Larry English - Defensive Rookie Of The Year?

In college, Larry English was a force of nature; Unstoppable and relentless, English arrived at opposing Quarterbacks with nothing but bad intentions in mind. Always the best player on the field, offenses couldn't stop Larry English, they could only hope to slow him down.

The San Diego Chargers are hoping English will add a new dimension to their attacking packages, allowing the defense to send three blitzing linebackers in on certain situations. Said General Manger AJ Smith shortly after drafting English, "This is a guy who can bring the heat. He's physical, nasty, great presence."

Defensive Coordinator Ron Rivera has been busy devising schemes in which he can get Outside Linebackers Shawne Merriman, Shaun Phillips, and Larry English onto the field at the same time. Hoping to stack the pressure on one side with all three linebackers blitzing against a single tackle, someone is bound to get a hand on the QB.

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English has an excellent burst off the line, is stout at the point, and is rangy. He'll be given plenty of opportunities to get to the passer and his natural abilities will allow him to maximize his chances at sacks and forced fumbles.

In 2003, Outside Linebacker/Defensive End Terrell Suggs exploded onto the scene as a rookie, tallying 12 sacks and 3 passes defended as a situational pass rusher with only one official start for the year. Suggs was awarded Defensive Rookie of the Year.

2005 featured Shawne Merriman's rookie season, and it too was filled with sacks and impact plays. The NFL's newest Outside Linebacker/pass rushing phenom would rack up 10 sacks with 4 passes defended. Merriman went on to play in the Pro Bowl, as well as earning Defensive Rookie of the Year honors.

As we prepare to embark on the 2009 NFL regular season, the Chargers once again are prepared to unleash the newest member of the double-digit sack club. If Larry English can duplicate the type of success players like Terrell Suggs, Shawne Merriman, Jevon Kearse, and Julius Peppers have had in their rookie seasons, his accomplishments will not go unnoticed and unappreciated.

Considering the spotlight that the San Diego Chargers currently enjoy, along with the type of defense they will employ, Larry English should already be considered a front-runner in the Defensive Rookie Of The Year race.

Do you guys expect English to make an immediate impact, or will his impact not be felt until late in the season and into year 2?

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July 13, 2009

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Joe King said... Jul 14, 2009, 6:40:00 AM

I've been saying that Larry English would win the DROY since draft day.

Anonymous said... Jul 14, 2009, 7:38:00 AM

I can't wait to see these 3 on the field at the same time. Lights Out with a little English and a dash of "Shaun The Other Guy" is a recipe for domination!

Anonymous said... Jul 14, 2009, 5:36:00 PM

What about Stephen Cooper? He gets no love. He is a force to be reckoned with as well. No, this is not Stephen Cooper writing this message. :)

They are going to make Luis Castillo look like a stud again. Lets be honest, the best thing about Luis is his dance moves.

Anonymous said... Jul 14, 2009, 6:49:00 PM

chargers will always SUCK!!!

Anonymous said... Jul 14, 2009, 8:51:00 PM

You suck. You must be a Faider, Donkey or Chefs fan.

Boltzdude said... Jul 14, 2009, 9:00:00 PM

Jul 14, 2009 6:49:00 PM

chargers will always SUCK!!!

Obviously a Raider fan. If not... definitely an individual who knows NOTHING about football except ONE four letter word. WOW! I'm impressed of "IT'S" knowledge. Jealousy is answered with SUCK! People...we're dealing with a "bright" mind here. Such intelligent beings should not be on this planet.


Us Chargers fans are waiting anxiously for the year to start. With English about to be 'unleashed' I strongly feel the defense will be a force to be reckoned with. It's going to be a GREAT year! Good luck Larry and I also hope you get that DROY award. That would be awesome.

Anonymous said... Jul 14, 2009, 10:16:00 PM

I don't honestly think he will get the D-ROY. He will be competing for sacks, (which will determine D-ROY, INTs too), with the really good LB's already on this team. If he can be a quality contributor as a rusher, it would make a great difference, like Steve Foley did. That will clearly make us a scary pass rush team. It would be great to see Tom Brady pee his pants if we match up with NE in the playoffs.

Anonymous said... Jul 14, 2009, 11:36:00 PM

definitely going to enjoy seeing this guy on the field. although i'm not a Charger fan (go JAX woot woot!) i do cheer for them if they make it to the playoffs (home team has to get some love too, especially if they make it that far) any player with talent should be watched with an eye of appreciation for the game and their skill. let's see what this guy has got in store for the already spectacular Charger defense!

/ J /

Anonymous said... Jul 15, 2009, 12:46:00 AM

Whether or not Larry English can be the "force of nature" in the NFL as he was in college is still an unknown, but I do love the strong angles he positions himself for leverage in. But the DROY honor will likely elude him, even with a strong rookie season, because media attention will likely be split between him, Shawn, and Shaun. Cooper may be the biggest beneficiary because somebody on offense better watch him too! But the Chargers defensive line must produce too, for sure; and someone has to really step up at the right defensive end spot now that Igor's gone. But if Vaughn can hang, and Williams and Castillo can stay healthy too..., oh my, the Bolts should be able to bring the heat!

Mark said... Jul 15, 2009, 7:00:00 AM

Be careful what we wish for. If Larry English is the defensive ROY, then that could mean that Merriman's days with the team are numbered. This is going to be a great defense with the three-headed beast, blitzing linebackers but I think we Charger fans will enjoy it for only one year. I hope it results in a Super Bowl- and when Merriman is gone, Jyles Tucker has GOT to step it up.

ShepDog SD said... Jul 15, 2009, 4:35:00 PM

I had high hopes for Larry, but all this gushing over him might just go to his head and sap his fire. Hope not, but human nature hard to overcome. He has not even played a down in the pros yet. I hope he stays grounded with all this. He seems like a great player and a great guy so far.

Anonymous said... Sep 10, 2009, 10:07:00 AM

Larry English=stud no doubt D-roy ..lets gooooo chargers!

Travis said... Dec 1, 2009, 4:04:00 PM


Anonymous said... Dec 4, 2009, 8:22:00 PM

LOL ... English DROY??? ... it's December and he has maybe one sack?

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