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Bolts Crank the Noise in Prep for Seattle
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Music has blared from the loudspeakers at Chargers Park all throughout training camp, but with a trip to the Pacific Northwest on the horizon, it was time to make things even louder.
“We’ve had music all camp long, and it’s been extremely loud at times,” said Head Coach Mike McCoy. “This is a little more annoying, you could say. Very similar to when you go on the road to a loud place like Seattle which is the loudest stadium in the league week in and week out with the great 12th man they have there. So it’s a good introduction to it to get tuned in and focused for a loud, hostile environment.”
Philip Rivers was one of many veterans to get a day off, so Kellen Clemens saw an increase in snaps. Having played in the NFC West most recently with the St. Louis Rams, he knows firsthand how important it is to practice with simulated crowd noise.
“Obviously everybody knows Seattle is one of the loudest places you’re going to be,” he said. “We might as well get used to it. This will be the first time they’ll be home since they won the trophy, so I’m sure it will be pretty pumped up in there.”
David Johnson is new to the Bolts, and he believes practicing in deafening noise cultivates a stronger bond for the entire offense.
“It just makes you focus a little more and communicate better because we all need to be in tune with each other,” he explained. “It’s all about playing together as one. It’s really about getting out there and trusting each other that we know what we’re doing every snap. So this brings us together more.”
However, while it’s important to prepare for hostile conditions, Dontrelle Inman notes that when all is said and done all that matters is how you perform on the field.
“It’s just noise, and it doesn’t matter if it’s loud noise or any noise,” he said. “It’s all about communication with hand signals and reading the QBs mouth, so it’s no biggie.”