Jan 7, 2013; Miami, FL, USA; Notre Dame Fighting Irish linebacker Manti Te

Not On Manti Te'o Bandwagon Yet

Bolt Family, as you already know, Donald Butler recently reacted publicly to the Manti Te’o selection by Tom Telesco in this year´s NFL draft.

According to U-T San Diego, Butler doesn´t share the public enthusiasm about the Chargers´ second round pick at this point. He doesn´t know to much about the young linebacker as he hasn´t met him yet and didn´t follow his games in college.

“I think a lot of people are jumping to conclusions,” Butler said this week. “He has to come in and prove himself as a starter. Obviously, it would be nice — that’s why you draft someone in the second round. We don’t know how he’s going to be in the NFL. I hope he comes in and he’s a superstar. Hopefully we can create something that will carry us for the next four, five, six years.

“I’m looking forward to him coming in and being excited to work. From what I’ve heard, that is what he likes to do: humble guy who wants to come in and just work and really hone his craft.”

I think that´s an accurate way to look at this situation.

Sure, Te’o had a great college career. He led Notre Dame in tackles the past three seasons and is one of the most decorated college football players in history. He won seven national awards and was second in the Heisman Trophy race last year. Te’o is only the third defensive player to receive the Walter Camp Award and he became the first defensive player to win the Maxwell Award since 1980, ending a string of nine straight quarterbacks. But we all know in what kind of bizarre, weird and also very embarrassing story he was involved with; and in January this year, this story became public. It surely was a tough time for him and now he will have to face again some comments and questions by the media about this drama and of course also by his teammates.

“I’m sure he’ll get some jabs,” Butler said. “But that comes with being a rookie. He might get a little more because of his situation, but I’m sure he’s man enough to handle it and really grow from it. I don’t think it’s going to be anything over-the-top. It’ll be your normal rookie jokes.”

General Manager Tom Telesco and the Chargers weren´t bothered too much by the scrutiny Te’o has been under, when they pulled the trigger in on the top linebacker prospect out of the University of Notre Dame.

“Obviously not. We took him,” Telesco said. “We did our due diligence. All that stuff is not a concern to us. So we’re just really, really excited to get him here. He took that Notre Dame program and kind of raised the talent level of the whole program. He was the undisputed leader there. We saw that.

“As a player, as a playmaker, he’s instinctive. We can’t wait to get him on the field.”

I hope Telesco is right, because he moved up seven spots in the second round to grab the college star linebacker at No. 38. The Bolts received the 38th overall pick from the Arizona Cardinals, in exchange for their second- (No. 45) and fourth-round (No. 110) picks.
I have to admit, the loss of that fourth round selection still hurts a bit, as we would´ve been able to use this 110th overall pick to bring in a solid starting caliber at nose tackle or outside linebacker.

But whatever, I´m fine with Manti Te´o but I also have to agree with Donald Butler: Get him in and let him prove himself first. He has to earn his respect in the NFL.

But I´m pretty confident that we´re going to experience a tough beast tandem behind the defensive line in the next few years.

Bolt Family, feel free to share your thoughts about Manti Te´o in the comments section below.

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  • tubbs45

    Lets roll him out on to the field and let’s see what he’s got. High performer in college, hope he keeps working hard stays off the TMZ circuit. Love The Butlers perspective and expectations…. I see a C is his future!

  • veazy

    I already hate how people are already hopping on his nuts and buying his jersey. I wonder how many dumbasses bought Royal and Meachem jerseys?

    • http://boltbeat.com/ Ernie Padaon

      I am with you on that. I would t go to that extent. Would want to see how he plays first… Even though I am one that has a Mathews jersey … Sigh

      • tubbs45

        Better than a Leaf jersey x1000

      • MC Boltman

        You´re not the only one with that #24 jersey. But who knows, maybe he´ll surprise us all with a great season. I surely would be fine with that :)

  • http://twitter.com/BReisinger86 Brandon Reisinger

    I think he will be a very solid addition. He is very instinctive and that’s one of if not the most important attribute of an ILB and also something that you really can’t teach someone. I expect him to develop well and probably be a pro bowler in the next few years

    • MC Boltman

      Totally agree on that one. He has also a cool personality, which good for the locker room back there. Guess Tom Telesco made the right decision.

  • Cgoodness13

    This is what I think

    • MC Boltman

      Lol, guess his opponents next season will see another side of him :) – hopefully!

  • Cgoodness13

    And just for the the political humor

  • JoseSD

    Well no shit, no one should be guaranteed their spot. I think that was one of the problems with Norvell. You would see no accountability nor repercussion for lack of production on the field. I know with the offensive line we had no one to turn to so you couldn’t expect much there, but once Haslam took the LT position there was no inclination that Harris could replace Clary, when Cason was constantly beat you didn’t see Gilchrist or Wright step in, for the first half of the season before DX came in and it was obvious Meachem was worthless he was still used like a #1 WR. I think that’s also some of what Mathews meant when he said the team was complacent, there was no real competition, you knew the depth chart before training camp. T’eo shouldn’t just be handed the starting job he needs to show he can play in this league. once he starts making plays and impacting games people won’t care about the catfish crap. There’s lots of worse off field situations in sports Kobe has won 2 championships after his rape scandal , Tiger Woods is back to his #1 ranking, Vick came back after the dog fighting scandal. All anyone really cares about is that you ball out when you’re on the field

  • shane

    butler’s comments are getting way too much attention (a couple of articles on here). Even if the guy is a first rounder, short of being a franchise qb, and even then every player has to come in and earn his stripes. Butler said exactly what he’s supposed to say. This in no way mean he’s “not on manti’s bandwagon”. He sounds stoked to have the guy. They’re gonna kill it.

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

      No player has to be on this guy’s “bandwagon”. If he’s good and plays well, then he will be fine with the rest of his teammates. I mean, no one is getting on the Fluker “bandwagon”. He is our first round pick.

  • Ioane

    Manti is already the best iLB in the roster that can play next to Butler. We have ourself a very good problem.

    On a side note. I looked over our roster and we actually have a solid core oF star players and soon to be star players. In excited for this season.

    • MC Boltman

      Yeah I really look forward to seeing that beast tandem in the middle get to work!

  • Tom Spalsbury

    I’m fully on Manti Te’o’s Bandwagon. I think Donald Butler is afraid Manti is going to out shine him.

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

    Has there ever been anyone that played well in college–really well- and bombed in the NFL? If yes, then be glad he has to prove himself or ride the bench or get out. If no, then yes, I guess Butler’s statements might bother you.

    I heard a short bit by Mike Tomlin, I believe, about how it’s going in their rookie camp. He said they did better than yesterday, meaning they had some difficulty on the first day. They have a lot to learn in the NFL. New coaches, new schemes, even the language and the play calling, the rules, etc..

  • http://boltbeat.com/ ChargerGirl Cindi

    He is a great addition to the D. I agree on holding off on the bandwagon. Save it for his first pick six.

    • MC Boltman

      Oh yeah, can´t wait to this play – bring it on #boltup

  • davacho

    while i believe that all aspects of a player’s life affect play on the field (we are only human), this “catfishing” business is old news. drop it out of the discussion as to how he will play come next season. look at the tape, look at the intangibles and be confident that he has a lot to prove. i think we’re going to have a hell of a good time watching him do it too.

  • Skylar Riehemann

    He has no reason to be on his bandwagon! Hasn’t played a single snap yet. Im hoping by week 5 Butler is driving the bandwagon!