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Bolts Kick Off Minicamp with "Loud" Twist

Posted Jun 17, 2014

What change did Head Coach Mike McCoy make that pumped up the Chargers?

The loudspeakers at Chargers Park had been dormant since January. 

Traditionally they play deafening sounds, usually airplane noise, to emulate conditions for road games. However, to the players’ surprise, Head Coach Mike McCoy opted to blast music at the onset of practice as well as for the two-minute drill portion.

“We put someone in charge early this morning to get a mix for us,” McCoy said.  “Number one, we’re going to be playing on the road where it’s going to be loud from time to time.  And we’re playing at home this year, and it’s going to be awfully loud at home.  That’s the environment we want our fans to have when our defense is out there.  So we played it and we’re having a good time.  We decided to play it during the two-minute drill.  Some country music and some other forms of music I don’t know a whole lot about to be perfectly honest.  If it’s not Kenny Cheney, I’m not listening to a lot of it.  But it’s better than listening to airplane music.”

Selections ranged from Kenny Chesney to AC/DC to Iggy Azalea and much more.  It was a welcomed surprise by the players who had no idea it was coming.

“It actually added a little energy I think to stretch and the individual period,” said Philip Rivers.  “In the two-minute period it was loud.  It was probably louder than the standard static crowd noise we have.”

D.J. Fluker needs no help getting amped up, but he too emphasized how it got his juices flowing.

“I never got more pumped up for a practice,” he said.  “I got my groove on.”

Kellen Clemens was another big fan, noting how it reminded him of college basketball teams getting pumped up to head onto the court.  Still, during the two-minute drill the players were focused on  communicating over the noise as if they were in a game environment.

“That was a surprise, and a good surprise,” said Jerry Attaochu.  “It was almost like a game environment having to talk loud.  We didn’t pay attention to the music when we were practicing, but it was definitely a good surprise.”


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