The signs were there. He played in the weak MAC conference. He was one dimensional. He was callow. He had stretches of production-less play. Worst of all, he was prone to the trainer’s table. But the Chargers still selected Larry English with their 16th overall pick in the 2009 NFL draft, thinking they’d just acquired a top-flight pass-rusher that they could team with Shawne Merriman and Shaun Phillips.
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Posted by Alen Dumonjic under San Diego Chargers, The Tape Never Lies on Dec 04, 2013
Posted by Alen Dumonjic under San Diego Chargers, The Tape Never Lies on Nov 08, 2013
It doesn’t take much to recognize Keenan Allen. Not only was he the only one of the Chargers’ receivers lined up wearing long blue sleeves last weekend, but he was also one of the sharpest route runners. He glides on the field. Creased at the elbows, his arms sway back and forth at his sides in a perfectly straight motion. His shoulders are squared and his chest is high. His feet are active and keep him running in a straight line. It’s like he’s pacing on a treadmill. And then he makes a quick break and you quickly realize that this is not just a workout, this is how he runs routes.
Posted by Alen Dumonjic under Philip Rivers, San Diego Chargers, The Tape Never Lies on Aug 14, 2013
Resurrecting the career of a soon-to-be 32-year-old is going to be difficult, but that’s the job that Mike McCoy has been tasked with. The freshly hired San Diego Chargers head coach’s latest project will be working with Philip Rivers, a fallen star in desperate need of coaching.
Posted by Sean Tomlinson under 2013 previews, San Diego Chargers on Aug 08, 2013
Name all the Chargers players that have to be owned in every fantasy league, regardless of the format, or number of teams. That list is (arguably…I guess) three names long, which is a pretty haunting contrast to yesterday’s fantasy forecasting, especially at the top.
Posted by Sean Tomlinson under Injuries, San Diego Chargers on Aug 07, 2013
As the sands of time fall, so do the scheduled yearly NFL conversations of the day. Is it April? Draft stocks are rising, and players are being left entirely off draft boards. Is it early February? Someone said something absurd during Super Bowl Media Day. Engage.
When that chatter machine keeps churning and we reach the beginning of training camp in late July and early August, often the conversation turns to preseason injuries. Inevitably, there are a few notable and potentially crushing ones, so we wonder how those can be avoided, and how we can stop important players from ripping muscles in non-competitive environments.
We can’t, of course, because there’s always an injury risk any time a football player is on a football field, which even applies during spring OTAs. This past spring Michael Crabtree and Melvin Ingram went down, and a year ago it was Terrell Suggs. All we can do is brace for the chaos, and schedule all fantasy drafts as late as possible.
But this year seems different due to the concentration of crumbling at one specific position.
Posted by Sean Tomlinson under Ponderings, San Diego Chargers on May 10, 2013
Antonio Gates will again be a difficult guy to project next year. Is he old? By football standards, maybe. He’ll turn 33 next month. But Jason Witten isn’t too far behind, as he just celebrated his 31st birthday, and the everlasting Tony Gonzalez is 37. Both of those guys were pretty good last year, combining for 1,969 receiving yards.
Merely saying Gates is old becomes an exercise of reaching for the lowest possible branch on the fantasy football tree o’ scare tactics. The reasons for his plummeting stock over the past few years go beyond that.
Posted by Sean Tomlinson under 2013 NFL draft, San Diego Chargers on Apr 12, 2013
Old guys who are under-performing and getting paid too much usually stop receiving any money at all from their current teams in March, especially if said team is struggling, and thus rebuilding.
The San Diego Chargers are among the teams going through that financial metamorphosis this offseason, with Antonio Garay, Takeo Spikes, and Quentin Jammer jettisoned, while Louis Vasquez — Philip Rivers’ all-important blind-side protector — was allowed to walk.
The needs on this roster are widespread, as a guard, cornerback, safety, and pass rusher are all a possibility in the first round at 11th overall. Jeremy Meyer from Bolt Hype knows the name he’d like to hear on April 25.