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Talent-laden Chargers poised to take next step

Discussion in 'Chargers Fan Forum' started by ChargerRay, Aug 31, 2008.

  1. ChargerRay

    ChargerRay #FireMcCoy #FirePagano Staff Member Super Moderator Podcaster

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    http://sports.yahoo.com/nfl/news?slug=txchargersnextstepftr&prov=st&type=lgns

    By Tim Powers
    PA SportsTicker Contributing Writer

    SAN DIEGO (TICKER) —Having advanced to the AFC Championship game last season, the San Diego Chargers may be poised to take the next step this time around.

    Head coach Norv Turner returns for a second year at the helm of a club that also boasts the continuity of bringing back 20 starters and came within a fourth-quarter touchdown of reaching the Super Bowl.

    The Chargers’ season ended with a 21-12 loss to the New England Patriots - who were undefeated at the time - in the AFC title game.

    Already, San Diego’s players have spoken about the increased comfort level that comes with Turner’s second training camp and the expectations they face as one of the NFL’s most balanced assemblages of talent.

    “Absolutely, it’s more comfortable this season,” defensive lineman Igor Olshansky said. “We have to start fast, we can’t start slow like last year. We have to start fast and keep it going.”

    Last season, the team lost three of its first four games under Turner, who had replaced the fired Marty Schottenheimer. The situation appeared so dire that hometown fans began chanting, “Marty, Marty” after one particular loss at Qualcomm Stadium.

    But a midseason turnaround and a six-game winning streak entering the playoffs erased all notions of any hangover from Schottenheimer’s departure as a new season approaches.

    “We feel great,” wide receiver Chris Chambers said. “(Turner) has a great grasp of the team right now. Guys understand exactly what he wants from us. It takes awhile to adjust to a coach. Now we can expand as a team.”

    Another advantage the Chargers have in their favor has been a relatively injury-free offseason. Pro Bowlers LaDainian Tomlinson, Philip Rivers, Antonio Gates and Nick Hardwick all underwent various offseason surgeries, yet all but Hardwick are on schedule to start the season healthy.

    “For the first training camp I’ve been involved in (in San Diego), I think we’ve done a great job of keeping guys healthy, keeping guys on the playing field, teaching the younger guys to step up and play a little bit,” said Chambers, who came to the team in a midseason trade with Miami. “I think it gave us a lot of experience knowing what it feels like to get (to the AFC Championship game), but we’ve got to get back there to get that feeling back.”

    The one glaring exception health-wise may be linebacker Shawne Merriman, who recently announced his intentions to forego surgery despite two torn ligaments in his left knee.

    Merriman sought the advice of multiple specialists around the country, most of whom recommended that the standout 24-year-old All-Pro have surgery and rehab with 2009 in mind. But, the former first-round pick opted to contribute immediately, knowing his team is set up to win immediately.

    Despite the recent Merriman distractions, and with the start of the season on the horizon, hopes are high at Chargers Park.

    “We had a good camp,” Rivers said. “Coach Turner has got a great knack for coaching. There’s a time to bear down and push us through tough times, which he did this camp, and there’s a time to give a little morale booster.”

    The only question that remains for the Chargers now is whether it will boost them enough to make it one step farther: The second Super Bowl appearance in franchise history.
     
  2. Johnny Lightning

    Johnny Lightning Go Bolts

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    One Game at a time :yes:

    First mission Destroy the Panthers :tup:

    We have a lot of guys hurt and the Panthers are a good team so lets kick some ***... :abq2:
     
  3. Buck Melanoma

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    Carolina has a serious running game, but Steve Smith out hurts them quite a bit. Their run game & Peppers are my biggest concerns.

    But yeah - one game at a time. Nothing gets taken for granted. Every game is important.
     
  4. cranberry

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    Yeah one game after another.
    THe panthers have nothing to lose at San Diego and want to
    show that they are a big thread against New Orleans and with Delhomme again.
    I expect a strong start both sides, if it isn't 21:7 at halftime
    the second half will be breathtaking.
     
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  5. sdbound

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    Delhomme is french for "Turns to **** after one good year."
     
  6. TheBeast

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    really:icon_huh:
     
  7. HEXEDBOLT

    HEXEDBOLT Don't like it, lump it!!!

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    I'm hoping for a trip back in time with an offense that can move by air and just as easily by ground. A devastating defense that can stop them cold and get the crucial turnover.

    I'm looking for a Lombardi and nothing less.:tup::icon_toast:
     
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  8. Aggieman

    Aggieman I bleed blue and gold

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    Yes, Steve smith out will force Carolina to turn to their spectacular running game. In other words we need eight in the box. I think we can rely on our secondary to cover thier second and third rate recievers. As for Peppers, double teaming him with McNeill and Manumaleuna and even Deilman at times could effectively make him less of a pass-rush threat, buying rivers the time to score touvhdowns and keep San Diego on top. And for running, swing Goff, Tolbert, and/or McNeill to Peppers' side will allow LT to avoid him.
     
  9. Buck Melanoma

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    Let's not forget that we have an incredible blocking talent in Darren Sproles!!!!! :tup: :lol:
     
  10. Retired Catholic

    Retired Catholic BoltTalker

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    Whatever it takes. Just beat the bastards.
     
  11. Johnny Lightning

    Johnny Lightning Go Bolts

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    I miss the count down clock...
     

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