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Discussion in 'Chargers Fan Forum' started by Concudan, Jul 18, 2007.

  1. Concudan

    Concudan Caffeinated Commando

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    Inside Slant

    Training camp goals.
    1. Coaching 'em up.

    After winning two AFC West titles in three years and compiling an NFL-best regular-season mark of 14-2, Marty Schottenheimer was forced out. Enter Norv Turner, who is known for two things: being an offensive guru and a bust as an NFL head coach.

    This will be Turner's third shot directing his own squad and the Chargers fans' fingers are crossed this time is the charm. In stints with the Redskins and Raiders, Turner's mark is 58-82-1.

    The Chargers' brass is quick to point out those franchises produced teams not nearly as stout as the Chargers. And that assessment is right on.

    Turner takes over a team that is loaded with talent on both sides of the ball. That said, Turner still needs to prove he can lead an entire team, and not just one aspect of it.

    Turner, though, won't need any time making adjustments to the Chargers' high-powered offense, led by NFL MVP LaDainian Tomlinson. It was Turner, as the offensive coordinator, who installed the scheme back in 2001.

    2. Getting the inside right.

    The Chargers, after going 14-2, have few questions and not many positions unsettled. But that's not the case at inside linebacker, where the Chargers must find ample replacements for veterans Donnie Edwards and Randall Godfrey.

    The plan is for Matt Wilhelm and Stephen Cooper, two guys who have paid their dues, to fill in for the two 12-year pros.

    In short stints, Wilhelm and Cooper have done little to show they can't do the job. But filling in occasionally and doing it on a weekly basis are two different things.

    It's critical Wilhelm and Cooper prove early that they are up to the task. The Chargers have a had a stout run defense for years and that helped fuel last year's showing as the top team in sacks. When the Chargers are successful on the early downs, it puts rivals in obvious passing situations which the linebackers on the edge — Shawne Merriman and Shaun Phillips — can take advantage of.

    3. Establish a solid wide-receiver group.

    While nearly every other position strikes fear into defensive coordinators, the wide receivers' spot remains a work-in-progress.

    With veteran Keenan McCardell not invited back, the team turns to third-year pro Vincent Jackson as the go-to guy. Jackson has the size and speed to be a difference-maker but he has had problems avoiding injuries and playing with consistency.

    The team burnt its top pick on Louisiana State's Craig Davis, hoping his ability to run after the catch will increase his productivity.

    Eric Parker is the No. 3 receiver, but he first must put a disastrous showing in last season's playoff loss behind him.


    CAMP CALENDAR: July 28 — Training camp starts at Chargers Park

    Aug. 4 — Practice and FanFest at Qualcomm Stadium

    Aug. 22 — Training camp ends

    NOTES, QUOTES

    —DT Jamal Williams knows what most NFL watchers realize: sacks are great, but it all starts with a solid run defense. "If you want to win in this league, you have to shut down the run game," Williams said. "It's something we take a lot of pride in."

    —RB LaDainian Tomlinson won the most honors (four) at the recent ESPY Awards show.

    —CB Paul Oliver seems realistic about his chances of having a significant impact his first year with the team after being selected in the fourth-round of the supplemental draft. The secondary is filled with mostly veterans. "Me going in there and competing for a (key) position might be a little far-fetched, but I expect to learn a lot from them," Oliver said.

    —Kudos to the Spanos family, which owns the Chargers, for continuing to support the San Diego County prep all-star football team.

    —The Chargers continue to study two cities where they can build a replacement for Qualcomm Stadium. It's between Oceanside, which is about 30 miles north of San Diego, and Chula Vista, which is about 15 miles south of San Diego.

    QUOTE TO NOTE: "Paul Oliver is a very competitive, aggressive, confident player. He's not cautious about anything he does on the field." — General Manager A.J. Smith when asked about CB Paul Oliver, who was selected in the supplemental draft.

    STRATEGY AND PERSONNEL

    The Chargers expect all their players to be fit and ready to go when camp opens later this month. Their biggest concern was the health of Pro Bowl linebacker Shawne Merriman after he underwent shoulder surgery in the offseason.

    But it appears Merriman is OK, and will start right away in gunning for his third straight Pro Bowl appearance in his first three seasons.

    The addition of cornerback Paul Oliver in the supplemental draft isn't expected to have a big impact — not right away at least. Oliver will have to work his way up a depth chart that shows capable players in Quentin Jammer, Drayton Florence and Antonio Cromartie ahead of him.

    Oliver's big chance will likely come next season, as Florence is expected to leave at season's end as a free agent.


    UNIT-BY-UNIT ANALYSIS

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  2. boltssbbound

    boltssbbound Well-Known Member

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    There was nothing about Vick in this article. Why did you post it? :icon_shrug:
     
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  3. 17Rocks

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  4. Concudan

    Concudan Caffeinated Commando

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  5. HEXEDBOLT

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

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    I knew a guy named Vic once, he ended up in prison.:bolt:
     
  6. Shamrock

    Shamrock Well-Known Member

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    Where's that Hornblowing conspiracy nut?
     
  7. BFISA

    BFISA Well-Known Member

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    Vic Morrow lost his head :icon_shrug: :icon_huh:
     
  8. Ride The Lightning

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

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    I'm so fukkin sick of the offseason.

    Next week is gonna be hella long too.

    :mad:
     
  9. Carlsbad_Bolt_Fan

    Carlsbad_Bolt_Fan Well-Known Member

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    Well, rookies report to camp on the 23rd.

    I know...it ain't much, but at least it's something. :yes:
     
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  10. BFISA

    BFISA Well-Known Member

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    Well, those that're signed :icon_shrug: :icon_huh:
     
  11. richpjr

    richpjr BoltTalker

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    C'mon now, you say that like us Charger fans have ever experienced rookies not in camp on time.
     
  12. Alpenbolt

    Alpenbolt BoltTalker

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    So what's the Morrow of the story?
     
  13. Charger Dave

    Charger Dave Dead account

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    Not with our top pick later than 5th in the draft - even Merriman only missed 1 day. This time its 30th - next time its.... ??? :)
     

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