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Defense’s night

Posted by Casey Pearce on August 5, 2009 – 9:54 PM

There were 12,957 fans at Qualcomm Stadium tonight for the Chargers’ first public practice of training camp.  According to Jim Steeg, there were 7,500 hot dogs sold as well.  It was nice to hear the fans again cheering plays, yelling at players and getting involved in practice.  We had so much fun we’ll do it again Saturday morning with FanFest.

The players certainly enjoyed having the fans around as well.

“I think it brings an exta bit of energy,” Head Coach Norv Turner said.  “It’s got to be an impressive deal for our young players.  It’s kind of a start for them to be in the stadium and get going.  It really helps them in terms of getting going for the season.”

The defense definately stole the show tonight.  The emphasis of practice was the two minute drill.  The offense has two minutes to drive the field and the period ends when the defense either comes up with a turnover or a stop or time runs out.  Steve Gregory ended one drive with a hit on Antonio Gates to break up a potential touchdown pass.  Antonio Cromartie intercepted a pass to end another, and on the next play Clinton Hart stepped in front of Kris Wilson and came away with a pick. 

The catch of the night went to LaDainian Tomlinson.  On a goal-to-go play, Philip Rivers was forced out of the pocket to his left and arched a high pass to LT.  Jyles Tucker did everything he could to break it up, but LT positioned himself perfectly and hauled in the over-the-shoulder catch.

Buster Davis was back on the field after missing some work, although Larry English took the night off with a sore hamstring.  English’s injury isn’t major, just one of those things they don’t want to make worse by getting him on the field. 

I had a great time chatting with Brian Wilson and Darren Bennett tonight.  I got to join the duo for a segment on Xtra Sports 1360, the home of the Chargers, and it was great talking Bolts football with those guys.

There’s a special teams practice in the morning and then the full squad will get back after it tomorrow afternoon.


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Norv on Merriman and Buster

Posted by Casey Pearce on August 3, 2009 – 12:01 PM

Here’s what Norv said about Merriman and Buster missing this morning’s practice:

“We have a schedule for Shawne. This thing is kind of planned out and we wanted to get him through the weekend like we did. He’ll occasionally take a morning off. This morning he was off and the reason would be obviously we went one (practice) yesterday. If he takes this morning off, it’ll end up being one today, one tomorrow. It gives his knee a chance to recover each day. It’s just the plan we have.”

“Buster has a very tight quad. Unfortunately when you’re coming off of an injury and you’re recovering from it and rehabbing and doing all the things, you’re not able to be in the same kind of condition that the other guys who have been in six-month offseason program are. He’s got some catching up to do.”


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