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November 8, 2014: Houston Cougars defensive back Adrian McDonald (16) during the NCAA football game between the Tulane Green Wave and University of Houston Cougars at TDECU Stadium in Houston, TX.

November 8, 2014: Houston Cougars defensive back Adrian McDonald (16) during the NCAA football game between the Tulane Green Wave and University of Houston Cougars at TDECU Stadium in Houston, TX. Photo Credit: todaysu.com

 

With Eric Weddle leaving for the Baltimore Ravens, it was apparent the San Diego Chargers were going to have to address the hole at safety.

So they did. Sort of. Possibly.

After signing former Colts safety Dwight Lowery early in March, it wasn’t until the draft that the front office addressed the last line of the defense once more.

Technically, it was actually after the draft ended when San Diego acquired the only true safety during the most popular weekend of the NFL offseason.

Undrafted free agent safety Adrian McDonald agreed to terms with the Chargers on April 30 and will look to become a permanent part of the San Diego secondary.

Measurables

Height: 5’11″*

Weight: 205 lbs*

40 Yard Dash: 4.62**

Bench Press (225 lbs): 10 reps**

*According to Chargers’ website

**Texans local prospect day

Analysis

McDonald tallied 17 career interceptions, forced seven fumbles and recovered seven more. He ranked 2nd on his team in tackles during his junior campaign with 92, along with four interceptions for the University of Houston. His numbers did not go unnoticed as he was named first-team All-AAC, as well as a semifinalist for the Jim Thorpe awarded given to the best defensive back in college football.

There is no denying McDonald has a nose for the football as he consistently finds himself near, sometimes with, the ball. He is a solid tackler which not only is a defensive requirement but a special teams one, as well.

Showing value on special teams is most assuredly McDonald’s key to making the 53-man roster. His lack of ideal size and speed is what kept him from hearing his name during the draft, but he can make 31 other teams regret that decision by working hard to get an opportunity to showcase his talents.

With the Chargers ranking 19th in takeaways last season with just 20, players like McDonald are going to get a chance to bring such production to the Bolts’ secondary.

Here’s to hoping this marriage is long-lasting and beneficial to both sides.

Take a look for yourself at Charger hopeful, Adrian McDonald:

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Jarvis Royall

 

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There is much debate over when the San Diego Chargers need to take a serious approach toward finding a replacement quarterback and prepare to move on from Philip Rivers.

Some believe the time is now, while others contend that Rivers still has a few solid years left under his belt.

Whether you agree or not, one fact rings true: Rivers turns 35 at the tail end of this season.

This is not to suggest we dump him on the street right this instant, but to recognize all great things must come to an end.

There is a trend of less and less QB talent entering the draft each year. Couple that with the threat of having to start a sub-par signal caller if the front office does not act soon, and you would think Tom Telesco should be proactive rather than reactive.

This year, where a FCS QB is thought to be the first selected at his position, Cardale Jones could be the diamond in the rough that the Chargers could use.

 

Measurables

Height: 6’5″

Weight: 253 lbs

Vertical Jump: 36 inches*

*Top performer at his position at the Combine

 

Analysis

Jones brings a championship pedigree to the table. His first three starts for Ohio State were all post-season contests that led to winning his first College Football Playoff Championship.

Many people knock his leadership, but teammates and coaches alike refute those arguments. Jon Gruden also commented on how he immediately took a leadership role in his first game against Wisconsin which resulted in a 59-0 victory.

His size is an obvious strength, as he has no problem seeing over offensive lineman. His 250+ lb frame also helps him absorb hits and bowl over defensive backs when he uses his other strength…

Escapability.

He may not look like it, but Jones can move. He can evade pressure in the pocket and get a throw off or leave the pocket all together and get good yardage.

His weaknesses are correctable. He has such great arm strength that he has a hard time completing short passes that require some touch. He consistently looks for the big play instead of taking what is given to him. He sometimes gets flustered with complicated defensive schemes.

Summary

Although Jones only has 11 starts at the collegiate level, he is a great talent who will only get better with reps. He is the definition of a project-QB, who can blossom into a starter in the NFL with time, proper coaching and hard work.

For more on Cardale Jones:

 

 

Jarvis Royall (@defineroyallty)

red on you

 

Ex-Charger Shaun Phillips has been released by the Indianapolis Colts on Monday.  This was the 33-year-old veterans second team during the 2014 campaign.  It is hard to imagine the once ferocious and electric pass-rushing linebacker now seemingly on his way out of the game.

I know there is a lot of bad blood between Charger fans and Shaun when in 2013 he decided to take less money and play for the arch-rival Denver Broncos.  It did not cushion the blow when he made this statement, “That’s why I came here (Denver), to be in this situation, to be with a team that is right there in the mix,” Phillips said, via Jeff Legwold of the Denver Post. “I want a chance at the whole thing, and that means you’re with a team that believes it, and you’re with a team that will do the work.  This team (Denver) will put in the work. A lot of teams say they’re good, but the ones that really go after it, that’s what you want to be around, that’s what you want to be about.”  To most, he was dead to the fans of San Diego.

Regardless of how we feel about his departure from San Diego, Shaun had an incredible career in America’s finest city.  From his arrival in 2004, through 2009 the Bolts made it to the postseason in every year but one; including a chance in the AFC Championship game of 2007.  But then, back-to-back-to-back playoff-less seasons, finishing 2nd in all three, finished off his career in Bolt Nation.

Phillips recorded 69.5 sacks during those formidable years in San Diego.  Adding to that 7.7 sack per season average, he also recorded 6 interceptions, 40 pass deflections, 20 forced fumbles and 355 tackles.  That intimidation factor that we so desperately desire here now, was in full effect when Phillips was on the field.

A year removed from leading the AFC Champion Broncos in sacks, Philip found himself in Tennessee, Indy and now on an island of life changing decisions.  I had to push aside that one brief transition; those hurtful and not-so-subtle words he spoke.  Rather, my memories of him crushing quarterbacks, striking fear in the opposing offenses, and his fun and candid spirit, seems to uplift my spirits.  I sit here typing and remembering in awed wonderment of what Shaun brought to San Diego right from the start.  Perhaps, in watching this video, you too will be amazed at recalling what Shaun and the defense looked, and felt like during those years.

 

 

Whatever Shaun decides to do, I personally wish him the best and thank him for what he contributed and brought to San Diego.  Think of him how you want, but he, and others of course, brought San Diego back into the national spotlight after 8 consecutive losing seasons.

 

(Thanks to kcchiefsblog.com and zimbio.com for the pictures)

 

– BWK

 

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With so many holes to fill on the team, there have been many debates already on what direction the Chargers should go in the draft.  The one glaring need is at the Nose Tackle position.  Currently Sean Lissemore, who was brought in from Dallas in 2013, and Ryan Carrethers were taking turns at this spot.  There does not seem to be a lot of depth at this position, and Lissemore can be perhaps better suited on the end of the line.  San Diego needs someone who can take on two and perhaps three players; freeing up Corey Liuget and Kendall Reyes to get into the backfield.  With a long list of solid OL in this year’s draft, a desperate need of course, perhaps going after a high ranked D-Lineman would be the way to go with the 17th overall pick.  The Bolts ranked 4th to last in sacks last year and opposing running backs seemed to find holes through the middle; just watch both games last year against Kansas City.  A man who would look great in lightning bolt gear that could improve the defense promptly could be Eddie Goldman out of Florida State University.

 

 

Measurables*: 

Height:   6’4”

Weight:  320

Projected 40-yard dash:  4.8

*All pre-Combine unofficial estimations

 

Analysis:

As a junior in 2014, Eddie Goldman racked up 35 tackles with 8 tackles for loss and four sacks.  Since arriving in Tallahassee in 2012, Eddie has played both Defensive End and Defensive Tackle; playing the tackle position last season.  He played DT in 10 games as a true freshman, then moved to DE his sophomore year.  His collegiate career stats equate to 62 tackles and 6 sacks.

Goldman’s measurables are deceiving as the weight/muscles distribution is even throughout his big frame.  He plays low and is quick at the snap.  He has the ability to beat his man quick in the middle and be on the quarterback before he’s done making his drop.  With Eddie’s size and strength, he can easily be used at times to just be a cog – taking on a double team allowing the edge rushers and linebackers to burst through the line.  Goldman has quick hands and gets them into the opposing man’s chest in a hurry – allowing his strength to push them back as if they were on skates.  On the flip-side he was very rarely pushed back on his heels.  With those speedy hands he is able to also either slap hands away or put a quick swim move on an opposing lineman.  The biggest strength with Goldman is his ability to locate the ball quickly.  With that talent, he is able to latch on to ball carriers as they attempt to run past him.  When you add in his length and strong arms he can pull them down or pop the ball out.

 

Summary:

I love this guy’s motor for a man his size, which was on display in the Rose Bowl against Oregon’s no-huddle offense. Eddie’s ability to play in any scheme and any position on the defensive line makes him very versatile.  Even though he is more talented and known for his ability to stop the run than as a pass rusher, he does possess the strong leg drive to bull rush any interior lineman deep into the pocket; surprising Quarterbacks with his close-out quickness. The Seminoles have had a pretty stingy defense the last few years and ESPN’s Todd McShay was asked about Goldman.  He stated, “He is dominant against the run and might be the best player on the FSU defense.”  With his direct influence of any game, using his quickness, power and ball awareness, Eddie Goldman can be an immediate impact player on a line so desperate to improve.

 

As you can see in the highlight video below, he’s one of the most athletic men in the league at his size.  If coached right, he could be a nightmare for opposing lineman.

 

 

Thanks for reading.  Come back to BoltBlitz for more draft player profiles!!

(Thanks to tallahassee.com and galleryhip.com for the pictures)

 

– BWK

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 “It’s not easy being green.

 It seems you blend in with so many other ordinary things.

 And people tend to pass you over ’cause you’re not standing out like flashy sparkles in the water or stars in the sky….”

Kermit the Frog put the color green on the map with this tune.  His gloomy disposition during this stanza made us all feel sorry for the little guy, and for the color green.  Well, out in San Diego, there might be a similar tune sung by a man who is anything but ordinary.

At 6’6”, Ladarius Green is one of the biggest tight ends in the NFL; 2 inches taller than the future Hall of Famer Antonio Gates.  Selected in the 4th round of the 2012 NFL draft, Green was looked at to be the possible heir to the tight end throne occupied currently by one of the best in all of football.  During his rookie campaign, Green only hauled in 4 catches on 4 targets.  His very first NFL reception, however, showed San Diego and fans around the globe what talent he possesses.  Against the Titans, Ladarius caught a short crossing route and turned it into a 31-yard gain – showing off his 4.53 (40-yard dash) speed.

At the beginning of his second year with the Chargers, it looked like the output was going to be the same as 2012, not much action.  Now whether Eddie Royal’s toe injury or Mike McCoy’s realization that they needed to exploit the former Ragin Cajun, Green delivered in solid fashion.  Regardless of the reasoning for the heavy usage from week 10 through the playoffs in 2013, Ladarius was involved and displayed his immense talent.  More specifically in weeks 10-13, Green was targeted 16 times with 9 receptions, 206 yards and two touchdowns.  “Pee-Wee,” with only 17 regular seasons catches, led the league (of receivers who caught at least 15 balls) in yards per catch.

 

“But green’s the color of Spring.

And green can be cool and friendly like.

And green can be big like a mountain, or important like a river, or tall like a tree.”

 

Now one of the biggest weaknesses I hear a lot about Green is his blocking.  It is an important job that comes with the territory of a big Tight End/Receiver.  According to Pro Football Focus for run blocking, after the 2013 season, Green was graded out with a -.5 rating – which is average.  Is there room for improvement?  Of course.  Is this a liability?  Not even close.  Let’s also not forget that the elite TE’s in this league are not at the top of the grading scale as blockers.  This position has morphed from an extra blocker on the line who makes an occasional catch, to that of someone like Antonio Gates.  San Diego’s own Kellen Winslow started this trend, followed by Tony Gonzalez and then Gates, making that position more of a receiving position.

Is Green a “blocking” tight end?  More than likely he is not, but let me remind you all that for most of 2013 he was sent in to pass/run block.  As you know, Ryan Mathews had his best season that year.  Coincidence?  Adding in the destitute offensive line they had last year, and the fact that this man can catch anything that is thrown his way, I am not going to diminish his overall skills when he grades out being average for run blocking.

Naturally anyone who is a football fan, let alone a die-hard Chargers fan, loves watching Antonio continue to succeed and break records.  Heading into 2014 season, hopes were high with the combination of Gates and Green perhaps running multiple two tight-end sets.  Much like in 2001 with Gronkowski and Hernandez, a devastating duo playing during the same series, I felt Green and Gates playing as a tandem would make the Charger offense devastating and un-defendable.  Green’s playmaking ability at the end of 2013 was surely going to explode in 2014.  From the very beginning of last season and through week 6, the Chargers were one of the hottest teams; backing that up with a 5-1 record.  During that stretch, Ladarius was targeted 14 times for 156 yards.  Now beginning week 7 through the end of the season, a dismal 4-6 record, he was targeted only 11 times for 70 yards. What happened?  Where did he go?  Did someone forget what he did at the end of 2013?

According to Footballoutsiders.com, as of 12/29/14 Gates was ranked as the 2nd best TE and Green as the 17th.  In their rankings they use multiple equations and factors that go into their final marks.  One of their tools, DVOA (Defense-adjusted Value Over Average), is defined by… “This number represents value, per play, over an average TE in the same game situations. The more positive the DVOA rating, the better the player’s performance.”  With this specific calculation, even with the lack of targets and receptions, Green is ranked as the 10th best TE in the league.

 

 

“When green is all there is to be

It could make you wonder why, but why wonder why

Wonder, I am green and it’ll do fine, it’s beautiful

And I think it’s what I want to be”

 

Not a lot of people thought Gates was going to have the year that he did in 2014.  Sure, the future Hall of Famer might have lost a step, and his blocking is on the down-slide, but you can’t argue that he still has the talent as well as all of the intangibles.  To sum it up, he’s not fading away anytime soon.

Ladarius has the size, strength and speed to be the next best player at his position, but he is currently on the outside looking in.   There has to be a reason for the lack of snaps and targets; something I am clearly missing.  With that being said, how could last season be a “disappointment?”  It is hard for me to wrap my head around the fact that he was not targeted often, used primarily as a blocker, and yet people want to state that he was a disappointment.  My disappointment is why he was not utilized more.

This is a special player with freakishly raw skills.  There is no perfect player and the only way to improve oneself is to always be learning.  Ladarius can fine tune some skills, i.e. better blocking and sharper routes, but there’s no denying what a unique treasure the Chargers have as a backup to a legendary TE.  San Diego needs to put Ladarius on the line with Gates and let defenses attempt to guard them.  This offense, that sputtered mightily down the stretch last year, could be unstoppable with those two on the field.  Perhaps then…Green, and the team, can be singing a different tune.  A song called…“We Are The Champions.”

 

Green’s rookie contract is up after the 2015 season….ironically so is the contract for Gates.  What are you thoughts on Ladarius’ past and future here in San Diego?

 

Thanks for reading.

 

  • BWK

1994-chargers

 

 

Twenty years have gone by since our beloved Chargers played in their one and only Super Bowl.  Let that sink in….20 years.  Where were you on January 29th, 1995?  Were you born yet? Were you entering middle school?  Or were you old enough to be overcome with awesome disbelief as you watched your Cinderella Chargers defeat Miami and Pittsburgh in order to play in their first ever Super Bowl?

 

Many of you that are old enough to remember know exactly where you were and who you were with when you sat down to watch Super Bowl XXIX.  San Diego was not expected to enter the playoffs let alone play in the NFL title game during the 1994 season; a solid 9-7 was what most “experts” expected  out of America’s finest city.

 

Now that I have you going back in time, do you wonder what those players from the ‘94 season are up to?  Let’s take a look at a few players on this special team that defied all odds.

 

 

Head Coach – Bobby Ross came to San Diego in 1992 after taking the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets to an 11-0-1 record and winning the ACC Championship.  Coach Ross would lead the Bolts to three playoffs, two division titles and one illustrious Super Bowl during his 5 years.  After his departure, Ross went on to coach the Detroit Lions for 4 year before retiring.  After four years of retirement, with the encouragement of his wife, he came back from retirement to coach Army’s football team.  Three years later he retired again and has not coached since 2006.  He currently resides where he was born 78 years ago – in Richmond, VA.  He is active in his community and speaks often at schools and banquets.

 

Offensive Coordinator – Ralph Friedgen was 47 when he was the OC for San Diego.  Prior to the NFL, he was the OC for Georgia Tech under Bobby Ross and both left the college game in 1992.  In 1996 Coach Friedgen was released and went back to Georgia Tech where he was the OC for four years.  He then moved on to be the Head Coach for the Maryland Terps for 10 years.  Last season, Ralph moved on to Rutgers University where he is currently the OC.

 

Defensive Coordinator –   Bill Arnsparger, 88 years of age, coached for many years in the NFL.  After leaving the Dolphins in 1983, he became the Head Coach at LSU until he left in 1986 to become the AD at the University of Florida.  Bill walked into major issues in Florida where both the football and basketball programs were put on probation.  He was able to come out of that mess by hiring Steve Spurrier to coach the Gator football program.  Coach Arnsparger became the DC for San Diego the same year as Ross and Friedgen, 1992.  Shortly after the Super Bowl loss, Coach Arnsparger retired for good, stating it had to do with the prostate cancer surgery he had the previous year.  In 1998 his book “Coaching Defensive Football” was published where it received good reviews from readers.

 

Quarterback – Stan Humphries Is known for leading our Bolts to the first ever Super Bowl in franchise history.  In 1992 he is lead the Chargers to their first playoff appearance in over a decade, while starting 0-4 to begin the season – currently the only NFL team to ever start 0-4 and make the playoffs.  Stan was inducted to the San Diego Chargers Hall Of Fame in 2002.  Currently Stan, at the age of 49, is the assistant coach for the women’s basketball team at his alma mater University of Louisiana of Monroe.  He has been coaching women’s basketball going on 12 years and was brought to ULM last season.

 

Running back – Natrone Means had his best year in the NFL with San Diego in 1994.  He ran for 1,350 yards with 12 touchdowns and at the time, became the youngest NFL running back to score a TD in a Super Bowl.  Means was released before the 1996 season where he then landed in Jacksonville for two seasons.  As an unrestricted free agent, Natrone was back in America’s finest city where he played for two more seasons.  In 2000 he did sign with Carolina, however he did not have one rush attempt and retired after the season.  He coached at Livingston College, first as a Running Backs Coach and then as the Offensive Coordinator.  Natrone, 42, currently is the Running Backs coach for Winston-Salem State University and resides in Charlotte, North Carolina.

 

Wide ReceiverMark Seay’s story is one of tragedy, inspiration and fortitude.  Before playing college football in 1988, he attended his sister’s Halloween party where gun shots were fired outside the home.  When he heard the gunfire, he quickly used his body to shield his 2 yr old niece; subsequently a bullet hit him through the pelvis, hip and lung and blowing out one of his kidneys.  The bullet was on its way to his heart but it stopped prior, and remains in his body to this day.  After filing a lawsuit when Cal State Long Beach refused to bring him on the team, CSLB coach George Allen was able to bring him on board while appeasing everyone with Mark wearing extra protection and taking a urine test after each game.  Mark came to San Diego from San Francisco in 1993.  His most memorable play was the game winning catch against Miami in the 1994 AFC Divisional playoff game.  Mark only played 3 more years in the NFL after the Super Bowl run, one with the Chargers and two with the Eagles, ending his NFL career after the 1997 season.  In 2003, Mark’s older brother was shot in San Bernardino, later passing away after being in an 11-month coma.  In 2006 his younger brother was shot to death in the family’s backyard by two assailants – this happened while Mark was in the middle of a 48 week police academy course.  He currently tours the country as a motivational speaker.  Here is a video:

 

Wide Receiver – Tony Martin played four seasons in Miami before making the cross-country trip to San Diego in 1994.  Tony was the main target of Stan Humphries and even recorded a 99 yard touchdown reception.  Martin caught 9 passes for 164 yards and two touchdowns in the ‘94 playoff games.  Tony played 3 more seasons with the Chargers as the #1 WR until he left for Atlanta in 1998.  Tony was charged with money laundering after his Falcons lost in the Super Bowl.  He was later acquitted while under contract with the team that drafted him, the Miami Dolphins, where he played two more seasons before heading back to Atlanta for his final  NFL season in 2001.  There is not much information on Tony and his life after football.

 

Tight End – Alfred Pupunu played with the Chargers from ‘92-97 before he went to Kansas City, NY Giants, back with San Diego and finishing his career with Detroit in 2000.  Although he didn’t score many touchdown in his career, albeit he scored against Pittsburgh in the AFC Championship game, his famous dance after those scores was a famous one.  After a brief time being a volunteer assistant with the University of Utah from 2005-2007, he then became the RB/TE coach for Southern Utah University.  Since 2010, he has been on the coaching staff for the University of Idaho.


Kicker
John Carney played in the NFL for 23 years on teams of Tampa Bay, LA Rams, San Diego, New Orleans, Kansas City, NY Giants and ending his career back in New Orleans.  Currently he still owns the Chargers record for all time leading scorer.  John currently runs a pre-season kicking training camp called “The Launching Pad.”

 

Inside linebacker – Dennis Gibson played 7 seasons with Detroit before coming to San Diego for 2 season before retiring.  Of course Charger historians will know his name for the 4th down pass deflection in the AFC Championship game against Pittsburgh that sent San Diego to it’s first Super Bowl.  Currently, Dennis owns and operates Encore Pizza Company out of Johnston, Iowa; a suburb of De Moines.

 

Defensive EndLeslie O’Neil played a long career in the NFL from 1986-1999.  Leslie was the first Charger to ever be bestowed with the Defensive Rookie Player of the Year in 1986.  His career accolades include 6 Pro Bowls, leading the Chargers in sacks from 1990-1995 and is currently tied for 11th in career sacks with 132.5.  He was inducted into the San Diego Chargers HOF in 2014, but has not yet been voted into Canton

https://screen.yahoo.com/chargers-induct-leslie-oneal-hall-201439912.html

 

R.I.P.

There have been 8 players from this 1994 squad whom have passed away tragically and far too young, in this writer’s opinion.

David Griggs – Linebacker

David played 6 seasons, five with Miami and one with San Diego.  Five months after playing in the Super Bowl as a Charger, he died in a fatal car accident when his car slid off the ramp on the Florida Turnpike near Fort Lauderdale – he was 28 years of age.

 

Rodney Culver – Running back

Rodney didn’t carry the ball much during the Super Bowl run but made an appearance with the holdout and injury to Natrone Means in 1995.  After that season, in May of 1996, he and his wife boarded ValueJet Flight 592 which crashed into the Florida Everglades killing every passenger – he was 26 years of age.

 

Doug Miller – Linebacker

Doug was a member of the Charger for two seasons; recording no stats.  He was struck by lightning twice during a camping trip in Colorado in July of 1998 – he was 29 years old.

 

Curtis Whitley – Center

Curtis played in 30 games from 1992-1994 with San Diego.  After which he played in 42 games for the Panthers from 1995-1997.  A day after his birthday in May of 2008, local Sheriff deputies located Whitley dead from a drug overdose in his trailer home in Fort Stockton, TX. – he was 39 years of age.

 

Chris Mims – Defensive End

Chris was drafted in the first round by the Chargers in 1992 where he played until 1996.  After a short stint with Washington, he returned to San Diego for two more seasons.  His best season was in 1994 where he recorded 11 sacks, 3 forced fumbles and 35 tackles.  In October of 2008, Los Angeles Police officers were doing a welfare check on Chris when they found him dead.  The cause of death was cardiac arrest as his heart was enlarged.  At the time of death, Chris weighed 456 pounds – he was 38 years young

 

Shawn Lee – Left Defensive Tackle

Shawn played his first four years in the NFL with Tampa Bay and Miami.  He came to San Diego in 1992 and played through the 1997 season.  During the SB run, he recorded 6.5 sacks with 30 tackles and one forced fumble.  The last few years of his life, Shawn was struggling with diabetes.  In February of 2011, after suffering through double pneumonia, he died from a cardiac arrest – he was 44 years old.

 

Lewis Bush – LInebacker

Lewis was drafted by San Diego in the fourth round of the 1993 draft.  He played for the Chargers from ‘93-99 and then ended his career with three season in Kansas City.  Lewis recorded 3 tackles during the SB run.  As he began to start in more games beginning in 1995, he showed a big improvement.  In December of 2011, less than a week after his birthday, he was found dead of heart attack – he was 42 years old.

 

Junior Seau – Linebacker

Junior is probably one of the best players to ever put on a San Diego Charger uniform.  There is much I can say about this remarkable man and football player.  His intensity, leadership and drive to make everyone around him better on and off the field, just tips the iceberg on this Hall of Fame player.  In May of 2012, his girlfriend found him in his home with a fatal gunshot wound to the chest – he was 43 years old.

 

 

Well I hope you enjoyed the trip down memory lane with me.  During this writing, I was overcome with excitement and then overshadowed with sad emotions.  What a team……what a ride.

 

Thanks for reading.

 

  • BWK

After returning a missed field goal to beat Alabama in the 2013 Iron Bowl, most people know who Chris Davis is.  An incredible play, that led his team to a win over undefeated Alabama and helped push them closer to the Championship Game.  It somewhat reminded me of another 5’10” athlete that won a game against a defending national champion on a historic play.  (See: Doug Flutie Hail Mary)

Many people had concerns about Flutie and his height coming out of college even though he had won the Heisman.  Davis and his measurables had scouts and GMs around the league concerned as well.  The Seahawks have created a blueprint for the copycat league that is the NFL for having big corners.  Combine Davis’ height with a 4.55 40 yard dash time at his Pro Day and his stock was dropping from the original 4th – 5th round grade.

After going undrafted, he signed as a free agent with a team that needed corner help after the failed Derek Cox experiment in San Diego.  Then the Chargers signed Brandon Flowers.  The path to an NFL roster spot got tougher again.  That didn’t stop Davis from working hard and doing all he could to make an impression.

I watch the Chargers videos all throughout camp, both the top plays and daily recaps.  Soon I started to notice #42.  I’d see him breaking up passes and flashing good closing speed and say to myself, “was that #42 again?!”.

Then came the games.  He was tried at punt returner, averaging 7.8  yards per return (he averaged 18.7 last year).  He played defense with 6 tackles (he had 74 last year) 0.5 a sack and a couple pass breakups (he had 14 last year).  The numbers weren’t off the charts, but what you saw on tape was a guy playing fast.  I loved how they brought him off the corner in the preseason and that seemed to be a strength.

The question is whether or not he sticks and how much of a role he has on the team.  That I don’t know, but he did change his number according to the Chargers today from 42 to 20.  I would imagine a guy wouldn’t change his number if he wasn’t sticking around for a bit.

I’ll leave you with this…mostly because I love sports and science and this show is awesome.  It’s an analysis of the game winning return for Davis against Alabama.  Go Bolts and thanks for reading!

Justin Holmerud

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Here is the video production of last night’s BoltBlitzLIVE on Mountain Country 107.9.  We were honored to have been joined by former Charger offensive lineman Rocky Selanders.  He provided some great insight on the way the game of professional football used to be played.  They didn’t do it for the money, they did it for the love of the game.

Be sure to tune into Mountain Country 107.9 every Wednesday at 7:00 pm for each and every BoltBlitzLIVE radio show.  In the coming weeks I’ll be joined by co-host Eddie Brown III of UT San Diego.  We’ll continue to have great guests and continue to focus on our goal of both informing and entertaining you on all things Chargers.

Thanks in advance for all of your support on both BoltBlitzLIVE and BoltBlitz.com.

 

 

Booga Peters

 

 

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