Jan 1, 2012; Oakland, CA, USA; Oakland Raiders receiver Denarius Moore (17) is pursued by San Diego Chargers cornerback Quentin Jammer (23) on a 78-yard reception at the O.co Coliseum. The Chargers defeated the Raiders 38-26. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee/Image of Sport-US PRESSWIRE

Does Quentin Jammer Have Any Gas Left In The Tank?

Does Quentin Jammer have anything left? It is a question that a lot of Chargers fans have going into the season.

Some of his struggles from last season were due to the lack of pass rush. Some struggles were due to the baggage he had to carry off the field while going through a divorce. Some of those struggles may have been due to age. Jammer just turned 33 years old last month and concerns are rising on if he is still able to be a cover corner in the league.

There is a lot of noise from Chargers fans to convert him into a strong safety. He is a big hitter and seems to posses the attributes of a good safety. He wouldn’t have to run stride for stride with the speedy receivers and you could keep his experience on the field. The fans may want it, but Coach Norv Turner feels otherwise. He has repeated over and over that Jammer is a corner in this league.

Last season, Jammer finished with one of his worst seasons of his career. He struggled particularly against speedy receivers like Oakland WR Denarius Moore. They beat him on deep passes and they made him look old and slow on the field. It was a struggle to watch teams complete long passes on him.

We need a bounce back year this season. The added muscle up front of Melvin Ingram and Jarret Johnson should be helpful. If coach Pagano runs a new defensive scheme that likes to put pressure on the quarterback, that will also help. The defensive unit should be much stronger this season, but it will not hide Jammer if he has lost a step. Teams will be sure to test out Jammer and he will have to step up to the challenge.

We need Jammer to dip into the fountain of youth in order to give us some confidence. This is a big year for the defense and he will be one of the guys to pay close attention to. If he stumbles out of the blocks, then the youngsters, Marcus Gilchrist and Shareece Wright, will be nipping at his heels for playing time.

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  • JonVivian

    As for the poll about weather the bolts have a killer instinct – I think it is more of a problem of playing down to their opponents, historically speaking. The chargers usually always play good motivated football against the good teams, then take a crap against teams they should beat. That fact makes me kind of happy about their killer schedule this year, doesn’t look like too many weak teams to take a crap against…..

    • http://boltbeat.com/ epadaon

       @JonVivian i know what you mean… tired of the team playing at the level of the competition. we should never keep some of those games as close as they end up being!

  • boltsfan1972

    I think Jammer has one or two more seasons in him . I will stand by this notion until I’m proven wrong . No one can cover for 15-20 seconds not even Revis . I think improved pocket pressure will help him greatly. I’m calling for him to have 4-5 INT’s
    This is our year!!!

    • http://boltbeat.com/ epadaon

       @boltsfan1972 how many seasons could we get if he switched over to safety? his career high is 4 interceptions… hope he surpasses that this year

      • boltsfan1972

        @epadaon I think he is at peace with his self now. I think he thinks he’s got something prove to himself and us as fans .

  • pels04

    It may be that hes been in the league for 10 yrs but after reading his interviews you can see that the divorce really affected him & his play. I also believe him when he says “This will probably be my best year. I owe it to the team. I owe it to Norv, who was one of my biggest supporters. He was there, he stood by me, just knowing what I was going through. I owe him and my teammates a great year.” C’mon Jammer we need you!!

    • http://boltbeat.com/ epadaon

       @pels04 NEED HIM! 

  • Bleu

    qjam aint neve ben a top corner in my opinion the onky thing he can do is tackle. to many penalties, took slow, bad ball skills. the cb position is always our weakest part of our defense. time for a change. in a pass happy league a cb is very important. we need to focus trying to find a shutdown corner. we need to draft better. I dont like any of the cb we have on our roster as of rite now. none of them have a very high ceiling. that is an area we need to focus on improving for the next few seasons. just being honest.

    • http://boltbeat.com/ epadaon

       @Bleu honeybadger!

  • charger17/tkc

    If jammer and cason dont show up this year the d will be in trouble. But i think with a revamped D-line and backers itll take some pressure of the CBs!!!!!!  Just a random thought, doesnt jammers helmet look a lil small or something his facemask is on his eyes lol. #Boltup

    • http://boltbeat.com/ epadaon

       @charger17/tkc his helmet always seems small

  • Bolts_NFL_music

    Well 1st of all I wanna say, thank god that we´ll concentrate more on pocket pressure this season – this is a damn good thing. But I think Jammer wants to show us all that he´s still got it. So for this season I won´t be worried too much. But of course for next season A.J. (or his successor?) has to focus on gettin´ more depth at the CB position.

  • Chargertom

    He got lots of gas.He eats his Wheaties! Beans too!

    • http://boltbeat.com/ epadaon

       @Chargertom hahahaha

  • arnie

    move him to strong Safety. the Chargers have been lacking leadership at a position that knows when to give help over the top. Knows how to align the DB’s and make sure they’re in position. As well, Jammer knows how to play the run, tackle, an hit. whether this is his last year at the position or not, is unimportant. what is? Do the Chargers have someone to step in and improve the performance of the position. if not, we’re better with jammer than without him. 

  • MikeTuck

    Man I don’t know? Why don’t you have one of your writers, the bigger the better line up across from him. Give Jammer a break, if there’s one Charger that sees what Smith has given the team and doesn’t come back with a BLAST FROM THE PAST it’s Jammer. And nobody deserves a shot at the SB than he does. For the younger fans that haven’t been around a long time CB wasn’t ever a stregth of the Chargers and Jammer though not spectacular was steady and teams started respecting that side a lot more. He can really rough up a reciever and wear him out. The pass rush gets to the level we became use to Jammer just might make Gilchrist wait another year. I love Gilchrist though. But lets not sell him short, especially after 2 years of bad coaching and a divorce. That’s enough to fire anyone up.