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Sproles honored for Super September

Discussion in 'Chargers Fan Forum' started by Johnny Lightning, Oct 2, 2008.

  1. Johnny Lightning

    Johnny Lightning Go Bolts

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    When Darren Sproles learned Wednesday that he’d been named AFC Special Teams Player of the Month for September, his reaction was about what you’d expect.

    He shrugged his shoulders, trying to play it off a little, but his ear-to-ear smile showed that the award meant something to him.

    “It’s cool,” Sproles said, again playing coy. “I’ve worked really hard. It’s always nice to see people recognize that.”

    During his special month, Sproles tied a team record with a 103-yard kickoff return for a touchdown. It was one of just two kicks returned for scores in the NFL during the first month. Dallas’ Felix Jones had the other.

    Sproles currently ranks second in the NFL with a 32.4 average on kick returns. The Chargers were down 21-3 in Denver when his touchdown run sparked a rally and helped them overcome a large deficit. Last week in Oakland, the Raiders had just tied the game when his 67-yard return set up Nate Kaeding’s go-ahead field goal with 1:55 remaining.

    Dolphins Head Coach Tony Sparano has certainly taken notice of the Bolts’ small but dangerous weapon.

    “He’s so explosive,” Sparano said. “He’s one of these guys that can be running sideways, put his foot in the ground and as soon as he puts his foot in the ground, bang, he’s gone. You’ve got to be careful that way. He does hide behind some of those people in wedges and he hides behind some of those offensive linemen, and the next thing you know, he shows up.”

    Five rest

    Tight end Antonio Gates, fullback Mike Tolbert, defensive tackle Jamal Williams, linebacker Jyles Tucker and guard Mike Goff all missed Wednesday’s practice. Turner said he was only concerned about two missing Sunday’s game in Miami, although he wouldn’t specify which two.

    Comeback kid

    When quarterback Philip Rivers led the Chargers to victory Sunday, it marked the ninth time in just 36 starts that he’s given the Bolts a fourth-quarter lead. Even after a two-interception performance last week, Rivers ranks second in the NFL in passer rating (109.8) and touchdown passes (10).

    Welcome back

    Linebacker Stephen Cooper was on the field with his teammates Wednesday for the first time since the end of training camp. Cooper missed the first four games of the season while serving a suspension, but Turner was pleased with the way the six-year veteran performed after the long layoff.

    “Stephen looked fast,” Turner said. “He looked quick. Obviously when you haven’t been practicing you’re going to be fresher. I thought he had great recall of what we’re trying to get done.”

    Turner said that he won’t decide until after Friday’s practice whether or not Cooper will start Sunday in Miami, but the Bolts’ leading tackler from a year ago will see significant action.

    Derek Smith started at the “Mike” position the first four weeks and currently leads the Chargers in tackles.

    Familiar place

    While much has been made this week about Chris Chambers’ return to Miami, two other Chargers also get to visit their former employer this week. Turner was the Dolphins’ offensive coordinator in 2002 and 2003, and offensive tackle L.J. Shelton started every game for Miami in 2006 and 2007.

    Familiar face

    Through three games, former Chargers wide receiver Greg Camarillo is tied for the Dolphins’ lead in receptions with 11 and is second in receiving yards with 146, trailing team-leader Anthony Fasano by just four yards.

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  2. Buck Melanoma

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    Kudos for Sproles!!! :tup:

    And please, please, please get Derek Smith out of the lineup. :tdown:
     
  3. wrbanwal

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    CUT OSGOOD!!!!


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  4. 17Rocks

    17Rocks Well-Known Member

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    DAMN!
     
  5. Aggieman

    Aggieman I bleed blue and gold

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    No worries. I gave him rep for you. Technically it's from you.
     
  6. Concudan

    Concudan Caffeinated Commando

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    Gramps... I remember! :icon_twisted:
     
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    :whistling:






    :lol::lol::lol:
     
  8. Retired Catholic

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    He'll be on the bench this week.
     
  9. TheBeast

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    I prefer him to be on the FA wire :tdown:
     
  10. BlueandGold

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    WHAT? That's not even close to being true.

    The team leader in tackles right now is Eric Weddle, with 22 solo and 7 assists.

    Per NFL.com:

    Tackles Total Solo Assist
    Eric Weddle 29 22 7
    Quentin Jammer 23 18 5
    Antoine Cason 19 17 2
    Clinton Hart 25 16 9
    Antonio Cromartie 18 16 2
    Matt Wilhelm 21 15 6
    Shaun Phillips 19 15 4
    Tim Dobbins 11 11 0
    Jyles Tucker 14 10 4
    Steve Gregory 12 10 2
    Derek M. Smith 13 7 6

    I know they're both white, but jeez... :icon_rofl::icon_tease:

    The only thing Smith leads the Chargers in is "being stiff-armed in the FACE and falling down like a little wuss".
     
  11. Retired Catholic

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    The odds may be just about even.
     
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  12. sdchrger

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    Why all the hate for Smith? People should be more pissed at Siler and Waters for not being able to push Smith for the starting position while Coop was out.
     
  13. Kwak

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    It's sad when your MLB is getting beat out on tackles by a dime back......

    Steve Gregory 12 10 2
    Derek M. Smith 13 7 6
     
  14. Dublin Bolt

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    Yeah....... why all the hate for Smith?. Yeah he sucks but not as much as Wilhelm. :tdown:

    Wilhelm needs to go. :tup:

    As for Waters, come on man, get ur *** into gear and get on the field. :icon_evil:
     
  15. TheBeast

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    Because smith came in here leading the niners in all time tackles and now he can't tackle, average backs. We all knew wilhelms tackling wasn't going to be spectacular because he was a cover guy, so i wasn't to suprised when he would get run over. But smith is a let down, cut them both. And really where the F is siler and waters. They have a genetic disease that shapes there bodies into hulk-looking humans and they can't get on the freaking field, and can't bench two retards that get stiff armed/run over/trucked every week
     

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