Head coach Norv Turner addressed the media moments after the team announced its 53-man roster. Rather than lament over those he had to let go, Turner expressed excitement over the talented players that constitute the 2012 San Diego Chargers.
“To me, we’ve been able to put together a complete roster,” he began. “It’s balanced in terms of offense and defense. I think it’s balanced in terms of veteran players and young up-and-coming players, and it’s got a good mix of new players to the Chargers organization whether it be draft picks or free agents. I think we’ve added to our athleticism and speed, so I’m excited about the roster we’ve put together.”
Now, with the start of the season only 10 days away, Turner is turning his attention towards the Monday night opener vs. the Raiders.
“Right now, the biggest thing is putting together a roster where we can put the best 46-man roster together to go play at the highest level we can on opening day up in Oakland.”
In order to do so, Turner admitted that the team could bring in outside players who were cut today by other teams. As he spoke, the rest of his staff remained in the office sifting through the players who are now free agents, trying to determine if anyone out there could help the Chargers.
“I think everyone in the league looks to see who was cut,” he said. “Certainly we have some guys where we have some injury issues, and so naturally we’ll continue to look to find some guys to either provide depth or can step in when someone is out. That person can play a big part in our season…If we can add a guy that is obviously capable and ready to play (we’ll do so). But to add a guy just to add a guy, that’s not what we’re looking for.”
What moves do you think need to be made to get the Bolts ready for season opener? Leave them in the comments below.
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UPDATE: The Chargers made 22 roster moves to reach the NFL’s 53-man roster limit. What do you think of the moves? We’d really like to hear your continued feedback….
The team released the following vested veterans:
DE Jacques Cesaire
T Anthony Davis
T Mario Henderson
FB Jacob Hester
K Nick Novak.
The Chargers waived the following players:
RB Edwin “Rock” Baker
C-G Colin Baxter
LB Bront Bird
G-T Charlie Bryant
LB Ricky Elmore
LB Darryl Gamble
CB Greg Gatson
DE Logan Harrell
CB Arthur Hobbs
QB Jarrett Lee
P Robert Malone
CB DeAndre Presley
DE Damik Scafe
G-T Stephen Schilling
TE Kory Sperry
WR Mike Willie.
*S Sean Cattouse was placed on Reserve-Injured.
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Check out Chargers fans who made the trip to San Francisco. Continue to send in your photos to @Chargers!
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The NFL Players Association and the NFL Management Council agreed on the implementation of two new rules for the 2012 season, one which could greatly benefit the San Diego Chargers and wide receiver Vincent Brown.
The first rule change was pushing the trading deadline back to the Tuesday after the eighth weekend of the season, but the bigger news was a proposal which permits clubs to re-activate one player from the Reserve/Injured list during the 2012 season.
The way the rule works is that a player designated with a “major injury” placed on Reserve/Injured after 4:00pm Eastern on Tuesday, September 4th, or any time thereafter, is eligible to be reactivated at a later time that season. A “major injury” is defined as any injury rendering a player unable to practice or play football for at least six weeks from the date of the injury.
This new rule could very well apply to Brown, who broke his ankle on August 18th and will be out at least eight weeks. Under the old rules, the Chargers needed to decide whether to keep him on the active 53-man roster all season long until he was ready to return, or place him on the Reserve/Injured list, ending his season before the year began. Now, after initially naming him to the 53-man roster, the Bolts can place him on the Reserve/Injured list on September 4th, designating the second-year receiver as their one player eligible to be activated off the list and have him back at some point during the back end of the season.
While there is no guarantee the Chargers will place Brown, or any other player for that matter, on IR and use this new rule, they now have the option of doing so, giving the team flexibility as they shape their roster for the upcoming season.
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Retired Chargers running back LaDainian Tomlinson has officially moved into his second career, the NFL announced today.
Former NFL MVP and five-time Pro Bowl running back LaDainian Tomlinson has joined NFL Network and will serve as an analyst on the network’s new Sunday morning “First on the Field” show, it was announced Wednesday.
On Kickoff Sunday (Sept. 9) and every Sunday during the season, NFL Network will be there when you wake up with First on the Field at 7:00 AM ET featuring hosts Melissa Stark and Sterling Sharpe, Tomlinson and NFL Insider Michael Lombardi.
First on the Field, a two-hour Sunday morning spin around the league, will become the first live pregame show to originate from NFL Films in Mt. Laurel, NJ. The show will feature live reports from game sites, and in the final 30 minutes will have “coast-to-coast” segments featuring live discussions with talent from NFL GameDay Morning (Sunday, 9:00 AM-1:00 PM ET).
If L.T. is as good as he was on the field, he’ll be a great talking head.
What do you think? Let us know in the comments below.
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What’s up Chargers Nation? Hope everyone is doing well.
I’m writing this a couple days after getting back from my first road trip in the NFL, which was great. It was a lot of fun. It was kind of a long flight, so that wasn’t cool, but it was good to be on the big plane with the whole team. We all had our own individual screen with movies and satellite TV on it, so I spent most of the time flipping through the channels. I have a hard time sleeping on planes. I tried to go to sleep, it was worth a shot, but it didn’t really work out so I just watched a couple of shows until we landed.
When we touched down in Minnesota, the D-Line all went to dinner together across the street. I think the restaurant was called Seven. We all got really good steak and some sushi. We relaxed, told jokes – it was a good bonding experience.
My other first came when we got back on Monday and the team had to cut some guys. That was a really rough experience for me. It was a weird feeling because a lot of the guys who were let go were some of the guys I spent most of my time with. Being a rookie and spending time together, it was a very weird feeling to see them go…..something I’ve never been around before, so it was a unique experience.
Well that’s all for now. I’ll try to hit you up with another blog entry before we kick off the season against the Raiders. And I’ll be sure to get to all the great fan questions you guys have been leaving for me, so be sure to ask if you’ve got any more.
Till next time,
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The San Diego Chargers finished their last practice before their final preseason play Thursday night against the San Francisco 49ers. Here is a sampling of what some of the Bolts had to say as they came off the field.
“The biggest thing we’ve seen in all three of our games is guys raise their level of play. It’s one thing to have a walk-through practice or a padded practice where you are going against yourselves. When you get into a game, the thing I like most about our young players is that they have all played better in the games. They take the information they’ve been given and the preparation they have and they go out and use it to play at a high level.” – Head Coach Norv Turner
“You get to the last preseason game, you get extra urgency that the season is almost here. You get into a different mode. At this point, I think guys are just ready for the regular season to get here. But first we have to take care of business in San Francisco.” – Running Back Ronnie Brown
“To be honest, training camp has been a little harder and faster than I would have expected coming from college. But being out here with these great vets, I think I got a lot better from playing with them” – Safety Brandon Taylor
“(Thursday) is the last opportunity to get out there and get ready for the regular season. You get four games, and obviously every one of them is important to get game reps. So you want to put the work in and get game reps and hope everyone comes out healthy and ready to go against Oakland.” – Quarterback Charlie Whitehurst
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Like all NFL teams, Chargers will trim the roster to reach the league-mandated limit of 75 players by 1 p.m. today. Final cuts will come Friday when teams have to reach the 53-man roster limit.
Who deserves to makes the Chargers 2012 roster? Have your say in the comments.
Update: Chargers.com’s Ricky Henne has the latest round of cuts posted.
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Chargers-Vikings game on Friday night was pretty exciting. Nick Novak nailed a 45-yard field goal as time expired to give the Chargers a 12-10 victory.
Awesome, right? Well, maybe not.
According to this 2011 post over at Yahoo.com, only 31% of NFL teams who had an undefeated preseason since 2000 went on to have a winning season.
The Chargers are getting dangerously close to 4-0.
The post makes a point on how the preseason victories can get fans really excited.
It’s easy for some fans to think that their team is destined for greatness when they’re the only team that wins all their preseason games. Fans tell themselves, “How good will they be when they’re actually trying? Our team has some tremendous depth and can overcome any injury!”
So here we are, heading into the fourth and final preseason game and the Bolts sit 3-0. If my math is correct, and the team pulls out a win in San Francisco on Thursday night, they’ll go UNDEFEATED!
Is it nice to win the games? Absolutely, but it doesn’t mean much, one way or the other in the preseason.
So do you want the Chargers to go 4-0 in the preseason? Or does it matter? I’m confused.
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Watch coach Rich Bisaccia break down of Richard Goodman’s 105 yard kickoff return to the house.
What do you think of this video? If you have a suggestion or recommendation on plays or coaches you want to see, let us know.
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