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Q&A: Jacques Cesaire

Posted Aug 1, 2011

The nine-year defensive end signed a two-year contract with the Chargers July 29. Find out who he thinks is the funniest player on the team and his opinion of the big free agent signees on defense.

SAN DIEGO – A consummate team player who has spent all eight of his NFL seasons in San Diego, Jacques Cesaire signed a two-year contract to remain with the Chargers through 2012. 

A part-time starter for most of his first six seasons in the league, Cesaire cracked the starting lineup full-time in 2009 and has started 29 of the last 32 games at right defensive end.

Knowing he may have to accept a reduced role at some point during his new contract, Cesaire agreed to remain with the Chargers and continue to lend his stabilizing leadership to teammates.

Away from football, Cesaire is active with the United Way and helps oversee a nonprofit foundation that benefits homeless teens in San Diego.

Adam Bucher; San Marcos, Calif.

What are your thoughts about being a strong presence on the field this year but also making an effort to share your veteran knowledge with rookie Corey Liuget?

It’s very important when a guy like that comes along with so much talent for me to help out along with the coaches, Luis (Castillo) and Antonio Garay, so he can be that much better. He’s already got the skills so if we can give him a few tips here and there, he’ll be ready to take off. 

Sam McCranie; Panama City Beach, Fla.

What’s your first impression of your new defensive coordinator, Greg Manusky?

I’ve known Manusky from before (Manusky coached linebackers in San Diego from 2002-06). He demands perfection from the guys, he demands consistency and demands us to play hard on every play. It’s going to be exciting to put the pads on and play football for Manusky. 

Rigo Barragan; Hemet, Calif.

With an already-great defense intact, how do you feel about the additions of Takeo Spikes and Bob Sanders?

Any time you add a 14-year veteran who plays at a Pro Bowl level and a former defensive MVP you upgrade your defense. Those guys are proven and play football at a very high level and can only make us better. 

Jacinto Martinez; Sacramento, Calif.

Do you see yourself starting a coaching career after your playing career, or how do you see life after football?

I’d definitely like to coach. I love football and have been in the league for so long and learned from so many people. I would definitely like to take a crack at coaching (in the NFL).

Chuck Delacruz II; Ramona, Calif.

What is your most memorable moment as a Charger?

My time in San Diego as a whole has been great. I can’t really pick one out because being in San Diego has been a dream come true. I can’t pick out one single moment, but I just know I never want this to end.

Anonymous; San Diego

At the beginning of your career with the Chargers, who was one of the linemen you learned from most and attribute your style of play to?

There’s been a couple different people. Jason Fisk is one of them along with Jamal Williams.  I’ve learned from Luis (Castillo) also. I think you can learn from anybody. It doesn’t matter if you’re older or younger. In football, you’re always learning and no one is so good that they can’t learn. 

Steve Pettit; El Cajon, Calif.

What’s the best practical joke you ever played on a teammate?

I would love to tell the fans that, but what happens in the locker room stays in  the locker room. There’s a reason we’re a brotherhood because there’s things in here that we don’t want outside people knowing. We love the fans to death but some things are just meant for the locker room.

Andrew Garrett; La Mesa, Calif.

Who is the funniest Charger in the locker room?

I can tell you who the most interesting Charger in the locker room is. I would have to say it’s Antonio Garay. The man eats paint, among other things. I’m totally kidding, but he is hands down the most interesting person I’ve ever met in my life. 

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