All work, and no play makes Jack a dull Charger boy.
Hi Folks…… it’s the offseason. The time when readers, and writers alike, get to rehash every tid-bit of information, as if it were a CIA secret. We get pictures, but the players aren’t really doing much more than running around with their new jerseys on.
That’s why I decided to do this article about some players who will be “All Work”, or “All Play” in 2013. Feel Free to add your own players… but, keep in mind that I will be posting more of these, and I won’t be “biting” anyone’s material, after doing so.. So let’s not get too complicated. Shall we begin???
I’ll start with the most obvious.
Manti Te’O: “All Work”
When a team gives away a “precious” draft pick to trade up and get a player.. there are automatically expectations. People are already talking about bulking him up. The Man has barely shaken hands! Is there really anyone who should be in front of Manti on this list?
The answer is a resounding “Yes”
Philip Rivers: “All Work”
I put Rivers second, because he has already shown me that he is a Charger. It doesn’t matter if another player succeeds, or not… Rivers will be scrutinized the most. Not to mention, his spot is perceptibly “under review”.
At no point have I ever felt like Rivers wasn’t happy about being a Charger. He definitely has a “gosh & golly” way about him….. but I like it!
What’s funny, is that he is league renowned for his smack talk, and fiery attitude. He has already proven himself elite, and is going to have to work harder than anyone on this roster.. which is nothing new to him.
Donald Butler: “All Play”
Already a Defensive Captain lock, Butler talks (and plays) a hard game! I know he is stoked to be able to hold a newbie “up to the light” of the Takeo Spikes role model. I’m most excited to see what he can teach the new rookie, and where these two can go with the middle of this defense.
DJ Fluker: “All Play”
Being a first round HEAVY DUTY draft pick, for a position that was “OK” before, shouldn’t be too hard to figure out. Fluker only has to be as good as Clary to get the nod. He is pro-bowl material.
Tourek Williams, and Devan Walker: “All Work”
Tourek Williams didn’t get ANY votes on a poll that I posted after the draft! He was a top 6 choice, and people voted for Sorrenson over him!!! That’s ridiculous! Walker seems to have the right mentality. Both of these guys need to work hard to push for playing time behind English. This is a weak spot, and we need somebody to back Ingram up.
The Cornerbacks: “All Play”
I’ve been thinking about it, and I don’t hear anyone really bitching about the CB position, anymore. Gilchrist could be moving to safety, which makes sense that they drafted a speedy nickel slot CB like Williams (who should meet Welker eventually). Which leaves Shareece Wright to step up to second CB. The last time I checked, Wright was showing some flash, and doesn’t play safety. Cox clearly has the 1st CB Spot locked down, and should bring a dynamic that we haven’t seen in our backfield for a long time!
I will do another “All Work / No Play” post in the future, as the plot thickens. I’m sure that there will be plenty of players that will need to step up during times of adversity. Perhaps we can see some of these “work” players switch to “Play”, or vice-verse.. Only time will tell.
Keep Bolting for Excellence!