Quick hits on some of the latest Chargers news tidbits from around the web:
NORV TURNER THINKS SHAWNE MERRIMAN IS POISED FOR A BIG YEAR
It's interesting how 2010 season outlooks aren't so rosy when you talk about the Chargers defense at this point in time, especially considering the loses of Pro Bowlers Antonio Cromartie and Jamal Williams. It seems that it was so long ago that we have forgotten just how dominant a healthy Shawne Merriman can be. But not everyone is overlooking big #56. Chargers Head Coach Norv Turner is expecting big things from his outside linebacker and he explains why:
“Everyone talks about it takes another year to come back from a surgery. The biggest thing -- and I had this conversation about two weeks ago with Philip Rivers -- he says that it’s not so much that the knee takes a year. But while you’re rehabbing your knee, it doesn’t allow you to do all the other things that you need to do to get ready for the season.
"So Shawne went through the year and missed time with the groin, missed time with the foot. The knee wasn’t the issue. So I think having a great offseason so he doesn’t have those nagging injuries, and then the knee being a year better… Shawne had a really good year last year. He just didn’t have those game-changing-type plays that we’ve all seen him have. But I think those will come. He’s such a competitor, such a physical player, that when he gets that step back he’ll return as an outstanding pass-rusher."
CHARGERS TURNED DOWN HBO's "HARD KNOCKS" BUT THE JETS ARE MORE THAN WILLING TO STAR
Part NFL films, part prime-time reality show, HBO's "Hard Knocks" attempts to give viewers an inside look at the day-to-day life of an NFL team's training camp. Normally closed to the public and indeed most of the press, NFL offseason workouts are somewhat of an enigma. HBO had expressed strong interest in featuring the San Diego Chargers for a season, but General Manager AJ Smith was not having it:
"I think it’s fake, I think it’s phony, I think it’s put on, I think it’s basically a motion picture. And anyone that wants to be in the motion picture business, or enjoy that stuff, they buy into it, they enjoy it, the fake phone call conversations, the fake chatter, the whole thing is a joke and (Chargers CEO) Dean Spanos said it was my call and I made it very quickly."
"I’m a fan of Steve Sabol and everything he does but that particular segment to get ready for a football season, it’s beyond my comprehension."
So while you shouldn't expect to see the Chargers on TV much anytime soon, you can at least see former Chargers Ladainian Tomlinson and Antonio Cromartie as they join their new Jets teammates on this season.
NORV TURNER TALKS PLAYOFF LOSS, NFL DRAFT, AND OFFSEASON PLANS
As much as I'd love to be able to embed NFL.com video content, the boys at league headquarters have told me not to do it, and so I can only encourage you to go forth and watch this interview with Norv Turner at the NFL Annual Meeting in Orlando, Florida:
“You look at your football team and say, ‘Here’s the things we have to get done,’” Turner said. “We want to do some of those things through the draft, so the ability to get some extra picks … in terms of looking at our football team and knowing the direction we want to go, that was important. And now we have to address those things in the draft.”
Labels: NFL Offseason 2010
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