A Faster and More Athletic Donald Butler

Mandatory Credit: Mark L. Baer-US PRESSWIRE

Donald Butler had an excellent season in the middle of the Chargers defense last year and we expect him to keep getting better with maturity and familiarity with the league. His first year in the league had to be put on hold because of an Achilles injury and he gave the fans confidence with his play last season. Achilles injuries take a while to heal up and we can expect a faster and more athletic linebacker this season:

“I knew I had lost a step. Honestly, there were times where I felt like, between the Achilles and a calf strain, I was playing on one leg,” Butler said. “You learn from a guy like Takeo, especially when it comes to similar experiences like this, and he teaches you how to play through the tough times.

“Now I’m better. I feel like I have my step back. It takes a year to a year-and-a-half to get back to full strength. My confidence level is sky high right now. I feel great and during these OTAs I’m trying to gain an even better grasp on the system.” (North County Times)

A better Donald Butler? The whole season starting in the middle will give him more familiarity with the league and now he will have both legs to get him to the ball. With his knowledge of the system and his knowledge of the league, added with a more speed and more agility, Butler could become an even bigger play maker for this team. He made some nice things happen last season and I can’t wait to see what he does this season.

I still remember that ball that he ripped out of Dustin Keller’s hands and ran back for a score. It is one of the most memorable plays of the season!

Def Interceptions Fumbles Tackles
Year GS Sk Int Yds TD Lng PD FF Fmb FR Yds TD Tkl Ast
2011 16 2.0 1 2 0 2 2 2 0 1 37 1 75 19
Career 16 2.0 1 2 0 2 2 2 0 1 37 1 75 19
Provided by Pro-Football-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 6/7/2012.

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  • BReisinger86

    Butler is the the man!! I’m super excited about a lot of the young talent we have on this team!

    • BoogaP

       @BReisinger86
       Great point bro.  Mike Tuck commented in an article, cant remember which one, but we now have started to fill this team with promising young talent.  It is a shame that we might have wasted the last two yrs of Rivers prime to poor decisions.
       
      Our youth will prove to be our strength sooner rather than later.

      • BReisinger86

         @BoogaP I don’t think Rivers has hit his prime yet, I think hes going to walk into Oakland on opening day, cover himself in Kerosene and light a F@#&ing match and all we see the wrath of Rivers!! In all seriousness though i think he is playing with a chip on his shoulder this year and knows he is fighting for his coaches job and hes gonna take his already stellar play to a lever we have never seen before, keep it going for the next 7-8 years and retire a 1st ballot HOFer!!

        • BReisinger86

           @BoogaP With 3 superbowl rings……. ; )

        • RMainwaring

           @BReisinger86  @BoogaP And Norv will climb out from the depths of hell and be coach of the decade!……oops…is that too much?

        • BReisinger86

           @RMainwaring  @BoogaP Not at all man! Shoot high, need to compensate for gravity 

        • BoogaP

           @BReisinger86
           This comment is why you need to wear the hat.
           
          You are aware that the “prime” of a player’s career lasts about 4-6 years right?  Smh.
           
          Ahhh, young Brando. I get what you’re trying to say. BoltUp

      • PeteSpinning1

         @BoogaP You know… I am super excited to see this defense this year! But, I am SO on the edge of my seat to see what we can do with Floyd, Meachem, Royal, and Brown! Also, with a healthy Gates, a new stud @ TE by the name of Ladarius Green.. and McClain & Mathews? If the O-Line plays like it did at the end of the season… I can’t IMAGINE that we don’t have one of the most prolific offenses in the league this season!

  • RMainwaring

    The thing that really sucks about that game is that we still lost.. Awesome play though.

    • http://boltbeat.com/ epadaon

       @RMainwaring stop bringing up old stuff!!1 DANG IT! if we only had one more win!

      • RMainwaring

         @epadaon Couldn’t help it. It still hurts!

    • PeteSpinning1

       @RMainwaring That game was the most deplorable of the entire season, IMO. Even worse than Rivers botched snap! After Rex Ryan gave Turner the equivalent of a media bitch-slap before the game, and Norv just doing his usual “I’m not going to dignify that with a response” pussy move… we blew a HUGE lead going into the half, in what was the worst performance by our CB’s all season (although the Detroit game was a close second).
      For once, I would just like to see Norv look dead-pan into the camera, and say “Go eff yourselves, losers”. Even if we lost, it would make my day, and gain all of my respect.
       
      But, yeah… Butler’s play was awesome in that game! They should watch out tackling him from behind like that.. it would have put a damper on the TD if he would have gotten a game ending injury during the celebration… yikes!

  • boltsfan1972

    Is that the guy that did not make the top 10 chargers of 2011?

    • BReisinger86

       @boltsfan1972 You beat that dead horse!! LOL!

    • http://boltbeat.com/ epadaon

       @boltsfan1972 hahaha… no this is a different guy.. he is faster and more athletic.. has two legs

      • Chargersfan4life

         @epadaon make a top 10 chargers of all time! :)

  • biggsybolt

    I expect huge things from Butler this season. I also hope Mouton has the same type of year that Butler had last. Booga and I were talking earlier about both of them being able to learn under Spikes and having a full off season, It will be huge for both of them youngsters!

  • VargasM

    Interesting in that video. Was he about to do Tonlinson’s ball flip celebration?

    • http://boltbeat.com/ epadaon

       @VargasM i think he is… they were jarring back and forth during that game. you can see some of the talk in this vid: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bQ1AEHLsjek

  • Chargersfan4life

    I cant wait till the season starts!!!!!!!! so pumped!!!! 

  • BoogaP

    #SupportBoltJake

  • MikeTuck

    I thought Butler was the man last year. If he keeps inproving he’s going to be around this club along time. I’d like to see him be groomed into the leader up front and be authoritive in getting our defense set up. I’m rooting for him.

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