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Mailbag: Changes, Injuries, and Defense
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Q: A couple months ago you guys had photos and stuff on chargers.com of changes to the practice field. Has McCoy had any other changes made to Chargers Park– Romeo Quintella
A: Yes, Romeo, there have been a number of other changes since our last update. Previously you’ll remember that in addition to changing the practice field the team also added new equipment to the weight room and changed the mottos and motivational words plastered on the wall. Right now, the team meeting room is undergoing a massive overhaul to the seating structure. We will post photos of the new team meeting room once it is complete. Also, the media center has been removed and a brand new one is currently being constructed.
Q: Whats up? I see a lot of fans writing off Robert Meachem because of one bad year. People have bad years all the time! I see him bouncing back with the type of year that caused us to sign him in the first place! What do you think? -
A: I think it’s reasonable to think Meachem can have a bounce back year from his disappointing 2012 season. There is no denying his talent, and you are right in saying players have bad years all the time and come right back and perform well. The key to getting back on track is dedication, and nobody wants to see Meachem have a better year than Meachem himself. Toward the end of last year in an interview I did with him he said he felt the problem was that he wasn’t having any fun by putting too much pressure on himself. Now, after the birth of his first son, he says he is taking a different attitude and is ready to get back on the field, have the same fun that he did during his prime years with the New Orleans Saints and prove to the fans that he is capable of making a big impact. He’s definitely a guy to keep an eye on during training camp and preseason.
Q: I feel like the only thing that can stop the Chargers this year are injuries. If you look at some of the guys we have, a lot of them have had bad injuries in the past. Do you feel there is a cause for concern regarding injuries? – Alex Pitrofsky
A: Absolutely not. It’s kind of funny that if you look at all four major sports, I’d guess that every team’s fan base feels like their team is always hit by the injury bug more than any other. The fact is that every single team suffers from injuries over the course of the season. The Chargers are no different. One thing I know for certain though is that the Chargers strength and conditioning staff as well as the team doctors are some of the best in the business at both preventing injuries and aiding in recovery.
Q: We've focused a lot on the offense and how they're coming along. I was wondering how our defense is coming along with all the new additions? – Nicholas Osborne
A: The defense is coming along nicely. There is strong continuity in place with defensive coordinator John Pagano being retained. His system remains so there has been a little less flux for the players on that side of the ball. But you are right in that there are some new pieces in Derek Cox, Dwight Freeney, Manti Te’o and so on. From what I can tell so far, the new players are assimilating themselves in well with the likes of Eric Weddle, Corey Liuget, Donald Butler and the rest of the returning players. It should be fun to watch this defense in 2013.