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Sun., Jul. 19, 2015 7:30 AM PDT
Ronnie Brown "Embracing Every Moment"
Ronnie Brown didn’t know what the future held when he hung up his cleats after last year’s season finale against the Oakland Raiders. He just came off a productive first season in San Diego, churning out 220 yards on the ground on 46 attempts, good enough for 4.8 yards-per-carry. Brown was most lethal in the passing game, tying for second on the team with a career-high 49 receptions. But with new leadership in the form of general manager Tom Telesco and head coach Mike McCoy, he wasn’t sure he would be back for a second season.
One thing he did know for sure was that he desperately wanted to remain a Charger.
“I didn’t know where I’d be, but I knew I wanted to come back here,” he said. “I was excited when I heard from them and I got this opportunity to come back and be here because I established a good relationship with a lot of guys and enjoyed myself. It’s another opportunity to do what I love to do. At this point you never know if this is going to be the last one, so you want to take advantage. If there is a message or motto I’m going by these days it’s embracing the moment. I’m embracing the practices and embracing the time I get to be around the guys because once it’s over, it’s over. I don’t think there is anything else you can do that is quite the same. So you’ve just got to embrace every moment; the good and the bad.”
Now that he is back wearing the bolt, Brown is looking forward to making waves in 2013. Based on McCoy’s offense, he believes that’s possible
“He offers me opportunities to do some different things besides just running the ball,” he said. “He accentuates the things you’re good at, so I’m going to be involved in the passing game and get to show my versatility as a back, what I’m capable of doing and what I’m comfortable doing. And the things you may not be as good at he works with you to improve and get better at. But really he puts us in a good position to be successful as individuals and as a unit.”
There are a number of talented runners on the Chargers roster. But as a veteran, Brown doesn’t feel threatened by the extent of talent and how it may impact his playing time. He realizes having a number of skilled halfbacks is imperative to being successful in the NFL today. Furthermore he believes the Chargers crop has what it takes to churn out yards on the ground and be a weapon in the passing game as well. His confidence lies in the belief that each guy brings something different to the table.
“I like what everybody offers,” he says. “Everybody knows what you get in Ryan Mathews. He’s strong running the ball. He is really a special back with the things he can do running the ball and I think he’s going to have a nice year. With Danny Woodhead, he is a guy with a lot of versatility. What people underestimate in the passing game is how strong he is at blocking. He’s one of the better blocking running backs I’ve ever been around. And he creates mismatches. And then there are hungry young guys like (Edwin) Baker and Fozzy (Whittaker) and (Michael) Hill). I think we complement each other well. We look forward to the season and helping each other out.”
Brown is also looking forward to playing behind a revamped offensive line. He sees the unit as being much improved, evidenced in the holes they are opening for him to run through in training camp.
“They’re doing real well,” he said. “They’re off to a good start. I think we have an opportunity to be a special group based on what I’ve seen from them so far. And it’s early and there is always room for improvement, which is even more encouraging. If we all play the way we’re capable of playing and continue to progress like we’re doing now, we have a good opportunity to be a good football team.”
Brown is excited for his second season in San Diego because he is also reuniting with his beloved number 23. Many players are superstitious, especially when it comes to their jersey number and Brown is no different. He jumped at the opportunity to return to it after wearing 30 in 2012 and believes donning his familiar 23 will have tangible results come gameday.
“It just adds to the comfort level,” he explained. “Guys become attached to their number and it feels like a part of you after a while. I wore 23 since college and going back to it is something I wanted to do. Wearing 23 is a good thing for me.”
To see Brown and the rest of the running backs, be sure to come out to open training camp dates and Saturday’s FanFest. Click here to learn more.