So the last game of the year is coming up. I know myself and the team, we definitely want to go out on fire. We are going to give it everything we’ve got and play our hearts out. So I’m excited about that.
Last week was obviously a big one for me. I mean, getting 3.5 sacks is an amazing feeling, and it was great to get it in a win. I felt like I was playing my game, and as a defense we played with tons of effort. It showed up in the game. A lot of my sacks I have to give credit to the guys in the back end for making the quarterback hold onto the ball. They let me do my work up front. And to be a part of 11 sacks, that’s something I’ve never been around, so it was a great feeling.
But that game is behind me and my focus is on Sunday against the Raiders. Whatever happens after that happens, but I look forward to coming back even better next year.
This will be my last blog entry for the year. I want to personally thank each and every one of you for following along and tuning in. Thanks for supporting our program all year. Even though it’s been disappointing, it’s been a great season in terms of having your support.
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In today’s 27-17 victory over the New York Jets the Chargers history books gained some new marks. In turn a lot of game balls were distributed after the game. Coach Turner passed out a game ball to each player – Kendal Reyes, Corey Liuget, Jarret Johnson, Antonio Garay, Donald Butler, Shaun Phillips, Larry English, Brandon Taylor, Melvin Ingram – who amassed one or more of the 11 total sacks by the Chargers defense, marking a new single game record. The old single game record was 9 sacks in 2010.
The other game ball goes without saying as Antonio Gates scored the 82nd touchdown of his career, surpassing Chargers great Lance Alworth to make him the Chargers all time touchdown reception leader.
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The following was submitted by Chargers tight end Antonio Gates.
This has been a special week for me, and not just because I tied the franchise record for touchdown catches.
Monday was my “Shop with a Charger” event. My teammates and I went shopping with underprivileged kids at the Walmart by the facility. My feeling is that there is the game of football, and then there is the game of life. These kids see us as heroes, as people who have accomplished things, and what I try to do is have them forget about the negative things in their life and focus on the positive. I want to give them encouragement and hope to always dream big. I want them to look back on their lives years from now and remember they had someone in their corner rooting for them and who was willing to help them out. I wouldn’t be in the same position I am today if it wasn’t for having people like that in my past. So this event is very special to me.
Now on the field, while the last game hurt to lose like we did against the Panthers, it was very emotional for me to tie the franchise record for most touchdown catches with Lance Alworth. It was phenomenal. I got very emotional because I’d been working so hard the last three or four weeks to get that touchdown and tie the record. And with everything we’ve been going through, getting this record came at a time when I really needed something positive. You go through so much, and when things are going badly, you want to cling to some positive reinforcement that you’re doing the right things. Now this milestone is something I will always look back on and think wow, I’ve had a lot of teammates and coaches who have trusted in me and given me the opportunity to accomplish the things I have.
I hope to have a lot of years left in my career, but when I look back at my playing days years from now, I’m going to remember the good times and the bad times. One thing about humans is you remember all the positive moments and years of your life, but you also remember the negative ones too. Now at the end of the day, I will look back at this time period and know that we prepared the best we could and gave it our best. We’ve taken all the necessary steps to be as good as we possibly can be, and that’s all you can ask for. There is such a small percentage of people who actually make it this far to be a professional. It’s hard to get to this level. So even though things aren’t going as planned and I have a bitter taste in my mouth, I still recognize that. And we can’t forget it either, because in order to grow we have to learn from being in this position.
Finally, I want to leave you by thanking you for supporting our team. We lay it on the line every single week not just for ourselves, but for you, the fans, as well. We still want to win football games, and sometimes the perception is that guys don’t care, and want to point out losing badly to Carolina as a sign that guys don’t care. But that’s not the case. Things just didn’t go our way. But we’re still trying as hard as we possibly can. We’re still fighting, and hopefully you guys keep supporting us because we need you at this crucial time. We need you behind us.
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Vincent Brown has been on the sidelines since Aug. 18 when he broke his ankle against the Dallas Cowboys. The second-year receiver was having a phenomenal training camp and preseason up to that point, catching six balls for 112 yards and two touchdowns in just six quarters of action.
Today, Brown returned to practice on a limited basis for the first time since breaking his ankle, participating in the individual portion of the afternoon. Stay tuned to chargers.com for more information.
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The Chargers just announced their injury report for this Sunday against the Carolina Panthers.
Demorrio Williams (ankle) is out.
Ronnie Brown (hamstring), Donald Butler (groin), Jeromey Clary (knee) and Tyronne Green (hamstring) are doubtful.
Eddie Royal (hamstring) is questionable.
Mike Harris (ankle) and Kendall Reyes (quad) are probable.
Williams, Brown and Reyes suffered their injuries last Sunday in Pittsburgh while Butler, Clary, Green, Royal and Harris have already missed games due to their ailments.
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The following was submitted by Chargers cornerback Marcus Gilchrist.
We’re all upset about what our record is, but for me on a personal level, this year has been a good one for me. I’ve learned a lot about myself and what I need to do to get even better. I’m focused in on each and every game and am using them to learn what I need to do to be a better player.
That starts with preparations the entire week heading into a game. The most important part is proper film study. Then I try to apply that film study to practice and then from practice to the games. I spend a lot of time at the facility studying both the defense and special teams. We will get together as DBs before practice and then afterwards also, spending extra time to study. So a lot of work goes into getting ready for Sunday.
I love being a San Diego Charger. I love my teammates. We have a good chemistry between the old guys and the young guys. A bunch have taken me under their wing. I have a great deal of respect for the veterans on our team. I listen to what they have to say and try to apply it whenever I can. You have to respect guys who have been in this league as long as they have. That goes for guys on offense too, like Randy McMichael.
Well that does it for me. I have to get back to practice. Thank you for sticking with us. We’re playing hard and putting everything we have into the games, and we’ll continue to do so.
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After a resounding 34-24 victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers, Coach Norv Turner decided his game ball would go to Reggie Wells and Kevin Haslam.
Haslam took over for Jeromey Clary in last week’s game and started at the left tackle position. Wells was signed just earlier this week and started at right tackle, this being his first game of 2012 and first start since 2010. Haslam on the other hand was starting for the first time in his career.
Haslam and Wells were called upon at the 11th hour to fill voids of an ailing Chargers offensive line and they did just that.
Another game ball was dished out in the locker room, but this one was given by Chairman of the Board and President Dean Spanos to Coach Turner as a result of securing the franchise’s first win in Pittsburgh, as well as scoring the most points against them. The team was ecstatic to see their Coach be honored.
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The Chargers just announced their injury report for this Sunday’s game against the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Donald Butler (groin), Jeromey Clary (knee) and Eddie Royal (hamstring) are out.
Tyronne Green (hamstring) is doubtful.
Mike Harris (ankle) is questionable.
Jarret Johnson (back), Corey Lynch (quad), Dante Rosario (hamstring) and Darrell Stuckey (hamstring) are all probable.
Butler injured his groin midway through the Week 12 game against the Baltimore Ravens and has not returned since. Clary left during the first series last week against the Bengals while Royal injured his hamstring three weeks ago in Denver.
Both Green and Harris suffered their injuries midway through last week’s game while Jarret Johnson, Dante Rosario and Darrell Stuckey all missed the match.
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There’s four games left in the season, and while I’m upset by our record, I’m feeling pretty good on a personal level. I feel healthy and that I’ve been making strides in my play. It feels good to just know that I’m growing as a player. Hopefully I continue to grow because I’m learning more with each game.
For the team, I feel like we are very prepared for Pittsburgh this week. We’re playing in a hostile environment, and they’ve got a lot of great players. They are really known for their defense, so it will be a great experience playing there.
I need to give a shout out to my teammates on the defensive line, especially Vaughn Martin who is here next to me right now. He’s always looking out for me and I’m learning a lot from him. I look forward to riding out with him for a bunch more years.
Well that’s about it for today. I have to go get ready for one last practice before we head to Pittsburgh.
Till next time,
Tags: Kendall Reyes, Vaughn Martin
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The following was submitted by Chargers center Nick Hardwick.
So I’m not even sure who’s going to be reading this blog, but I want to say hi to everybody. Maybe my parents are going to read this…that would be fun! Hi mom and dad, I’ll facetime you later this week!
I really love San Diego. I’ve got great, unbelievable neighbors. We look out for each other and each other’s homes. We spend a lot of time together. I found a great little nook over in the Point Loma and Ocean Beach area, and I’ve been incredibly lucky to have that for the last nine years we’ve been there.
But overall, I just love this place. I mean shoot, it’s one of the only places in America you can go out and go to football practice and wear shorts and a t-shirt every day of the year. Everyone else is in a bubble or wearing sweatpants freezing, and we’re just incredibly lucky out here. I truly love this place.
I’ve got a young son who is almost one named Hudson Harold Hardwick. Triple H. My dad’s a triple H named Herman Harold Hardwick the third, but my wife wouldn’t approve Herman so he’s Hudson and is starting his own lineage. He’s become my life. Once you accept the fact that you’ve got a child and you’re responsible to take care of him, it’s just an extension of you. He’s a part of me, and I’m a part of him. I love going home and taking care of him and spending time with him. He’s walking now which is unreal. Everything’s just going so fast. It’s been a really fun time and amazing watching him grow. It’s given me a new lease on life. I’m 31 years old, but I feel like a kid again. Every day I’m excited to come to work, have a great time here and bust my butt, and then come home and bust my butt at home. I’m just having a great time.
We’re on the road this weekend in Pittsburgh. Road trips for me consist of a lot of sleep on the plane and a lot of food. Then it’s all about honing in and getting your mind right for the game. Pittsburgh feels like the home of football. It truly is a great place to play and they are a great team with a strong history. They know exactly what they’re doing. It’s going to be a tough task but we’re up for it. I’m really excited to go there and so are the rest of the guys to go and raise hell in Pittsburgh.
One of my favorite things going on the road is seeing all the Chargers fans that follow us. That means a lot to see them traveling to other cities to see us, spending their hard earned money to take a little vacation to watch us play football. It’s pretty amazing and makes you feel really special. It’s a good feeling.
So that about does it. Keep cheering hard for us. We’re busting our tails at work and hopefully this week we can come out of this slump we’ve been in. That would be great for us. The San Diego Chargers have never beaten Pittsburgh at home in the regular season and we hope to do that this weekend.
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