Doc's Musings

New running backs: Pope and Boyd

Since we're in desperate need of a couple of new running backs, I took a look at the background of two who might both help the team and avoid pilfering their luggage. A quick trip to the SunnySide is in order.

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Chargers update

It was the best of games; it was the worst of games. It’s been that way throughout the Chargers 2008 season. This Sunday might be a chance to change that.

At 3-5, the Chargers have been advancing to the rear for most of their contests. A propensity for losing in the 4th quarters, a tepid defense that ranks dead last in the league against the pass (26th overall) and a long string of untimely turnovers have changed the Bolts Super Bowl hopes to a Parade of Homelys. With a home contest against the bumbling Chiefs coming up on Sunday November 9, they have a new defensive coordinator, are laying claim to a different defensive philosophy, winning ugly, and oy, yes – trying to figure out where to play football.

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Tales from the SunnySide: Iron Clady

No one becomes an offensive lineman for the accolades. The past Broncos requirement that no O lineman speak to the media may have been snuffed by the NFL, but it lives on in their hearts and traditions. Ryan Clady fits right in.  

He’s used to a quiet approach to life. As a young player, he couldn’t get any interest from the schools in his home city of Rialto CA. He was a DT at Eisenhower High Schools there, and got offers from San Diego State, Idaho State and UTEP before settling on Boise State. Once a Bronco, always a Bronco.  

Clady is one of the reasons that his college Broncos changed their stars. They perennially went undefeated in the regular season and blew their chances at the upcoming bowl games. When he was a freshman, it was a 44-40 lose to Louisville in the Liberty Bowl. In 2006 he started 11 of 13 contests at right tackle and his offense ranked ninth in the nation in scoring at 36.1 points per game, 19th in rushing and fifth in rushing touchdowns before dropping another one to Boston College in the MPC Computers Bowl.

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Tales from the SunnySide: Determination

It was a display of brute determination.

"Just when it appeared the Titans' good luck had run out, something happened to signal that this just might be their year: The Packers made the wrong call on the coin toss to determine overtime possession. It was anything but luck that determined the Titans' fate in overtime. Taking possession at their 22, they proceeded to thrash the Packers' suddenly vulnerable defense by pounding the ball on the ground. Seven of their nine plays were of the running variety, including five straight (four by Johnson) for 35 yards before Bironas redeemed himself. It was a display of brute determination."

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Ryan Harris an early All-Pro recommendation

Matt Bowen has out his first All Pro recommendations. It's not surprising that a Denver offensive tackle is on there. It's a little surprising that it's Ryan Harris.

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Tales from the SunnySide: Chad Jackson

 Will the Real Chad Jackson Please Stand Up?

The signing of Chad Jackson may be the offense’s answer to Jarvis Moss. Surprised? Don’t be. Chad Jackson is the perfect combination of incredible metrics, minimal experience and knowledge of the game, and all the potential in the world. He’s the definition of upside with a side order of frustration. It will be up to the Broncos to teach him the game, make sure he knows the playbook, and bring him along slowly. If they try to thrust him into too much too soon, he’ll be just another confused and released player. And this is why.

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Headbanger’s ball

Buffalo QB Edwards has been a Headache for Bills opponentsEd Zieralski (Contact) Friday, October 17, 2008 ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. – Shortly into his Wednesday briefing with the media here, second-year Buffalo Bills quarterback Trent Edwards called an audible to avoid a blitzing paparazzi.

Just three days back from a bye week and 10 days removed from being knocked out cold on the third play in the Bills' loss at Arizona, Edwards was tired of answering questions about his noggin. Edwards underwent tests here to see if the resulting concussion from the hit caused any aftershocks. He was cleared Tuesday to play after he passed his final neurological tests at a Buffalo hospital.

"I talked a lot about (the concussion) Monday, so let's move on and talk about this game (against the Chargers) Sunday," said Edwards, a Stanford alum who shows a lot more poise, cockiness and leadership than your average second-year NFL quarterback. "Let's talk about the team and not my concussion."

Life is full of headaches. Just ask Brandon Stokley. A smaller guy for an NFL player, Stokes just recorded a new personal record.

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Tales from the SunnySide: Pats vs. Bolts

It’s sunny down here on the waterfront today. People are skipping work and heading for the surf, and those who do show up at theirjobs are spending their lunches and breaks enjoying an unseasonable warmth and perfect weather. That’s one thing about Sandy Eggo; the weather is as perfect as a bear could want. The trench coat and fedora make for second looks by the local constabulary, but there’s no a law against being a bear, and no reason not to be here looking at the SunnySide. But there’s a stink coming off the waterfront that isn’t fish and it isn’t rotting seaweed. It’s the smell of a season that was cracked open too early and is starting to fester.

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Tales from the SunnySide: Requiem

They’ve been here before.

A year ago, this same Chargers team was 2-3. They found a way to get fired up that time; they won their final 8 and they became the talk of the league. A Super Bowl was next on their horizon. Their lineup was too deep, too powerful to stand against. No one could challenge them in the division; certainly not the ‘rebuilding’ Broncos. Their place in the playoffs was marked and reserved. This would be their year. And everyone knew it. Everyone said so. The town rang with it like an echoing gong.

I walked around the town today and listened to the people, and there was a new note in their voices. The tone of resignation, of a sadness that spoke to me of years past; promises unfulfilled and power unmanifested. The people aren’t talking about Super Bowls anymore. They’re talking about failure.

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Tales from the SunnySide: Chargers vs Miami

It was raining on the waterfront here this morning. A chill autumn wind blew in the city of the Sandy Ego – it blew all the way from the coast of Miami. By halftime, it was blowing the visiting Bolts clean off the field.

The Chargers squad was tussling with the Fighting Fish on a rainy Florida afternoon, and the Fish won easily. It looked at times as if Parcells was pulling a New England on Norv Turner’s team – he must have been reading the San Diego playbook to be anticipating their tendencies on both offense and defense so well.

On defense, the way for a shorter player to guard a 6’6 WR was shown in clinic form as Goodman blanketed Chambers; perfect timing and great leaping ability made up for a vertical challenge. On the other side, the Miami O line moved the Chargers off the point of attack at will, and the SD LB and secondary were made responsible for ball carriers over and again.

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