Jun 18, 2014; San Diego, CA, USA; San Diego Chargers defensive coordinator John Pagano (left) nad linebacker Dwight Freeney (93) at minicamp at Chargers Park. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Dwight Freeney thinks he still has "it"

I think I still do have it

Dwight Freeney still thinks that he has what it takes to be a great pass rusher. After tearing his quad last season, there have been question marks on if he will be able to make an impact on the field like he used to. He’s no spring chicken anymore.

Here are some of his thoughts from the UT:

“I think I still do have it,” Freeney told me last week following spring camp, “but, until you actually put on pads, man, you don’t know. This is not a great indication.”

Chargers fans hope that he still has what it takes. We all hope that he will be able to be the pass rusher that we have needed on the roster.

I don’t know of many competitive athletes that will admit to not having what “it”. They usually are the last to know that they have lost a step.

We will all have our eyes on Freeney to see if he can still get around that edge with his quickness. We will be watching to see if his spin move is still affective. If he still has “it”, then the Chargers will be sitting pretty on defense.

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  • Adam

    It’s a little troubling to me that he says he “thinks” he still has it. Like he’s giving himself an out or something. I’m pretty positive he’s gonna be awesome, I just can’t get over that. At least he’s being honest. Go Freeney!!!

  • tonyloc1970 .

    Is Brandon Flowers going to sign with the CHARGERS? LOL… We all know Freeney is a BEAST and going to wreck havoc on QB’s!

  • Sergio Quintero

    I always find it ridiculous that pass rushers are judged almost solely on sacks, making hurries, incompletions forced, knockdowns an irrelevant occurrence. Its the equivalent of judging a hitter solely on Home Run’s and making hits, and his general batting average irrelevant.

    I remember reading that pass rushers should be judged on factor grade which is a % of plays they cause a: hurries, incompletions, knockdowns & sacks. Based on that factor grade Freeney actually was having an excellent season last year, if he’s back to that player this year, I would be perfectly happy with his performance.

    • http://www.BoltBeat.com/ Peter Thompson

      Amen Sergio!!! Great comments!

    • esco charger

      He isn’t getting any younger and he got hurt in the fourth game of the season so I think as far as saying that he was having a good year is a bit of a stretch because you don’t know what the rest of the season would of looked like obviously his body can’t handle the grind of a full season and is taking cap space and a roster spot for a young player.I highly doubt they cut him tho because he can mentor attouchu that is the only thing I see good coming out of keeping him on the roster but as far as him having a great year I doubt it maybe as a roll player but thats it

      • arnie

        I can see that as well , however Sergio’s whole point, addressed everything you just mentioned. The question is, “Are the Chargers better with Freeney than without him?”

  • http://www.BoltBeat.com/ Peter Thompson

    I’m going with “YES… OF COURSE HE STILL FRIGGIN HAS IT”!!! Please, child… lol.

    I mean.. has ANY other pass rusher on this roster even shown that they have “IT”, or anything close? I’m going with “NO… THEY HAVEN’T”! Let’s try to remember that when folks start putting him in the “aging player” category, m’kay?

    • http://boltbeat.com/ Ernie Padaon

      ha… i hated seeing him go down… Last season, it was sad to see him get the pressure, but nobody else near the quarterback to pick up the sack. quarterback just had to step up or move around a bit to get away. can’t wait to have a healthy season out of him

      • http://www.BoltBeat.com/ Peter Thompson

        Agreed.. as Sergio pointed out, he as doing well. Hope he avoids the injury big too.

    • Robert Fairbanks

      I think I still have “IT” then I see all those years staring back at me in the mirror.

      • http://www.BoltBeat.com/ Peter Thompson

        Don’t be so hard on yourself, old man… lol. “IT” is a state of mind.. a lifestyle!

        • Robert Fairbanks

          Until you hit forty, then it’s mind over matter!
          How old are you?

          • http://www.BoltBeat.com/ Peter Thompson

            39 1/2. Lol… yikes!

          • Robert Fairbanks

            Yikes is correct, by the holidays you will be like a Turkey – baked and ready for carving. I hope my Bolts are positioned for the Playoffs.

  • Marcel West-Bailey

    If anyone is interested Frank Reich is playing on the NFL Network. If you want to see it online let me know.

  • R1CHeR1CH

    Welcome to SD Flowers!!!

  • BoltNative

    Mr. Freeney, bring “it” along with Attaochu and Ingram and we could have the makings of a pass rush. So,bring it on!

  • Robert Fairbanks

    He must perform or the Bolts will have another slot to fill next draft.

  • showbe

    Telesco looks like he is getting mentors for all positions or scheming towards that way. I would bet rookie success rate would be much better if you have a mentor along with coaches than without.

    He has probably 1-2 years and hes done. Other pass rushers his age around the league are still going at it at his age. Keeping him around one more year will be better for Ingram/Attaochu too.

    Gates with Green, Freeney/Johnson with Attaochu/Ingram, Weddle/Flowers for Verret and the rest of our db’s, Butler and Teo.