I am very excited to tackle and hit people. Kind of like letting the dog off the chain. I can be let off the chain this upcoming Saturday.
Some of the vets, the coaches haven't said much about it, they have told us we will get a lot of playing time. The vets gave us a brief talk, ‘Listen, you dudes are going to be out there all phases of special teams and on defense. Believe me, you are going to be tired. You might cry now or feel some kind of way because your reps are limited; once you get in that preseason game we only play the first two series. You guys will be playing, at least, that whole second half.
Separating the two, training camp versus a game and hitting a ball carrier
You have to separate the two. Every time I see a back with the ball coming my way, my mouth just salivates. To put a lick on someone. It is hard for me – I hate when they get the ball and just run freely through the defense. At least put your shoulder on him and let them know that I would have made that tackle. I try to do as best as I can. Tackling them is definitely not what I want to do. Can't (make the) Coach mad. I do want the coach to know, as well as the ball carrier as well as my teammate, that I would have made the tackle.
Sometimes LT will get the ball and he will shake somebody, somebody will tag him and the offense is like, ‘Wooh!' Man, I would have made that tackle. You can't hit LT. I know who to hit and who not to hit. I can't hit LT. So he will come through the hole do his little wiggle and I will tag off on him, but don't make a big deal like he just shook the whole defense.
I make it my business that whoever else is in there is going to get popped. I want Coach Schottenheimer to know, the backs to know and my defense that he would have got clocked ten yards ago. He would have got popped right after he got the ball. Know that. At least put a hat on the guy.
Robb Butler, a rookie safety with the San Diego Chargers, joins us periodically to give his take on training camp and just about anything that pops into his head. While this installment is short, another is in the works that details camp so far, the Oklahoma Drill and so much more.
Previous Diary Entries:
Former Coach Joe Walton on Robb Butler
Robb Butler Diary III
Robb Butler Diary II
Robb Butler Diary I
Robb Butler Interview
Robb Butler Chargers Camp Diary IV
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