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MMQB - Chargers

Discussion in 'Chargers Fan Forum' started by boltmanbz, May 12, 2008.

  1. boltmanbz

    boltmanbz Well-Known Member

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    http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2008/writers/peter_king/05/11/mmqb/2.html
    Stat of the Week

    I've got the perfect reason why the Philadelphia Eagles shouldn't even think about trading Lito Sheppard. It's called the evolution of pro football. If you're a general manager, and you don't enter the season with three corners you can trust, you either have a pass-rush like the Giants or you're ignoring what's been going on in this game in the past five or 10 years.

    The Eagles did a couple of smart things on draft day. Without a prospect they had to have in the first round, they dealt their pick for first-, second- and fourth-round picks. And they hung on to the dissatisfied Sheppard. His value to the Eagles, simply, was more than the value of a second-round pick, even though he's missed 14 games in the past three years due to injury. I applaud Philly for not dealing him, though to be truthful, a big reason why he wasn't dealt was because he wanted too much money in a renegotiated contract.

    According to NFL playing-time documents, the average third corner in the league played 57 percent of his team's defensive snaps last year. Let's look at couple of teams with good secondaries to see how they divvied up cornerback playing time, and that will make my point for me:

    Cornerbacks Percent Of '07 Defensive Snaps
    San Diego
    Quentin Jammer 80%
    Drayton Florence 79%
    Antonio Cromartie 72%
    Denver
    Dre' Bly 97%
    Champ Bailey 90%
    Dominique Foxworth 57%

    Third corners most often played more than half of the time, including New England's Randall Gay (53 percent), Hank Poteat of the Jets (54 percent) and the Raiders' Fabian Washington (53 percent).

    I remember talking to San Diego GM A.J. Smith the night of the draft. "We got our corner,'' he said happily, referring to first-round pick Antoine Cason. You might wonder why Smith was so focused on getting his corner, with two good starters -- Jammer and Cromartie -- in house, even after losing Florence in free-agency to Jacksonville. "I'm a firm believer in this game today that you need three starting corners to win.'' Amen.
     
  2. BlueandGold

    BlueandGold The Oracle

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    My mind is still having a tough time processing the words "good secondary" and "San Diego" in the same sentence.

    Am I dreaming?

    That alone should be proof of AJ's gawdliness.
     
  3. Dublin Bolt

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    I agree, it is pretty amazing to think of how solid and dynamic we are at corner. Weddle just has to show up to be better than McCree. If his ability rubs off on Hart (who is a tryer imho) then we will be a great pass D. Add Gordon/Cason into the mix and u have a big WOW. :tup:
     
  4. boltmanbz

    boltmanbz Well-Known Member

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    ahha i know for years we could never say it, now we will have one of the best
     
  5. Showmeyourbolt

    Showmeyourbolt Well-Known Member

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    Thank God Florence is gone.
     
  6. Buck Melanoma

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    And McCree. I watched last year's Vikes game on NFL Replay last night. McCree took one bad angle after another on AP. Denver can have his azz.

    Coverage sacks??? :abq2: :abq1: :abq2: :abq1:
     
  7. TheLash

    TheLash Well-Known Member

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    It's bizarre:icon_eek:
     
  8. Kwak

    Kwak ....

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    Years? Hell, I would say Decades.

    Even back in the Air days, our DBs sucked. Outscore the other team was always the game plan.

    Aside from the current crew, we have had 2 DBs that were worth a **** in the past 35 years and those were Gil Byrd and Rodney Harrison.
     
  9. Retired Catholic

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    His AZZ is ours-twice.
     
  10. SuperCharger85

    SuperCharger85 Well-Known Member

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    Doesn't this seem low? I thought Jammer was out there all the time. What defensive packages does he come out for?
     
  11. Retired Catholic

    Retired Catholic BoltTalker

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    Not many. Guys get breathers from time to time. Then there's recovery time from especially jarring collisions, equipment repair and adjustment, sideline conferring, specific man to man match ups and cooling off periods when tempers get too hot and someone needs to calm down before they cost us fifteen yards. Then there is junk time at the end of games when the subs are getting some needed play.
     
  12. rapscallion

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    He missed a game. Can't remember which one, though.
     
  13. sdbound

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    The Indy game in November.
     

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