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Sproles tired of being ‘close’

Discussion in 'Chargers Fan Forum' started by Johnny Lightning, Oct 11, 2007.

  1. Johnny Lightning

    Johnny Lightning Go Bolts

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    Wednesday, Oct 10, 2007


    Chargers return specialist Darren Sproles again feels like he’s close, but that’s a word he’s tired of using.

    “I’ve got to get in the end zone,” Sproles said. “I’ve been close for a while. It’s time to get past just being close.”

    The last two weeks Sproles has appeared to be one defender away from the end zone. Sunday at Denver he had an impressive 23-yard punt return that set up the Chargers’ first touchdown of the day. Two weeks ago he had a 17-yard punt return and also returned kickoffs for 32 and 42-yard gains.

    “I’ve been able to get past that first wave and get into the open field,” Sproles said. “That’s the big thing. I just have to make that last guy miss.”

    While he’s yet to score on a return in the regular season, Sproles has made big plays and has helped his team gain valuable field position. That has Head Coach Norv Turner believing Sproles could find the end zone soon.

    “He’s finding the space and when there’s not much he’s sticking it and getting that extra three or four yards,” Turner said. “If you keep doing that, when you find a team that’s maybe not quite as good in coverage as some of the team’s we’ve played, that’s where you go and get the long run.”

    Sproles has modest averages of 25.2 yards on kickoffs and 8.3 yards on punts, but his consistency has pleased Turner and Special Teams Coach Steve Crosby. Turner has also taken notice of the toughness Sproles has shown.

    “I think one of the things that people talked about was Darren wasn’t quite physical enough and couldn’t break tackles,” Turner said. “The thing that has impressed me is that he is being very physical with his returns.”

    Medical update

    Defensive tackle Jamal Williams was given Wednesday off due to a coach’s decision. Wide receiver Vincent Jackson (shoulder) and linebacker Brandon Siler (back) also missed all of Wednesday’s practice. Turner doesn’t believe any of the three are in danger of missing Sunday’s game.

    For Oakland, quarterback Josh McCown (toe) and defensive tackle Gerard Warren (quad) did not practice and running back LaMont Jordan (back) and defensive end Derrick Burgess (calf) were limited.

    Facing off

    When asked his thoughts regarding facing the Raiders, Turner downplayed any personal significance.

    “When you’ve bounced around like I have, you can do that quite often,” Turner joked in reference to coaching against one of his former clubs.

    Turner explained that any personal feelings about the game are largely trumped by his commitment to getting his current team ready to play a crucial AFC West contest.

    “This is a big game,” Turner said. “It doesn’t matter if I’ve coached there or not. It’s a big football game for everyone in our organization and everyone in their organization. We’re preparing for it in that manner and we got a good start today with the way we practiced.”

    Arrive early

    With a capacity crowd expected for Sunday’s game, fans should expect delays getting to Qualcomm Stadium and into the parking lot.

    The parking lot will open at 8 am and could close as early as 11 am. The stadium entry gates will open at 11 am for General Ticket Holders and at 10 am for Club Seat and Suite Ticket Holders.

    Fans planning to tailgate are only permitted to do so in their own parking space. Police will issue citations to fans whose tailgate parties infringe on neighboring parking spaces or parties which block sidewalk and pedestrian areas. Fans are also reminded that glass bottles are not allowed in the parking lot.

    Chargers.com
     
  2. nickelbolt

    nickelbolt Fuggedaboutit

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    The only thing this guy is close to is the ground. Funny how he's not very elusive in the regular season, ain't it? Sorry... but "you're just a widdle guy!"
     
  3. Johnny Lightning

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    He sure looked good in the preseason I was hoping it would carry over to the regular season, not so far :icon_shrug:
     
  4. nickelbolt

    nickelbolt Fuggedaboutit

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    Exactly why pre-season performances don't mean jack shiit. Everyone's half-assin' it. So a guy like Sproles looks elusive as hell. He also looks incredible at practice I bet.

    The diminutive one is just not fast or quick enough to overcome his incredible lack of stature.
     
  5. Electric Chair

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    He and Charlie Jones from the late '90's are preseason HOFers.

    Waste of a roster spot imo.
     
  6. Johnny Lightning

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    I say at the end of the year get rid of Spoles and Neal and keep MT :tup: IMO

    :oops: wrong thread :lol:
     
  7. reddenedbeard

    reddenedbeard Well-Known Member

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    I like the guy but you breath on him, he is going down .. he is a tiny dude.
     
  8. Chavez

    Chavez Well-Known Member

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    I've not given up on him yet as I still think he's got potential. However, I'm surprised he's not on IR by now - seems like he takes a hard shot on every run back.
     
  9. Boltdiehard

    Boltdiehard Well-Known Member

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    He keeps out-running his blockers :lol:
     
  10. sdbound

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    Sproles is going to bust one to the end zone soon, Sunday hopefully.
     
  11. Alpenbolt

    Alpenbolt BoltTalker

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    He is probably also tired of being short but there isn't much he can do about that either.

    I want Cro on kickoffs now.

    Coach Turner hasn't shown a propensity to get the playmakers on the field.
     
  12. Johnny Lightning

    Johnny Lightning Go Bolts

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    Thats not funny :icon_twisted:

    Little people have feelings to :icon_rofl:
     
  13. wrbanwal

    wrbanwal Well-Known Member

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    CUT SPROLES


    :yes:
     
  14. Johnny Lightning

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    Keep MT :tup:




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  15. bigmike.x.09

    bigmike.x.09 Well-Known Member

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    hes the widdle guy with friggin big ol guns, and i guarantee he will get us into the end zone within these next two games.
     
  16. Daddy_O

    Daddy_O Well-Known Member

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    Sproles will do just fine.

    The other qualified personel are playing other positions in the O or the D.

    Let the little spark plug have at it. I think he's doing fine. Couple more run backs and he will learn to use his blockers. Heck, Devin Hester wasn't all that at first, until he learned to run behind the "Big Men".
     
  17. wrbanwal

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    wanna bet some bolt cash???
     
  18. bigmike.x.09

    bigmike.x.09 Well-Known Member

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    if he can get past the "last defender" hes GONE, nobody's gunna catch him
     
  19. Concudan

    Concudan Caffeinated Commando

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    :yes: 1000 :yes:
     
  20. Concudan

    Concudan Caffeinated Commando

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    Stupid talk. Sproles has near a 25 yard return average. He give the O a short field to work with. You want to cut a weapon like that.

    Man you are about to be on the receivin end of a trout slap!:icon_evil:
     
  21. Concudan

    Concudan Caffeinated Commando

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    That is true, a little patience and he can get even more yards. :yes:
     
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    Daddy_O Well-Known Member

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    Never drive faster than your angels can fly.......
     
  23. wrbanwal

    wrbanwal Well-Known Member

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    over rated stat

    starting a drive at the 25 ain't exactly a "short" field

    :icon_shrug:
     
  24. wrbanwal

    wrbanwal Well-Known Member

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    hey big spender

    I don't HAVE 1000


    but I'll bet you 200


    sproles does NOT score a TD in the next two games


    :tup:
     
  25. Concudan

    Concudan Caffeinated Commando

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    Let go if he scores you give me $500, if he doesn't I give you $1000...

    Get my $500 ready.
     
  26. wrbanwal

    wrbanwal Well-Known Member

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    :tup:


    edit ----


    ON A KICKOFF
     
  27. Concudan

    Concudan Caffeinated Commando

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    Most of his returns has gone to the 30 or beyond. Compare that to Michael Turner's return average which is about 8 yards less. Bottom line is Sproles is getting it done, so give the kid some respect.
     
  28. wrbanwal

    wrbanwal Well-Known Member

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    no


    :lol:
     
  29. bigmike.x.09

    bigmike.x.09 Well-Known Member

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    ill bet however much i have.
     
  30. wrbanwal

    wrbanwal Well-Known Member

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    to late bro

    conc's got my bank already committed
     

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