Aug 2, 2012; San Diego, CA, USA; San Diego Chargers defensive line coach Don Johnson during training camp at Charger Park. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports

Phase One: Strength and Conditioning


“We want to be really big as a staff on technique and fundamentals” – Chargers’ new strength and conditioning coach, Kent Johnston.

Johnston may sound like Crash Davis coaching Ebby Calvin “Nuke” Laloush on how to talk to reporters in Bull Durham, but the truth is, fundamentals are something that the Chargers have to get back to. The Norv-era Chargers neglected fundamentals like blocking and special teams, just to name a few. The Chargers have left Norv in the rear-view mirror, and are driving their players back to, fundamentally solid, football.

The new workout room is specifically designed to the goals of the team with each player knowing their strength and conditioning goals from day-to-day. The new staff is being meticulous in order to turn around a franchise that has under performed for too long.By planting a solid foundation in strength and conditioning, with the new workout equipment brought in by a fresh staff, McCoy and staff are preparing the Chargers for a new regime. A regime that will not settle for Gaither-type “injuries”, Matthews fumbilitis, or an offensive line that doesn’t protect.

After the Norv-era, Chargers’ fans are apprehensive about jumping all in with Telesco and McCoy. As much as we would all like to find out how the season is going to turn out by hopping into a Delorean with Marty and Doc, we have to have faith and take one day at a time with the new staff. After viewing players working out during phase one with t-shirts with the quote “Do your job!” on the back, a new era of Chargers football is upon us and San Diego should be electrified.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/lostkiara Stefanie Smith

    This looks like a positive for the team. Getting back to fundamentally sound football. Seriously. And another thing that is a positive is the Spanos family is in on it. The older one said it himself–he feels more enthused.

    Shocking as a side note – that this was overlooked in the Norv days. They didn’t do this stuff?

    And these little sheets telling them what they have to do each session will hold them accountable. This is good. I just looked at the Chargers’ video on this Kent Johnston. He said it all. Each position has certain skills. They’re not looking for power lifters, they’re looking for conditioning that is unique to each position. This is sort of particularized conditioning geared towards the position.

    He did say these guys are being trained in stuff that they haven’t done before. Wow. That was a revelation.

    He is going to turn them into some serious bad asses.

    • http://boltbeat.com/ Ernie Padaon

      I know right. Status quo. That is what we were all about! Status quo… Meaning just keep on sucking

      • http://www.facebook.com/lostkiara Stefanie Smith

        When I saw the video, it was positive. The guy was all jazzed about it. They have that banner up in the weight room.. all new and ready to go. They are trying to psych up the guys. That is a good thing.

    • http://twitter.com/NativSanDiegan Paul Kokal

      I’m with you on this one. Can’t believe Norv overlooked fundamentals. No wonder no one developed & improved! Looking at Troutman at guard, he seems very passionate about football (one point Tom stressed for his type of player) and he allowed zero sacks in his college career. I think we’ll be pleasantly surprised at some of our younger players’ development. Saw the video too. Seems to know what he’s doing and very well spoken. Refreshing to actually hear a coach talk; no gag order from paranoid GM.
      nativesandiegan

      • Cgoodness13

        He was the bench champ in his draft, should be a damn good pass blocker, though I read into him, he’s a bit slow getting into the 2nd level, so we might have to avoid doing anything fancy like sweeps or screens on what ever side he plays at.

        • arnie

          for cryin’ out loud, preach! LOL

        • Cgoodness13

          But when was the last time norv ever called anything like that? Saw a trap once but that’s pulling inside with a tackle.

    • arnie

      Read. it is not surprising to me at all. this was an ongoing issue in his first HC gig, and ignored. injuries followed him. not bad luck. just a a simple lack of understanding of a HC duties, and how to make Championship football team.

      “..Injuries also slowed the offense. Three starters were lost for the season and several other played hurt, and the reconstituted offensive line had its worst day Sunday. However, injuries couldn’t for unforced errors such as dropped balls, missed blocks and bad snaps…”

      http://abcnews.go.com/Sports/story?id=100127&page=1#.UWEaTY48iQw
      as you read the article, replace redskins with Chargers.

  • arnie

    THANK YOU BRETT! YOU HIT IT ON THE HEAD!!!!!
    “…The Norv-era Chargers neglected fundamentals like blocking and special teams, just to name a few. The Chargers have left Norv in the rear-view mirror, and are driving their players back to, fundamentally solid, football.”

    what can i say? except, THANK YOU BRETT!!!
    LADIES GENTELMEN, BRETT ASHMUN “TELLIN’ IT LIKE IT IS!
    WOOHOO!!!!