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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