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Reps limited on special teams

Discussion in 'American Football' started by Johnny Lightning, Aug 11, 2010.

  1. Johnny Lightning

    Johnny Lightning Go Bolts

    Feb 7, 2006

    By Christopher Smith, Chargers.com
    Posted 2 hours ago

    Part of special teams coach Steve Crosby’s job prior to Saturday’s preseason opener is to determine along with Head Coach Norv Turner who should get the precious few special teams opportunities.

    SAN DIEGO – When the Chargers and Bears kick off their preseasons Saturday night, every chance to step on the field will prove valuable to the young players trying to make the team and the coaches trying to evaluate them.

    But if scarcity drives the market, special teams have a high premium.

    Coaches must decide how to divide repetitions within each element of football, but special teams owns a smaller share of the pie.

    “You don’t get near as many opportunities as they do on offense and defense to evaluate a guy,” special teams coach Steve Crosby said. “An offensive lineman might get 10 straight plays on a drive and you may get one kickoff or two punts or three punt returns.”

    Crosby must contend with two objectives, each pulling in opposite directions. First, he’d like to prepare the players he thinks will be important for the regular season. Second, he’d like to give the rookies an opportunity to prove they belong. And the best way to do that is in game situations.

    “To properly evaluate them, you’ve got to see it. They’ve got to have an opportunity when the fire’s hot to see how they’re going to react,” Crosby said. “When you’re out at practice and you’re not getting hit, things aren’t quite as fast as they’ll be in the game.

    “You don’t know if a guy’s going to be looking at the right thing and react the right way to that kind of speed or not. And then if he does react right, will he be able to execute the block or execute what he’s supposed to be doing under those circumstances?”

    Tuesday morning’s 45-minute special teams session, one of four during training camp, gave Crosby an opportunity to spend more time with the younger players. Although 17-year veteran David Binn has attended every session, usually in a ball cap, the exclusive special teams practices are designed to, as Crosby said, “jump start” the young guys and get them ready to play.

    He outlined a brief process young special teams players must follow.

    “The first thing they need to do is learn how to follow directions,” Crosby said. “Learn how to read a card and how to look at a board and see where they belong.”
    Second, they must understand what their assignment is in each situation they could face.

    The special teams practices reinforce the mental aspect and help them better grasp their objectives during a special teams play.

    “They’re like all players. Once they know what to do, then they can go do it aggressively and not (be) unsure of themselves,” Crosby said. “When you get unsure, you get hesitant, and when you get hesitant, you don’t play very fast and you don’t play very well.

    “The guys that have shown the best ability in practice will get the first shot at it. Every play counts, and these guys have got to understand that you might not get another shot, so you better make it count when you’re in there.”

    SAFETY IN NUMBERS: The Chargers signed strong safety Quinton Teal to a two-year contract on Tuesday.

    Teal, a former member of the Carolina Panthers, had been with Seattle this offseason. The 6-foot, 205-pound safety played in 44 games with Carolina from 2007 to 2009 and made 45 tackles on defense and 26 on special teams.

    San Diego now has three players on the roster at strong safety in fourth-round pick Darrell Stuckey, five-year vet Steve Gregory and Teal, who will wear No. 36.

    Teal becomes the third player added to the roster in the last week, joining linebacker Ali Highsmith and guard Cameron Stephenson.

    BOLTS: Steve Gregory twice jumped in front of receivers for interceptions … A handful of players returned to practice, including Brandyn Dombrowski and Buster Davis … The Chargers spent time working on the Wild Dog with Ryan Mathews in the shotgun … Malcom Floyd made a catch in tight coverage from Antoine Cason, but Cason didn’t go back to the huddle until he’d dislodged the football.

    PRACTICE WEATHER: Sunny, 70 degrees

  2. Concudan

    Concudan Meh... Staff Member Administrator

    Mar 5, 2006
    See even the Chargers are limiting Rep...

    Rep is dead...
  3. Johnny Lightning

    Johnny Lightning Go Bolts

    Feb 7, 2006
  4. Buck Melanoma

    Buck Melanoma Guest

    I repped you for this. :icon_banana:

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