“I’ve already fallen,” he said. “Now all I can do is get up. I’m confident in my abilities and know what I’m capable of doing. So that’s the motto I’m going by.”
In his first season in San Diego, Meachem caught just 14 balls for 207 yards and two touchdowns, both which came in a single game against his former team in New Orleans. That’s hardly what he expected out of himself when he joined the club. Now, he’s using it as motivation to bounce back in a big way.
“I use it as motivation, but I also have to move on,” Meachem said. “I can’t worry about the past and stuff I can’t control. That’s what I have to realize. So I say my prayers and do my part. I’m going to work hard and bust my tail to have a better season. So we’ll go from there.”
Meachem’s focus and diligence on rebounding in 2013 is a major reason why he’s treating phase one of the team’s offseason conditioning program as a fresh start.
“It was very important I came in early,” he said. “We have a new coach. I don’t know him and he doesn’t know me, so I want to build that relationship and get on the same page with him. To do that you have to come in early, you have to talk to him and you have to see what he likes. When coaches go from one team to another, there’s a process that takes place to get to know the players. I wanted to make sure we got on the same page as early as possible. Everybody has a fresh start. So now I have to go get ready to make plays.”
To that end, a major part of the offseason program the past two weeks has been getting to know the coaching staff. So far, Meachem likes what he’s seen and can’t wait to get a better taste of what they have in store next week during a veteran minicamp.
“I like the new coaching staff,” he said. “I like everything they are doing. Everything is new from the strength coaches to the head coach. There are a bunch of new approaches that we’re taking, and we’ll learn more about that Tuesday (when the minicamp starts).”
Even though he’s an incredibly humble individual, Meachem has confidence in his abilities but does readily admit his confidence did wane a bit last year.
“Last season, going into a game and only getting one or two reps, yeah it did play with my mind and my confidence,” he said. “But then all of a sudden you have to realize and say to yourself, ‘Hey, I wouldn’t be here in this situation if I couldn’t play.’ So you learn from that. I know I’m better than what I was last year. So now I have to go and prove it.”
Another added motivation for Meachem going into this season is the recent birth of his baby boy.
“I’ve been blessed,” he said. “I had a baby boy. He’s my third child but my first son. He’s another mouth to feed and provide for. He’s another reason to put last year behind me and come back and prove what I’m capable of doing. In order for me to be the father I want to be for him, I have to be better than I’ve ever been before.”
There’s a long way to go between now and the start of the 2013 season. But at the very least, Robert Meachem has put his first year with the Bolts into perspective and has shifted his complete focus to a rebound campaign in 2013.