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Mini Camp - Players notice continuity is real

Discussion in 'American Football' started by Johnny Lightning, May 4, 2007.

  1. Johnny Lightning

    Johnny Lightning Go Bolts

    Feb 7, 2006
    Friday, May 04, 2007
    By Casey Pearce, Chargers.com

    Photo Gallery: 2007 Mini Camp

    For the last two and a half months, Chargers players had continually heard how the new coaching staff would do everything possible to maintain continuity during a time of change for the organization.
    As the team kicked off its first Mini Camp Friday morning, players got their first opportunity to experience exactly how little change is going to occur in their systems, and the group is pleased with what they saw.
    “The majority of the stuff is the same, so we’re not having to think as much,” linebacker Stephen Cooper said. “The systems that were in place were good. Some of the coaches have adjusted their terminology to things we’ve been doing. It’s usually the other way around. As players, we love it.”
    Continuity has been the big selling point of Head Coach Norv Turner since his arrival in San Diego in mid February. As the players voiced, that was evident in the team’s first practice. Still, there is a little adjustment as the team gets used to new voices and new leaders.
    “We’ve stressed this all along: the systems and the structure in terms of what we’ll use on offense, defense and special teams is not changing,” Turner said. “We do have changes. We have new coaches, both coordinators, a new head coach. A lot of it for me and for everyone is getting used to each other and getting comfortable with each other along with the other things you do during a mini camp like install your offense, defense and special teams and evaluate your talent.”
    In addition to buying into the systems, the players have bought into the coaches. They realize that they shoulder the responsibility of executing.
    “I think Norv fits right into this team perfectly,” quarterback Philip Rivers said. “His personality and demeanor, the way he handles the guys from what I’ve seen, it’s going to do well. He knows what he’s doing. He’s been around some great teams. He knows what it takes to win. The thing you have to remember is the guys that are out there between those lines are 95 percent the same guys that won 14 last season. A lot of it is on us.”
    Added LaDainian Tomlinson, “Norv has a grasp on things. “He’s in control. He’s won a Super Bowl and has been a part of a lot of big games in this League. The coaches that are new here are filling in just fine. They seem like they’ve been here for years now. Everybody just has to continue to move forward. We’ll get more comfortable with each other.”
    While the basics of the systems are the same, Turner began implementing new wrinkles Friday that he hopes will take the offense to the next level. The players seem to like the changes.
    “There are some subtle changes,” Rivers said. “Some are brand new, some are tweaked from other things and some that are exactly how we’ve done them. What we had was good. All we’ll do this offseason is make it better.”


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