Aug 8, 2013; San Diego, CA, USA; San Diego Chargers quarterback Brad Sorensen (4) looks for a receiver against the Seattle Seahawks at Qualcomm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jody Gomez-USA TODAY Sports

The Latter Game Saint

There are five new Mormons in the NFL. Three of them are Star Lotulelei, Ziggy Ansah, and Joe Kruger.

The Chargers selected the other two in this year’s draft. Manti Te’o, and Brad Sorensen,

On a personal note, I grew up with a lot of Mormon friends in Santee, CA. They are wonderful people. In fact, I was changing a tire the other week, and 3 Mormon missionaries came up, and did it for me… white sleeved, and all. I am a Christian, and my parents were agnostic. Fortunately for me, they always supported me in my walk with God. They didn’t believe, but they never stood in the way of me making up my own mind about how we all came to be floating around on this crazy ride we call….. Life.

With all of the steroid-taking, mug-shot-making, gun-waving, mama-slapping, cop-car-crashing, murder-slaying, parking-lot suicide behavior that is an unfortunate part of the NFL… These boys won’t even drink caffeine. They may be a little left of center from where my beliefs are at… but their ethic is unprecedented. That is a good thing for an athlete, trust me.

Coming into the season, I remember a lot of disgruntled fans practically losing their minds, as Tom Telesco picked a QB in the last round of the draft. Most fans felt there were much larger holes to fill, and perhaps they are right. Personally, I got a little irritated, as I was thinking nose-tackle at that point (and before). But, depending on how well Geathers plays, and if Sorensen continues this level of play… we may have been overreacting.

This 25 year old 230 lb. 6′ 5 QB has done nothing but DAZZLE since he has stepped onto the field. He started out on the heels of one of the most awful performances by Charlie Whitehurst that we have seen to date. He came into a game that was very lack-luster on the depth side of things, and led the team 80 yards to the team’s only touchdown. He showed poise, pocket awareness, mobility, good throwing technique, and most of all…. he looked comfortable doing it.

I am not saying that we should start patting Tom Telesco on the back just yet. But, I can’t help but wonder what this boy can do behind the first line, if (hopefully not) Rivers ever goes out.

Some fans are already calling for Whitehurst to be replaced… a few are even saying he can replace Rivers!!! (simmer down… Let’s just focus on the back-up spot for now… But that’s out there, most definitely)

It doesn’t inspire confidence when you have a nickname like “Clipboard Jesus”. Let’s just say that Donald Butler isn’t strolling around with a moniker like that. Charlie picked it up a little bit in the Chicago game (despite turning it over on the first friggin’ snap), but he was awful in the Seattle game. He hasn’t been consistent enough to beat Sorensen out… yet. Quite honestly, Whitehurst should beat Sorensen out on experience alone… and then contract.

I was never a fan of watching Volek leave. He was Philip’s rock, and things haven’t looked right since he left. You could argue that we haven’t missed Volek, by replacing him with Whitehurst. Philip never went down, and AJ dodged a bullet. We watched a decent back-up go to the 49ers last year, when Scott Tolzien was scooped off of our practice squad. Let me tell you that Sorensen is better than Tolzien, and Jarret Lee. Sorensen has already hit Ladarius Green for two TD’s… he even hit MEACHEM for 50+ yards! I am REALLY happy about that!

Sorensen might be a solid back up QB. Based on Telesco wanting to go younger, I think we may see the change this season. Whitehurst was an A J & Norv guy. Unless Whitehurst shows his age, familiarity with the system, and his experience in the next two weeks… Philip may have a new weight-lifting partner. Even if he is just a fill-in.

So, speaking of nicknames… I am calling him “The Latter Game Saint”. Because, he keeps coming into the game in the final minutes, and showing us that there is hope, and that he won’t go down without a fight! Who could ask for more, in this new Charger era?

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  • 619chargers4life

    I’m going to go over the bears game then come back and post a comment.

  • JoseSD

    Sorensen looks like a good pick up, 6 and 7 round picks are a crap shoot its basically like putting dibs on an undrafted rookie free agent the talent level is basically the same its just someone you have a higher priority over and don’t want on the open market. Geathers seem like an awesome find remember against Seattle he threw the center back 2 yards an on 2 and goal against the bears he knocked down the RB for a significant loss exploding off the snap and beating the centerto the backfield

    • Peter Thompson

      I heard that they wanted Geathers… picked Sorensen.. and still got Geathers. If Geathers is a decent depth pick up.. we hit pick 7 & 8, and still got what wanted.

  • 619chargers4life

    ok im back, yeah CBJ still doesnt cut it for me, he only played well under our 1st string OL, after that he was done, Brad plays better then him with an even worse OL, i have to give credit where credit is due, Brad, in my opinion has played just a lil better, not whole bunch better just a lil better. and in my own opinion if a rookie can come in here and play just as well as CBJ then to me, why should CBJ make the roster. things that make me say hmmmmm

    • boltingindiego

      what scares me if we cut cbj and rivers gets hurt were gonna have a rookie qb playing against 1st stringers not back ups like he did in preseason.

      • 619chargers4life

        if Rivers went down were doomed regardless lol

        • Peter Thompson

          I disagree… I have pointed out many times that there are big similarities between Sorensen, and Rivers (read Sorensen’s scouting report). Once you take out the mobility thing (as Brad is younger, and hasn’t torn an ACL), it seems like the drop off between Sorensen, and Rivers is not something that your offense would have to re-adjust to. I keep hearing McCoy saying that when a player goes down, the next player has to come in without skipping a beat. I think Sorensen is more suited to do that, than Whitehurst.

          • 619chargers4life

            im all the way with there, but i still think if Rivers goes down we are in big trouble. i pray nothing like that happens. Im a big fan of Brad.

          • arnie

            If this team is going to win 6 games, as some would say. What difference would it make?

          • 619chargers4life

            lol i guess ur right lol

        • Ernie Padaon


          • Peter Thompson

            More than 7-9 doomed?

          • arnie

            ….cats an dogs living together… MASS HYSTERIA!!!

  • arnie

    Sorensen? Who cares? he scored 2 TD’s against a 2nd string D. blah blah 6 win team, blah, blah, blah…..(sarcasm)
    This is what pre-season is for, finding those gems. This is also how you build a roster for the future, by starting day one. The purpose for third string is to develop a QB for the future, an possible to have something to trade, for more draft picks? Like they did for CBJ. Then we took him back, and kicked tolzien to the curb. Had the wise lord of no rings kept Tolzien, we could have drafted Sorensen anyways, promoted Tol, (after camp), as the back-up then cut CBJ to save money, and still had Sorensen.
    Good right up Pete.

    • Peter Thompson

      Thanks, Arnie!

      I just wanted to drop my “Latter Game Saint” nickname.

      • arnie

        LGS it is then…. ;)

  • FitzWilly

    Stan Jr WILL be the future of this franchise :)
    write that down somewhere :)

    • Ernie Padaon

      You just did :)

    • Rob Base

      Nice! That should get on the COW weekly!

  • Gunnar Martin

    Latter Game Saint. Couldn’t love it more.

    I’m LDS too (Stormin’ Mormons UNITE!!! lol), and I’m ecstatic how Brad has done nothing but excel when he was put in the spotlight. I see no reason why he shouldn’t make the team at this point. He would make the picture-perfect backup if you think about it, especially in this offense. Brains, humble, accurate, strong arm, you name it. Now that I think about it there are at least three Mormons on the Chargers: Sorensen, Te’o, and none other than the Great and Powerful Weddle. In case you haven’t noticed, all those guys are pure studs. I could go on and on about this, but I’ll just leave it at BOLTUP!!!

    • FitzWilly

      Amen Saint Gunnar :)

    • Peter Thompson

      I have a Weddle Jersey. He’s my favorite.

      • Gunnar Martin

        Yeah Weddle is definitely my favorite athlete in the world. When I was in SD this summer I looked all over for his jersey, but it was nowhere to be found. That really surprised me. I know he’s not nearly as publicized as he should be on a national level, but in his own city? Talk about disappointing…

  • ECAVILLE/Ace of Spades

    I would definitely not want Philip Rivers to fall to injury, but if he did I wouldn’t mind leaving it up to Brad Sorenson to lead this team. Unexpecting rookies make it to the playoffs and even SuperBowls. Sorenson is humble but sure of himself. Smart enough to learn the playbook and work hard. Focused is this young man and also a better fit to back up PR. Starting off his career with this years quarterbacks coach, Philip Rivers, Ken Wisenhunt, and Mike McCoy; this rookie definitely has GOD on his side. Future is looking bright. Bolt Up!!!

  • joerockt

    Nice write up Pete. I’m hoping Sorensen gets the start in the 49ers game (Rivers usually sits out that one, though might be different this year), but I think at this point the job is for CBJ’s to lose. So if he has an outing again like last week, its going to be tough to keep Sorensen around. Yea, he had that opening muffed snap, but to come back and sling 3 TD’s is impressive no matter who you are.

    However, its not like its unprecedented to have 2 qb backups on the team, so who knows what McCoy will do. Especially if they recognize that Sorensen might be a replacement someday, or at the least a trading chip.

  • Stefanie Smith

    I think we are jumping the gun that this Sorensen is stellar or dazzling. He threw a few to 3rd teamers. Would need for data and a larger body of work to say he is anything. We didn’t even know who this guy was 3 or 4 months ago.

  • Peter Thompson

    Nice… Star Lotuleilei & I THINK Sorensen’s Mom Roxann retweeted this article. Totally cool.

    • Ernie Padaon

      i think it is his mom too… but she won’t respond to me! ha

  • C.Steele

    Good article Pete! Nice angle. I think he makes the squad and we carry 3 QBs for the first time in a long time. It will be different, but cool. Love the idea of actually developing a QB. Don’t think the bolts have done that since, we drafted CBJ. #GoBolts!

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