Los Angeles Chargers chief marketing officer Ken Derrett is expected to step down from his position with the organization by the end of the summer, per Sports Business Daily’s Daniel Kaplan.
He has been with the organization since 2001 and has served as the CMO since 2010.
Derrett was given the tough task of guiding the Chargers through their recent move from San Diego to Los Angeles.
The team had some disasters early on including their first attempt at the LA logo, which was criticized immediately by the public.
However, the organization quickly pivoted and created a much better logo that saved Los Angeles from a PR disaster.
All in all, Derrett had a very tough job dealing with an organization that was rumored to leave their beloved fan base for years and then finally did. He did a great job keeping everything afloat and will very much be missed from the Chargers organization when he leaves at the end of this summer.
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Los Angeles Chargers tackle Russell Okung told Chargers’ reporter Hayley Elwood that the guys on the team are “pushing to do something special” as it was one of “the most competitive camps [he has] ever been in.”
For Bolt Nation, it is exciting to hear Okung talk about the culture of the team changing. It seems that every Los Angeles player is buying into the new regime and are bringing high energy and focus to every practice.
Also, Okung is impressed with the offensive line so far, which was a major weakness of the team in 2016. When asked about the offensive line, Okung just replied “wow” and described how competitive and extraordinary the group is, per Elwood.
Currently, everyone is saying and, most importantly, doing the correct things. The team is showing up willing to work hard every day, and with the recent infusion of talent, the team should start realizing winning results on the field in 2017.
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The Los Angeles Chargers’ rookies will be taking part in the Rookie Transition Program. The headline of this week’s event will be the players meeting former San Diego Chargers linebacker Shawne Merriman and center Nick Hardwick, via the Chargers’ official website.
The rookie program used to involve all the players heading to Canton, Ohio for one symposium, but now the NFL has delegated the responsibility to each team to create their own curriculum.
The goal is to teach the players about “social responsibility, mental health, character, and many other valuable subject matters.”
Hopefully, Hardwick and Merriman will be able to impart wisdom on what it was like to play in the league and “as well as transitioning away from the game” when that time comes.
The organization wants to make sure these rookies are given the best opportunity to succeed as they are “the first draft class of the Los Angeles Chargers.”
If Los Angeles’ very skilled draft class handles the NFL transition well, then the Chargers will be set up for a very successful future thanks to their diligent work with the rookies.
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Los Angeles Chargers guard Matt Slauson had very high praise for his fellow rookie offensive linemen in an interview with Hardwick and Richards on Fox Sports radio.
The two rookies he spoke highly of were Chargers guards Dan Feeney and Forrest Lamp. Slauson mentioned that he was “really impressed” and they were “playing at a level that’s beyond what you see rookies play at.”
Despite being second and third round draft picks, Feeney and Lamp seem to be playing like veterans. Usually, when rookies see an exotic blitz scheme they make mistakes, but both rookies have “been on it since they got here.”
Also, it is easy to “see football instincts in them,” which is another characteristic of a veteran and not a rookie.
Overall, Los Angeles needs to protect aging Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers, and it seems like they found two great pieces to do that for now and in the future.
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Los Angeles Chargers guard Matt Slauson thinks that he will be a “bully” and a “bouncer” after making the switch from center to the guard position this offseason, via Fox Sports radio’s Hardwick and Richards.
Even though it is a new position, Slauson already feels “comfortable” and is “building great chemistry” with Chargers tackle Russell Okung.
Slauson is a team player and believes the team can “move [him] wherever they want,” but he is definitely “more comfortable now” at guard because it is his “true” spot.
The guard position also has less cerebral responsibilities giving the opportunity for Slauson to be “really aggressive.”
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Also, the former center still graded out as one of the best in the league, via Pro Football Focus, with a player grade of 81.2.
If that was a less comfortable Slauson, then it is going to be a treat to see the more aggressive player who is finally playing in his natural position this fall.
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The Los Angeles Chargers have just signed Chargers linebacker Melvin Ingram to a four-year deal worth $66 million with $42 million guaranteed, per ESPN’s Adam Schefter.
Ingram was franchised tagged earlier this offseason in hopes to reach a long-term agreement, which they just did.
The edge rusher had 18.5 sacks in the last two seasons with 125 combined tackles. Ingram also has a nose for the football forcing seven fumbles in the last two seasons.
According to Pro Football Focus, he was the No. 6 best edge rusher last season, one behind Chargers defensive end Joey Bosa, with a player grade of 88.1.
Now, Los Angeles has two of the best pass rushers in the entire NFL locked up long-term, which means the Chargers will be wreaking havoc on opposing quarterbacks for the foreseeable future.
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Former San Deigo Chargers running back LaDainian Tomlinson had a lot to say about the Chargers’ recent relocation during an interview with Mighty 1090AM’s Marty Caswell.
He mentioned that Chargers owner Dean Spanos “was tore up about it…[and] did not want to leave.” The family seems interested in alleviating the anger when the time is right as they were “hurt” by the move as well.
Despite that opportunity not being here yet, Spanos has already hired Tomlinson, who has ties to San Diego and has helped former San Diego Chargers employee Bill Johnston fight Huntington’s disease.
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In regards to Tomlinson, he was put in the tough position to try to mend the tensions between the fans and the organization. Most of San Diego did not understand that Spanos wanted to stay but was not given a realistic option to do so.
Now, Tomlinson seems to be the unofficial ambassador for the move, for he played in San Diego, just took a job with the organization and wore a San Diego proud shirt during the interview.
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The future Hall of Famer also mentioned that fans “want [him] to choose” a side. Unfortunately, Tomlinson “can’t do that,” but he would “continue to support the community.”
Overall, Spanos and Tomlinson want to make it right. Everyone just needs to have patience until the initial anger of the fan base subsides.
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Former San Diego Chargers running back LaDainian Tomlinson gave fans a sneak peek of his Pro Football Hall of Fame bust that will be presented to him this August in Canton.
Tomlinson is a part of a 2017 Hall of Fame class that also includes quarterback Kurt Warner, running back Terrell Davis, defensive end Jason Taylor, kicker Morten Andersen and safety Kenny Easley.
The former NFL MVP set the league record with 29 rushing touchdowns in a season, and amassed 13,684 career rushing yards with 145 touchdowns (No. 2 all-time).
Tomlinson is one of the best players, and people, to ever play in the NFL, and despite his current role to help the Bolts transition to Hollywood, Tomlinson will understandably be going into the Hall as a member of the San Diego (not Los Angeles) Chargers.
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The Los Angeles Chargers are expected to host joint practices with the New Orleans Saints before their Aug. 20 preseason game, per ESPN’s Eric Williams.
A smart move by Chargers coach Anthony Lynn as teams often get tired of competing against the same people every day for months. It will provide an opportunity for players to blow steam and get valuable reps against an opponent that they will not know as well.
We often see New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick and Dallas Cowboys coach Jason Garrett host joint practices. Not bad company for the rookie coach Lynn as both coaches have had a lot of recent success.
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Los Angeles also has the Seattle Seahawks, San Francisco 49ers and the Los Angeles Rams on their preseason slate.
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The Los Angeles Chargers’ OTAs are currently in full-swing and despite the absence of their No. 1 draft pick, the Bolts look sharp.
All of the team’s top players, including Chargers wide receiver Keenan Allen, quarterback Philip Rivers, running back Melvin Gordon and defensive end Joey Bosa, were out there working their tails off at the Chargers’ latest practice at Chargers Park in San Diego Tuesday.
At the beginning, fans get to see the 2017 Chargers stretching as a team before each player goes through their individual drills.
Gordon looked explosive coming around both edges, while Bosa shredded his footwork drills and Allen flashed the incredible hands that once made him one of the most effective rookie wide receivers in NFL history with a diving catch.
Overall, the team looks healthy, sharp and fit. Which is precisely what fans and coaches want to see at this stage of organized team activities.