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Nwagbuo parked at nose tackle

Discussion in 'Chargers Fan Forum' started by Johnny Lightning, Oct 1, 2009.

  1. Johnny Lightning

    Johnny Lightning Go Bolts

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    Nwagbuo parked at nose tackle


    Mt. Miguel alum has become a team favorite

    By Kevin Acee
    Union-Tribune Staff Writer
    October 1, 2009



    SAN DIEGO – During the Chargers' offseason workouts, Jacques Cesaire would watch Ogemdi Nwagbuo prepare to leave the locker room for an afternoon shift at Enterprise Rent-A-Car.
    This was after a morning of practice, lifting and running with the rest of the players.
    Cesaire would say to himself, “That kid is hungry. He wants to play football.”
    Nwagbuo kept his job at Enterprise through mid-July, a couple of weeks before training camp. Softspoken and humble, the Mt. Miguel High alumnus downplays what he did and how far he has come to be the Chargers' starting nose tackle.
    But it's part of the reason – along with his 14 tackles, one sack and two quarterback knockdowns, all at least tied for the team lead – that Nwagbuo has become a favorite of teammates and coaches.
    “OG is one of those guys you point to and use as an example,” defensive coordinator Ron Rivera said. “Here's a guy we got off the street, who was trying to earn a living. He made the commitment to get better, and he did. Now you can see him making strides.”
    Nwagbuo played almost the entire game Sunday against Miami and was as impressive as any defender on the field.
    “I definitely wasn't expecting it, but I was preparing for it,” Nwagbuo said of the playing time. ”I still have a long way to go. The game has definitely slowed down. You start to see things a little clearer.”

    Turner: LT probably good to go

    Coach Norv Turner said he believes LaDainian Tomlinson will play Sunday at Pittsburgh after missing two games with a sprained ankle.
    “LT looked good,” Turner said after Tomlinson's second day of practice. “We're making the kind of progress we'd hoped for. Based on what I've seen, I think there's a good chance (he plays).”
    Joining Tomlinson in a return to the starting lineup will be right guard Louis Vasquez, out the past two games with a sprained knee.
    “Louis has had two good practices,” Turner said. “I think he's going to be where we need him to be on Sunday.”
    The prognosis is less certain for linebacker Shawne Merriman, who missed most of last week's game with a groin strain. That decision will likely be reserved for Sunday night.
    “I felt good,” Merriman said after a limited practice.

    Nuts 'n' Bolts

    Rookie safety Kevin Ellison played his first dozen defensive snaps Sunday and played well in his role, mainly in run support. It might not be enough to get him more playing time right away. He was active the past two weeks because of injuries to other players, some of whom are healthy now. Said Turner: “If we can get him up, we'll play him. But I'm not sure we can get him on the 45(-man roster).”
    Antwan Applewhite (hamstring) and Travis Johnson (groin) continued to miss practice. Antoine Cason (groin) was limited in practice, but Turner did not seem concerned it would affect Cason against the Steelers.
    Nate Kaeding's miss from 41 yards Sunday was his first of the season. He is 8-for-9 for an 88.9 percent success rate that is second among kickers who have attempted more than six field goals.
     
  2. Johnny Lightning

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    Defensive coordinator Ron Rivera is inspired by Ogemdi Nwagbuo's rise from rental-car employee to Chargers starting NT. "Here's a guy that got off the street, was out there trying to earn a living, and he made the commitment in the offseason to get better. And he did."
     
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    In his first NFL season, NT Ogemdi Nwagbuo leads the Chargers in tackles for loss (4) and also has a 7-yard sack. He's replaced Jamal Williams so well that coordinator Ron Rivera says "we can feel pretty confident" as a defense.
     
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    That's pretty extreme as far as statements go.
    I don't know how "pretty confident" I would be losing Jamal, even though I like Nwagbuo and his fire and desire
     
  5. RM24

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    The fact of the matter is Jamal is 35 and is always getting hurt. We need to find his heir apparent anyway. Maybe OG is that guy. I think with his work ethic he could be that guy that replaces big Jamal when he's ready to hang it up. I love the kids attitude and demeanor. Add the fact he's a local SD kid and was working at a Car Rental place last year? That's just icing on the cake! Get 'em OG!!!! :tup:
     
  6. Ride The Lightning

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    More Ellison. Less Hart. Like none.
     
  7. HEXEDBOLT

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

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    You know, this thing called the NFL can be very funny at times. Here we have a dude coming from out of no where and filling in for some mighty big shoes. Hmmmm, where have we heard this story before, can you say Kurt Warner????
     
  8. Buck Melanoma

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    You can see Oggie & Martin getting better each week. With Castillo picking up his game & Cesaire getting healthy, I'm feeling better about our DL. It's tough to be forced into OJT, but there it is. Hungry is a good thing, people.
     

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