Robb Butler Chargers Camp Diary III
My roommate, in fact, was one of the seven, Jay Hackett. It's tough. I am going to miss those guys. You build some relationships; these guys become family – your extended family. One day they are here and the next day they are gone. Thank God – it could have been you.
It wasn't like the kid did badly. We just have so many good corners. We have so much money in the secondary with (Quentin) Jammer, (Sammy) Davis, (Drayton Florence) Flo, (Jamal) Fletcher…
Not being selfish or anything because I developed relationships with those guys. I am a pretty social guy. I care about every human being and I would hate to see anyone get cut but that is the reality of the game. We talked about it a little before and some of the veterans told us, ‘Hey that is going to happen. You have to shake that off.'
It is kind of like, ‘Yeah, right.' We were looking forward to training camp. I had no idea! We are all talking about we can't wait to put the pads on.
I am just thanking God that I am still around. Like I said, take it one day at a time. I am not looking forward to next Friday. That is when I leave. I am looking forward to tomorrow. Wednesday is an off day for us…I am looking forward to being here tomorrow. Golly, it was so cutthroat.
Everyone at this level is talented. Some guys may be a little bit more talented than the next guy, but for the most part everyone has the speed, everyone has the skills and it is the little things that set you apart from the next man. And you have to look out for number one. So what Robb Butler has to do is keep his mouth shut and just thank God I am out there another day.
We are still in our offseason workouts. Our offseason coaching sessions are through, but our workouts, lifting and running portion, is still in effect until Friday (coinciding with the Rookie Symposium in San Diego).
I am doing that now and I guess that is the only thing, since we are not practicing anymore, that I could be evaluated on. I heard they were making another cut. I want to make sure I am there early, busting my tail, I am working hard, I am running hard…I have to show up to work everyday like it is the last day I am going to be there and that is the bottom line. Take it one day at a time.
On the fans coming out and the new defense:
Some of the guys definitely stepped up for the crowd. And that is good to know. It definitely impressed Coach Schottenheimer and Coach Phillips. When the heat is on or in front of a crowd, you have some good ball-ers.
I am new here – four and twelve. That is all we talk about. Four and twelve and not being acceptable.
We are developing a swagger, a sense of invincibility to be able to execute the scheme. And we do all the little things. Talent-wise this is as good as it gets. Look at our secondary. Look at our front. We have some players. If we come together as a unit, as a team and as a family, the sky is the limit and nobody can stop us. And believing in that and believing in us is creating this aura on defense. Hits and picks is what we talk about. Hits and picks. If it is an overthrow, it is a pick. And if you get a tip, Coach Stewart tells us, ‘Any tipped ball doesn't touch the ground.'
We say look out for number one but you cannot be a hater. You can't be a hater. You have to be happy for your teammates success. If Flo makes a good play, Terrence Kiel, Vernon Fox, Hanik Milligan – I don't care who it is – you are on my unit, you are on my team, it could be a receiver, I am clapping for you. That is good stuff. We need to encourage one another because the best is going to play.
I am not going to get cut for clapping for some guy that plays the same position. I am going to get cut because I am not performing or I am not learning the system or they have more talent and things like that.
My talent and what I do out there is the only thing that is going to dictate whether I am on this team and if anybody, offense or defense, makes a good play, I am clapping. You have to be happy for your teammates' success in order to gel and come together as a family. You can't be over there talking because a guy at your position got an interception – ‘Now that is going to hurt me, now I have to get an interception.' You can't worry about that stuff.
You don't have to be best friends off the field, but when we are here, offense, defense, old and young, staff, coaches, administrative assistants – this is a Chargers family and it is the way it has to be. It is a good group of men who talk to each other and are just good guys. We respect each other – the rookies are still trying to earn respect. But it is a good group of men.
Robb Butler shares his thoughts with SDBoltReport.com on a regular basis on life as a San Diego Charger rookie and the quest to make the team. He will continue through training camp.
Previous Diary Entries:
Robb Butler Diary II
Robb Butler Diary I
Robb Butler Interview