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From:

Briana Soltis

Senior Writer for BoltBlitz.com

December 9, 2014

 

To:

Nomination Committee

NFL Honors

 

Dear NFL Honors Committee

RE: Comeback Player of the Year Nomination – Malcom Floyd, San Diego Chargers

 

Please allow me to propose one of the most inspirational professional football players currently in the league today, Malcom Floyd, wide receiver of the San Diego Chargers for the NFL’s admired award of Comeback Player of the Year, 2014.

On September 15th 2013, one of the scariest moments in football occurred during the Chargers and Philadelphia Eagles regular season game. As the crowd became silent and players dropped to one knee, Malcom Floyd laid motionless on the field after a terrifying collision with Eagles linebacker DeMeco Ryans. In that instant, Floyd’s limbs went immediately numb. Soon after, Floyd was carted off the field in a stretcher with a neck stabilizer. Spectators, players and coaches prayed, hoping he would be alright, but afraid he had just played his last football game.

Many feared, including the physicians treating him, that the injury was career-ending. It was not surprising that two weeks later he was placed on season-ending injured reserve. However, Floyd did everything in his power to prove that he was not done playing the game he loves. An undrafted rookie free-agent in 2004 and already in his 10th season with the Chargers, Floyd was determined to defy all odds and come back better than ever. According to Jeff Gray of SB Nation, Floyd said “I want to play again. I definitely do. I’m getting better steadily, and if my body allows me to play, I’m going to do it.”

Malcom Floyd’s perseverance paid off; he was cleared to play on May 28th, 2014. Since then, he has managed to play his best football yet. He currently averages 17.7 yards per reception, has five touchdowns, no fumbles, and is on track to achieving over 1000 yards on the season. Many of these touchdowns haven’t been easy either; did you see the touchdown reception he had during the Sunday Night Football game against the New England Patriots? At 33 years old, even after a potential career ending injury, I’m still amazed on how well Floyd performs in front of thousands people.

I would like to nominate wide receiver Malcom Floyd, for the NFL’s AP Comeback Player of the Year Presented by Castrol Edge, for his determination and persistence to play football again. He has undoubtedly raised the football standard with his courage and showmanship. I can’t think of anyone else more deserving of this honor more than Malcom Floyd.

 

Thank you for your kind consideration.

Yours sincerely,

Briana Soltis

Senior Writer for BoltBlitz.com

 

Una noche triste para la escuadra relámpago, ya que la “época más feliz del año” no inicia bien para ellos, con un mal resultado contra los Patriotas de New England. Después de un juego extraordinario contra Baltimore, este juego se caracterizó, entre muchas cosas, por una línea ofensiva deficiente, una línea defensiva que trató de quitar puntos, y una unidad de equipos especiales que sufrió una pérdida muy fuerte. A pesar de que había de esperanzas de una victoria en la primera mitad, los Chargers no pudieron resistir a la escuadra de Tom Brady, y sufrieron un juego perdido, 23-14.

 

Retomando un poco de datos (como en cada partido):

 

No Se Puede Culpar, Completamente, a Philip Rivers

 

Un quarterback no puede hacer su trabajo bien si la línea ofensiva no lo protege. Se debe aclarar eso. La línea ofensiva se veía descontrolada, dando la oportunidad a la defensa de los Patriotas para poder saquear al capitán, lo cual ocurrió en 4 ocasiones. Sin embargo, Rivers no tuvo un buen día, en general, con 189 yardas, 20 intentos completados de 33, 1 touchdown y 1 intercepción. Hubo un par de momentos célebres para los Chargers, como la espectacular atrapada de Malcolm Floyd, resultando en el primer touchdown de la noche (Y cabe mencionar que fue la atrapada #1 en el ranking de las mejores atrapadas de la semana, según NFL.com) .

 

La Defensiva Hizo Un Buen Papel

 

Le tengo que dar un aplauso a la defensiva, porque hicieron bien su trabajo. Se vio una unión estable y consistencia durante la mayoría del encuentro, y vimos unas participaciones espectaculares de Jahleel Addae, quien forzó un fumble, recuperado por Darrell Stuckey quien lo llevó hasta la zona de touchdown para sumarle 6 puntos más a la escuadra relámpago. Podemos mencionar además a Melvin Ingram quien tuvo una buena noche, saqueando a Tom Brady en el primer cuarto para evitar un touchdown, y Manti Te’o que interceptó el balón al final del 2do cuarto, un gran acontecimiento para el #50. Si, todavía hay un poco de detalles, como el caso de los castigos; sin embargo, el esfuerzo y la mejoría de una semana a otra se ve.

 

Houston! Tenemos Problemas En Las Patadas!

 

Si bien creían que la peor pesadilla para los Chargers era perder el partido en “Sunday Night”, están equivocados. La unidad de equipos especiales sufrió una pérdida muy fuerte y esencial para el equipo, cuando Mike Scifres se lesionó después de despejar el balón, que fue bloqueado. Scifres, como he mencionado, es un jugador superestrella que se ha lucido durante varias temporadas como Chargers. Sin embargo, su lesión es una pérdida muy importante, probablemente la más importante para la escuadra. Scifres tendrá que ser operado y por consecuencia no terminará la temporada. Vimos a Nick Novak tomar cargo de las patadas por el resto de la noche, y a pesar de estar un poco nervioso al principio, tuvo un buen desempeño. Digo, no podemos comparar un pateador con el otro, pero la ausencia de Scifres se notó.

 

Para los Chargers, como cualquier temporada, este ha sido una intensa montaña rusa; sin embargo, esta se ha caracterizado por el alto número de lesiones, y un alto número de castigos durante el juego. Quedan 3 juegos en la temporada regular, y la escuadra se encuentra peleando en una carrera competitiva en la AFC. Su último juego en casa será el próximo domingo contra los Broncos de Denver, y si los Chargers quieren cerrar con broche de oro su récord local, deben tomar cartas en el asunto y empezar a jugar como si fueran los Playoffs o más allá.

 

– José “Joe” Martínez

#ChargerNation

@JoeLovesMusic24

(AP photo)

(AP photo)

 

You always hear the saying “defense wins championships” in sports; specifically in professional football. Even though last night wasn’t a championship game and it ended in a loss, there is still a lot of promise for the Chargers defensive unit.

Injuries have crippled the team, specifically the defense, all season long; five defensive starters alone were inactive for the Miami blowout. The bye week mended the bruised unit and allowed for well-needed adjustments. That being said, John Pagano was able to bring his team to greater heights after week 10. Last night’s game proved all doubters and naysayers.

The Chargers entered the game ranked no. 8th in overall defense; a very impressive number considering previous sub-mediocre seasons. Frankly, I don’t think Pagano is done in San Diego just yet. Not only did the defense prove their worth, they did it against a 9-3 Patriots no. 6th ranked offense. The defensive unit had one sack by outside linebacker Melvin Ingram, an interception by linebacker Manti Te’o, and a game changing force fumble by safety Jahleel Addae that was picked up and taken to house by safety Darrell Stuckey. However, it was Ingram who impressed everyone with his hustle and ability.

Ingram finished the game with a total of five tackles, one sack, two stuffs, and a pass defended. He embarrassed the Patriots guard’s all night with his speed and reminded the team and fans of how much he was missed earlier this season. With him on the field, the defense is strikingly better. If Ingram can remain healthy, the likelihood of him becoming a Charger’s captain and leader looks extremely hopeful.

Another noteworthy performance was by Pro Bowler safety Eric Weddle. With a total of seven tackles, Weddle covered tightened Rob Gronkowski almost all night; frustrating the 6’6 brute. Gronkowski only averaged 10.9 yards per reception; the third lowest of his season. He was also held to just one touchdown and eight receptions. Can we say Weddle for Pro Bowl 2015?

If that wasn’t enough, the defensive unit continuously frustrated Tom Brady. I’m sure everyone saw him sitting on the field, throwing his hands up in what appeared to be curse words coming from his mouth after giving up his seventh interception of the year. Brady finished the game with a passer rating of 90.8; his fourth lowest of the season. The Chargers defense also held Brady and company to a few major stops in the red zone and at least four three-and-outs in the second half.

In addition, the Patriots were also held to just 23 points. Every win on the Patriot’s season, except against the Oakland Raiders, has had a score of 27 or more points; the Pats’ entered the game averaging 29.9 points a game. Tom Brady even said during the post game interview that their defense helped them to victory.

Overall, Charger fans should be extremely proud of how well the defense executed. There’s no question it was the best performance of the season. If the offense can get back to the basics, adjust, and come into the Denver game as top performing offensive unit, aided by a stellar defense, there is no doubt that the Chargers can defeat the Broncos. A win will not only increase their chances for a playoff wildcard, it may even grant them the opportunity of claiming the AFC West; something that hasn’t been done since 2009. Continue to support the Super Chargers because there is still a lot of football left.

 

Briana Soltis

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Most of the time when you see a uniform color combination, you immediately know which sports team it’s associated with. In professional football, the color collegiate “powder” blue is undoubtedly the most recognized color in the NFL with only one team that comes to mind; the San Diego Super Chargers. This Sunday, the Chargers will be sporting the finest uniform in the NFL when they take on the New England Patriots at Qualcomm Stadium.

The powder blue jerseys have a long-lasting heritage that dates back to the 1960’s during the AFL (American Football League) era. In 1974, the color was changed from collegiate blue to dark blue. Team records indicate that the jersey first reappeared in 1994 during the league’s 75th anniversary season. However, every season since 2007, the throwback jerseys are worn twice a year as an alternate to the modern navy blue. It is so authentic, it’s even made its way to the NFL’s top 10 uniforms. Words do no justice for this infamous color.

Since 1994, the color has been worn 51 times; recently during the home game against the Kansas City Chiefs. The Chargers have a 29-22 record when wearing the special blue; one of the most noteworthy wins have been when the Chargers defeated the Indianapolis Colts in the 2008 playoffs.

For this special event, I’m encouraging all fans to wear their powder blues. It doesn’t even have to be a jersey; a powder blue shirt will be just fine. This game is one of the most important games the Chargers will play all year and the team needs as much support as they can get. Can you imagine, a powder blue sea of people in the stands screaming and rooting at the top of their lungs? Again, words can’t explain how remarkable these uniforms look.

According to ESPN, Antonio Gates said “It symbolizes the historic moments here” while adding, “That’s the fine thing that comes to mind for me. And it’s a sweet color, man. The color to me is amazing. So when you wear it, you represent the organization at the present time…” Join me Sunday by wearing your blues proudly.

Keep in mind, this not all about a fashion statement. Many great former Chargers have worn this uniform during the grind of their playing days; including Dan Fouts and Charlie Joiner to name a few. When wearing these blues, remember the legacy of the Chargers organization. The more you hold onto this concept, the more you will believe that the Chargers are fully capable of defeating the 9-3 New England Patriots in front of the nation during Sunday Night Football.

Keep true to your blues and represent to the fullest. The San Diego Chargers need their fans more than ever on Sunday. Remember, it’s not about what you wear, it’s where you come from.

 

Briana Soltis

 

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The Chargers have a rich history during primetime games; the infamous Sunday Night Football (SNF) being one of them. Philip Rivers alone is 8-4 since his first NFL appearance in 2006 where he rallied the team to defeat the defending Super Bowl Champions, The Pittsburg Steelers, to a 23-13 victory. However, this Sunday is one of the most significant and enticing games the Chargers will play this year.

This Sunday, the notorious 9-3 New England Patriots travel almost 3000 miles to take on the 8-4 San Diego Chargers at Qualcomm Stadium for an exhilarating Sunday Night Football showdown. The last time the Chargers face offed against the Patriots in a SNF game was back on October 12th, 2008; embarrassing the Patriots to a 30-10 win at Qualcomm Stadium. Yet, the significance of this year is much different.

The Chargers started their season off the best they have in recent years; going 5-1 and entering week 7 with tremendous confidence. Unfortunately, that is where the Chargers were struck with the injury bug, mixed with poor play, sending them in a three in a row loss whirlwind. After the bye week, the Chargers recuperated and have won their last three games to keep their playoff hopes alive; including the captivating win against the Baltimore Ravens. Now in week fourteen, San Diego’s no 8th ranked defense will compete against the no 6th ranked offense; the Patriots. This isn’t just another needed win; it’s playing for their lives.

This week’s win is more than just a playoff appearance; it proves that the San Diego Chargers are capable of getting the job done in typical December fashion. Speaking of December, in case you didn’t know, the month is now referred to “Philcember” by most Charger fans. Why? Well, Rivers is 30-6 in the month of December and executes better than any quarterback in NFL history. In the last four games of each season, Rivers is 29-3 at 90.6%; surpassing Tom Brady at 40-8 and 83%. All I can see now is the money sign that Johnny Football uses, shaking my wrist at stats like those; are non-Rivers fans still hating?

This matchup is one for the books. The Patriots are coming off a loss at Lambeau Field against the Green Bay Packers, but don’t let that fool you; the Pats’ have already defeated some of the league’s best teams earning them nine wins on the season. On the flip side, the same can be said about the Chargers. This is an AFC matchup that will turn many heads and bring almost all NFL fans entirely glued to the TV on Sunday night. Any true football junkie will know that if any team can defeat the Patriots, the Chargers are the ones to always shock the nation.

A win this Sunday will no doubt idly give the Chargers an opportunity to claim the AFC West division title; the team hasn’t won the AFC West since 2009. Why would they want to settle for anything less? The matchup will be more than physical; it will be war. The Chargers are in playoff mode and the Patriots will be fooling themselves if they think they have this one in the bag. I will be watching, along with the rest of the nation, one of the most anticipated games this year. Watch out everyone and brace yourselves, lighting will be striking Sunday night at the Q.

 

Briana Soltis

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