A Pro Bowler Who Doesn't Even Start

AFC Special Teams Player of the Week and likely Defensive Player of the Week, Antonio Cromartie has established himself as an elite playmaker. His six interceptions on the year lead the entire NFL, and yet the only player in the Chargers secondary who has half a chance of making the Pro Bowl can't even earn a starting spot on the defense.

Quentin Jammer is expected to be healthy soon, and will resume his starting role. Opposite Jammer is Drayton Florence who, while a solid player and good tackler, is more likely to get called for a penalty than create a turnover.

Coach Turner was asked how much longer Cromartie will be kept out of the starting lineup:

"We'll deal with [that] when Jammer is ready. Its hard for me to get into 'ifs' [When Jammer is healthy] is when I'll answer that question."

Why avoid the question, Coach Turner? Maybe Cromartie might not seem ready when in the filmroom or on the practice field, but the fact of the matter is, Cromartie makes plays on the football field. Isn't the game about putting your best players on the field, and maximizing their ability to be successful? You could be the smartest football player in the world, but at the end of the day you have to make plays and Cromartie does it whenever he gets the opportunity.

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November 14, 2007

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