos Polk (knee), cornerback Antonio Cromartie (ribs) and tight end Antonio Gates (illness) were all back on the practice field Friday and worked throughout practice. Davis is listed as questionable while are considered probable to play in the game. Turner said that Davis will be a game-time decision.

    Broncos starting wide receiver Javon Walker (hamstring) did not practice Friday and the NFL Network reported that he will not play Sunday. Four others – tight end Stephen Alexander (calf) and running backs Travis Henry (knee), Mike Bell (concussion) and Paul Smith (neck) – are questionable.

    Headed home

    On Thursday, Chargers.com highlighted wide receiver Vincent Jackson, who is looking forward to returning to his home state this weekend. Another Colorado native who has a little extra pep in his step this week is linebacker Marques Harris. Last November, Harris recorded a career-high seven tackles in the Bolts’ win at Invesco Field.

    October fever

    When watching college football together on Saturdays, fellow Ohio State alums Matt Wilhelm and Shane Olivea are always on the same page. Not so when it comes to October baseball. Wilhelm, an Ohio native and lifelong Cleveland Indians fan, had a lengthy yet friendly exchange Thursday afternoon with Olivea, a Long Island native and diehard Yankees fan, concerning the match up between their favorite teams in the opening round of the playoffs.

    Wilhelm had a pair of offensive linemen in his corner. Guard Scott Mruczkowski is also from the Cleveland area, and guard Mike Goff proudly sports an Indians cap on a regular basis. Should Cleveland and Boston go on to win their opening round battles, Wilhelm’s war of words is sure to continue. His good friend and fellow starter at inside linebacker Stephen Cooper hails from the Boston area and is a big Red Sox supporter.

    Top crew

    The Chargers will have CBS’s top broadcast crew this weekend as Jim Nantz and Phil Simms will be on hand to call the action beginning at 1:15 PT Sunday.
     
  2. OverVolt

    OverVolt BoltTalker

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    Talk is cheap, as we've seen from the last game.
    The next two Sundays will make or break the season, we know it, they know it...now let's see what they do about it.
     
  3. BOLTS4LIFE

    BOLTS4LIFE Banned Banned

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    GREAT ARTICLE!!!

    Thanks JL!!!
     
  4. Kwak

    Kwak ....

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    Thanks JL for posting some quality content! :tup:

    Rep is coming when I spread it around...
     
  5. 17Rocks

    17Rocks Well-Known Member

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    Good these guys sound upbeat...I have all the confidence in the world that they are going to go on a 26 game winning streak and bring norv's record up to .500...:unsure:
     
  6. sdbound

    sdbound Well-Known Member

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    You must spread some Reputation around before giving it to Johnny Lightning again.
     

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