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Dobbins receives full load in OCS’s

Discussion in 'American Football' started by Johnny Lightning, May 9, 2007.

  1. Johnny Lightning

    Johnny Lightning Go Bolts

    Feb 7, 2006
    Wednesday, May 09, 2007
    By Casey Pearce, Chargers.com

    After spending much of his time watching, listening and learning a year ago, linebacker Tim Dobbins has had little time to simply be an observer this week during the Chargers’ first round of Offseason Coaching Sessions.

    “They’re running me to death and I love it,” Dobbins said. “I can’t get enough. No matter how much I’m doing, I never feel like it’s enough. I always want to do more.”

    Due to NFL policy, rookies are not allowed to join their teams for any activity other than a Mini camp until May 15. <?XML:NAMESPACE PREFIX = O /><O:p></O:p>That leaves just three inside linebackers available for defensive coordinator Ted Cottrell this week with Dobbins serving as the only reserve to both Stephen Cooper and Matt Wilhelm.

    Dobbins spoke with a sense of excitement and confidence Wednesday as he discussed what this spring has been like for the former Iowa State Cyclone. Playing behind four veterans, Dobbins didn’t see much action on defense in 2006. This spring, he’s playing both inside linebacker positions and feeling very confident.

    “I speak the language now,” Dobbins said. “I didn’t feel lost last year, but everything was new to me and it took some time to adjust. I hadn’t ever played in a defense like ours before. I still mess up from time to time in practice, but that’s the only way you get better. I understand what’s going on now. It’s just been fun for me.”

    Being a spectator last season was challenging for Dobbins, who had never before had to wait his turn. He started all four years in college, two at Copiah-Lincoln Junior College and two at Iowa State, and he was named All-Big XII both seasons in Ames.

    “I’d always been the man wherever I’d played,” Dobbins said. “I came to a team with a lot of veterans who were good players. Matt and Coop talked to me about being patient. They had to wait their turn and now look where they are. I just tried to learn as much as I could. Now I’m going to get more of a chance to play and I’m going to make sure I’m ready.”

    Although he didn’t see a ton of snaps with the defense, Dobbins did make an impact as a rookie. He finished third on the team in special teams tackles with 18, just four behind team leader Clinton Hart. The highlight of his rookie year came in the season finale against Arizona when he recovered a muffed punt in the end zone for a touchdown.

    “Any time I get a chance to get on the field, I’m going to give it all I’ve got,” Dobbins said. “Special teams was kind of new to me, but I enjoyed it. I’m sure I’m going to get a lot of chances on kicks this year, too.”

    Dobbins’ sense of confidence comes in part from a sense of comfort. As he enters year two of his NFL career, he does so with teammates that he can trust and guys who now know that he is trustworthy.

    “When you first get here, guys don’t have any reason to respect you,” Dobbins said. “You have to earn their respect. Everyone has seen me work for a year now. They know what I’m all about. I’m one of the guys now. I’m just going to do whatever I can to help and I’m going to have fun doing it.”

  2. PhillyChargerFan

    PhillyChargerFan Well-Known Member

    Sep 25, 2006
    Good article:tup:

    I'm expecting to see some good things from Dobbins this year :yes:
  3. Retired Catholic

    Retired Catholic BoltTalker

    Aug 3, 2006
    Dobbins is a beast. He reminds me of singletary.
  4. WonderSlug

    WonderSlug Well-Known Member

    Sep 1, 2005
    Even if Dobbins doesn't start, I expect him to get significant playing time on a rotational basis.

    He'll have a good year. :tup:
  5. exodus

    exodus Well-Known Member

    Nov 4, 2005
    Good. I hope he does well and fills up our LB corps. Although, I don't really know much about him:unsure:
  6. BoltsFanUK

    BoltsFanUK Well-Known Member

    Sep 12, 2006
    hopefully..he'll play like singletary:yes: :yes: someday
  7. Ride The Lightning

    Ride The Lightning Join the Dark Side, we have cookies.

    Aug 15, 2006
    I can't wait to see him crush someone.
  8. titanfan24

    titanfan24 BoltTalker

    Sep 13, 2006
    That's my homeboy right there. Straight from "the cliff" to the pros. Keep doing your thing Timmy.

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