Monthly Archives: February 2015
Chargers.com features Tom Telesco answering fan questions.
Eric D. Williams of espn.com writes about the Chargers scheduling a meeting with draft prospect La’El Collins.
Tania Milberg of BarkingBeast.com has the Barking Beast Runway show Friday at 6:00 pm at the Westin San Diego. ( BoltBlitz.com is a sponsor for the event. )
Michael Gehlken of UT San Diego talks about Telesco’s thoughts on contract extensions for Rivers and Weddle.
Sam Farmer of the Los Angeles Times digs into the tension surrounding the Chargers and the city.
“Hell no, we won’t go! Hell no, we won’t go!” Will this be the chant heard throughout San Diego before and during the 2015 Chargers season? Will a boycott of Chargers games be the chosen form of protest by Chargers fans? How about boycotting the sale of Chargers gear? That could happen as well. I doubt it, but it could happen and it is already being discussed by fans on various social media and radio talk show outlets. Now the real question: Is boycotting Chargers games an effective way to show the local government and Chargers ownership that the fans want a new stadium deal worked out and that they demand their team stays? I say, absolutely not.
Don’t get me wrong, I would totally understand if the St. Louis Rams fans boycotted in 2015. Their owner has bought land in Los Angeles and has admitted that he will be building a stadium there. Now to be fair, he did say that he is open to staying in St. Louis and renting his new stadium out, but few believe that will be the final outcome. Most seem to believe that that the Rams are once again westward bound for the 2016 NFL season. For all intents and purposes, this is a lame duck season for the Rams in St. Louis. Don’t be surprised if Rams fans stay away in droves and home games are blacked out in the local market. Don’t feel too bad for Rams ownership though, they know that can withstand one bad season as long as it is followed by a lucrative stay in the “City of Angels”.
So why boycott the Chargers? Well, proponents of this plan would tell you that it is obvious that the Chargers want out, but do not want to look bad. They don’t want a lame duck season before they back the moving trucks up to Chargers Park and make like the Colts out of Baltimore. The Chargers are ready to move, but they don’t want to lose their fan base in San Diego. The only way they can accomplish this is to make it appear that the new task force created by the Mayor is a farce and was only create to make it appear that the city tried to keep the Chargers, but the Bolts were determined to leave. Neither side wants to take the blame for removing San Diego from the very exclusive list of NFL cities.
So why not boycott the Chargers? Perhaps this is the naïve way to look at things but neither the Chargers nor the city of San Diego have said that a deal cannot be done. At this point, the Mayor appointed task force has until fall to come up with a plan on where to build, how to fund, and how to win over voters. The Chargers have agreed to wait for one more season before committing either way. The hope of most Chargers fans is that by that time, the task force will have come up with a creative way to get the job done and the Chargers are convinced that the plan has a chance. At this time, a boycott would only serve to show the Chargers that San Diego does not want a team. A boycott would essentially show that the fans have given up and are ready to move on to the Padres, Aztecs, Soccers, minor league hockey, and even smaller events.
I know what you are thinking. “The Chargers want to go make money in Los Angeles.” If they do, it is hard to blame them. Considering the Clippers sold for $2,000,000,000 it is hard to imagine the value of an NFL franchise in Los Angeles these days. That being said, the Chargers could have left at any time during the last 14 years. Yes, they would have had to pay the city to get out of their contract, but that is a drop in the bucket compared to what some believe they will profit in Los Angeles. To me, it is obvious that the Chargers would like to stay in San Diego, but not at Qualcomm Stadium….and who can blame them?
I say, enjoy the 2015 San Diego Chargers. Go to the games; tailgate; buy the gear; show up to BoltBlitz.com meet-ups (shameless plug), and have a great time doing it. It may be your last opportunity to see the NFL in San Diego. Let’s face it, if the Chargers leave, it is not likely that the NFL will ever return to San Diego. It has taken Los Angeles over 20 years and they still seem little more than a bargaining chip for teams to use to get stadiums built. Why would the NFL put a new team so close to Los Angeles, when San Diego has already had problems selling out games and eventually lost their team? I don’t see it happening.
So, put away your picket signs and find a way to support your team and your city. Get out there and show the politicians that you want to keep your team. Show the Chargers that they are wanted and will be supported by the local fans and that they don’t need the Los Angeles, Orange County, and Inland Empire money to survive in San Diego. There are enough people in San Diego to make this happen. They just need to unite and show that failure is not an option and that heads will roll if the Bolts roll up the I5.
So what do you think? Should Chargers fans show the Spanos family that they are tired of waiting and they demand action now? Or, do you think that boycotting the Chargers would more likely just give the Chargers one final reason to pack up and move? Leave your comment below. I would love to hear from you.
(Thanks to pennlive.com and saamfarahmand23.wordpress.com for the pics)
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)
We are at it again! BoltBlitz.com’s next meetup is this Saturday at 3:00 pm at the Lucky Bastard Saloon in downtown San Diego.
As usual we are getting together a bunch of fans to hang out and have a great time. There will be a few raffle items and the prices are $5.00 for one ticket, $20.00 for 5 tickets and $25.00 for 10 tickets. The more you buy, the more you save and the better chance you have to win!
At Saturday’s event we’ll have some great speakers from groups like Evolution Lighthouse and the #SaveOurBolts campaign, among others.
It may be the offseason but we want to make sure that all of you Charger fans have the opportunity to keep your Charger friendships strong as we all look froward to the 2015 season.
The Lucky Bastard Saloon is located at 840 5th Avenue in downtown San Diego. It is very close to Horton Plaza and that is where you should park. The venue has free pool, free shuffleboard and free beer pong. The menu is excellent and very reasonably priced.
After speaking with the manager, Greg, at the Lucky Bastard Saloon I have no doubt that everyone will have a great time. We look forward to seeing all of you there and feel free to come out in your best Charger gear for a chance to win free raffle tickets in our “Best dressed Charger fan” contest. The staff at BoltBlitz.com will vote on the winner.
The NFL and the Chargers may be in the offseason right now, but being a part of exciting, charitable events has no season.
This Friday at 6:00 pm at the Westin San Diego the Barking Beast runway show will take place. The hotel is located at 400 West Broadway in downtown San Diego. Tania Milberg reached out and asked if I would like BoltBlitz.com to be one of the sponsors for the event. I, of course, accepted.
For those that would like to attend or donate you can begin the process by donating $20.00 on their donation page at this link here. The donations go to the San Diego Humane Society and the Rancho Coastal Humane Society.
Not only does that donation go to great causes, it also affords you complimentary buffet and beverages at the event. If you would rather pay your $20.00 donation in cash at the door, that is also an option.
The show will feature various dogs and models involved on the runway. DJ Lux will be performing a special DJ set and Chris Cote is the Master of ceremonies.
One of the highlights of the show happens to be the celebrity judges of the runway show. Former San Diego Charger linebacker, Thomas Keiser, will be in attendance. Keiser is a huge animal lover and he’s very excited to be a part of the event as a judge.
Other celebrity judges include Mike Costa of XTRA 1360 Fox Sports, Maria Arcega-Dunn of Fox-5, Geena the Latina of Channel 93.3 and Frankie V of Channel 93.3.
Did I mention that Thomas Keiser will be there? Just checking.
This is a great opportunity to help out a great cause and spend a fabulous evening among good people and great times. With all of the awesome celebrity judges you won’t want to miss out.
For any and all additional information regarding this event, please go to BarkingBeast.com . You can also contact Tania via twitter @BoltsandBeasts.
REMARKS TO THE MAYOR’S STADIUM TASK FORCE
Special Counsel to the President of the Chargers February 16, 2015
We appreciate the enormous difficulty of the challenge before you.
We are now in the midst of our 14th year of work on this issue – an effort that has cost the Spanos family more than $15 million, has explored sites all over San Diego County, and has resulted in nine different proposals – all unsuccessful so far.
So the Chargers understand firsthand how difficult your job will be over the coming months. And at the outset of your work, we would like to thank you all for volunteering your time to trying to find a solution to this long-running San Diego stadium dilemma.
Based on this 14 years worth of experience, we would like to suggest four principles we hope will help guide your work:
– First, you should resist the political pressure you will feel to make a proposal simply for the sake of making a proposal.
– We appreciate the pressure that you will feel to find a solution. We at the Chargers have felt this pressure for every one of the last 13 years. And now, in our 14th year of work, the pressure has intensified even more as the result of events in Los Angeles.
– But after all of these years of work, we also understand this: It might be that — despite the great effort that has been expended — there is at least at this time no publicly acceptable solution to the stadium issue in San Diego.
– If the facts lead you to this conclusion, we hope you will say so, even though you will be under tremendous political pressure to propose something – anything – just to show that the politicians are trying.
– The second guiding principle is this: The Chargers have no intention of quietly participating in any effort to provide political cover for elected officials.
– Former elected officials have tried to exploit the Chargers and the stadium issue for their own political advantage.
– It might be worth checking with Dick Murphy and Mike Aguirre to see how that worked out for them.
– We have already heard the talk around City Hall that the November 2016 ballot is going to be a graveyard for ballot measures involving revenue increases – so much of a graveyard, in fact, that the Convention Center expansion proponents have decided already that they do not want their next financing scheme to appear on that ballot. And yet, that is the very same ballot that the Chargers are being urged to try for.
– Simply put, we have no intention of allowing the Chargers franchise to be manipulated for political cover – and we will call out any elected official who tries to do so.
– The third principle: Any proposal that emerges from the work of your Task Force should be subjected to serious, real world stress tests. In particular, any Task Force proposal should pass each of the following three real world tests: –
– First, is the proposal one that has a strong chance of being approved by two-thirds of the voters?
– As you commence your work, you will find yourselves again and again running squarely into the California Constitution’s two-thirds vote requirement.
– The City of San Diego has just wasted five years and many millions of taxpayer dollars trying to circumvent the two-thirds vote requirement with an illegal Convention Center expansion tax.
– The Chargers have no interest in participating in another halfbaked scheme to attempt to get around the two-thirds rule.
– If the funding mechanisms that this Task Force considers cannot win two-thirds approval, when such approval is required by the California Constitution, then they should not be part of your final recommendations.
– The second real world stress test should be this: Are the Mayor and a strong majority of the City Council prepared to support the recommendations of your Task Force?
– Too many times over the last 14 years we have heard the following statement from elected officials: The Chargers should gather signatures, qualify a measure for the ballot, and then campaign for approval. We’ve also heard this variation of the same idea: If the Chargers had a real proposal, they would put it on the ballot themselves.
– Of course, this is not a realistic solution. It is just not possible to obtain voter approval for a stadium measure of this type without the strong support of the Mayor and the City Council. This is especially true in our situation, where a two-thirds approval will likely be required.
– Therefore, any proposal that emerges from this Task Force should be one that the Mayor and City Council majority would be willing to place on the ballot themselves, and then campaign wholeheartedly to pass.
– The third real world stress test for any proposal should be this: Does the proposal recognize the economic realities of our local marketplace and of the NFL?
– The City has already wasted hundreds of thousands of dollars on two separate out-of-state consultants who made recommendations that were ultimately useless — useless because they ignored the realities of our local marketplace.
– For example, some expect the Chargers to match the financial contributions made by the Cowboys’ owner in Dallas, or the 49ers owner in Santa Clara. • These owners were able to make such contributions because of their ability to sell hundreds and hundreds of millions of dollars of Preferred Seat Licenses (PSLs).
– Our studies – and the real world experience of the Padres – demonstrate that we cannot sell PSLs in any significant numbers here in San Diego. A Task Force recommendation that ignores this reality will be worthless.
– In addition, some consultants have suggested that the stadium should be financed using revenue streams that, throughout the rest of the NFL, go to the teams. These revenue streams include naming rights, sponsorships, and the like. Of course, if the Chargers were to forego all of these revenues, then the team would be fall even further behind the rest of the NFL than we are right now.
– And yet another example of a real world stress test that is often ignored is the true cost of the stadium.
– We have heard commentators say that the stadium could be built for $700 million, or even less. (This lowcost stadium was a key assumption made by the Lazard consultants hired by the City several years ago.)
– These off-the-cuff estimates ignore the real world costs of stadiums now being built all around the country – from San Francisco to Minnesota to Atlanta. Looking around the country, new stadium costs are coming in at $1.2 to $1.5 billion.
– And, of course, by the time we would be ready to start building here in San Diego, today’s cost estimates are likely to have escalated even more. This is a real world fact that simply cannot be ignored when putting together a truly workable plan.
– In short, any proposal that you make must be workable in the real world. If the proposal doesn’t meet these real world tests, it will fall flat with the NFL, the Chargers, the voters, and the financial markets that must provide financing.
– The fourth and final guiding principle is this: It should not be enough to suggest a plan that might succeed under perfectly controlled laboratory conditions – but that is unlikely to succeed in the real world of San Diego politics.
– Instead, any plan that the Task Force recommends should be one that can actually be implemented by the people now in elected office in the City of San Diego.
– The owners of the Chargers – like any rational business owners – should be looking at the capability of current elected officials to carry out a plan that, at least on paper, may look just fine.
– Our examination of any plan must include an assessment of whether the capability exists to implement that plan.
– For years we were all told that the Convention Center expansion was a done deal – and we were told this by the people who are still in charge at City Hall.
– Now, years later, after millions of wasted tax dollars, the whole project is back to square one – with no realistic solution in site.
– With regard to a new stadium project, we are hearing rumblings of another ill-conceived scheme to avoid the two-thirds vote requirement: Two ballot measures, one that would raise a tax for a general purpose, and one that would be non-binding and would advise the City to spend some of the new money on a stadium. To be clear, we will not support any such effort to circumvent the State Constitution. The City tried a similar scheme already on the Convention Center, of course, and was decisively defeated in court.
– The Chargers do not intend to waste years of time and millions of dollars on a proposal that City leaders simply do not have the capacity to actually implement. In short, a proposal that looks good on paper should not be sufficient. What we all need is a proposal that our city government has the capacity to actually implement.
– These, then, are the four basic principles, and three real world tests, that we believe should be applied by the Task Force. In addition, we would like to take a moment to describe the situation now facing the Chargers franchise.
– The Los Angeles and Orange County market has been without an NFL team for 20 years. ! Over those two decades the Chargers have worked diligently to win fans and business partners in the LA/Orange County market.
– And the Chargers have succeeded. Now, fully 25 percent of the Chargers’ season ticket base comes from the LA/Orange County market (along with the Inland Empire).
– If another team – or two other teams – enters the LA/Orange County markets, most of that Chargers’ business there will disappear.
– This will put the Chargers at a significant competitive economic disadvantage. ! Simply put, it would not be fair to the Chargers – a team that has worked for 14 years to find a stadium solution in San Diego County – to allow other teams that themselves abandoned the LA market to now return and gut the Chargers’ local revenue stream.
– The Chargers are continuing to work hard to find a solution in San Diego.
– But we also want to be clear with this Task Force right at the outset: We are keeping a close eye on developments in LA. We do not have a choice but to also monitor and evaluate our options there. Simply put, it would be irresponsible for the Chargers not to be taking every possible step to protect the future of the franchise.
– Moving forward with your Task Force, we are ready to cooperate with your efforts and, in particular, to assist you now in at least two specific ways:
– First, we have created a website for Task Force members. We have populated that website with electronic copies of original documents and other materials on the different proposals we have made over the course of our 14 years of work on this project.
– Second, we will work with the Task Force to arrange the participation of National Football League executives at a future meeting of the Task Force, so that you can speak directly with NFL officials.
We would now be happy to answer any questions you might have about the work we have done over the past 14 years and the various proposals we have made over than span of time. And, once again, thank you for the time and effort you will be devoting to this project.
Tom Krasovic of UT San Diego looks back at some of the players taken with the 17th pick in the 1st round of the draft.
Eddie Brown of UT San Diego posts his most recent 3-round mock draft.
Eric Williams of espn.com/nfl gives his latest regarding updates on the Chargers remaining in San Diego.
Chargers fans and NFL fans in general have their eyes focused on March 10, the day when free agency begins. For once, the Chargers have an abundance of spending cash and gaping holes that need to be filled on offense and defense. We’ve become used to and applauded GM Tom Telesco for doing a lot with very little financially. Its is going to be very interesting to see what he does with a pocket full of Benjamins instead of a pocket full of pennies.
Still, with all the needs to be addressed, the need to save money while still getting great value will always be a priority. In this column i’m going to give you three intriguing options that may very well achieve those goals. One has been discussed increasingly as days go by and two have been off the radar this past season. All three have one thing in common, troubled pasts.
- Justin Blackmon WR, Jacksonville.
If you saw my mock draft last year, you noticed I had the Chargers trading a 4th round draft pick for Blackmons’ rights. For those of you who’ve forgotten, Blackmon is a 6’1, 210 pound freak of nature out of Oklahoma State. A back-to-back winner in 2010 and 2011 of the Biletnikoff Award heralding college football’s best wideout, Blackmon was the fifth overall pick in the 2012 NFL Draft.
Blackmon ran the 40-yard dash in 4.48 at the 2012 combine and his speed is only enhanced by exceptional leaping ability and physical, aggressive nature when going up for the ball. All those things made Blackmon a bigger target than he is stature-wise.
In his rookie season, he burst on the scene catching 64 balls for 865 yards and 5 touchdowns. Blackmon’s downfall has come off the field in the form of substance abuse. His second season was marred by suspensions from arrests for DUI and driving under the influence of marijuana. Blackmon only played four games in the 2013 season and has not played a game since.
Jacksonville is hoping to know Blackmon’s status before the draft. He has to apply for reinstatement after his year-long suspension in the 2014-15 season and it looks like he has worn out his welcome. A change of scenery in a locker room filled with veteran leaders could be just what the doctor ordered. Blackmon turned 25 at the beginning of January. A season away has hopefully rekindled his desire to play and given him time to get his personal life in order.
Focused and reinvigorated, he would step in as a legitimate number one or two wide receiver. An incentive-laden two-year contract would give the Chargers a low-risk, high reward potential player at a thinning position. A mid to late round draft pick would still be sufficient to get him out of the Sunshine State.
- Daryl Washington, ILB Arizona.
Living in Phoenix, I have seen a lot of Washington and listened to his coaches and teammates sing his praises since he was drafted in 2010. Like Blackmon, the 28-year old Washington seems to have run out of lives in Arizona.
Let’s count the offenses…
Washington was suspended for the entire 2014 season for violating the league’s substance abuse policy, his second such offense. The first caused a four game suspension in 2013. In addition, he violated the league’s personal conduct policy stemming from an aggravated assault conviction of his ex-girlfriend. After pleading guilty, he received one year supervised probation.
On the field, Washington was an exceptional and a disruptive force on the defensive side of the ball. He was one of the team captains, tasked with making sure the rest of the defense was in the right place and calling plays on defense. Despite missing four games in 2013 he was still third on the team with 81 tackles (59 solo), 3 sacks and 2 interceptions. He made the Pro Bowl in 2012 after amassing 134 tackles (107 solo), 9 sacks, 4 passes defensed, 2 forced fumbles and one interception.
Another big indicator he’s played his last game in a Cardinals uniform, during the 2013 offseason Cardinals GM Steve Keim said: “It’s completely unacceptable that Daryl has once again put us in this position.” A player like Washington who is on the right side of 30, loaded with potential and spared a year of wear and tear on his body will come with a higher price tag but to get that kind of production from an inside linebacker helps everywhere else on defense. In four seasons he only missed one game aside from the games he missed due to suspension and durability is definitely a trait that has been seriously lacking in San Diego.
- Adrian Peterson RB, Minnesota.
This has been a name that has been popping up recently in connection with the Chargers. We all watched as the child abuse scandal unfolded before us last season. Peterson missed all but the first game of the season and after being removed from the Commissioners’ exempt list was suspended the final six games of the season without pay. He was bought to trial for disciplining his 4-year old son with a switch, leaving behind lashes that were used for evidence.
There hasn’t exactly been a groundswell of support for Peterson among the front office in Minnesota. The team seems to be looking to rebuild without him, leaning on the talents of 2014 first round draft pick, QB Teddy Bridgewater. After compiling a respectable 7-9 2014 campaign without AP, Minnesota seems to be headed in the right direction.
As the league’s highest paid running back, Peterson is scheduled to make 12.75 million this season and is still under contract for the next three years. He will also count 15.4 million against the Vikings salary cap which is another reason they look to be ready to cut ties with their star player.
After entering a no contest plea to misdemeanor reckless assault, Peterson received two years probation, 4000 in fines and 80 hours community service. He will be able to apply for reinstatement on April 15.
By adding Peterson, the Chargers would instantly become a Super Bowl favorite in the AFC. His signing would be akin to Peyton Manning coming to Denver. With a franchise quarterback leading what was the 10th ranked passing attack in the league last season already in place, a dominant feature back would put the Chargers over the top.
The last of the dominant every down running backs, Peterson is the anti-Mathews. In seven full seasons he only missed 8 games, half of those came from missing the final four games of the season after tearing his ACL in 2011. He then returned and ran for an astonishing 2,097 yards and 12 touchdowns en route to winning the NFL MVP award in 2012. A punishing runner, he has the ability to catch out of the backfield, elude and break tackles and possesses phenomenal breakaway speed.
Peterson will be 30 by the time the season starts but he has essentially had a full season off to heal his body. We’ve seen what he can do coming back from a devastating injury in record time, what will he be able to do returning completely fresh and determined to reestablish himself as the top back in the league? Defenses will have to jam the box with an extra defender (which still has minimal effect against AP) to contain him and that will leave the Chargers receivers and tight ends in favorable one-on-one matchups. A three-year contract for Peterson will give Philip Rivers, Antonio Gates, Malcom Floyd, Eric Weddle and the longtime Chargers their greatest shot at a deserved Super Bowl championship since the Tomlinson era.
Chemistry is very important in a locker room. The question now is will Telesco give these three players serious consideration if and when they become available? We know the GM is big on high character, team-oriented players and he leans toward younger, high potential, multi-dimensional players. Was that because that’s truly his philosophy or because of the pennies in his pocket, that was the road he was forced to travel?
Keep in mind Telesco did offer a contract last offseason to veteran wide receiver Steve Smith (who’s had his fair share of on and off the field incidents) last year and would have got him if Baltimore didn’t have the team that exiled him, Carolina, on their schedule. The revenge factor was too great for Smith to pass up and he went on to a great season in Baltimore.
These players have endangered themselves and people around them through drug and alcohol abuse and domestic violence and that should not be taken lightly. Their past transgressions should serve as a cautionary tale to the rest of us. They have had a year or longer to get their lives back in order and (hopefully) come back to the game ready to perform and endear themselves to their new teammates, coaches and fan base. A change of scenery, a chance to play on a playoff-caliber team in a low media intensity city like San Diego and opportunity to start rebuilding their image will provide plenty of motivation and that will only benefit the Chargers. These players are game changers and that is what the bolts sorely need.
Morality is a slippery slope. These players have (or are soon to be) castoff from their teams because their behavior has become too big a distraction to keep them around. Who hasn’t made mistakes and been motivated to come through it better than you were before? We’re known as the land of opportunity. People come here from around the globe searching for a new start. In the end, we’re not considering these players to be the heads of our household, we’re considering these players to be standout components that will get us what we crave as Chargers fans: A Super Bowl championship.
My name is The Greg One, and I approve these players.
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.
Projected 40-yard dash: 4.8
*All pre-Combine unofficial estimations
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.
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.
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Let’s face it, the Chargers secondary is still a work in progress. Yes, Tom Telesco drafted stud cornerback Jason Verrett last year and quickly swooped up veteran Brandon Flowers after being released from divisional opponent the Kansas City Chiefs. However, that still isn’t enough.
As we are quickly approaching the NFL’s 2015 Draft, there are many players worth looking at. The Bolts’ needs are plentiful this offseason, but building the secondary cannot be overlooked. That’s when you draft and bring in a cornerback like Marcus Peters.
Projected 40-Yard Dash: 4.55
*All Pre-Combine unofficial estimates
Many of you are probably already thinking, “too much baggage”. Well, perhaps you’re right. Peters was kicked off Washington’s squad for multiple run-ins and arguments with the coaching staff. Yet, the NFL is a whole new ballpark. In order to pay the bills, men tend to clean up their acts for an opportunity they have dreamed of since they could remember.
Prior to Peters’ sideline issues, he was projected to be drafted in the first round, according to multiple sources. With great size and physicality against receivers, he would add some grit to the secondary unit.
As a cornerback in the Pac-12 conference, Peters has had some respectable matchups. He had a solid performance against Arizona State’s Jaelen Strong. Other notable games were against Stanford and UCLA. Most importantly, his pass coverage was incredible against Oregon’s crafty receiving unit.
Let’s not forget that this guy can hit. His tackling ability is impressive which all Bolts fans should know has been lackluster. His attitude is much like Verrett – confident and assertive. The rawness he possesses is something that San Diego’s coaching staff can take and groom into a very legitimate addition to the depth chart, or dare I say, possible starter.
This is the type of guy that needs some tweaking, but that’s perfect for a player with a decreased draft stock resulting from a sideline temper tantrum. He could easily be a solid pick if he slips to the second round. Depending on his combine performance and how well his interviews go, Telesco should consider another steal this year.