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Joe Barksdale Acclimating to Brand New Techniques
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After signing with the Chargers in May, Joe Barksdale has been putting in the effort day in and day out to get acclimated to his new team. The 6’5, 326-pound offensive tackle said he’s been focused on football since arriving in San Diego.
“I’ve been trying to learn the plays and concepts and meeting the guys and coaches,” Barksdale said. “That’s pretty much what I’ve been doing 24/7 since I’ve been here. It’s pretty much been all football.”
Barksdale spent 2014 on the St. Louis Rams starting all 16 games at right tackle. He has 31 starts out of 54 games he’s played in his career thus far.
Being the new guy means studying, working on your craft and also spending as much time with your position coach as possible. Barksdale has been closely working with Offensive Line Coach Joe D’Alessandris and mentioned keeping things light has helped break the ice for the pair.
“I see him more than most guys do because I’m still learning but (D’Alessandris’) is a good one,” Barksdale said. “I try to crack jokes every once in a while to keep Joe D. positive and in return, he laughs at my attempts at humor.”
“(I’m working on) more technique-based things,” he said. “Especially with this offense, there are a lot of things I’ve never done before that we do here. The technique and concepts that are used are different. Some of it’s mental, but some of it’s physical as far technique.”
Although new and trying to find his place in the lineup, Barksdale has quickly taken note of the camaraderie in the offensive line room. He attributes the closeness to the incredible amount of time the unit spends together watching film or working.
“We work hard and because we work so much together, we get to know each other and learn each other’s sense of humor.”
One of the things Barksdale has noticed has been the corps’ goal for a better and stronger 2015 campaign and he’s fully ready to help the Chargers make a push for the playoffs this season.
“(We’re) determined,” he added. “From what I’ve been hearing, and it’s been preached from the coaches and players on down, last year wasn’t good enough. We’ve got to win our division and make it to the playoffs. The goal is a Super Bowl, but in order to get to the Super Bowl you’ve got to make it to the playoffs and the only way you’re guaranteed to make it to the playoffs is to win your division.” Read