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Special-teams reinforcements called back to duty for Chargers

Discussion in 'Chargers Fan Forum' started by Johnny Lightning, Sep 29, 2010.

  1. Johnny Lightning

    Johnny Lightning Go Bolts

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    By Chris Jenkins
    Tuesday, September 28, 2010 at 4:46 p.m.



    In this case, the Chargers may have to rob Peter and take out a loan from Paul.
    With the kind of gaping holes that Leon Washington found in their coverage team in Seattle — the same sort of obstruction-free running room that Chiefs returners Dexter McCluster and Javier Arenas found to their liking two weeks previous in Kansas City — it was a safe guess that any postgame conversation among the San Diego braintrust would involve some serious revamping on special teams this week.
    Absolutely none of the players reporting back to work today at Chargers Park to prepare for the Arizona Cardinals’ visit Sunday will be surprised at the changes in special-teams personnel. Most certainly, players who also start on offense or defense will effectively be back where they started in the NFL, chasing down fresh-legged jitterbugs on kickoffs and punts.
    “I’m definitely going to get on (special teams),” said cornerback Quentin Jammer, playing in his ninth season. “Yeah, put myself on. I’m sick of that (bleep). We would never see another kickoff ran up our (tails) again. Not while I’m here.”
    Officially, the players will find out today who’ll be doing what Sunday. By all logic, those being recalled from the defense or offense will be scattered around to various special teams in the hopes of sharing the extra workload and sparing the legs. Not to mention the attempt to minimize the additional risk of injury that comes with the kamikaze nature of kickoffs and punts.
    “Hey, sometimes you got to do what you got to do to win football games around here,” said Jammer. “I’m trying to win a championship. … A lot of veteran guys are trying to win a championship. We are tired of getting into the playoffs and not being able to push over.
    “You’ve got to get into the tournament to have a chance to win a Super Bowl. So, whatever we got to do to win a football game that is exactly what we will do.”
    Until Seattle, the Chargers were trying to cover for some of the players on the cover team, generally and anonymously known as “the young guys.” Head coach Norv Turner and more than one of his veteran players suggested some of the newcomers didn’t take the role of special teams as “seriously” as if they were on offense or defense.
    The kid gloves have come off since. Some of the kids, too, likely are coming off coverage teams.
    Tuesday’s signing of Quinton Teal, who has considerable special teams experience with Carolina, was more than a message move. Dante Hughes was brought back as well, most likely to replace somebody on cover teams. Surely there will be additional changes.
    “You’ve just gotta deal with it,” said safety Eric Weddle, among the defensive regulars who urged his own return to the cover units. “It’s just a little bit of a transition, going straight from punt return and kickoff return to playing defense, so you’re going to be a little bit more fatigued. Yeah, you’ll be winded, but so what? Just do extra running this week, that’s all.
    “In the big scheme of things, if we don’t get the special teams fixed, it won’t matter what you give up on defense. What’s the point of a player playing great on defense if special teams are giving up touchdowns, if special teams isn’t where it needs to be? We’ve got to be great at all three phases.”
    That is the thing. Over the first three weeks, the Chargers are 1-2 despite the fact that their offense and defense occasionally have been pretty close to great.
    Philip Rivers threw 53 passes for 455 yards at Seattle and had his two touchdown throws offset by two Washington runbacks. Few teams in the NFL are performing better than the Chargers defense, which is manned by several players who cut their pro football teeth on coverage teams, and not just one season of it.
    “Guys that have been around here for a while and done it at a high level before really understand how to get it done,” said safety Steve Gregory. “Not that the young guys can’t get it done, but we’ve done it. We just have to get it right as a team, find a way to get it done. We’ll address it and get it done.”
     
  2. Concudan

    Concudan Caffeinated Commando

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    DONT SING IT! BRING IT!
     
  3. ntman68

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    This is the reason I am not too freaked out about 1-2. The offense and defense are playing well. ST can be fixed, and it sounds like that is happening now.
     
  4. bigmike.x.09

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    Good. Fix this I'm sick of it too. Defense makes a stop and then special teams lets 'em score. The F*CK. Rivers gets us back in the game and then special teams lets 'em score. Fix this NOW so that we don't have much to adjust come bye week.
     
  5. robdog

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    Good. Hopefully this means no one is going to be diving at grass the rest of the season.
     
  6. AnteaterCharger

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

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    Lot of those guys have to go, and I'm glad to see such a statement made so quickly
     
  7. BoltFanDC

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    Excellent...now get out there and do something about it!
     
  8. Scott the Rock

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    Jammer will make a huge difference.
     
  9. Concudan

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    So long as he doesnt get blown up and we lose him on a damn special teams play because the youngsters cant tackle.
     
  10. exodus

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    I am glad to see some of these vets step up and volunteer to get this straightened out. I think they have the right attitude, the sort of team first attitude.
     
  11. Ride The Lightning

    Ride The Lightning Join the Dark Side, we have cookies.

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    Our special teams wouldn't suck if AJ would have just paid VJ. Gatdamn egomaniac.
     

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