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SIRIUS NFL RADIO: CHARGERS CAMP *LIVE NOW*

Discussion in 'Chargers Fan Forum' started by nickelbolt, Jul 28, 2008.

  1. nickelbolt

    nickelbolt Fuggedaboutit

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    in_a_days dgaf

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    Awesome, thanks nickel! :tup:
     
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    BFISA Well-Known Member

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    :icon_eek: I've got XM :icon_sad:
     
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    Yea, me too. When is that merger going to get done?
     
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    Been talking about that for a long time now. Cant see what the holdup is. My Sirius ran out and i just havent started it up again.
     
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  6. ghost_

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    Can someone please post what was said. i also have XM :yes:
     
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    http://www.dbstalk.com/showthread.php?t=134137

    Got done on Friday. :tup:

    As to when you'll hear Sirius on XM or XM on Sirius :icon_shrug:

    But it looks like Sirius is the consuming company here. So, subscribing to Sirius now wouldn't be a bad thing.
     
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    Yet, Sirius stock took another hit today and is now below $2.00 ($1.88) :icon_huh:
     
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    They said " it's time to get Sirius". :icon_tease:

    :icon_rofl:
     
  10. nickelbolt

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    Sirius has posted some portions of the interviews from yesterday's show. Not sure if you'll be able to listen or not without a subscription, but here's the link:
    http://www.sirius.com/trainingcamp

    Let me know if it works.
     
  11. ghost_

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    the Great Shamrock AKA Shammy posted this on bolt bunker

    http://boltbunker.com/forums/showthread.php?t=842

    Norv Turner being interviewed:

    This camp seems to be a building on last season, versus introducing something new.

    That's fair. But, we also have a large number of good emerging players. They are fighting for the primary backup spots and to be in certain packages. Jyles Tucker is one of those guys.

    How does it feel going in with high expectations?

    I've been there with the Redskins with a lot of free agents, but this team is different. We feel like we can build on last year. LT's quote about expectations and being the best we can be is right on.


    What are the key elements to close the gap and beat NE/Indy and win a championship?

    We cant' just look at certain teams. We have to block and tackle better. Take care of the football like last year. We have to focus on ourselve.

    You have a "pairs" roster. Lots of high quality backups. AJ really has got a good team put together.

    That's what I was saying about young players. They need to have opportunities to excel. Whether it's an injury, or just to spell someone. We will develop those guys into starting quality.

    How's Rivers? It looks like nothing wrong, he's really zipping the ball and you can't tell the surgery he had.

    He's really dedicated himself, and is concientious. He's 100% and ready to go. He's got more on the ball than he's ever had, and was always underguessed in arm strength.

    His accuracy is unbelieveable/

    He can adjust his release and keep accuracy. With all rushers from all angles, he ca n throw over the top, or from side. And stay accurate.

    Center position?

    Nick is on schedule. Hopefully for the start of the season, but if not, then soon after that. We have Jeremy (Newberry) and Withrow, and we're giving them both experience. Well make a decision.

    VJ? IS he better?

    Yes. As the year went, from our cutups, you can really see how VJ got better during the season. He's such a big target, a big body that can protect himself. He makes a great catch in practive from Philip every day. They are getting that feeling, Phillip knows VJ will catch that ball.


    Sproles and Hester for MT role?

    I'm excited to see the guys in preseason, as you can judge a runner best in games. Does he get positive yards, and see the play. Does he keep from having bad plays?



    Gil Brandt really bragging on the Chargers drafting, including last year with Weddle and this year finding Marcus Thomas in the fifth.

    AJ goes out and finds good football players. He doesn't get caught up on the measureables, ht, wght, etc. Can he produce and help us.

    What are you working on to get better that we can see?

    We are working hard in individual drills on the running game. Today we also worked on two TE packages. In the team drills, we spent a lot of 2nd and long and 3rd and long packages. We want to put pressure on the players while they are practicing and also get better in specific areas.
     
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    The Chargers did the Oklahoma drill to kick off practice this afternoon.

    Gil Brandt and other host (Vic Carrucci) said the offense and defense do a lot of trash talking to each other during that drill.

    Gil Brandt got a copy of the Chargers practice script.

    1535 PST - Start

    started with specialists
    special teams work
    individual drills (going on right now)
    1635 PST - "Inside run drill" (pads will be popping)



    Ted Cottrell

    We settled in the last ten games, and guys understood where we were coming from. We've taken that and added to it, especially with the great mental attitude of the players we have.

    We fell short of our goal of winning a championship. We can't talk about it. Just do it.

    Sideline commo to player helmets?

    I'm loving it. The thing I've noticed, is you get the call in a couple seconds quicker. That gives the guys a chance to have a few extra seconds on the field to make adjustments. You still need hand signals for last second adjustments or when the offense changes a player.

    Matt Wilhelm will be the one taking over that chore. The backup guy will be Tim Dobbins.

    Second day of camp is when we started practicing with it.

    One of the concerns is a lot of contact with the LB's and does the equipment hold up?

    The reliability has been great. No problem. We still practice the hand signals just for backup.

    Positional battles?

    Tell you what, I love the weirdness of not having a lot of starting spots for battles. We have a bunch of battles in the backup positions, and you'll never get a season without injuries. You have to make sure your backups are ready and are quality players.

    The nickel?

    Both Oliver and Cason are good tacklers with good catch up speed. They understand what you're saying. Both are doing a good job.

    Weddle?

    Did we pay too much for him? Whatever. It proved a good move on AJ's part. He made a play yesterday that just makes you go "WOW" - like the one against the Colts in the playoffs. We're very satisfied with him, and he's now starting at Free Safety. He's quite a player and will make a ton of plays for us this year.

    You vs. Wade Phillips and the little things that are different to make team comfortable.

    Wilhelm and I were talking about how smooth it is between now and last year. Night and day. There were some adjustments we needed to make, and now, we've got top notch communication between the coaches and players. That means we're doing things FASTER, they aren't thinking, it's just doing it because they know it and know what we want.

    We want to make the quarterback hesitate in his decision making process. We do it with four or five, and do it coming from different angles. Can we confuse the QB with our secondary? Are we one deep or two deep? Those things are what we try to do.

    Hey Gil, do you see something I need to work on?

    Keep 31 health!!

    Cro is quite a player. He gets a little anxious. He wants to do something every day.

    With the talent you have, do you realize you just have the horses (Cro, meeriman, Castillo... etc)?

    You still have to coach them, make sure you give them good advice, and they still WANT to be coached. At the same time, you don't want to corral them. Let them be themselves, and have their style of play, but you as a coach need to know what you can and can't do with each player.

    We see more 3 and 4 WR sets. That is where offenses are. The down linement and ILB's have to handle the run, because the wide sets and spreading us out makes for pressure on the inside guys.

    At the same time, you need bigger DB's because the WR's are bigger now. That's the offensive trend.

    Jamal's health?

    We really monitor Jamal's reps. He does the individual stuff, but we aren't putting him in any team stuff now. When he's ready for full speed, we'll give him some more reps. He's the best nose tackle I've ever coached. This guys is REALLY good. He'll be ready for the season. His knee is cleaned out, and he's feeling good. Mentally, he feels great and is positive.
     
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    Igor Olshansky

    Come in already in great shape. Take in one play, one practice, and one day at a time.

    Gil - You are unappreciated in this defense.

    Thank you. I try. I hope up the front, along with the other defensive lineman against some great OL. I don't get many single blocks.

    Not looking back, can you, or is it something you need to do?

    Two years ago we made too many mistakes. Last year we were real close. Ball security is important. There are different strategies for each. We have to be NE and Indy. First, we need to beat our division. We were close to a sweep last year.

    Is this year a different approach?

    Guys are more comfortable with the coaches and with each other. We feel good with where we are.

    What happened to get the ball rolling after a slow start last year?

    The offesne took a while to mesh and blend well. The defense was there for the whole year except for a couple abberations. I think we were solid.

    Merriman behind you, does that help?

    Offenses can not favor a player in our defense, or someone else will make them pay. We work off of one another. We help each other.

    Where are you from?

    I was born in '82 in Ukraine and emigrated to US in '89. I went to high school in SF then college at Oregon.

    How was the journey to do all that?

    I am very grateful to my parents for taking care of me and helping me get this opportunity.

    ~~~~~~~~~~

    Matt Wilhelm

    This training camp gives us an opportunity to find tune things.

    Was it Cottrell's defense that helped you mature?

    The club had confidence in me, and taking reps with the other starters gave me a lot of confidence.

    AJ Smith does a great job signing and keeping players. Castillo just extended. We keep guys together.

    The guys that play in front of you really help the inside backers.

    Yeah. They help us make plays.

    The AFC Champ game. You did against the Pats that very few teams can in slowing them down. You were right there with them.

    It's a great feeling. This community hadn't had playoff wins in quite some time. That atmosphere helped us to feel what we needed to get done. We talk about that feeling, about leetting the Pats off the hook. The tide will turn and we'll have our opportunity.

    Difference this year vs last year in camp?

    Comfort. We've been with these coaches, and we really have continuity now. We've been in the fire with them and them with us. Laid back confidence from Norv knows that if we play our best football then we'll win games.

    How do you feel having to go to Denver the week Ohio State plays at USC?

    It's bad. I really wanted to go to that game.

    How are you and OSU LB in SoCal, and listening to some USC players and NFL USC players talk smack?

    They hear the same, like Carson Palmer in Cincy. It works both ways.
     
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    AJ Smith interview

    Vic - You've come a long ways since you and I worked together many years ago in Buffalo. How about the momentum from how the season ended and what you feel now.

    The media takes things, and gives them a hype and a life of their own. What you try to do is just stay the course. We want to be a playoff team. Win enough games to chase a championshiop. Being a playoff team is a step, and with the talent, how do you move this forward.

    When you follow things up, and fail, then you need to look at things hard. We changed direction last year, and had a rough month starting out.

    All eyes were on us. Coach Turner took it up a notch. Then in the playoffs, we saw some great coaching in the Tennessee game. The personell and coaching decisions were great.

    Gil - I think you made a great hire in Norv Turner. He's an outstanding play caller. He's a lot like Tom Landry with his calm demeanor. You are an elite team. But, this league is so competitive. You have done a great job, and it's so much harder to do it today with the equalizing on the cap. You've weathered the storm, now you have to win the Super Bowl.

    Yep, and if we do that, then it's what have you done for me lately (laughing).

    Discuss some spots

    We're comfortable with our starters. Beyond that, you don't have perfection, but we have real good quality backups. There isn't open competition in all starting positions. Is there a surprise sometimes? Yes. The backups are where the competition is. #2 or #3 at each spot. Line 'em up three deep and protect yourself from injury. You have to prepare for injury.

    Look at center. The conversation is on Nick Hardwick. What about the first game? That's why Jeremy Newberry was brought in here. To hold the fort until the starter gets healthy.

    ILB Cooper replacement.

    That's up to coach. We brought in Smith from San Francisco. Waters might grab that job for a month. One of them will hold the fort.

    Don't "hold your breathe" we don't want those situations at our backup. We need guys that we have confidence in , that can carry us while the others help them out. Newberry is a guy like that.

    You bring in guys that play beyond expectations when they've been waived from somewhere else.

    Coach and I talk about this. And I agree. LJ Shelton is another guy who has a role and understands. Derrick Smith. Those veterans know they have an opportunity to be on a team that they think is close. They will give you there very best for a number of reasons. They are highly competitive.

    Key people recovering from injuries. Hardwick, Rivers, Gates ...

    We have no idea when will be the perfect time for each guy on their timetable. I don't know. We will know 10 days before the first game with those guys. I can't answer it now. They aren't practicing. The bottom line is they will be back, and we have people to step in for them until they are ready. We aren't goin g to force them back early. When they come back, they'l be ready.

    You emphasize character. It shows with the guys you bring in like Cason.

    It's something that I believe in. It's right after talent. If you bring in enough character players, it takes over your football team. No matter what your contract is, you are a San Diego Charger one year at a time. Do the right things. If we made a mistake, we will eat money to move on. Long term contracts don't matter in that decision.

    Sleeper guys from your camp.

    I don't pay attention to that until I see them in preseason games. I used to look at them in shorts and pay attention, but now they have to play in preseason. Let them get punched in the mouth and we'll give some observations.

    How many guys made All Pro from Pre-season? (laugh)
     

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