Jul 31, 2011; San Diego, CA, USA; San Diego Chargers linebackers coach John Pagano at training camp at Chargers Park. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee/Image of Sport-US PRESSWIRE

Dictator: Potato with a Funny Shape


 

Now that I have everyone’s attention.  Sorry, remember that I think I’m funny and that is enough for me.  My guess is that he is laughing in the picture because also finds the title funny.

The Chargers defense has not been the same since Wade Phillips left to take the head coaching gig with the Cowboys.  It has been since then that we have had even a trace of dominance.  Our lack of forcing turnovers and an inability to dictate the pace of the game has been borderline pathetic at times.  Ok, you’re right.  It has been truly pathetic.  I liked Ron Rivera as a coordinator and, obviously, the Panthers liked him as a Head Coach.  But it is my belief that even with Rivera that the Chargers defense was far too passive.

For those of you that would like to try and remind me that not long ago we had the #1 ranked defense in the league, I’ll kindly show you to the door of YouHaveNoKnowledgeOfFootballVille.  It’s a small town somewhere between Dreamland and Moron City.  All three are highly over-populated and it is very possible that they could form together and take over the world….. One delusional idiot at a time.

There were many reasons that we allowed the fewest number of yards in 2010.  Our special teams was arguably the worst in the history of the NFL.  When opposing offenses are constantly playing on a short field, it is easy to out gain the other team offensively and still be behind on the scoreboard at the end of the game.  This was the case for our Chargers.

And then there was the debacle of a hiring in Greg Manusky.  We were all led to believe that Manusky was going to unleash the hounds.  We were told that we would be a dominating, dictating defense that was constantly going to give opposing quarterbacks nightmares leading up to gameday.  Yeah, ummm, not so much.  My guess would be that the other team’s signal callers couldn’t wait to play against a Manusky led Chargers defense.

Soft zone after softzone and 2 or 3 man rushes forced even my wife to use words that made me blush.  If I ever see another Prevent defense at the beginning of a quarter I’m going to throw up.  All the Prevent defense does is prevent you from winning.  Of course, there is a time to use the prevent defense.  Greg Manusky just so happened to use it as often as he did the soft zone and man-(waaaay)off coverage.

I want a defense that gets after it and forces the quarterback to make quick decisions which can lead to turnovers.  I want to see these same quarterbacks be forced to throw off of their back foot which also will lead to poor throws and possibly interceptions.  I want the defense to have the opportunity to strip the ball because they are in position to do so and not playing off coverage or dropping 15 yards at the snap of the ball.

I don’t want our secondary having to cover for 6 to 8 seconds every single pass play.  As a coordinator, you are simply asking far too much of your defensive backs if you are not going to get after NFL quarterbacks and cause some havoc in the backfield.  In the past, we have made even the most pedestrian of quarterbacks look like pro-bowlers.

In comes newly appointed defensive coordinator John Pagano.

Pagano has been with the Chargers for 10 years and has been the team’s Linebacker coach since 2005.  He has helped shape the careers of players such as Shawne Merriman and Shaun Phillips.  It goes without saying, he had to have an impact on linebacker Donald Butler last year.  Not to mention he played a large part in the resurgence of Antwan Barnes.

Pagano has said in multiple interviews that he wants the Chargers to be a fundamentally sound defense that plays the game the way it is supposed to be played.  Good tackling, getting after the quarterback, and good play in the secondary.  Did I mention that he notes Manusky as one of his football mentors?

Although that has me a little bit worried, I find it hard to believe that either Norv or A.J., have not made it clear that playing on roller skates is completely prohibited.  Both are fighting for their respective jobs.

Free Agency coupled with the draft, proved that there was an obvious emphasis on solidifying the front seven.  I, for one, am ecstatic with this offseason up to this point.

There are some of us that would like to see another cornerback added to the team.  But I have a strong feeling that both Marcus Gilchrist and Shareece Wright will both contribute far more than expected by the majority of Bolts Fans.

My thoughts behind adding another corner are more slanted towards having injury issurance.

So, Mr. Pagano, what will it be? What should we expect from you as the playcaller of our defense?  Are you going to be the Dictator?  Or are you going to be “dictated” by the opposing team?

I vote for the former, personally.  The latter made me feel uncomfortable, to say the least, to even write.

Only time will tell.  Only time will tell. ( Yes, I put that twice for dramatic emphasis. )

 

Thanks a lot for reading.

 

BoltUp!!!

 

BoogaP

 

P.S.  Only 90 days until the opening game of the season! But only 10 weeks until I fly out to San Diego to hang with the best fans in the NFL in the finest city of all of the U.S.!!! Super hyped and thanks again to all who participated in the “Want to go to a Chargers game contest?”  By the way, there is still one ticket left.  I’ll have an article soon on how to win the last ticket to join us at Jack Murphy/SnapDragon/Qualcomm stadium.

 

 

Tags: Pagano

  • RMainwaring

    If Pagano is anything like his brother, which I think he is, this defense will be solid. One thing that has always stood out no matter how bad the DC was, the linebacking crew has always been solid thanks to John Pagano. I ain’t worried.

  • boltsfan1972

    I agree 110% if a consistant pass rush made Cromartie a star i feel our secondary could end up on the walk of fame in hollywood lol

  • biggsybolt

    Our D will make huge strides this year. Getting ride of ‘Getoff Myntuski’ was the first step!

    • BoJackRusso

       @biggsybolt Getoff Mynutski! LMAO. I hope Pagano does a lot better than that moron. No pressure = Jammer and Cason getting burned. Jammer needs no help getting burned to begin with!

  • Chargersfan4life

    I feel like our defense is going to be top 10. 

    • BoogaP

       @Chargersfan4life
       I agree bro!  Top 5 is not out of the realm of possibility.

  • MikeTuck

    Thank you Dictator; I’ve been saying that Riviera wasn’t that much better than Manusky and I loved that they got him. Manusky like you said was suppose to change that, but it got worse. I for the life of me couldn’t figure how 2 guys we expected to bring pressure would buckle like that, my only conclussion was that the defense matched the offense and I pointed out how Turner as good a Offensive coordinator was playing it safe using a base package that didn’t involve any ingenuity. But I was quickley shown that the Head Coach doesn’t call the defense. I pointed out that the Head Coach is just that, he sets the Gameplan. Wade Phillips knew how to run a 3-4 using his Lb’s and Safetys to add pressure on 80% of the plays.  Rivera and Manusky played 3-4 like you would a 4-3 using only the line for pressure, it’s simple math, your not going to put pressure on the QB with that attitude. Which was to drop the OLB’s back into coverage constantly. When Turner losened the offense against the Jaguars the defense did the same thing, that and LaBoy being replaced by Barnes. People pointed to our defense needing such a upgrade. Most the players were there, it was the coaching that was horrible and it all pointed to the playing it close to the vest like Turner has his Coaching career. They had the ability to dominate but Turner showed  0  trust in the offense or defense.
          Now it’s Pagano who coached under Wade and knows the difference that that style made. So if Pagano’s defense looks similar this year to the last  2  look to Turners gameplanning not the dwefensive coordintor. Head Coach is just that, he runs the intire team and has the say as to how they approach the game. The 2 biggest factors if Turner lets some of the control be shifted is Pagano and Bisaccia. This is the best article I’ve seen on the state of the defense hands down.

    • RMainwaring

       @MikeTuck Agree that Turner needs to let the DC run the defense and keep his nose out of it.

  • BoogaP

    #SupportBoltJake

  • Bolts_NFL_music

    Great and funny article – You were right the title did crack us up :) and for the article itself: you know your stuff. So for 2012 I would suggest not go for the #1 ranking in stats (we already had that 2010) but to go for that #1 ranking in terms of playoff wins -> help to get that Lombardi trophy and the past will be put to the archives forever. #SupportBoltJake

  • Bolts_NFL_music

    Great and funny article – You were right the title did crack us up :) and for the article itself: you know your stuff & I agree we have to put more pressure on the QB – seems like a job for the future defensive rookie of the year Ingram, get it on Melvin!. So for 2012 I would suggest not go for the #1 ranking in stats (we already had that 2010) but to go for that #1 ranking in terms of playoff wins -> help to get that Lombardi trophy and the past will be put to the archives forever. #SupportBoltJake

  • SandyPeisner

    Great article, you hit the nail on the head.

    • BoogaP

       @SandyPeisner
       Thanks man!

  • PeteSpinning1

    Nice one BoogaP! Great read… I wouldn’t worry too much about him naming We’veAllHadEnoughski as one of his mentors. We all choose our mentors in life for different reasons, and I am pretty sure that he wasn’t instrumental in mentoring Pagano on how to keep a starting job as defensive coordinator (unless he mentored him on how NOT to do things to save your job) ; )
     
    Pagano comes from a good bloodline, with hard-nosed defense flowing through it. Manusky may have been a mentor of his, but the only one we need to focus on is his number one mentor.. his brother.

  • MikeTuck

     @BoJackRusso Sorry to disagree but Jammer has been mr. Solid for years now. QB’s have elected to throw the other way. Jammer had a very down year and reading about his personnal struggles I’d say he did great for carrying alot of baggage with him. You can’t fault a secoundary that doen’t have a pass rush. I’m not talking sacks, I’m talking even a hurry here and there. Manusky decided by his own decision or with help from the head coach to play the defense safe, a game long prevent defense. You can’t continually rush 3 and put pressure on the QB. Jammer and Cason looked totally different with Rivera and that wasn’t even the pressure package we needed. With Phillips attacking defense these guys Gilchrist included will have 3 times the turnovers they had. Both Offense and Defense depend on line play, and they only look as good as their line does. TEAM

    • BoJackRusso

       @MikeTuck OK Mike, fair enough assessments. I don’t disagree overall.
      However, SOLID is not a word I’d use regarding Jammer. I’s go with something more like ‘serviceable.’  I don’t even dislike him that much, he’s just the best we have. I doubt he’d start on many NFL teams though. While I appreciate the personal issues, I have to believe the only reason he wasn’t benched is that there was no one to replace him with. He has always been inconsistent. Remember his first 3 or 4 years in the league? He was the most penalized DB in the NFL. Then he had a couple decent years. He’s never been close to being a ‘Shut Down Corner’ you expect from a pick as high as he was.
       
      I’ll admit he’s been the victim of some horrendous interference calls, I think his reputation as a mauler of receivers also has something do do with that. I’d say he’s an average corner at best. He’s improved a lot but his first several years in the league were terrible.
       
      Back to today… he no longer has corner skills and should be a safety.  I think he’s one of A.J.’s yes men and that’s why he’s still here.
       
      While I see what you’re saying overall, and I think A.J. had a pretty good draft and FA thus far on the defensive side of the ball, I can’t believe we haven’t gotten a CB yet.
       
      If all goes well, (improved pass rush, etc.) #23 will have a much better season, and you know I sincerely hope he does. In fact I hope Coach Pagano is on the phone with his brother in Baltimore right now talking blitzing schemes!
       
      But regardless, it’s time to consider Jammer’s replacement because we need an upgrade there. Even if everything you hope for rings true (and again, I hope it does) It’s clear QJ has lost a step. I know he’s a long tenured player here; and along with the Charger faithful I have to respect that, but father time gets to everybody.
       
      I can’t see him starting after this season at CB. I do think he’s be a pretty good safety, but it looks like that spot is in good shape right now.
       
      Cheers.

      • PeteSpinning1

         @BoJackRusso  Spot on BJR!!! I couldn’t agree more. I am not saying Jammer is a bad player, but he is far from what I would like to see as a starter for that position on our team. Lack of good depth at CB is the only reason he is a starter. I too am shocked we haven’t addressed this need. Especially, after watching those Jets, Lions, and Packers games last season. We got TORCHED like crispy chicken!!!!

        • biggsybolt

          @PeteSpinning1 @BoJackRusso why did they get torched? Lack of pass rush, like Mike Tuck said above you can’t rush 3 guys against 5 and expect to get pressure, it won’t happen ever. Even Deion Sanders couldn’t cover a WR for 10 seconds.

        • PeteSpinning1

           @biggsybolt  Yeah, they definitely could have used help. Personally, I remember the Jets game. That red-zone posesion where Buress smoked Cason (again) took less than a few seconds to develop. I would agree that if we had applied more pressure earlier in the series, that they might not have been on the doorstep. But, there were more than a handful of quick plays last season where the secondary looked either lost, or completely out-gamed. I’m not just picking on Jammer, either. It was the whole unit.

        • BoogaP

           @PeteSpinning1  @biggsybolt
           Cason had a terrible 2011. Especially in the gm against NYJ.  It was the only gm I got to watch with my dad last year as he was in town.  Jammer had 3 BS calls against him that were absolutely atrocius.
           
          No good reason to have that lead at halftime, get the ball first in the second half, and not win that game.  Our offense, and the playcalling, had a lot to do with that loss as well.
           
          I dont care if you saw it with your own eyes.  I saw it with mine.  My money is on what I saw and what I know.

        • PeteSpinning1

           @BoogaP  Agreed. But 17 passes defensed, and zero INT’s doesn’t exactly shout Shut-Down corner.

        • RMainwaring

           @BoogaP  @PeteSpinning1  @biggsybolt I think the reason I’m so pissed at Cason is that he let one of the players I completely loath (Plaxico Burress) burn him more than once. I’m gonna go out on a limb here and predict that Cason has a solid season this year.

  • MikeTuck

     @BoJackRusso No sweat on the replacement. I was rooting for the kid from Montana because of his size but I personnally loved what I saw from gilchrist last year and feel he’ll end up taking Jammers spot. Gilchrist has shown  he can cover mand has a good feel for reading the QB. With a good rush I can see him having more INT’s than the others this year.

  • MikeTuck

     @BoJackRusso , Petespinning1; Back off the Jammer stuff, #1 the officials keep changing the rules for CB’s and Jammer has always been a bump and run guy. He adjusted got alot of unwarrented calls and unless there’s someone alot better out there he’s been as good as anyonyone we could have picked up. I would have liked to see them pick-up KC’s CB in free agentcy as KC has always had great secoundary players (Chargers not so much). Jammer played solid when we drafted the boy wonder Cromartie. And has stayed put because of his skills. I was his biggest distractor because of his physical style he was called constantly his first year. he adjusted and became our best CB. You can make a case for Cason being sorry too. But Cason and Jammer were a #1 CB’s out of college and played the part for us when we have a pressure package on defense. Point to our DC andHC for that, it’s the gameplanning that has made the secoundary look bad. If any team all around the league gave QB’s as much time as our DL did ( and it wasn’t their fault that the 3-4 was being played like a 4-3 VERY MORONIC) they’d all be all pro QB’s. Wake up and direct your blame where it goes, to lousey coaching from Turners Safe gameplanning to the DC’s constant prevent defenses. Everyone trashes these great players that had us going to the late post season before Smith fired Marty and Turner brought in his team. Gilchrist will be great but not if they play the same D. SOOO Wake up and go back look at the tape and count the time a QB has.

    • PeteSpinning1

       @MikeTuck  @BoJackRusso With all due respect.. I don’t need to back off, wake up, redirect any blame, or watch tape. I watched every game. Some twice, and I remember what happened. That Lions game was a complete meltdown. The game was out of reach before the first half ended. It was dump over the middle, after dump over the middle, after complete pass, without opposition.They didn’t even have a qualified running back that day, and we knew exactly what they were going to do.. pass. I remember just burying my face in my hands. Those plays weren’t taking 8 or 9 seconds to develop because of lack of pass rush (although.. once again… I agree that it didn’t help) It was just bad coverage. I saw it with my own eyes. I realize Stafford & Calvin Johnson are a big-time combo… but, they were shredding even our double coverage. I am a huge Charger fan, but I can’t sit here and pretend that it was ALL Manusky & Norv’s fault. I am a realist. I won’t even get into the Bears & Packer games… we could go on all night.

  • SandyPeisner

    While I’m not crazy about Chargers corner backs, lets face it opposing teams converted 49% of third downs due to the fact that their quarterbacks tied their shoes, made a sandwich, called their wife/girl than completed a pass.Bolts had NO pass rush. The DC had no idea how to use the personal he had.
    I believe with pass rush Jammer , Cason, Gilchrist will be servicable not great but decent.

  • MikeTuck

    Whatever Spinning1 but were stuck with our corners. I for one stand behind them for having to run all over the field chasing W/R’s all year due to a lack of pass rush. You take a beating for that many games knowing the defensive approach was nonsense and still give it your A game. I’d be willing to bet you would have been on the bench by then for your effort. I’ve set and watched the defensive players get slammed for their performance the past couple years after the same personnel had been at the upper to top level in the league. It doesn’t take brilliance to note that the change in management coinsided with the drop off. Phillips wasn’t rushing up to snuff, Jammer was getting burned constantly, there was no push from the middle, the special teams were terrible, mathews was fumbling all over the place and this all happened during Turners rein as coach Huh. I’m a horses ass for thinking jammer was a first rate CB.

    • biggsybolt

      Pete, I did not call you heartless. You happened to spin what I said about your comment of ‘fluff article’ being heartless. Its two different things, a person can make a heartless comment without meaning to. What I took from Acee’s article was that Jammer had some personal problems that he could not get out of his head and held them in. He realized after the death of his friend maybe he should have talked to someone and is now. I apologize if you feel I called you heartless, that was not my intention!

    • RMainwaring

       @MikeTuck Phillips was injured most of the year last year. That’s why he wasn’t the old #95 that we’re used to seeing. Jammer has always been a solid corner that has flown under everyone’s radar. Yeah, he had a down year last season for a number of reasons. If he continues on the downward spiral this season, I will be ready to say maybe he should move to safety or something else but I ain’t gonna give up on him just yet.

    • PeteSpinning1

       @biggsybolt It’s all good. I’m over it. Seems everyone is happy to move on.

  • biggsybolt

    I found this piece on Gilchrist for those of you that have not seen any news on the CBs during OTAs. If you are on twitter you can follow Dan McCellen to get some of the latest bolts news. http://www.cbssports.com/nfl/rapid-reports/post/19206764

    • biggsybolt

      http://web.utsandiego.com/news/2012/jun/04/bolts-defense-draws-early-praise/ Another piece mentioning the young guys in the secondary

      • PeteSpinning1

         @biggsybolt  I saw this one too… I guess I just would like to see Jammer & Cason’s names thrown around in there a little more… although, I am happy our second string is looking sharp.
        I know there weren’t a whole lot of options for CB this year, but part of me was hoping they would at least take a stab at Finnegan, or lock down Florence for a year or two. I know the money probably wasn’t there, but I would love to see someone more reliable opposite Jammer, and rotate Cason & Gilchrist in when they are true starters. They would eventually fill Jammer’s shoes soon enough, anyway. Cason is a starter, so I know that wouldn’t sit right with him, so it’s touchy. But, these guys are our unit, so I hope we get our CB’s best play this year. That would be great, and I would gladly eat humble pie.

  • SandyPeisner

    Wow, never heard so much he said I meant. Agree to disagree. Yes Jammer was distracted last year. personal issues have caused many players a bad year. I agree Jammer has never been shut down corner. He has been a good corner back no superstar. He is getting older and at the end of his tank. hope you can all agree with that. Without a pass rush Night Train Lane, Jack Tatum, Lem Barney all in Hall Of Fame, couldn’t have covered. Bolts do not have shutdown corners, we have serviceable players who with pass rush can get job done.

  • BoJackRusso

    Everybody calm down. We are not going to agree all the time. This is what being a Charger/Football/Sports fan in general is all about. Talking out of our asses and the obvious passion we ALL have for our beloved team. Personally I’d like to see more debate.
    I’ve also been on argumentative forums and had all kinds of dumbass uneducated fans of other teams tell me how stupid I was for pointing out obvious fault or predictions on their teams. I usually keep quiet but we’re all on the same team here. Let’s be Charger fans and not Giants fans! LOL!!
     
    Look, I can’t stand Mike Vick. I still like Tomlinson. I can’t stand Chad Ocho Idiot. I love Philip Rivers. I like Champ Bailey Tim Tebow & Peyton. Rodney Harrison pisses me off. Some of these things I can’t explain; well I could, but that’s kind of the point. I didn’t like Tolbert that much and had a love/hate relationship with VJax. I was OK that he left. We are all going to have favorites and guys we just don’t like. We are all going to have opinions.
     
    Cant we all just get along? LMAO!!
     
    Side note to Biggsy: I semi-like Jammer, certainly don’t hate him, damn sure ain’t the first to suggest he move to safety, but I stand by my word that I believe it’s time to upgrade there.
     
    BTW I do follow the guy at CBS, and unfortunately we are all forced to read Acee (sort of, LOL) who changes his mind every day it seems.
     
    Now everybody shut up and behave yourself or I’ll get my belt!
     
    Oh yeah, #SupportBoltJake #BOLTUP
     

    • biggsybolt

      @BoJackRusso I think the move on Jammer is being made, I see Gilchrist taking over his spot, may not be this season, but that’s how I’m reading in to the moves that were made. Jammer has been good for us for a while, he gets flagged on plays he shouldn’t, the same plays Revis gets a pat on the back for. I can’t remember if it was ’09 or ’10 he was only thrown at 39-40 times, that speaks volumes. BTW go Foothillers!!! ;-)

    • BoogaP

       @BoJackRusso
       With all due respect my friend, practice what you preach. No need to drag this out or play hero. 
       
      I respectfully gave my condolences to Pete.  I also respectfully told him I would no longer reply to his comments. 
       
      He has blocked me on Twitter and that guarantees that he and I will no longer have any communication.  I don’t expect to see any comments from him on any of my articles for obvious reasons.  Unless he is going to drag this out as you did. 
       
      Just being honest Matt.  You should have my # if you wanna talk about it.
       
       
      BoltUp

      • BoJackRusso

         @BoogaP C’mon man, I was mostly kidding up there. I got up in the middle of the night and saw a gazillion Emails on my Yahoo about all the back and forth here. It was a pleasant surprise and kind of funny reading it all after the fact.
         
        Not being a hero, goofing off mostly, but it did seem to me Pete was just holding his ground and he got jumped on a little, just my opinion.
         
        I don’t know his Twitter name but if I did I’d try to smooth it over with you all.
         
        Sadly the internet is like real life, even though words are written in an intelligent manner, misunderstandings can happen or misinterpretations, and/or emotions can get heated. We all have more in our lives than football and a blog or website.
         
        Hell, write to him here and mention it! I love BoltBeat myself. He’ll see it.
         
        I guess, even though I’m not sure it’s really warranted I could apologize for ‘dragging it out’ but there was about 30 comments before I came back to it. It kinda looked like a healthy debate to me, I was just on the outside looking in and saw it second hand if you will after it all went down, so to speak.
         
        Therefore it is a misrepresentation to attach any dragging it out to me, you all had your own thing going on when I wasn’t even here. I was just making light of it so everybody could walk away happy ’til the next time. I figured it was probably still going on. I didn’t know anybody’s feelings were hurt for real. I know I haven’t said anything derogatory except talking a little mess about Cason and Jammer.
         
        Anyway, we have to keep laughing, always remember that.
         
        I WILL, however, drag this bit out… gents, I have gone through a divorce and thought about suicide many times, and my boy was just a little guy then, and he was basically taken away from me and it was bitter and not pretty by a long shot. I sympathize with Quentin, I just want my team to win from a selfish point of view.
        But pro athletes are human beings with emotion and hurt like the rest of us, often with even deeper emotion and fortitude that got them where they are. Life is never easy.
         
        Thus endeth my rant; almost.
         
        Biggsy, up yours. I can’t believe we come from the same home town! LOL! SCREW your Hillers! Foothillers Suck! You do know that Grossmont is at the foothills (On the other side of the freeway of course) of Mt. Helix? Why hang out there when you can go to the TOP of the mountain? Go Helix!! Go HIGHLANDERS!
        Once a Scottie always a Scottie! Go SCOTTIES!
        Let the trash talking begin!
         
        And Booga, I just changed my mind. I AM a hero. I’m a SUPERHERO. I’m going to make an outfit and a cape this afternoon. We’ll make a movie and you can write the script. My superhero name will be GOODGUY!! LOL
         
        Everybody chill the f#*k out and laugh a little. It’s just the internet. No need to get upset all that much, unless we are on a Raiders site! Even then, it’s so much easier to laugh at them than to get mad.
         
        I love everybody!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
         
        BTW Booga, I don’t have your number, but I thought I gave you mine, actually a bit surprised you haven’t called me yet!
         

        • BoogaP

           @BoJackRusso  @BoogaP
           Oh BoJack, love ya bro.  I still disagree w/ a good portion of your authentic frontier jibberish.  But to show you I hold no ill will towards you or anyone……
           
          509-301-5838.  If I don’t answer please leave your name, screen name, or Twitter name.  I am going to do an article in the near future about the calls and voicemails. THis should be ridiculously fun!!
           
          If that doesn’t show that I have no hard feelings for ANYONE, not sure that I can do anything more.
           
          Dad, if you are reading this, yes, this is completely idiotic.  But, it is nothing that I can’t handle! You now that better than anyone!
           
          Let the games begin!

        • PeteSpinning1

           @BoJackRusso  Seriously!!! It was all just good debate to me. Once the name-calling and excommunications started happening.. well… I still don’t understand that, I guess. This stuff should never get personal, unless someone talks about your mother, or something.. lol. Can’t wait for more good debates! Thanks for sharing your perspective. Funny… you took everything I was feeling, and put it perfectly. God Bless = )

        • BoJackRusso

           @BoogaP Authentic frontier jibberish! LMAO I love it.  Dude, I’s give you a ring right now but I’m watching a movie with my Mamma Bo. Left the same message at Twitter. might be able to call in a while, but I’ve got to get back in the other room. The whip is cracking! Cheers guys. Glad everybody is all good.
           
          Frontier jibberish. You’re going to pay for that, just not now. I’ve got my eye on you you bastard!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! You’re in trouble! LOL.

        • BoogaP

           @BoJackRusso
           ;) Can’t wait buddy!!!

  • PeteSpinning1

    How are you going to say in front of everyone that I am stupid, ignorant, and mindless… and that you are done with me… and then act like I slammed the door on you for dropping you from my Twitter? Why would you even care? Were we going to kiss and make up? Did I ruin that? Maybe I missed something.Makes no sense. Twitter ain’t that big a deal, so don’t get too hurt about it. I don’t even use Twitter, and was only on there to support you in the first place, along with Ernie & Randy. I don’t play games, and am a grown ass man. If you want to excommunicate me over this trivial BS, that’s unfortunate, but that’s your right… and yeah… it’s best we keep our distance, in that case. I promise to keep off your articles from now on, unless you address me by name, or insinuation. In which case you can expect me to retort. But, for the sake of being adults, let’s just keep each others names out of our mouths.

    • BoogaP

       @PeteSpinning1
      If I offended you with my condolences and honesty than I apologize.  Apparently you aren’t the only one that feels as though they have been misinterpreted.
       
      We both had different opinions of the other before this article.  No worries.  :)
       
      I said what I said about your interview because I meant it. :)
       
      My phone number is later in the comments if you need to “prove it’s best we keep our distance.”  Maybe we can meet by the monkeybars as two grown ASS men at recess. wow.  
       
      We disagree and I accept full “grown ass man” responsibilty for that.  This is my fault.  I obviously am the one in the wrong here.  And for that I apologize.  As far as Twitter.  I know why you followed and Im sorry to have ruined that as well.  Please remember that there is no inflection in texting, tweeting, or commenting. If I was reading it I would probably take it the wrong way.
       
      Although I would totally hug it out, I would never ask for a kiss.  That’s just siiilly! ;P
       
       
       
       
       
       

      • PeteSpinning1

         @BoogaP I can squash it if you can. Agreed?

        • BoogaP

           @PeteSpinning1
           Agreed.  You have my number if you ever want to see where I was coming from. If not, Im cool.  we’re cool.
           
          By the way, myself, Randy, and Biggsybolt are holding an open invite defensive thread tonight.  You in?
           
          Thank you for being the bigger man.  Yes, I agree that it is squashed……
           
          let’s see…. how do I end every single article???? Oh yeah….
           
          BOLTUP!!!
           
          Thx Pete! I appreciate it. :)

        • PeteSpinning1

           @BoogaP No worries. I have been on a lot of chat-boards in my time, as I network a lot. (not just sports ones). I am experienced enough to know that when two people let something like this get out of hand, that it just breeds negativity. This blew over pretty quick, and I think we have a better understanding of each other. So, I am going to kick it to the curb. I think I know where you are coming from, and vice-versa. I will call you, but not today, or about this. I’ll save that call for a better conversation, if that’s OK with you? I entered your # into my phone, and will text you, so that you have mine. I’m sure that, like me, you are a Chexting madman, once the season starts.. lol. Play by play text reaction, I’m sure ; )
          Chexting is my favorite part of the season. I love communicating with fellow fans & friends during games!
           
          Thanks for turning this around. I was disappointed that you were gonna ignore me. I just got here, and was starting to feel comfortable, and last night almost derailed that. Two fans like us should never intentionally drive a wedge between a new friendship. Especially, when it was going so well. And yes, I was going to keep reading your articles. And yes, I was also going to post anyway… lol. That’s just how I roll. You would have to ban me from the site.
           
          I may join yall in the defensive thread tonight. It depends on if I can get all my BS handled before the day is done. I’m going out of town for a couple of weekends this month, and today is my last day to get my affairs in order. I appreciate the invite, either way.
           
          BTW- Condolences, were well received, and didn’t offend me at all. In fact, I almost never talk about it openly. That was a first for me. I have just been through total darkness, and come out a stronger, more grateful, and more patient soul for it. At this point, I don’t get emotional when I’m alone in the shower anymore, and can offer help to those around me, when they go through similar situations. However, Charger games aren’t what they used to be without my pops, if you know what I mean. I might actually weep when we win the SB, cuz I wish he could be here to see it with me.
           
          I bet Jammer does bounce back. That is how the dynamic human spirit operates. BoJacks is right… I just have this selfish desire for the Bolts to win… and this year, it appears to be make or break. I know that we all have our gripes about coaches, GM’s, and players… but, ideally, I would love to see this group BRING IT, & WIN NOW! It would be more than feel-good, and send a message to everyone that we aren’t mediocre or the disappointment of the AFC West.
           
          So, happy Sunday, and you have my continued support.
           
          Bolt UP!!!
           

    • BoogaP

       @PeteSpinning1
       (In Jim Carrey Dumb and Dumber voice)  So you’re saying there’s a chance….. you’ll still read my articles?  I mean, you wouldn’t have any idea if I insinuated anything or addressed the grown ass man Pete without reading them right? (Im just trying to soften the situation. :)  )
       
      I’m not sure that any of us have acted like grown ass men during what was supposed to be a funny article. Again, I assume FULL RESPONSIBILITY for this getting out of hand.  This is clearly my fault and I am honestly sorry.  You are a valued commenter here at BoltBeat.  If you weren’t, I wouldn’t have asked you for an interview.  I know you hadn’t commented but a few times.  I could tell you know your stuff.  Please feel free to call me and yell at me on the phone. I deserve it.
       
      Dave
       
       

  • BoogaP

    This comment is to everyone… Please read the title again!! LMAO!
     
    I obviously had something completely different in mind when I wrote this article!!! LOL!
     
    I am more than man enough to say that I am the reason it got out of hand. AND FOR THAT i APOLOGIZE.

  • RMainwaring

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  • MikeTuck

     @PeteSpinning1 I’m glad your a Chargers fan and you have every right to your oppinion. Jammer has been and still is the #1 CB on the Boltz, Gilchrist is learning fast and will sooner than later take his spot. But Jammer being average and being blamed for the last few years along with the other D players is absurb. The bigger picture tells the story and the HC and DC did the damage to our D’s credibility. Instead of looking at film and trying to play your players to their strenghths they were keyholed into a prevent style that failed miserably. Jammers Divorce is personnal and his play is what counts. Pagano has known Jammer for quite a few years now and I think he will be inspired enough to have a turn around year if they go back to their 3-4 attack mentality. Time will tell about oppinions and that’s all we have right now. Lets hope for the best, Jammer would have been waved if Pagano knew he wasn’t good.

  • MikeTuck

     @biggsybolt I had no doubt at all that Gilchrist would not only improve but will become the #1 guy by next season. Watching him use the time he had at playing when our Dline was attacking told me all there was to know. his reactions to the QB were spot on and he didn’t take any big chances. For me I’m hoping this guy is our next Byrd. Cason I really like too but his hands our not that of a reciever. I hope he learns to grab the ball first then run.

    • biggsybolt

       @MikeTuck I would love for Gilchrist to be a Gil Byrd style CB. We have missed having an elite CB since he left.

  • MikeTuck

     @PeteSpinning1 , Booga & all Charger fans, we agree to disagree, these last few years were hard to handle after the Marty years and Turner and Smith have to prove themselves this year. Smith for one did a great job upgrading our LB’s and some other spots. Pete even Smith understood that he had to do something about the lack of pressure so he got help. We were 8 deep only 6 or so years ago. We’ll see on the CB issue but lets not take things that personnal. Results are the answer to oppinions and we have to wait for that. So just hang in there and stick together. played haven’t played we all are coach QB’s here when it comes to following the Chargers so lets wait and see.

  • MikeTuck

     @SandyPeisner Yes Jammer was a bump and run in your face CB that they didn’t like disrupting their routes. Shutdowns is a bunch of nonsense as any CB can be beat. Rivers went at Denvers CB’s and beat up on both. It’s team work and we were missing part of the equasion. Gichrist shows alot of promise at being the kind of CB Byrd was and that’s all good. Wright is now getting some praise in OTA’s but we’ll see when real competitors start raining down. I hope we are 4 deep at CB, and Pagano can put the attack back in the 3-4. Then with 4 good CB’s we’ll be seeing alot more turnovers.

    • SandyPeisner

       @MikeTuck Mike I agree with you. My point is with no pass rush no CB is going to play well. You can only cover for so long. I don’t think Denver has Revis type corner. If Pagano can get heat sacks, pressure on opposing QB are CB will be fine. I t would be great to find a Byrd type CB. But pass rush will be huge diffrence

  • MikeTuck

     @BoJackRusso , Booga & Biggsy; I love the passion we all have for the Chargers and this is not a bad thing, the bad thing is Turner doesn’t show the same passion ( notice I said show ) but if Bisaccia has the passion I presume he has he’ll fill in to fire up our guys like no one else has. Jammers personnal life is just that, and Jack you might be right on Jammer being on the downhill side but I’ll wait until our defense plays as a whole to decide. This guy has been our CB leader for a long time and at first I didn’t care for his style but he has been effective as hell when phillips style 3-4 was in order. he’s not the kind of CB your going to say wow at. He’s our Lester the Molester and I for 1 hope he proves he’s still got it. That would mean the team is deeper and that is what it’s all about. But until our DC can scheme to put pressure on opposing QB’s then lets just give Jammer the benefit of the doubt, I think he’s earned that. And like I told Pete, if Jammer was that bad I think they would have waived him, Pagano has seen this guy for quite some time now.

  • MikeTuck

     @RMainwaring Me to Randy, I just think the way they’ve run the 3-4 the last few years our LB’s,S, and DL haven’t been used to put pressure on the Defense. Phillips although hurt spent alot of time dropping into the passing lanes and LaBoy providing the blitze. That means Phillips wasn’t being used to his strengths.

  • MikeTuck

     @BoogaP Better use your Nicholson Anger management Voice. I hope that Pagano and Bisaccia can come off like this myself.

  • MikeTuck

    @Pete Unfortunately ( I’m not sure as I haven’t attended any ) I think the OTA’s are for the young guys and new ones to show off. I imagine once that training camp starts you’ll see more. I think that’s the tension right there, were all ready for a little football and we grasping for anything. It’ll get here God willing. I think our secoundary will be hugely improved with the depth at Safety, then if we can be 4 strong at CB we’ll be there.