Monthly Archives: May 2017

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As minicamps and OTA’s begin, with it will come news of cuts of recognizable names. The Los Angeles Chargers continued their purge of veterans as they released guard Orlando Franklin on Monday. He becomes the third veteran cut from the team this offseason as starters D.J. Fluker and King Dunlap also received their pinkslips this offseason.

One of the lowest rated guards in the league according to Pro Football Focus, Franklin placed 66 out of 72 offensive guards for his performance least season. Lower body injuries and concussions plagued his stint with the Chargers. Franklin has only played two out of the five seasons on his contract.

The drafting of blue-chip OG’s Forrest Lamp and Dan Feeney made Franklin expendable and worth the cap hit for cutting Franklin so soon. The Chargers look to be all-in on revamping and solidifying their offensive line now.

Here’s hoping the shuffling finally turns up a full house.

 

Bolt Up!!

 

The Greg One

 

#Ring4Rivers

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Coveted free agent safety Tre Boston announced his new team on Twitter Friday. The ex-Carolina Panther chose the Los Angeles Chargers to be his new team after completing a three-team tour. Terms of the deal have not yet been disclosed. Boston made visits to Buffalo and Pittsburgh over the last week before returning home to Charlotte, NC to deliberate over the team that would win his services.

On Bostons’ Twitter page @TreBos10, the safety broke the news:

And showed he’s already catching on to the local lingo:

The Chargers organization would then make an official announcement a few hours later:

Boston fills the need for a veteran safety who is just entering his prime. At 6-foot-1, 205 pounds, the 24-year old Boston already has Super Bowl experience.  He brings a physical style and playmaking skills to a position where it is badly needed. Last season, Boston played in 15 games (starting ten) and compiled 52 tackles, seven passes defended, two sacks and two interceptions.

Join me in welcoming Tre Boston to the Chargers! Visit his Twitter page and show your love! Here’s a small sample of the latest impact player to bolt up with the Chargers. Enjoy!

Bolt up!!

 

 

The Greg One

 

 

#TelescoMagic

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Exactly two weeks ago the Los Angeles Chargers made Clemson Tigers’ wide receiver Mike Williams their first round draft pick. On Thursday, May 11, they signed their 6-foot-4, 218-pound stud to 4-year deal worth $19.75 million dollars with a $12.5 million signing bonus.

The Chargers’ brass seemed to have learned their lesson from the saga that was last year’s Joey Bosa holdout. The star defensive end held out over contract language and bonus payouts. Bosa eventually signed two weeks after training camp began and that led to him missing the first four games of the season.

There will be no such story this year as Williams becomes the eighth player taken in the first round to sign on the dotted line. Williams is already in Los Angeles preparing for camp. He went to Twitter and posted this shot of the happy moment when pen met paper.

 

Williams looks to be making the most of his time waiting for camp to begin as Fox Sports: PROcast caught up with him during the recent training session posted below.

Congratulations Mike Williams on realizing your dream. Next stop, Offensive Rookie of the Year! Where does this news rank on the excitement meter for you? Post your thoughts in the comments below.

 

Bolt Up!!

 

The Greg One

 

#CongratulationsMike

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EDITOR’S NOTE: I love me some Alberto Riveron, so I couldn’t be happier to have seen his recent promotion in the press release posted below.

(Sorry, Dean Blandino. I have this weird thing — not good-weird, but bad-weird — for guys named Dean, and you were no Mike Pereira, either.)

 

NFL ANNOUNCES NEW OFFICIATING LEADERSHIP TEAM

Alberto Riveron, a member of the NFL’s Officiating Department since 2013 and a nine-year veteran NFL game official has been named NFL senior vice president of officiating.

Riveron will oversee all aspects of the league’s officiating department – including the implementation of the centralized replay model approved by clubs at the annual meeting in March – as well as administration, evaluation and development.

A native of Cuba, Riveron moved to Miami at age five with his family and developed a passion for the game.  He began as an official in local youth leagues in 1977, made his collegiate officiating debut in 1990 before joining the NFL officiating ranks in 2004.  In 2008, Riveron was promoted to referee, earning the distinction as the NFL’s first Hispanic referee.  Riveron came off the field following the 2012 season to join the league office as senior director of officiating.

“Al has done a terrific job as a key member of our officiating staff for the past four seasons,” said NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell.  “Prior to that, Al was an outstanding on-field official who earned the respect of his fellow officials, as well as coaches and players alike.  To have Al leading our officiating department, and then to add talented, knowledgeable instant replay and officiating experts like Russell and Wayne, is a tremendous positive for us as we look forward to the 2017 season.”

Reporting to Riveron, who will report to NFL Executive Vice President of Football Operations Troy Vincent, will be two new hires designed to aid in the department’s long-standing goal of excellence in officiating performance –Russell Yurk and Wayne Mackie.

Yurk joins the staff as Vice President of Instant Replay and Administration.  In this role, Yurk will direct the league’s instant replay operations in the Art McNally GameDay Central room and oversee all instant replay-related personnel.  Yurk will also be responsible for officiating administration, including supervising operational aspects of scheduling and logistics as well as the training and development of instant replay personnel.

Yurk spent the past seven seasons as an NFL instant replay official after working as an on-field official for 10 seasons at the high school and college level. An instant replay expert, Yurk assisted in authoring the replay section of the NFL Referee’s Manual for the past two years.

Mackie, a 10-year veteran NFL game official, has been named Vice President of Officiating Evaluation and Development, responsible for the officiating evaluation and development program, managing the on-field officials weekly crew evaluation process, as well the staff of officiating supervisors and trainers, and the management of the Officiating Development Program.

A highly-respected on-field game official for the past two decades at the collegiate and professional level, Mackie entered the NFL in 2007 as a head linesman and quickly established himself as one of the league’s top officials at his position.  Mackie has officiated in eight NFL playoff games, including serving as head linesman at Super Bowl 50 and for two conference championship games during his 10-year NFL career.

Mackie began his collegiate officiating career in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference in 1996 and also officiated in the Atlantic 10 and Big East through his final collegiate season in 2006 prior to joining the NFL.

Riveron, Yurk and Mackie will all work in GameDay Central throughout the season and have the final say on instant replay decisions, in consultation with the referee as part of the new replay rules for the 2017 season.

“Al, Russell and Wayne are a team dedicated to delivering the highest quality of officiating and game administration in professional sports,” Vincent said.  “The structure of their responsibilities will provide us with a sustainable model for greater efficiency, improved performance from our officials, and operational excellence in collaboration, development and training of our officiating team.”

 

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The Los Angeles Chargers had free-agent safety Tre Boston pay them a visit. The former Carolina Panthers defensive back has also visited with the Buffalo Bills.

Boston has familiarity with Bills new head coach Sean McDermott and new general manager Brandon Beane from his time in Carolina.

Boston took to Twitter to keep everyone posted on where he is at in the free-agent process and how he felt about the two clubs that hosted him.

 

 

 

 

As noted by Eric Williams of ESPN.com in a recent article, “…the Los Angeles Chargers did not address the safety position until Day 3, selecting Miami’s Rayshawn Jenkins in the fourth round and Iowa’s Desmond King in the fifth,” which gives the Bolts every reason to bring in Boston and attempt to sign him to Gus Bradley’s defense.

As it stands right now, the Bolts are slated to start Jahleel Addae and Dwight Lowery at the strong-safety and free-safety spots, respectively. They also have safeties Dexter McCoil, Darrell Stuckey, Adrian Phillips and Adrian McDonald on the roster.

Although the number of bodies at the position seems sufficient, it is lacking the quality depth you need at this level, especially in a pass-happy league where signal callers often are slinging the rock 30-plus times a game.

As mentioned above, the Chargers did select Jenkins from “The U” and project him to eventually be an in-the-box safety, his time to make an impact is not necessarily this year. King looks to be penciled in as No. 1 on the depth chart at nickel-corner, by my estimation when looking at the roster.

Adding Boston would indeed give the Chargers some much-needed depth and perhaps another playmaker in a secondary boasting the likes of Casey Hayward and Jason Verrett.

Drafted out of UNC in the fourth round of the 2014 Draft by the Panthers, the 24-year-old has amassed 108 total tackles, two sacks, 10 passes defensed and three interceptions — one of which he returned 84 yards for a touchdown as a rookie — in his three seasons in the NFL.

 

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The NFL Network released its annual Top 100 players for 2017. As the saying goes, a picture says a thousand words so here is a noteworthy picture courtesy of NFL Networks’ Twitter page:

last of the true gunslingers, Los Angeles Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers made the list at number 73. The Chargers organization retweeted the photo with this reply:

Looks like the organization is pleased with Rivers simply making the list. Personally, to land at number 73 is a travesty. Is this an individual or a team accomplishment? Considering the list is the Top 100 PLAYERS, Rivers should have been much higher on this list.

Here are my points to back up my claim:

*Rivers finished fifth in the NFL in passing (4,386 yards).

*Rivers tied for fifth in the NFL passes of twenty yards or more (57) and second in passes of forty yards or more (16).

*Rivers was fourth in the NFL in touchdown passes (33) behind Drew Brees, Matt Ryan and Aaron Rodgers.

*Rivers played behind a turnstile of an offensive line (36 sacks allowed) and played the season without a true number one receiver. Keenan Allen was injured in the second quarter of the first game.

*Despite losing a player for the season each week for the first half of the season and the Chargers leading the league in players on IR, no one had to do more with less than Rivers. Even then, eight of the Chargers’ eleven losses were by a touchdown or less.

While Rivers undoubtedly received demerits for leading the league in interceptions with 21, it’s simply because he was the one constant, the one member of the team with the most weight on his shoulders. He gladly took on that weight, suffered the weekly pounding by opposing defenses and sprang back up for more trying to will his team to a win.

That’s leadership. That’s courage. That’s a warrior’s soul. That’s what every professional athlete should strive to be.

Apparently, what that doesn’t get you is much respect from NFL Network…

 

Bolt Up!!

 

The Greg One

 

#BetterThan73

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Former Carolina Panthers safety Tre Boston arrived in San Diego on Monday. The Los Angeles Chargers worked him out in hopes of adding a veteran safety. The safety position has been in a state of flux since the departure of Eric Weddle last season. The team did take a step toward remedying the situation in their latest draft when they tapped Rayshawn Jenkins out of the University of Miami in the fourth round.

Boston has been making the rounds as he looks for a new team. He’s already completed a stops in Pittsburgh. He’s been documenting his travels on his Twitter page, @TreBos10:

 

Boston was selected in the fourth round of the 2014 NFL Draft. Standing 6″1′-inches tall and weighing in at 205 lbs., Boston is the blend of experience and youth (he’s 24-years old) Chargers General Manager Tom Telesco craves. Arriving in San Diego on Monday, Boston ran into a former Chargers standout cornerback and Pro Bowler Antonio Cromartie. He then tweeted out this photo:

Boston accumulated 108 tackles (77 solo), ten passes defensed, three interceptions, two sacks and two touchdowns in his three seasons in Carolina. He’s a playmaker on the rise who would be a great addition to Defensive Coordinator Gus Bradleys’ defense.

The safety left San Diego after his physical and workout Tuesday and now is weighing his options between Pittsburgh, Buffalo and LA per his most recent tweet Tuesday afternoon:

Where will Boston be shipping off to? Stay tuned…

 

Bolt Up!!

 

The Greg One

 

#TelescoMagic

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There is a widespread sentiment that NFL fans in Los Angeles County want no part of the arrival of the second team in as many years to invade the City of Angels; the Los Angeles Chargers. Fans who have been with the team since San Diego will be making the trip up the I-5 to show their love but this story isn’t about them.

Are you a Los Angeles resident who IS excited to have Chargers football in your city? If the answer is yes, I want to hear from YOU!!

My intention is to publish your sentiments in a future article complete with your story of why/how you decided to make the Chargers your team. Many are skeptical this idea will get any responses at all but I believe you are out there and if you would do me the honor of penning a few lines, I can prove that unlike the Tooth Fairy and Santa Claus, you DO exist!

Tell me why you chose to support the Chargers and any other thoughts you’d like to express (season expectations, favorite players, etc…). Send your responses to my email (gaawilliams@yahoo.com) and your story will be featured here next week as proof to the Chargers and the Los Angeles public that there is new fan support!

Thanks in advance for your cooperation and supporting the site!

 

Bolt Up!!

 

The Greg One

 

#UnitedWeStand

 

Feb 22, 2017; Carson, CA, USA; Los Angeles Chargers addresses the media at press conference at the StubHub Center. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Feb 22, 2017; Carson, CA, USA; Los Angeles Chargers addresses the media at press conference at the StubHub Center. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

 

Los Angeles Chargers…

A name we haven’t seen repped by the Chargers in over 55 years. If you’re looking for an article with stats/numbers or the breaking down of any type of analytics, this isn’t the right one. I wanted to take a different route and share my thoughts on this whole situation.

First, I would love to thank San Diego for being a home and family to the Chargers. I’ve been a fan of the Chargers for 10 years now, and if you’ve followed them or have been a fan, you know it hasn’t been the prettiest ride.

But through it all, I met tons of cool people, went to games, met players and all of that. Truly great and passionate experiences as a fan is how I’ll remember their time in America’s finest and I’m thankful to San Diego for all of that. Without San Diego, there is no ‘Chargers,’ and I’m sure I’ll get no disagreements there.

However, with the Chargers announcing their move back to Los Angeles, it shuts the door on what wasn’t the most successful run in terms of rings, so to speak, but also shuts the door on memories, meet-ups, tailgating with fellow fans, memorable on-field moments and the scenery of the Chargers and San Diego being a giant family.

I will say this before I get into anything else, I DO NOT support the Spanos’ family. I think they are arrogant, greedy and self-centered.

Then again, that’s how you have to be to make money and be successful nowadays, it seems.

The move to Los Angeles was needed. With the move, they’ve hired essentially a whole new staff, along with a new city, new logo, new staff… new luck?

I feel like this move was the most beneficial thing the Chargers could’ve done for their players and it couldn’t have come at a better time.

Now, there’s been bickering back and forth on social media with people saying the City of Angels doesn’t want the Chargers.

*Stephen A Voice* That is blasphemous!

L.A., like all cities with professional sports teams, loves winning and winners.

The San Diego Chargers were a winning team stifled by injuries and poor coaching in recent years, along with flat-out horrible luck in almost every department of the game.

With those ingredients, you’re almost surely going to fail and take losses after losses.

However, that is all out the window now. These are the Los Angeles Chargers.

The new Chargers from Los Angeles are 0-0, as 90% of the fanbase wasn’t alive when the team first/last played at Balboa Stadium in 1960.

Having a complete make over and starting a new franchise, has to make the players both nervous and excited at the same time. The Chargers have vets who’ve played on different teams and in different locations, so in a way I believe the excitement of joining a new city with a new scene will have bigger impact than nerves, jitters and worries.

If there was ever a year to move, this is the one. The Bolts are on the brink of legit contention as they just nailed this past draft. Rivers was gifted a set of linemen that should give him space, time and trust to make all of the correct throws. When Philip is locked in, he can go toe-to-toe with any QB in the league. That is the kind of poster guy you want to have representing your team in perhaps one of the biggest sports cities in the world. Winning at least part of the city over in their first year is key to success. So, this upcoming season can make or break any further label of the Los Angeles Chargers.

Do we have to account for them getting acclimated to StubHub center? I guess there might be a few transitional issues and possibly some home-sickness but LA is their home now and their 3 consecutive weeks of home games from weeks 2-4 should be plenty of time to adjust to the size of the stadium, noise and fan volume.

For the time being until they move in with the Rams in 2019, you have to weather the storm of the stadium being like a college game. 30,000 seats isn’t that much but if you are winning, those 30,000 fans will make their presence known easily. I myself don’t believe it’s going to be hard to win fans over when you have a team that’s healthy and ready to make names for themselves.

The AFC West is only getting more competitive year in and year out so this forces the Chargers hand in a fast way. Either come to LA and win, or be a giant let down and prove everybody right about failing without San Diego. Truth be told, they failed IN San Diego for so long so by them coming to LA and actually succeeding, that shows to some knowledge that SD held them back.

The relationship between the Spanos and the city of San Diego was ruptured. There was no making a deal. Spanos knew people hated him and that they weren’t going to continue supporting a team owned by him. So he made the decision to Bolt to LA in hopes of the team playing how they should and start winning games. He doesn’t care for anybody besides his family and that’s what the fans who decided to not support the team have to understand. No matter what we say, do, or think, he’s only going to care about money. It makes the world go ’round.

But think about our players. The way they get us hype on gamedays. The way we feel when a huge play happens. All the Rivers’ emotions, faces, small antics he does. All those feelings we feel, come from the players, not Spanos. This team may not be the luckiest but man I love them. And just imagine, what if they actually start taking care of business? What if they go out there and start playing wire-to-wire and not letting any feet of the gas? We would all be one happy family again… Not Spanos, though. I got hate in my heart for him. He’s the one that arguably put us against each other and is the one who caused this whole debacle.

In closing, I believe the love we all have for this team is for the players and coaching staff, and that’s where it needs to stay. We need to stick together as fans just as the players would want us to do: rally behind them like we always have and with this fresh start, let’s take the league over!

San Diego will always have a place in my heart. But for now, goodbye San Diego and hello Los Angeles. We’re ready for you!!

 

 

THANK YOU, SAN DIEGO.

 

Charles LaFurno

 

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Immediately after the conclusion of the 2017 NFL Draft the Los Angeles Chargers set to signing undrafted free agents. In all, 15 players were chosen to come into camp and compete for the opportunity of realizing their dream of making an NFL roster.

The names on this list are largely unfamiliar except to the devoutest college football fans. These are the underdog stories we’ll all root for in hopes they can join the ranks of the Chargers’ legacy of great undrafted free agent triumphs. Look no further than Hall Of Fame bound tight end Antonio Gates and the recently retired wide receiver Malcom Floyd for recent examples.

Here is the Los Angeles Chargers undrafted free agent class of 2017:

CB Brandon Stewart, Kansas

CB Brad Watson, Wake Forest

T Mason Zandi, South Carolina

K Younghoe Koo, Georgia Southern

LB Mike Moore, Kansas State

WR Artavis Scott, Clemson

LB James Onwualu, Notre Dame

WR Andre Patton, Rutgers

WR Dontre Wilson, Ohio State

QB Eli Jenkins, Jacksonville State

LB Nigel Harris, South Florida

RB Austin Ecker, Western State

C Dillon Deboer. Florida Atlantic

CB Michael Davis, BYU

TE Sean Culkin, Missouri

There are a lot of great underdog stories among this group that will be brought to light in upcoming UDFA profiles. Kenkins is a dual-threat quarterback that threw for 2100 yards and eleven touchdowns. He also ran 175 times for 984 yards and 13 touchdowns. The Chargers have never started a ‘mobile’ quarterback. It’s an interesting thought that of all the free agent quarterbacks available, he’s the one they chose. Zandi is a 6″9′-inch, 315-lb. behemoth. Before we get too excited about that prospect, we have to look no further than the recently departed King Dunlap.

The most intriguing prospect and my lock to make the team is Clemson wide receiver Artavis Scott. Scott was the wideout lined up opposite the Chargers number one draft pick, WR Mike Williams for three seasons. The 5″10′-inch, 190-lb. Scott was a freshman All-American, first-team All-ACC his sophomore year and second-team All-ACC his junior year. Entering the draft after his junior year, he caught 76, 93 and 76 passes for a combined 2,480 yards and 19 touchdowns.

The Chargers have made a conscious effort to foster a more collegiate atmosphere by selecting players that were teammates with existing core players. Cases in point, RB Melvin Gordon and FB Derek Watt (Wisconsin); DE Joey Bosa and LB Joshua Perry (Ohio State); K Josh Lambo and P Drew Kaser (Texas A&M). You’d figure taking such an approach helps the incoming player settle in a little quicker seeing a familiar face; a player they battled side-by-side with and won and lost together.

Now the two starting wide receivers from the reigning collegiate National Championship team arrive at the same time. They undoubtedly have chemistry together and will learn and grow together. The Chargers’ wide receivers room is already very crowded but the potential in bringing Williams and Scott through the ranks together and replicating the magic they had in Clemson is too good to pass up.

I, for one, can’t wait to see it!

Any UDFA’s you’re looking forward to seeing? Post your thoughts in the comments below.

 

Bolt Up!!

 

The Greg One

 

#TelescoMagic

 

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