Q: How does Mike McCoy seem to intervene in these early workouts with the players and coaching staff? – John Dixon
A: As mentioned on our BoltsCast show, from what I’ve seen so far McCoy has both a hands-on and laissez-faire style during practices. It’s quite interesting to see. He lets his coaches do the instructing but constantly roams from group to group to watch and evaluate what is taking place. McCoy doesn’t just watch though, he often steps in and talks with the coaches during and after the drills. I like seeing him show the same level of interest in every single position that is out there. He also seems intent on preparing his team for every situation on the field. For example, just moments before
Q: How do you feel on
A: To my surprise, this was a very popular question for this week’s mailbags. For me it’s a nonissue. He’s practiced both with gloves on and gloves off. Whatever makes him feel more comfortable I’m all for.
Q: Ricky in your opinion what player do you see having a breakout season if you had to pick one rookie and one veteran? – Richard Plascencia
A: Hmmm. For a rookie I’ll go with
A: The easy answer is
Q: Why did the Chargers pick a receiver in the third round when you have about 5 or 6 on the roster? – Alvin Tunstill
A: It’s all about value. When there is a guy who you have valued as a first round talent and he is there in the third round, you take him regardless of position. If Allen didn’t suffer a season-ending injury last season many assume he would have been one of the first 32 picks in this year’s draft. It’s a no brainer. It’s also why the pick has been universally hailed around the entire league.
Q: Aloha, thank you for taking my question. Is there a player that may be under the radar that has been standing out so far that we need to keep an eye on or caught the coach’s eyes? – Keola Brown
A: I have been keeping my eye on
A: I think it’s safe to say that. Thomas has been working with the ones, and the Chargers staff has confidence in him as evidenced by letting Aubrayo Franklin walk and releasing Antonio Garay. I spoke to Thomas the other day, and the biggest takeaway from our conversation was that he expects to play a vital role in 2013. He says his job is to take on multiple linemen in order to free up others on defense, because as he said there is so much talent on defense, he knows if he gets a teammate an open look he’ll make a big play. I will have a detailed story on him in the coming days.
Q: Hi, I was wondering when will training camp be open for public attendance? And FanFest also? – Huy Tang
A: Training Camp open dates are still TBD as well as Fan Fest. As soon as we have those dates confirmed we will have them available on Chargers.com. For all of the open sessions, Coach McCoy said he hopes for a huge turnout from the fans.