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PFW: Full-strength Chargers ready to take back control of AFC

Discussion in 'Chargers Fan Forum' started by Concudan, Sep 26, 2008.

  1. Concudan

    Concudan Caffeinated Commando

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    http://www.profootballweekly.com/PFW/The+Way+We+Hear+It/default.htm?mode=afcwest

    Sept. 26, 2008 By Michael Blunda

    Full-strength Chargers ready to take back control of AFC


    Although fans and media might have been ready to declare the Chargers a bust following their 0-2 start, the team never felt like those two last-second losses were a sign of things to come.

    Riddled by injuries in the offseason and training camp, San Diego was not close to being at full strength for its first two contests. Still, the club almost won both games, losing by a combined three points. But the way we hear it, the Chargers are nearly back to health across the board, and they are ready to assume their role atop the AFC.

    Possibly the most overlooked of the Bolts’ injuries in the early-going were the ones on their offensive line. Two-time Pro Bowl OLT Marcus McNeill missed the first two games with an injured neck, leaving the team without a cornerstone lineman. As expected, his return in Week Three was felt immediately by the entire offense, especially QB Philip Rivers, who was not sacked once in a win over the Jets.

    The other missing link on the O-line has been C Nick Hardwick, who has been recovering from offseason foot surgery. Hardwick has made major strides lately and could be back for Sunday’s game at Oakland. That would mean, for the first time this season, the offensive line would be fully intact.

    We also hear that RB LaDainian Tomlinson, who has been dealing with a sore big toe for the past couple weeks, is feeling the best he has in a while. His injured toe has limited him severely, allowing him only to run straight ahead without cutting. Now, though, he should return to being the explosive, shifty L.T. that we’ve become so used to seeing.

    On the defensive side of the ball, CB Antonio Cromartie is 100 percent after experiencing hip pain early on. It showed in his performance against the Jets, when he picked off QB Brett Favre twice on his way to winning AFC Defensive Player of the Week. And although LB Shawne Merriman won’t be back this season, NT Jamal Williams is holding up well despite his bad knees.

    All told, with the team in good health, a complete turnaround from their early-season form would not be a shock to anyone within the Chargers' organization.
     
  2. Buck Melanoma

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    Look out, folks. We're getting ready to see the Bolts that we all expected this year. :abq1: :abq2:
     
  3. AnteaterCharger

    AnteaterCharger Calibrating Bolttalk, Podcast by Podcast Staff Member Super Moderator Podcaster

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    Jay who?
    Denver who?
     
  4. Osmekaman

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    Great news on the injury front though I think it'll take a couple of games to get Nick and Marcus to full speed.

    It's too early to get into full RaRa mode as the porous D, no pass rush and inability to stop late drives in weeks 1 and 2 are still very fresh in the mind.
     
  5. Buck Melanoma

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    Buzz kill. :icon_tease:

    I was pleasantly surprised with Mac's play last week. The D? Jury is still out on that one.
     
  6. Osmekaman

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    Buzz kill indeed.
    Look back at 99% of pre-season posts and we were all feeding off each other's positive vibes.

    The grounding by 2 ordinary teams weeks 1 and 2 was sobering.

    Returning players and Teddy finding the "Blitzing for Beginners"
    book down the back of his couch, has given me a boost.
    But we aint played **** yet.
     
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  7. Buck Melanoma

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    Last week was a start. Winning, hopefully, will be contagious.

    And I haven't said it lately, so I need to get this in.

    Sack Fat Teddy!!!!!! :icon_evil:
     
  8. wrbanwal

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    Hold the phone Boltheads.


    As pointed out by a few of the more knowledgeable Bheads on this board,

    Our defense actually play a pretty fair game last week.

    Special teams killed the buzz.


    I like the news on the injury front.

    I think we should try to sit as many wounded warriors (sorry Toby) as we can this week.

    Chokeland should be a decent test for our backups.


    :tup::tup::tup:
     
  9. Osmekaman

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    Sorry mate, can't agree with you. After an 0-2 start, every W is crucial. I'd rest no-one unless absolutely necessary until we have 11 wins on the board.

    Agree the D played better, and will improve further with Coop.
    (However, Wilhelm WILL partner him - no doubt about it)
     
  10. ntman68

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    Yup. 3 points or not, they dug themselves a major hole and need to climb out of it. Recess is over...
     
  11. Ride The Lightning

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    No way. We need wins. We need everyone on the field.

    If/when the game gets out of reach for Oakland, THEN you rest the guys with the dings. Until then, EVERYONE goes.
     
  12. HEXEDBOLT

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

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    Zactly. :tup:
     
  13. wrbanwal

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    Our problems are on the defense, which, except for Jamal, is pretty much intact.

    Our offense leads the league without Nick, Marcus, and a healthy LT.

    Rest them, and we still put up 30


    Slap fat Teddy upside the head and we'll be just fine.


    :bolt::bolt::bolt:
     
  14. Ride The Lightning

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    IF they say they are good to go, and the coach says they are good to go, then they should play. Period.

    You don't get any help with 3 of your Pro Bowlers sitting on the bench because you are AFRAID they might get an ouchie.

    Play them.
     
  15. wrbanwal

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    healthy? yes, play them.

    dinged? why?

    we have the tools to beat the raiders without our pro bowlers


    ps. I AIN'T SCARED !!!

    :lol:
     
  16. WyomingBoltFan

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    Our patched up o line has done a fantastic job of keeping pressure off of PR. I think we can afford to let Nick heal up for another week.
     
  17. HEXEDBOLT

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

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    Thing is, it ain't up to you. It's up to Nick.
     
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    Oh, you mean the Broncos. Thats the team that beat us. Duh
     
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  20. WyomingBoltFan

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    I agree, it is up to Nick. But you have got to admit Newberry has done pretty good and if Nick needs a little more time then give it to him.
     
  21. WyomingBoltFan

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    WRONG! That is the team that received a win. The refs beat us.
     
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  23. LT-Express

    LT-Express Bolttalk.com Janitor since 06' Staff Member Super Moderator

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    LMAO!!! Well Done!! REP!!
     
  24. Boltjolt

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    When we get Cooper back and sit Derek Smith's *** on the bench THEN we will be at full strength.
     
  25. Retired Catholic

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    That is true, but not material to our status. We absolutely have to sweep the division and beat Denver in the rematch. We have two games to make up in the division. Denver appears capable enough of sweeping everyone but us. We need to sweep, Denver needs to loose at least one game in the non division schedule and we need to pile up the score and the stats on every team we play to take any and all tie breakers. This presupposes we have a superior record to Denver, since every game they win gives them a pad, every game they loose makes their edge thinner and the same crap is true of us. Our position, other than a wild card, is, in fact more tenuous than last year, even if we go 14-2.
     
  26. cranberry

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    All I want is a healthy team and a W out of Oakland.

    GO FIGHT WIN
     
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  27. gobolts_charger

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    Stay healthy & lets make a run!!:tup:

    Go Bolts :abq2:
     
  28. gobolts_charger

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    No doubt!! Coop is back this week for full practice's & on the field in Miami next Sunday!!:tup:
     
  29. HEXEDBOLT

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    As soon as this team is healthy, it's look out NFL. You have it right.
     
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    Freakin'-A!!

    Nice comeback, WBF:tup:
     

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