Norval is most excited about LeRon McClain

Jan.4, 2009; Miami, FL, USA; Baltimore Ravens fullback LeRon McClain (33) eludes Miami Dolphins inside linebacker Channing Crowder (52) in the first quarter during the AFC Wild Card game at Dolphin Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-US PRESSWIRE

Of all the newest signings that the Chargers have brought in, Norval is most excited about the addition of LeRon McClain:

The guy I’m really excited that we added in the offseason is Le’Ron McClain, because he’s a very versatile player and he’s a big old-school fullback. But he’s a good runner, he’s got good catching skills and I think he’ll be a big addition. – Norv Turner on ESPN 1100

McClain is going to bring toughness on the offense and to the running game. The Bolts Nation misses having Lorenzo Neal in the backfield plowing the way for the runningback, and now we have someone that can bring that dimension back onto the team.

Norval is super stoked that he can catch the ball and run the ball also, but his biggest asset will be making those holes for Ryan Mathews. Leron’s job is to make Ryan Mathews a SUPERSTAR! Anything else after that, will be a cherry on top.  MAKE THEM HOLES!

 

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  • BoogaP

    !!!! #THisIsOurYear!!! BelieveInDaBolts!!  #MustardPotatoSalad

    • biggsybolt

      @BoogaP minus the onions …add huge pickle chunks and black olives!

  • PeteSpinning1

    Just curious… I have noticed that a lot of people are pushing to have a veteran RB brought on from free agency (which, honestly. I wouldn’t be upset). Howeve, my concern is that I think both Brinkley, and Baker have potential, and are good backs. One of them will most definitely be let go, should we bring on a veteran. If Brinkley went, I would just be bummed, because I think he can run hard. If Baker went, it would be sort of like wasting a draft pick. Furthermore, a veteran would only fill the hole for a year.. maybe two, and we would be back where we started. Brinkley & Baker are younger, and haven’t had a chance to show what they can do.
     
    Which leads me to my question.
     
    Is McClain so bad of a rusher, that we couldn’t use him as a back-up for Mathews? Whether it be for injury reasons, or to spell Mathews… couldn’t he be a good back-up? I mean, the guy ran for 902 yds, and 10 friggin’ TD’s in Baltimore (not sure why they let him go… Leach must be that much better, I guess). That’s one more TD than V-Jax ever had! Why is everyone acting as if he can’t carry the load? And, by asking that question, I mean.. can someone shed light on that for me? Maybe there is something I am missing? It just seems odd that people would say that about a guy with those kind of stats..

    • RMainwaring

       @PeteSpinning1 Dearest Pete: I implore you to read BoogaP’s article   http://boltbeat.com/2012/05/16/the-answer-at-rb2-is-36/
      I think the general consensus, at least here on this website is that Brinkley is more than capable of doing the job. I’m guessing that A.J. and Norv are starting to believe the same, otherwise I believe they would have signed a FA running back by now.

    • http://boltbeat.com/ epadaon

       @PeteSpinning1 mcclain can do it and so can brink… the thing with making mcclain carry the ball is Jacob Hester is now the fullback. I love Hester, but he is no McClain.
       
      getting some of the players mentioned (cadillac williams and jackie battle) wont be much of an upgrade from Boonah either. They would be able to help out on special teams though. Battle is also a different style of runner than Brink. 

    • biggsybolt

      @PeteSpinning1 it wouldn’t be a bad idea to bring in frank summers either. Cheap, knows the system and could learn a few things from McClain

  • johnnyrotten57

    Just the thought that he might be like Lo Neal, raises my hopes for this season.

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