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Martz to teach Coryell code to four Fleet QBs — a former NFL starter, an ex-Chargers reserve, and tw

Discussion in 'American Football' started by SDRay, Dec 5, 2018.

  1. SDRay

    SDRay RIP SD Chargers..F the LA Chargers, Go Irish Staff Member Administrator Podcaster

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    https://www.sandiegouniontribune.co...don-coryell-philip-nelson-20181204-story.html

    Don Coryell lives on.

    In Mission Valley, no less.

    The groundbreaking football designs that the late Coryell developed with San Diego State and the Chargers underlie the San Diego Fleetoffense that coach Mike Martz will install in coming days.

    What a cool football class, then, for the four Fleet quarterbacks.

    Coryell was to football teaching what Steve Jobs, co-founder of Apple, Inc, was to tech innovation.

    He mastered simplicity, and fashioned tools that were user friendly yet advanced.

    Countless SDSU players were quick to grasp the Coryell system in short order, as necessary. Three of the coach’s Aztecs teams in the 1960s went undefeated.

    As an NFL head coach, Coryell turned around the St. Louis Cardinalsand the Chargers.

    Martz, who as a teenager had watched the Coryell Aztecs in Mission Valley, used Coryell’s system to help the St. Louis Rams reach two Super Bowls.

    “His resume speaks for itself,” said Fleet quarterback Josh Johnson of Martz.

    His own success as a coach, Martz said, began with understanding Coryell’s designs.

    The coach wears his Rams’ Super Bowl ring but is more animated talking about the old Aztecs football notes of Coryell’s that he bought at auction.

    “His system gives you so much flexibility,” Martz said.

    Improving the sport
    Developing players, said Martz, is the main mission of the Alliance of American Football, a new league that is home to the Fleet and seven other clubs.

    Quarterbacks and offensive linemen, he said, stand to benefit most from the teaching.

    While the 10-game season that begins Feb. 9 will provide clarity, Martz said the coaches should be able to get a feel for the four Fleet quarterbacks via film-and-playbook study this month and the training camp next month in San Antonio.

    “The guys that can pick it up and assimilate, those are the guys that play,” Martz said.

    The four QBs
    Johnson, 32, was the Fleet’s first selection in the quarterback draft. A USD standout under former NFL quarterback Jim Harbaugh, who would lead the 2012 49ers to a Super Bowl as head coach, Johnson appeared in 29 NFL games between 2009-2013. He tried out with the Oakland Raiders last spring.

    However, Johnson’s availability to the Fleet could be in question. The Washington Redskins are interested in signing him, reported the NFL Network on Tuesday. Johnson worked under Redskins coach Jay Gruden with the NFL Bucs and Bengals.

    “Josh, at his age, is still wanting to learn some things,” said Fleet personnel director Dave Boller, who worked in the NFL for 17 years as an evaluator. “He wants to be coached.”

    Mike Bercovici, 25, is a former Arizona State star who trained with the NFL Cardinals and Chargers. After Alliance Arizona exposed him, the Fleet drafted him last week. He is 6-foot ½. “Great kid and competitor,” Boller said.

    Philip Nelson, 25, had auditions with the NFL Browns and Bengals, and Winnipeg of the Canadian Football League.

    At 20, Nelson was involved in an altercation outside a Minnesota bar that left a young adult male with a fractured skull and permanent brain injuries, reported the Free Press newspaper of Minnesota. Following his arrest, Rutgers dismissed Nelson from its football team.

    Nelson had started seven games for Minnesota as a true freshman and also played as a sophomore. He finished his college career at East Carolina. He worked under Martz at the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl, a college All-Star game.

    “Philip just lit it up,” Martz said of the 6-1 1/2 passer. “Of the four years I coached there, he was the only quarterback that I felt like really got it.”

    Alex Ross, 26, saw spot duty with two Canadian league clubs after a highly productive career with Coastal Carolina. Martz lauded his athleticism, and Boller praised his intelligence. He stands 6-0 ½.

    “They all have a chance,” Martz said of the four quarterbacks.
     
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    Roots baby, roots!! It don't get much better than a heaping helping of some good old fashion Air Coryell, least not in my book it don't.
     
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    Looks like it will be Bercovici to get the reps with Johnson signing with Washington.
     
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    Doubt that Johnson will get an offseason contract so he'll be back. But I'm good with Bercovici if he doesn't return.
     
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    I’m hoping so too. When will they actually start practicing?
     
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    By Jarvis Greer | August 17, 2018 at 3:28 AM CDT - Updated August 27 at 8:22 PM


    SAN ANTONIO, TX (WMC) - A training camp date and site is set for Memphis' entry into the new Alliance of American Football, but it won't be here in the Bluff City..

    Training camp for all eight AAF teams will be in San Antonio, Texas, beginning January 4.

    League officials said it's best for the trams to train in one spot for the AAF's inaugural season.

    The month-long showcase will see initial rosters trimmed from 75 down to 52 players for each team.

    Kick off for the the AAF regular season is February 9.
     
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    So if the Redskins make the playoffs, Johnson will miss out.
     
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    Looks like Johnson is either destined to play QB for Washington, or drummer for Spinal Tap...

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