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Versatility remains Bingham's specialty

Discussion in 'Chargers Fan Forum' started by Johnny Lightning, May 21, 2009.

  1. Johnny Lightning

    Johnny Lightning Go Bolts

    Feb 7, 2006

    Thursday, May 21, 2009

    Ryon Bingham knows it sounds trite when he says he'll do anything to play. But he also knows he's the employee here.
    “I get paid to do what they want,” Bingham said Thursday. “If I got to do what I want, I'd be a running back or a linebacker.”
    In offseason coaching sessions that began this week, the 6-foot-3, 303-pound Bingham is playing at end and nose tackle, the same sort of utility man he's been his entire career.
    “I'd like to think I have a shot at starting,” Bingham said, referring to the right defensive end spot that was left vacant when Igor Olshansky departed as a free agent. “But I'm just here to do what the team needs.”
    Fact is, Bingham is the frontrunner to replace Olshansky at the beginning of the season. But in the coaching sessions, which run off and on over the next few weeks, the Chargers spend little time working on their base defense. And nose tackle Jamal Williams is being held out to rest his knees.
    So Bingham is, in his words, “flipping around everywhere.” It's what he did last year, when he played about 30 snaps a game. And he likely will keep moving around, as a long season takes its toll in the form of fatigue and injuries.
    Where Bingham plays will depend on his performance as well as how quickly rookie Vaughn Martin emerges.
    “His versatility is his strength,” coach Norv Turner said. “But he'll be in the mix to compete for that job once camp opens.”

    Looking good

    Through a month of their conditioning program, a weekend minicamp and now the just-completed first week of offseason coaching sessions, Turner is delighted.
    “This is the best offseason program I've ever been around,” he said. “It's because of where our guys are in terms of their maturity level as players. They have a great understanding of what they have to get done.”
    One player not at this week's sessions was linebacker Shawne Merriman.
    Merriman, who has been around the complex more this year than in past offseasons, was in Europe on a sort of working vacation and was returning home Thursday. He said he will be at the complex when the sessions resume June 1 and will attend the rest of the offseason program.
    Turner declined comment on how he felt about Merriman's absence.
    Merriman would have been working on the side as he has not been medically cleared to practice following knee surgery in September. And missing four May practices likely will have little tangible effect on the three-time Pro Bowler's season. But this certainly falls into the category of the team's decision makers believing Merriman places too high an emphasis on off-the-field activities.

  2. Nomadic Bolt Fan

    Nomadic Bolt Fan Well-Known Member

    Jul 21, 2006
    As long as he is in shape and plays 'Lights Out' when the season starts I do not care much what he does in the off season.
  3. Charger Dave

    Charger Dave Dead account

    Apr 13, 2007
    Jacques mentions Bingham when talking about the competition for the DE spot in the new video over at chargers.com:

    Check out the latest video addition - Defense Focus of OCS

    It went up late yesterday but I haven't seen it mentioned anywhere else on BoltTalk (yet). ;)

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

    Jul 11, 2006
    We need a dude to come out of nowhere and have a spectacular year to get of over the top. Could Bingham be that special case?

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