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OCS’s begin Monday

Discussion in 'Chargers Fan Forum' started by Johnny Lightning, May 13, 2009.

  1. Johnny Lightning

    Johnny Lightning Go Bolts

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    The Chargers will hold the first of their 14 Offseason Coaching Sessions next Monday. The voluntary sessions are extremely valuable for all players, particularly youngsters looking to increase their roles.

    Earlier this offseason, Chargers Head Coach Norv Turner said that it was no coincidence that the top performers from the offseason in 2008 all had strong showings during the team’s third-consecutive AFC West title chase.

    The team’s on-field portion of the offseason program gets underway Monday as the Chargers hold their first of 14 Offseason Coaching Sessions (OCS’s). The voluntary practices provide unique opportunities for players, particularly young players and those new to the team, to grow and learn.

    The Chargers will practice four times next week before taking a break for Memorial Day. They’ll be back on the field June 1-3 and veterans will wrap up their portion of OCS’s June 9-11. They will conclude with four practices June 15-18 for rookies and select veterans only.

    Here are five storylines Chargers.com will keep an eye on during OCS’s.

    1. “Mo” playing time – Another position that will see fierce competition this summer is the “Mo,” or weak inside linebacker. Stephen Cooper, the team’s leading tackler the last two years, has a firm grip on the “Mike” spot, but a trio of veterans will battle it out for the chance to play next to him.

    Tim Dobbins and Matt Wilhelm split time at the position a year ago, but a newcomer will challenge them. The Chargers signed Kevin Burnett in March to add to the mix. He played in a similar system in Dallas, but like Forney, Burnett is taking part in his first offseason in San Diego.

    2. Outside edge – Outside linebacker Shawne Merriman will not participate in OCS’s as he continues to recover from the major knee operation that kept him out of all but one game last season. His absence means more and more snaps for a trio of young linebackers that could use the work.

    First-round draft pick Larry English was impressive in his first minicamp and will use OCS’s to learn the nuances of the Chargers’ defense while he English makes the transition from college defensive end to outside linebacker in the NFL. Antwan Applewhite came on strong in the second half of the 2008 season and is perceived as an ascending player by the coaching staff. Jyles Tucker was another player that stood out in minicamp, and Tucker is another young player who can continue to grow as he enters his third NFL season.

    3. On the end – Perhaps there’s no single player that has more to gain from the OCS’s than rookie defensive end Vaughn Martin. Martin isn’t just making the jump to pro football, the team’s first of three fourth-round draft picks played his college ball in Canada. North of the border, the game is played with different rules and at an extremely different level of competition. The next few weeks will give Martin a chance to learn how to use his size and athleticism that the Chargers are so excited about.

    Defensive end is another position that will bring some healthy competition this spring. Ryon Bingham and Jacques Cesaire have seen plenty of snaps as rotational guys over the last few years, but one of them is expected to move into the starting lineup.. Also, veteran Ian Scott, who signed with the Chargers last September, will go through his first offseason with the team and will likely be a big part of the defensive line rotation next season at both end and as Jamal Williams’ backup at nose tackle.

    4. ’07 receiver class – The Chargers selected two wide receivers in the 2007 draft, and this offseason is big for both of them. Buster Davis, the first-round pick two years ago, had his season cut short last fall when he was forced to undergo a groin operation. Davis knows that this spring and summer is key as he tries to put past injuries behind him and cash in on his yet-untapped talent.

    The other receiver in the ’07 class, Legedu Naanee, has been productive when he’s had opportunities and will likely see his role continue to grow in his third NFL season. Naanee’s size, speed and athleticism make him another valuable asset. The only issue seems to be finding him enough touches in an offense that features so many talented skill players. That could be something Turner and his staff explore this summer.

    5. Changing of the guard - The Chargers will have a new starting right guard next season, but we don’t yet know who that will be. Nine-year veteran Kynan Forney, who Turner recently praised for his strength and athleticism, worked with the starting unit in minicamp, but he’ll have competition.

    Turner also spoke highly of third-round draft pick Louis Vasquez following the team’s minicamp. Fifth-year pro Scott Mruczkowski season, has seen action at both guard spots during his Chargers tenure and can also play center. Corey Clark, the team’s seventh-round draft pick in 2008, could also be in the mix.

    Aside from the competition, Forney has a lot to gain during OCS’s. He joined the Chargers last September but didn’t appear in a game. The sessions will give him a chance to mesh with his fellow linemen and further his familiarity with the team’s offense.
     
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  2. BFISA

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    Are these open to the public??
     
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    Caseybolts at Chargers.com says they are not open to the public :no: :icon_sad: :tdown:

    He also said training camp opens 26 July for rookies and 31 July for full squad!! :tup: :icon_toast:
     
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    BTW, congrats on 18K posts!! :tup: :icon_toast: :flag: :bolt:
     
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  5. Sydalish

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    Bummer :(

    Yay - it's almost here!!! less than 90 days until the HoF enshrinement and then it's preseason! WOO HOO!! :abq2:
     
  6. Charger Dave

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    Casey did a great job of *nailing* our areas of concern in those five storylines and the related Chargers players who will be in there competing. Gonna be doggone interesting to watch those stories slowly develope as we proceed toward the first pre-season game (I still think "exibition" game no matter what they call them).

    In the mean time its all just "ho-hum" this week. :icon_evil:
    Of course with enthusiasm like "dish" puts out - how the hell can I be grumpy?

    GO CHARGERS!!!! :tup::flag::bolt::icon_toast::icon_party:
     
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    Its getting closer and closer.....hell yes!
     
  8. Osmekaman

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    Do you remember this time last year we were concerned about right OL, ILB, SS?

    Deja Vu.
     

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