Monthly Archives: June 2014
On Tuesday, June 24, the Chargers announced the signing of free agent cornerback Brandon Flowers. He was released by division rival Kansas City in a salary cap move. Releasing Flowers saved the Chiefs over seven million in cap space and put a need position player in play for all who were interested.
According to reports, ten teams were interested in Flowers including the Patriots, Ravens, Steelers, Vikings and Falcons. Flowers made two trips, a two-day stay in San Diego and a visit to San Francisco. During his visit, Flowers cancelled his visit to Minnesota.
However, Flowers visit came and went in San Diego without a deal being reached. In the end, Brandon signed a one-year, five million dollar deal (3 million guaranteed, with a chance for two million more in incentives) to play with the Chargers. I love this signing for a number of reasons.
1. The Chargers did not break the bank to sign him. Talk around the league was Flowers was asking too much and that’s why other teams backed away. The Chargers didn’t have much bank to break with under three million in cap space at the beginning of the day yesterday leading most to believe adding Flowers would be next to impossible. The Bolts did release safety Brandon Taylor last week and a couple more will likely see their tenure in lightning bolts end but wunderkind General Manager Tom Telesco found a way to make the numbers work.
2. The Chargers add a Pro Bowl player at a position of need. All Chargers fans know the secondary has been a weak spot on the defense for years. The numbers bear it out, the Chargers were 29th in pass defense last season and for near the bottom for many seasons prior. Brandon Flowers played on Team Rice in last season’s fantasy style Pro Bowl after a season in Kansas City where he logged 68 tackles, 8 passes defensed one sack and one interception during the regular season. In the Chiefs lone playoff game he had two passes defensed and an interception. Flowers was a six-year starter for the Chiefs and has been a top-10 cornerback in the league from 2007-2012. Metrics-wise, last season was a down year for him and he still made the Pro Bowl.
3. The Chargers will have money to spend next offseason. With the last of the bad contracts coming off the books this season, the Chargers will have over 30 million in cap space to sign players. This places the onus on players on one year deals like Flowers or who are in the last year of their deals such as Mathews, Freeney and Woodhead to perform knowing if they show up and play great ball all season, they will be rewarded with long-term deals next offseason. Telesco has the season to evaluate their performances and make the best decisions personnel-wise. With that in mind, barring injury, we should see Flowers at his Pro Bowl caliber self this season and in a Chargers uniform for years to come.
4. Depth. The Chargers have eleven cornerbacks on their 90 man roster. Right now, right cornerback is returning fifth round draft pick Steve Williams, Richard Marshall, Marcus Gilchrist, Brandon Jones and Brandon Ghee. At left cornerback the incumbents are Shareece Wright, Marcus Cromartie and first round draft pick Jason Verrett. Verrett is rehabbing from a shoulder injury and may miss some of training camp.
Flowers skill set fits the Chargers scheme like a glove. He’ll have to earn his spot in the starting rotation but his presence allows the Chargers to bring along Verrett at their own pace. Flowers will undoubtedly be in the starting lineup on day one of the regular season in my opinion. Add to the mix promising UDFA’s who are turning heads in camp such as ASU’s Alden Darby and Auburn’s Chris Davis and the Chargers finally have a surplus of cornerback talent instead of a deficit at the position.
5. Motivation. Aside from the potential long-term monetary gain next year, Flowers gets to stay in the AFC West and gain revenge on the team that dumped him, Kansas City. The Chargers have always had trouble with Chiefs number one wide receiver Dwayne Bowe and Flowers knows better than anyone how to cover him. He’s familiar with all the AFC West talent as the best cornerback on the Chiefs roster for six years, he’s usually charged with covering the other team’s best receiver. Add to the fact he gets a million dollar bonus if the team makes the AFC Championship game and Flowers has plenty of reason to be at his best this season.
Taking a strength from a division rival can’t be understated. The Chargers swept the Chiefs last season and taking their best cornerback widens the gap in talent between the two teams. At 28 years old, Flowers has plenty left to give and to teach to the young corners on the roster the Chargers will rely on in the future such as Verrett, Williams, Gilchrist and Wright. Flowers isn’t a veteran living off former glory. He played on the winning team in the Pro Bowl last season. The Chargers haven’t had a Pro Bowl cornerback since Antonio Cromartie in 2008. Flowers wasn’t pulled off the MASH unit of another team, he’s uninjured and ready to play. Flowers and is a plug and play addition to the roster and the secondary just improved greatly with him on the roster.
Are you excited to see Flowers in lightning bolts?
The Greg One
The fans of the San Diego Chargers should be incredibly happy knowing that the 2014 training camp schedule has been released. Myself and some members of the staff at BoltBlitz.com will be attending all training camp dates. I will be at each and every single one.
The chart below is credited to Chargers.com.
|July 24||9:30-11:30 a.m.||Chargers Park|
|July 25||3:00-5:00 p.m.||Chargers Park|
|July 26||9:30-11:30 a.m.||Chargers Park|
|July 27||3:00-5:00 p.m.||Chargers Park|
|July 31||9:30-11:30 a.m.||Chargers Park|
|Aug. 2||FanFest 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
|Aug. 4||3:00-5:00 p.m.||Chargers Park|
|Aug. 9||9:30-11:30 a.m.||Chargers Park|
|Aug. 11||3:00-5:00 p.m.||Chargers Park|
|Aug. 12||9:30-11:30 a.m.||Chargers Park|
If you have the time to come out and support your San Diego Chargers, please fins a way to be in attendance as the team prepares for the upcoming season. There are a lot of reasons to be excited in San Diego. Not only is this America’s finest city, but we truly have a team that deserves a ton of support under the new regime of general manager Tom Telesco and head coach Mike McCoy.
I look forward to meeting each and every one of you while I do my part to get behind the best team in all of the NFL. The organization has put an emphasis on getting back to focusing on providing a quality product and giving the fans what they deserve, a championship-caliber team.
I refuse to go out on a limb and state that this squad is Super bowl-bound. But, why not us?
Thanks a lot for reading.
The Chargers announced today they signed Pro Bowl CB Brandon Flowers to a one year deal.
Flowers was a 2nd round pick in 2008 from Virginia Tech, where he was a teammate of current Charger WR Eddie Royal. Flowers collected 17 INTs during his six years with the Chiefs and was 3rd on the team last year with 68 tackles.
Flowers’ production tailed off last year with Kansas City moving to more of a press coverage scheme, but many are hopeful he’ll return to form in John Pagano’s scheme. Flowers is a definite upgrade to a secondary who was less than stellar in 2013. He joins Richard Marshall, first round draft pick Jason Verrett, Steve Williams who returns from IR this year and Shareece Wright, giving a good deal of depth in the secondary.
Flowers’ versatility and cover skills should be an asset. At 5’9″ tall, 187 lbs, John Spanos, Executive Vice President of Football Operations says he plays bigger than his measurables and is excited to have him on board.
Hope you will all join me in welcoming Brandon Flowers to the San Diego SuperChargers!
Have you ever found yourself in the middle of a, “tag you’re it,” kind of argument on Facebook, or some other social media site? One that happens over and over on team pages is the, you’re not a “real” fan argument. It seems that just like back in school, there are certain cliques that fans belong to and sometimes they just clash. I have wasted too much time defending my clique, and quite frankly, no one is changing their opinion because of what I have to say, and vice versa. So, what can be done to help us all get along? After serious thought and analysis, I think I have the answer. The following are the main cliques you will find within all fan bases, their definition, and their known enemies. After reviewing the sides, I hope that you will agree with my solution to the problem.
“Bolt-Up Fan”: This is the fan that is blinded by the light….ning. It does not matter what happens on the field, or in the front office, the Bolt-Up fan will support the team to the death. If someone disagrees, they are either “haters” or they are not “real fans”. Honestly, the Chargers could go 4-12 every year and they would have nothing bad to say. Even suggestions for improvement can be taken as an attack on their precious Bolts. Arch enemy: “Realistic Fan”
“Realistic Fan”: I tend to fall squarely into this group. Realistic Fan is the one who often knows just enough about football to be dangerous. They spend their waking hours trying to figure out how to fix whatever is wrong with their team. Even if the Chargers win, the Realistic Fan is finding the flaws that will need to be improved in order to win the Super Bowl. Although Realistic Fan will never be able to have the same sheer joy over a victory as Bolt-Up fan, winning a championship will give them a feeling in their heart as if they too accomplished something great. Arch enemy: “Bandwagon Fan”
“Bandwagon Fan”: Here is one we need to get straight. You see, Bolt-Up fan will often refer to Realistic Fan as a Bandwagon Fan. Nothing could be further from the truth. The Bandwagon Fan has no real allegiance to the team. They wake up when the season is almost over and ask, “Who is leading the AFC West?” “The Chargers? Really!?? Cool. Time to get out the ol’ Chargers jersey.” Bandwagon Fan then walks out to the garage, pulls out a dusty tote that hasn’t been touched for a year and browses his options. “Hmmm. What do we have here? Elway? No. Joe Montana’s Chiefs jersey? No. Marcus Allen’s Raiders jersey? No. Steve Largent jersey? No. Are the Seahawks even in the AFC West anymore? Doesn’t matter, just keep looking. There it is!!! My Daniel Fouts jersey! Yes!! Oh wait, it doesn’t fit anymore. Oh that’s right, I got a Tomlinson jersey the year that one guy missed that kick in the playoffs. It fits!!!! Go Chargers!” Arch enemy: No one. They don’t have enough invested in the team to have enemies.
So, now that we know the clashing cliques, what should we do? I think I have come up with the perfect answer! NOTHING. That’s right, nothing. We should not attempt to convince Bolt-Up fan that they need to be more critical and demand more from ownership. We should not try to explain to Realistic Fan that loving a team means to love the entire team, not just the talented players. Finally, we should not try to wake Bandwagon Fan up any earlier and convince them to take a chance and stick to one team.
Why should we do nothing? I’ll tell you why, because we need everybody. We need the stadium full of screaming fans every game day. We need viewers tuning in on television to show interest in our team. We need voters to care enough to vote for a new stadium. The list goes on and on. The old saying, “it takes all kinds…”, is absolutely true for a fan base. There are not enough of us in any one clique to support our team and keep them in San Diego. Let’s just band together, spread the word, and try not to be driven crazy by one another. In other words, “One Bolt….One Team!” (Was that too corny?)
So, what kind of fan are you?
After having such a tremendous turnout from our first meetup on May 31st, we are wanting to provide fans with as much advanced warning about our second event. The second BoltBlitz meetup will be July 12th at the Titled Kilt in Mission Valley at 5:00 pm.
When looking back at our first event, I was expecting between 40-50 people. It turns out that our final count was 200 people!! I couldn’t believe how many people came out to hang out with so many other Charger diehards.
We were lucky enough to have Charger rookies Craig Watts Jr and Jeremiah Sirles attend the event as well. They allowed the fans to line up and take pictures with so many people. They were both very cool and I can’t thank them enough for supporting the debut of my new radio show BoltBlitzLIVE on Mountain Country 107.9 and this very website, BoltBlitz.com. We also had the pleasure of being joined by Dan McClellan, Nancy Castro, Michael Chavez Booth, and Derek Togerson. I felt very blessed as Derek works for NBC San Diego and he went around taking pictures and videotaping the night. Furthermore, he actually posted some of the footage on the news that night.
One of the best parts of the meetup was the fact that over $5,000.00 in prizes were won and given away to the mob of awesome Charger fans that attended that Saturday. The prizes ranged from autographed photos, jerseys, bobbleheads, artwork and much more.
Well, like I mentioned above, we’re going to do it again. We plan on doing these about every six weeks. You can expect a very similar experience to the first event when thinking of what to expect our the July 12th meetup. We’ll have tons of raffles, Charger players, San Diego media members and a damn good time will be had by all.
Stay tuned and I hope to see a ton of new faces at the second BoltBlitz meetup!
Today is the birthday of former Charger great LaDainian Tomlinson. On behalf of the entire staff at BoltBlitz.com I’d like to wish him a happy birthday. We hope you have the best day today.
In honor of Tomlinson’s birthday, I thought it would be cool to post some of his highlight videos. I’ll even throw in the Electric Glide.
LaDainian is truly one of the best running backs in the history of the NFL. Here is a look at his career numbers. (Chart credit to profootballreference.com)
I have had the pleasure of talking with some of the Charger players this offseason via this website and my new radio show BoltBlitzLIVE. There is a common theme among the words of each and every player that I’ve spoken with or interviewed. A word that comes up in every conversation.
The new regime in San Diego has put an emphasis on the 2014 Chargers being like a family. In fact, they truly view themselves as a family. This type of approach allows the players to bond and become that much closer. The fact that Mike McCoy has put such a mantra in place just goes to show you how much he cares about the players and the organization.
Charger rookies Craig Watts Jr and Alden Darby couldn’t say enough about how the Chargers are a family. They both reiterated multiple times the Bolts organization is really focused on providing a family like atmosphere in an effort to succeed. The same can be said from other current Chargers that have asked to stay off the record. This is a family. The camaraderie at Chargers Park is something that I believe will lead to a successful season in 2014 and beyond.
To think of this new mentality in San Diego versus the old regime and the way that things used to be handled is very exciting. A breath of fresh air is exactly what this organization needed. Tom Telesco, with the help of McCoy, has assembled a team of “we players.” They have gotten rid of the “me players.” This is no longer a team of individuals. This is a family, a unit of one.
There’s a lot to be excited about in America’s finest city regarding your San Diego Chargers. This is no longer the country club setting that former Charger Antonio Garay mentioned while in studio on BoltBlitzLIVE two Wednesdays ago. The bar has been set much higher and the level of expectation has been increased ten-fold.
The excitement going forward is exponential and I look forward to this family working together to obtain that one common goal. That goal, you ask? It’s what all fans, players, and members of the coaching staff and organization strive for each and every year. It’s the ultimate achievement in the NFL. That one trophy that has a gleam. It may not happen this year, but I am starting to believe that a Vince Lombardi trophy will soon be placed in a glass case at Chargers Park.
Why do I have such lofty thoughts about the Chargers? Because when you have the undying support of your family members, there is nothing that you can’t achieve. I know this from personal experience. Look out for the Charger “family” making strides toward greatness for years to come.
Family. That has a nice ring to it. Hopefully a Super bowl ring.
Sorry it’s a little late, but here it is!
According to the Chargers official website, Brandon Taylor has been waived. The former third round draft selection out of LSU is no longer wearing lightning bolts.
This move comes as no surprise seeing as how Taylor had yet to really contribute anything since being drafted. Although he suffered through injuries, even when healthy he didn’t make much of an impact. The thing is, he was hardly ever healthy.
In college, Taylor played on a very talented LSU defense. Despite wearing the Tigers’ prestigious number 18 jersey, his lack of speed and poor coverage ability made it difficult for him to see the field; other than from the sideline.
When the team selected Taylor in the draft, I caught a lot of flack for disagreeing with the pick. Well, applesauce….. You know how that goes and we don’t swear on this site.
As with any Charger player, one always holds out hope that they will find a way to succeed and contribute. Taylor saw some special teams action in his limited playing time, but never really made plays there either.
I wish the young man nothing but the best, but Tom Telesco and company are doing their due diligence to build this team into, not only a contender, but one that can annually make a run at the Super bowl.