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Time for Bolts to do something positive: Sign V.J.

Discussion in 'Chargers Fan Forum' started by CoronaDoug, Dec 29, 2010.

  1. CoronaDoug

    CoronaDoug Well-Known Member

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    Time for Bolts to do something positive: Sign V.J.

    By Nick Canepa

    Tuesday, December 28, 2010 at 6:34 p.m.

    Now that Dean Spanos and A.J. Smith have stuffed the ballot box and re-elected Norv Turner as Chargers sheriff for 2011, it’s time to open the wallet, put pride aside and make sure their coach’s pistol is fully loaded. And that means bringing back receiver Vincent Jackson, a silver bullet.

    If the Chargers’ president and general manager are going to enthusiastically commit to Norv, clearly against the townsfolks’ wishes, at the very least they should give him the opportunity to begin next season — if there is a season — with guns blazing.

    There should be no empty chamber, which would help eliminate all the empty excuses for the football team’s slow starts under Turner. He deserves the opportunity to have his best people when the shooting starts, and there’s no doubt Jackson is one of the very best receivers alive, a difference-maker Norv covets.

    Just Monday afternoon, following the team’s playoff-hopes-ending loss to Cincinnati, Turner, acknowledging Jackson missed most of the season through holdout and suspension, said: “I think Vincent Jackson is a lot better player than he was a year ago.”

    Norv didn’t wink, but the statement did not follow a question. It was more than a hint.

    At the very least, the franchise tag currently hanging from the toe of tailback Darren Sproles should be placed on Jackson. As much as I admire Sproles, he is not a $7-million back, at least not anymore. Better yet would be signing Jackson to a long-term deal, with written reservations of course, regarding V.J.’s off-the-field behavior.

    I realize Smith, the GM, isn’t fond of Jackson’s agents and remains ticked — and rightfully so — at V.J. for his pair of DUIs and for driving with a suspended license. But both sides can be blamed for Jackson’s ridiculous holdout. He was allowed a few moments of glory. Not enough.

    Would Jackson have made a difference in the Chargers’ 2-5 start? Not much. He would have had to sit out the first three games, anyway. But they might have won one or two with him along the way, when quarterback Philip Rivers was throwing to transients, or any of the staggering number of receivers (17) the team deployed this season.

    I’m not one to use the injury excuse. All teams have them, some more than others. Green Bay and Indianapolis appear playoff bound despite severe medical problems. But how many games did Turner have to coach without his top five receivers — Jackson, Antonio Gates, Malcom Floyd, Legedu Naanee and Buster Davis — not to mention sterling acquisition Patrick Crayton and rookie tailback Ryan Mathews?

    Turner used 73 players, one shy of the NFL record, and Rivers threw touchdowns to 11 different receivers. As Smith said the other day, going injury-free for 16 games would be asking too much, but he would have enjoyed seeing “all the Chargers” together for a while. “I’d like to ignore that,” he said, “but the players know who’s standing next to them in street clothes.”

    One of them in civilians was Jackson, who despite the suspension, could have been around for the great majority of a season gone wrong from the start.

    Despite the weakness of their schedule, despite the worst special teams play in history, I’m convinced with at least some of their best skill players around for a while, this offense would have scored enough to win a few of those close games.

    In many ways, it’s amazing they’ve won eight games. So much pressure was put on Rivers, who’s been mostly brilliant, but obviously couldn’t help but have moments when he had to try and do too much. It’s hard, man, doubly hard when you’re shooting blanks at blanks.

    It’s Spanos’ money, not mine, and it’s up to A.J. and capologist Ed McGuire to dispense it as they see fit, but there’s so much that comes into play here.

    The fans already are ticked at the team’s performance this season. They’re ticked that Norv is coming back. There may not be a 2011. The new stadium proposal will come to a head here soon. The franchise had trouble selling out home games.

    The Chargers need a hook. They need to do something positive to bust out of this web of negativity they’ve spun for themselves.


    At the very least, bringing back Jackson can help supply some of it. He has done stupid things, but he’s not Terrell Owens or Randy Moss. He’s not a manure disturber. He says he wouldn’t mind remaining a Charger, which is smart, because he isn’t going to go many places and find a quarterback and offense like this.

    Smith is a stubborn man, but he’s reached the point where he has to lose some of that and do what’s obviously best for his team and the coach he admires, and that is not getting rid of Pro Bowl players. It can’t go on this way. I can’t believe Turner will survive another bad start, another 2010.

    Load up Norv. Give him everything he needs. Right now, it seems like the only way out.





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  2. CoronaDoug

    CoronaDoug Well-Known Member

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    I am still on the fence when it comes to signing this guy. It may settle down the natives if they do sign him.
     
  3. BoltFanDC

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    I was on the "Screw You VJ" side, but I have now begun to move out of that camp. Looking at the way the season has unfolded -- some might say unraveled -- VJ may prove to be more of a necessity going forward than we originally thought. To wit:

    1) Buster Davis can't stay on the field, and could be a candidate to be released (or not re-signed based on contract status).
    2) Malcom Floyd also has had nagging injury issues, and will be a free agent.
    3) Gates is a monster but is now north of 30. Again, the injury bug has bitten hard. Is this a preview of coming attractions, so to speak?
    4) Crayton (sign this guy!), Tutu et al are not #1 receivers, but rather complementary parts.

    Even with VJ's past misdeeds and associated baggage, he is still extremely valuable based strictly on his performance. With that said, however, VJ's side needs to make concessions due to the inherent risk of a very long suspension for the next screw-up. On the counter, the FO also needs to recognize that the Chargers are a much better team with VJ than without him, especially considering the above circumstances, and build reasonable risk mitigation into his deal.

    The fact that this season has flopped so spectacularly should tell the FO that they need to keep their top guys (if at all possible) to avoid another such meltdown in the future -- one that will cost them their jobs if it happens.

    Ideally, both sides will recognize the need to reconcile and get a deal done. Of course, it does not mean it will happen.
     
  4. CoronaDoug

    CoronaDoug Well-Known Member

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    VJ
    Crayton
    Floyd
    Washington
    Legs
    Tutu
    Buster

    Who else am I missing? Anyway I think that Buster and Washington may be gone. I would like us to keep Washington but how do we make room? We have too many WR. If we do bring in a new KR then hopefully it will be a WR.
     
  5. HollywoodLeo

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    Keep Washignton.

    VJ
    Floyd
    Crayton
    Washington
    Tutu

    Looks good to me
     
  6. CoronaDoug

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    Agree but I don't see them parting ways with Legs and Washington won't want to stick around to be a #4.
     
  7. HollywoodLeo

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    If Washington thinks he can be some team's go to guy he's on crack.
     
  8. CoronaDoug

    CoronaDoug Well-Known Member

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    Yes but he could at least be a #2 or #3 for the Redskins! :)
     
  9. AnteaterCharger

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

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    As long as the team protects itself from his bone-headed mistakes I'm willing to give him a pretty good long term deal. He's a top 15 receiver and should be paid that well, but I don't think he should get Brandon Marshall money.
     
  10. Dublin Bolt

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    I'd love to see VJ do a Dielman and sign because SD is home and he wants to stay. It'd be great to have our real no. 1 WR locked up long term. I guess the best we can probably hope for is the franchise tag, if it happens methinks we will get much better value for it than we got from Sproles.
     

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