December 2, 2012; San Diego, CA, USA; San Diego Chargers receiver Danario Alexander (84) runs after a reception during the second half against the Cincinnati Bengals at Qualcomm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

Over the Top: The DX / V-Brown Connection


Nov 20, 2011; Chicago, IL, USA; San Diego Chargers wide receiver Vincent Brown (86) reaches for and misses a pass while Chicago Bears cornerback Tim Jennings (26) defends during the second half at Soldier Field. The Bears defeated the Chargers 31-10. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports


Mike McCoy is running a fast system. One of the main themes coming out of Chargers Park is how fast Philip Rivers, and the players on offense, are diving into the playbook. Reports are that they are “hitting the ground running”. The preliminary exercises are done, and the Chargers offense is now moving toward the “meat & potatoes” of the schemes. When you’re playing in the NFL, you have to learn quickly, and move quickly on the field. There is little time to absorb the material, and no time for second chances.

The left tackle position should be more solid, after signing Max Starks, and he already looks comfortable in front of the camera. This is GREAT news for the Chargers. I can’t even remember Jared Gaither having the intelligence, or the enthusiasm that Starks has displayed. Gaither got paid much more than Starks did, and never even cared. Starks has been vocal, and hasn’t been here much more than a week. The blindside attack was the biggest concern of this team last year. Having Starks holding down the left tackle position can only be good for Philip Rivers… and, in turn… the Chargers wide receivers.

I am looking for two wide receivers to make a BIG impact this year. They both have injury concerns, and they both have HUGE potential. They will be in competition with each other for a starting role on this offense.  Except for Antonio Gates (as usual), Alexander was Philip River’s #1 target last year. Who knows what could have been with Vincent Brown in the line-up, instead of Robert Meachem. The outcome could have been quite different (cough cough, Cleveland).

Vincent Brown has shown us that he can go up for the ball, and win the battle! He runs good routes, and has shown chemistry with #17. Malcolm Floyd has always been featured in the top two wide receiver slots over the years. Could these two receivers push M80 out of the starting line-up? Floyd was supposed to be the #1 receiver last year, after the departure of Vincent Jackson, Floyd finished off the year with two less touchdowns than Alexander did… and Danario played in less games!

After Brown’s pre-injury campaign, one can only believe that he can make his way into the top two receiver slots. Alexander is almost a “shoe-in” for the top receiver slot. If Brown can beat out Floyd, do you think he has the potential to beat out Danario Alexander? Does size make a difference? It might not.. but, after seeing that “spin move” Alexander made on that extended touchdown run last year… and those jump up leaps that Brown made in 2011… I am extremely excited to see if these guys can unseat Floyd as the starting wide receiver! Even Meachem will be trying to prove that he is the #1 receiver, who was supposed to replace Jackson. With Keenan Allen, and a (potentially) healthy Royal looking good in practice… who knows what can be done?

High Octane is what I am looking for.


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  • Dion Chin

    I’m gonna go over the top and say fuck it, we’re making the playoffs this year! BOLTUP.

    • Ernie Padaon

      i am with you…

    • OGsnakes1322

      Yes we are!!!!!

  • arnie

    Pete i expect both of the players to make it hard for us to clearly see who is the #1 WR. They are two young men that are extremely talented, and have had some bad breaks, no pun intended, early in there careers.
    as for Gates, he’ll be fine, they just need to put him back into the roll that made him a pro-bowl TE. As a Red Zone Threat.

    • Peter Thompson

      I can’t wait to see what Gates can do this season! Look at what Tony Gonzalez was able to accomplish, once they took the pressure of being the main “go to guy” off of him. He became a major threat on the Falcon’s offense.

      • arnie

        Dude that’s why i never understood what norv was doing.

  • Gunnar Martin

    If (or perhaps it’s more like when now) we release Royal, we’re gonna have freakishly tall slot receivers

  • veazy

    What a relief. Without Danario, I think we would probably be speculating on Allen being one of the top 2 recievers on the depth chart. It’s comforting knowing that we don’t need to rely on him as so.

    Also, do you think there’s any chance Seyi Ajirotutu (googled his name, and surprised to see I got it right) would be brought back on if the Chargers get a couple injuries at the reciever spot?

    (Issue has been cleared)

    • Peter Thompson

      Fixed.. Thanks for pointing that out.. errant keystroke.

      I’m going to say… probably not. It feels like there are about 20 other receivers in camp, so he would really have to have a stand out pre-season. You can’t stash him on the practice squad. I suppose if we had a run on injuries later in the season, and he was still out there, they might consider it…as he will know the plays. But, I hope he turns some heads, and makes someones roster this year.

  • MC Boltman

    Those two guys will do great, no doubt…but somehow that V-Brown hype is a bit scary…I mean it´s ok if we BoltHeads are exciting and are talking about him a lot, but also the media (at least who´re covering the Bolts), are hyping this young kid at a pretty high level – “break out year”, “best receiver on the team”, “No. 1 WR”…PR got a lot of weapons around him (..also Woodhead or R. Brown or Mathews), I guess there´s no need for V-Brown to be “the guy”, I guess it´s ok if he´s “only one” of the numerous options around him – but I´m definitely excited to see these two guys rolling over the opposing Ds. #boltup

    • Peter Thompson

      I can’t wait to see PR spread it around this year! We’ve got some talented guys out there = )

  • Blue&gold_blood

    Now only if Mathew can step up , that would also take pressure of the passing game..

    • Peter Thompson

      Agreed.. Really hoping he has the break out year he was supposed to have last year. Especially now that the whole NFL media isn’t focused on it.

  • Alexander Leithoff

    The question is…if Danario has another solid year, do we take the risk of signing him long term? I’m guessing not, which could be a hard pill to swallow.

    • Peter Thompson

      Very bitter pill.. But, I think you are right, unfortunately.

  • Bill Nichols

    Easy people, no slights aimed M80s direction please. Floyd has done nothing but get better, and better each and every year. Come on now, even with the injuries, here and there, you can not find a more consistent target then M80 for PR. I understand the love for DX and VB, I have that same love as well, but do not want to even get close to talking smack about Floyd. With more targets for PR this year, M80 will run those routes under the radar, and put up some good numbers I am sure. Let’s give that man the credit he deserves, think about it, without M80 during the beginning of last year, we would have been royally screwed. :) Meech and Royal were no help what so ever, and until we signed DX, it was looking pretty grim. I love Floyd, and even more so with the simple fact that he worked his ass off to get off the practice squad, and became a legit receiver for us. So just take it easy on M80, please…. Bolt Up!!

    • otaybob

      I agree. Malcom has made some acrobatic catches. I’d love to see all three getting the ball roughly the same number of times. Then, teams will have to “choose their poison” as to who to cover and who to allow to get open. If they drop more defenders into coverage, then run the ball down their throats. It’s all speculation right now. But, the chargers could surprise a lot of people this year. Or, they could fail. Who knows. I am hoping for more innovative plays on offense. Not, the same old hand full of plays over and over again.