First let me say that the Chargers visiting locker room is one of the smallest and hottest I have been in. It is split, in fact, into two locker rooms, with the showers between them, so you have to shuffle back and forth in order to talk to guys on offense and defense.
Nate Burleson said his touchdown celebration was a tribute to Usain Bolt, letting the Jamaicans know they are being watched and appreciated. He also said he was working in the slot for the first time this week and he was in the slot when he caught his TD pass. He said it gives them more options on offense. He said he was tutored this week by Ben Obomanu because he forgot some of the plays at that spot.
Patrick Kerney said he felt very good, his calf and shoulder were strong. He said it was nice just to get out there and bang around with guys, although he was not super thrilled to be double- and triple-teamed in a preseason game. He better get used to it. When I asked him how much he wanted to play Friday, he said, “Does it matter what I want? We are just pawns.”
Leonard Weaver said he loves the short-yardage combo of him and Owen Schmitt in the backfield, something they just installed this week. I asked him about the first one, when Schmitt went to the left and he went to the right. He said the play is designed that way because the LBs key on the fullback, so it is meant to throw them off their reads. It worked because he picked up the first down.
Justin Forsett said his fumble got punched out from behind and he never saw the guy who did it.
Holmgren is usually very talkative, but he was not tonight. His answers for some reason were all short.
Ryan Plackemeier said he felt good, and it was nice to get off a 60-yard punt. He said he spent much of the game swiveling his head around making sure he was not going to get chep-shotted while covering a punt.
Deon Grant said the sun got in his eyes, the reason he did not intercept that pass. He said the only reason he knew the ball was there was because Jennings was yelling, D, D, D. He also said he lost Jackson on that 59-yard pass play, and he was already past him when he noticed him.
Pork Chop said there was a miscommunication on that false start penalty he had down near the 20. He said he didn’t hear Frye’s signal calls and he couldn’t hear what was going on because it was so loud.
Lofa was very kind about it but said he didn’t want to speak to reporters tonight.