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13: Talking with Stanford DE Henry Anderson

I wanted to change it up this week so instead of talking about a positional group in the draft I’m joined by Stanford’s defensive end Henry Anderson. If you missed it, I wrote about him on Tuesday and think he’ll be a very good player no matter where he goes. I asked Anderson a series of questions and just sort of gave him the floor.

We started talking about how he got to Stanford, and he tells a great story about Jim Harbaugh. We segue into who was the best players he faced in his career and one of the names he brings up will be very familiar to Charger fans. I asked Anderson what he feels like his best position would be in the NFL and if there are any things he looks for from an offensive lineman pre-snap that will help him win before the play even starts. We also talk about his combine and if he expected to test as well as he did, where are some areas he can improve on in his game, what he’s looking forward to in the NFL and much more.

This was fun to hear the player side of things, and hopefully I can get more prospects on to share their side of the story. Thank you to Henry for taking the time to do this and thank you for listening.


12: Running Backs in the 2015 NFL Draft

Joined by Emory Hunt of Football Gameplan this week to talk about running backs in the NFL Draft. Emory talks about traits that translate, so we give our top 3 traits that we feel translate to the NFL.

We get into the combine and why Emory thinks it’s not that valuable, and before moving on from the combine we make some predictions on who will be the top performers at each event.

We talk about why it’s important to have playmakers on your offense and go through some of the top players and say what their “trump card” is and what is a reason they won’t succeed.

Finally, we get into the best landing spot for each running back.

As always, thanks for listening.

11: Wide Receivers in the 2015 NFL Draft

After a long break, I’m bringing the podcast back to discuss the draft. I want to focus on specific positions each week and this week it’s wide receiver. I’m joined by Matt Harmon who does in depth studying of the position. He describes his study called “reception Perception.” We talk about what it is we look for in the position, what traits translate from college to the NFL, and tie that into some of the prospects. We also make some educated guesses on what players will do at the combine and the significance of the combine for the position.

As always, thanks for listening.

21: Super Bowl or Bust in 2015

Well, that was a fun run while it lasted, wasn’t it?

After an exciting run-up to the final game of the season, members of the Chargers and fans alike were collectively let down on Sunday after the Chargers dropped the final game of the season to the Kansas City Chiefs. The loss kept the Chargers out of the playoffs for the 4th time in the past 5 seasons.

But, don’t let that get you down. The season might be over but that doesn’t mean we have to be sad! John and Ben find reasons to be optimistic and keep things upbeat. So, join us and let the healing begin.

A couple of things to note: Ben is sick so his voice may sound a little off, and this will be the final BFTB Podcast for a little while. We’ll be firing up the microphones again soon so keep your eye’s peeled for new episodes in the near future!

If you can’t get enough Chargers football, be sure to join Ben Higgins on the Bolts Brown Bag, every Monday at 12:30pm Pacific.

Topics Covered

The Assault at Arrowhead

  • What happened?
  • Why did it happen?
  • Who is to blame?

Looking Back

  • High point of the season?
  • Low point of the season?
  • What cost them the season?

Window of Opportunity

  • Rivers, Gates, Floyd, J Johnson, Liuget, Ingram, Weddle all free agents after 2015 season
  • Super Bowl or bust in 2015?
  • What lessons can they learn from 2014?

Moving Forward: Coaches

  • Coaching staff staying the same
  • Reich interviewing for Jets HC job

Moving Forward: Free agency

  • Ryan Mathews?
  • Could Butler or Brown be cut?

20: This is Why You’re a Chargers Fan

John and Ben are still coming down off the high of last week’s thrilling come-from-behind win over the San Francisco 49ers, and surely you are too (I won’t call you Shirley anymore).

Keeping with what works, John and Ben start things out by recapping the game against the 49ers. A discussion of whether or not Looking ahead, the talk turns to potential playoff opponents. Wrapping things up with a nice bow on top, our podcast ends with a preview of and predictions for the upcoming game against the Chiefs.

If you can’t get enough Chargers football, be sure to join Ben Higgins on the Bolts Brown Bag, every Monday at 12:30pm Pacific.


10: Is the Chargers’ Season Over?

Back after a couple weeks. I start out by letting you know that I don’t fault the people who sell their tickets. I know it’s not popular but what’s important to you or me isn’t what’s most important to the person next to us.

After that, I tell you why Chili is overrated.

I get back into the football side of things and why the offense is struggling and tie that in with what adjustments they need to make without Keenan Allen as well as how they match-up with the 49ers.

Finally, I give a hat tip to John Pagano and how well the defense has performed the last 2 weeks. I get into a little match-up talk with 49ers offense.

As always, thanks for listening guys.


19: The San Diego … Raiders?!?

Ben and John got a chance to stop and breathe after last week’s marathon podcasting session. The Chargers are coming off their second loss in as many weeks, but that’s not bringing John and Ben down. This is an upbeat podcast with some great discussion.

Topics this week include:

  • Recapping the Broncos game and what went wrong
  • Whom to keep and who can go as the Chargers their offensive line
  • The Chargers’ path to the playoffs (it’s not all bleak)
  • The Raiders are moving to San Diego?
  • Previewing Saturday’s game against the 49ers in San Francisco

Trust me, this is a good one.

18: The LA Chargers? (Part 2)

And now for part two of our BFTB podcast double-header!

You heard them tease it in Part 1 of this week’s Bolts from the Blue podcast, John and Ben begin part 2 by expanding on the possibility that this is the last home game at Qualcomm Stadium for the San Diego Chargers. It’s not an easy prospect for fans to accept, but one that must be discussed. The idea of the Chargers moving to Los Angeles isn’t a new idea by any stretch of the imagination, but this time it feels different; why is that?

Bringing things back into the present, John and Ben turn their attention back to the upcoming showdown with the Denver Broncos on Sunday, wondering what the Chargers need to do differently this time. And things get wrapped up nicely with their predictions.

18: Who should be fired? (Part 1)

John and Ben have a lot to say this week. So much so, that we had to break this week’s podcast up into two separate episode. Double the pleasure, double the fun!

In Part 1 of our adventure, our two heroes start things off by breaking down the Chargers’ loss to the New England Patriots. They find themselves realizing that the Chargers were completely outmatched by the Patriots, both in coaching and in the players. Mike McCoy is taken to task for this game, and then John and Ben decide to move on quickly from the game and look ahead to the future.

With the regular season drawing to a close already, attention turns to the playoffs and just what are the Chargers’ chances of making the playoffs. Would a 10-6 record be good enough?

Moving on, what changes should the Chargers make in the offseason? Are any coaches safe on this team? Does there need to be some changes?

Find out, in part 1 of this week’s Bolts from the Blue Podcast.

12: How to Follow Instructions

Hide yo pens, John was feeling extra surly this week, and nobody was spared his wrath. Okay, maybe it wasn’t so bad, but John did get a bit testy with people in fail to follow basic instructions.

Aside from the drama and berating, John did get to touch on some important subjects. Injured players, future free agent targets, fashion, and the deeply important question of why Patriots players were seen hanging out with the Biebs.

No pens were harmed in the recording of this podcast.