Dwight Freeney Causing Coach Barry To Be Late for Staff Meetings Every Night

By Ernie Padaon

Jul 25, 2013; San Diego, CA, USA; San Diego Chargers outside linebacker Dwight Freeney (93) answers questions from members of the media after practice during training camp at Chargers Park. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

Dwight Freeney might get Joe Barry fired. He keeps holding him back and picking his brain about the defense, over and over and over again. But that is getting Barry late to some of his coaches meetings.

It shows the work that Freeney has been doing to get comfortable in the defense and it shows his drive to be great this season.

Here is Joe Barry’s thoughts on Freeney from Jim Trotter’s post on Sports Illustrated:

“He’s like don’t spoon-feed me. Give me everything, the drops, the rushes, the base, the nickel,” said Barry. “Sometimes when there’s a great player and you don’t know the guy — you know of him but you don’t know him — you kind of have a preconceived notion of what the guy’s going to be coming in. Dwight? You talk about passionate? He’s passionate about pass rush, no doubt. But he’s passionate about football. That’s why every night I’m late for our staff meeting because he hangs back and wants to talk football. Finally I’m like, ‘Dude, I’ve got to go. I’m going to get my [rear-end] ripped.’ But it’s cool because you can see how much he still loves playing the game.”

I am loving the pickup of Freeney more and more every day. He is a highly motivated sack machine. He is going to be huge for the defense and for the rest of the youngsters around him. Players like Corey Liuget, Kendall Reyes, Melvin Ingram, Donald Butler and Manti Te’o can learn from him on the practice field. Hopefully someone can learn that spin move.