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Meachem striving for perfection

Discussion in 'American Football' started by Blue Bolt, Aug 12, 2012.

  1. Blue Bolt

    Blue Bolt Persona Non Grata

    Oct 28, 2009
    Meachem chasing one goal he can't reach
    Chargers wide receiver vies for perfection
    Written by Michael Gehlken

    Robert Meachem wants to be perfect.

    On Friday morning, he had the bags under his eyes to prove it.

    The Chargers wide receiver says he saw about four hours of sleep Thursday night, tossing and turning in the team hotel after being the intended target on quarterback Philip Rivers' first-quarter interception against the Packers.

    Forget it was a preseason game.

    Didn't matter to Meachem.

    The veteran is on a chase, he knows, that will never end, pursuing perfection in his first year with the Chargers, be it during games or on the practice field.

    On Thursday, it was a game.

    On Saturday, the practice field.

    He kicked himself Thursday for not breaking off his route soon enough, which he said allowed cornerback Tramon William to make the interception, stifling a scoring opportunity in the red zone.

    As it'd be, it was Rivers' final pass of the game. The first-team unit had one more possession together, but it ended on a first-play fumble, preserving a sour taste into the night.

    "I couldn't sleep," Meachem said. "I woke up at about 6 early that morning and came over here (to Chargers Park), did a little bit extra just because I couldn't sleep. I felt like I let my team down with that pick. You don't want your quarterback throwing picks, especially to your guy. ...

    "I just want to be perfect. And I know there's no such thing as a perfect person. The only perfect person was Jesus, and I'm far from him. But that's what I want. I want to be perfect and get on the same page in this offense. Just making big plays."

    On Saturday, he made such a play.

    Meachem got behind the defense, burning the secondary deep for a home run of a touchdown catch.

    The satisfaction was short-lived.

    When the play was casually mentioned in the locker room, the 27-year-old quickly turned the conversation, bringing up an interception cornerback Quentin Jammer had when covering him earlier in the day.

    The pick ended in a tug-of-war between the two, as Meachem tried, in vain, to rip the ball from Jammer's clutch.

    "I got behind the defense," Meachem said, "but I had four bad plays. That one good play don't mean nothing because you still had four bad plays. ...

    "(Rivers) threw a nice ball, and I didn't see Jam. He came out of nowhere and got another pick. The quarterback is kind of skeptical throwing you a ball. 'The last two times I threw you a ball, it was a pick.' I mean, that's just how I think as a wide receiver. Philip doesn't think like that, but that's how I do. I just want to be perfect."

    Rivers said Saturday there's no lack of trust in Meachem.

    With time, as he's said all offseason, their chemistry will only grow.

    A March free-agent signing, Meachem is less than three weeks into his first training camp with the Chargers. He spent his first five years in the NFL with the New Orleans Saints.

    "I think he's one of many guys in here, including myself, I was a little on edge leaving the stadium, too," Rivers said. "You want everything to be perfect. That's good that we have guys that feel that way. We're still 0-0. We still have a month to go. If everything was smooth right now, it'd almost be concerning. ...

    "You're never going to be perfect, in any game or anything. But I think things are progressing."
  2. matilack

    matilack Take A Knee McCree!!!

    Aug 14, 2006
    Another high character pickup by AJ

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

    Jul 11, 2006
    Meach and River's definitely need to get on the same page otherwise it could be a long season. Heck, Royal still has yet to participate in practice doesn't he? I thought I read that he's been on the sideline since day one.

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