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Larry English succeeding under ground rule

Discussion in 'American Football' started by Concudan, Aug 26, 2012.

  1. Concudan

    Concudan Meh... Staff Member Administrator

    Mar 5, 2006
    Chargers linebacker healthy, looking ahead

    Written by Michael Gehlken

    Chargers outside linebacker Larry English is moving beyond the past. — Howard Lipin

    It was the conversation Joe Barry had to have.
    Early this offseason, the first-year Chargers linebackers coach met with Larry English and set a ground rule for their day-to-day working relationship.
    Injuries, Barry knew, checker English's past.
    That's where he wanted them to stay.

    A 2009 first-round pick, English has carried over a strong spring into the preseason, recording a team-high three sacks in as many games, including a pair Friday night in the first half against the Vikings' starting tackles.

    He missed 19 games the past two seasons to a recurring foot injury.
    The 26-year-old is getting a truly fresh start this year, both physically and mentally.
    “I told him, 'Listen. Let's not think about your injuries,'” Barry said in June. “'Forget it. Let's not talk about it. Let's not dwell on it. I'm not going to ask you every day, 'Hey, how are you feeling?'
    “'Let's just move on. That's the mindset I'm going to have. That's the mindset I want you to have. Let's just freaking go play, and our goal, we'll take it one week at a time. Let's have a healthy, 16-week season.' He's been great. He really has been.”

    English still talks about his health, but it's usually when speaking with media.
    His last group discussion with reporters came on July 22, his first day of reporting to training camp. English, as players who ended the prior season on injured reserve do, showed up with the rookies a few days before most other veterans arrived.

    The second question a television reporter asked: “I'm sure you're tired of hearing it, but how are you feeling, physically?”
    English laughed.

    Later, he privately spoke about his and Barry's rule: forget the past and move on.
    “That's exactly where I'm at,” English said. “I understand why I have to answer those questions, but right now, I'm trying to move past that, look forward and concentrate on becoming a better football player.”

    Both of English's sacks Friday came out of the three-point stance.
    On his first, he beat Vikings left tackle Matt Kalil, the No. 4 overall draft pick, around the open edge for a 10-yard loss on quarterback Christian Ponder. The play forced Minnesota out of field-goal range and into a third-and-18.

    His second sack came in the red zone, bending around right tackle Phil Loadholt. He arrived at Ponder about the same time as outside linebacker Antwan Barnes.
    Coach Norv Turner used the word “rolling” to describe English's play of late.
    It's all about this year — not the last two.

    “I'm feeling good,” English said. “Really just getting the chance to work and get better, make mistakes and correct them, where before I was always sidelined. Coming into camp last year, I was sidelined all offseason. The physical aspect is obviously the part that's really put me in such a better place now, just being able to be healthy, being able to be in shape.

    “I'm glad to be in the space that I'm in right now. Excited about the year and ready to go.”
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  2. Moses

    Moses Can You Stand The Rain?

    Mar 11, 2009
    Good for him, I hope he can keep it up, it'd be nice for him to finally get somewhere. He's had some bad luck with injuries, and we've never really been able to see the best of him as a result of that, so hopefully now we can see what he has got.
  3. Blue Bolt

    Blue Bolt Persona Non Grata

    Oct 28, 2009
    He's the final piece of the puzzle. ;)
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  4. Enormo

    Enormo BoltTalker

    Jul 22, 2007
    I have doubts about English injured or not. He'll be workman like at best.

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