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30: Talking Chargers ‘Cause Somebody Has To

In this week’s episode Garrett Sisti and Jamie Hoyle go over the Chargers 2016 Free Agents and discuss who they think will re-sign and which players they think will play elsewhere. They also talk about Corey Liuget’s contract, Eric Weddle not having a contract and whether or not Evan Mathis would “fit” with the Chargers. Garrett reminisces about his past rock n’ roll lifestyle, Jamie has a very surprising roster cut prediction and we learn a new word in Portuguese.

13: Back and Angrier than Ever

He’s back! John takes to the mic again to answer your questions, and he’s saltier than ever.

If you’re new to this, Gennaroly Speaking is a (usually) weekly show hosted by BFTB managing editor John Gennaro where he answers all your questions live. It’s been a few months since our last installment and so there was a lot to cover.

Topics this week included:

  • Chargers Offensive Line
  • The NFL Draft
  • The tumultuous Chargers offseason
  • Los Angeles/Carson Stadium Situation
  • Eric Weddle vs Tom Telesco

It’s a great time, so pop your headphones in and listen away!

29: Liuget’s Contract & Addition by Subtraction

In this week’s episode, Garrett Sisti and Jamie Hoyle discuss the projected contract numbers for Corey Liuget’s soon-to-be-new deal. The guys discuss the improvement to both the Offensive Line and Wide Receiver positions and try to explain what’s going on with Ladarius Green. They also talk about DJ Fluker’s weight loss, Denzel Perryman’s dodgeball skills and how the Chargers Offense stacks up against the rest of the AFC West.


28: Barksdale and Rivers and Weddle; Oh, My

Garrett Sisti and Jamie Hoyle discuss the ramifications of the Joe Barksdale signing and what that means for DJ Fluker. They give an outlook on both Eric Weddle and Philip Rivers contract situations and how soon they think either deal can get done. ¬†Finally, the guys throw out a few names of some of the UDFA’s to keep an eye on as Training Camp approaches.

14: Offensive Line Primer

Joined by Duke Mayweather to talk a position we feel the Chargers may address, offensive tackles. Duke is one of, if not the smartest person when it comes to offensive lineman. He played in college, coached in college, and was the right hand man for former All-Pro LeCharles Bentley’s OL performance academy.

We started off by looking at what traits Duke looks for in the position, and tied it into specific prospects. We then went over our tackle rankings, some unheralded names, & who might be a bust. This is jam packed full of jargon so soak up the knowledge & follow Duke to ask him any questions about offensive line.

1: Welcome to San Diego

In this first episode of the Bolts from the Blue Stadium Podcast…

We start out with a lightning round history of the stadium situation in San Diego, going all the way back to when the Chargers played in Balboa Stadium the different versions of San Diego/Jack Murphy/Qualcomm Stadium, and the various sites and locations around San Diego where stadiums have been floated up to January of this year.

Next, there’s an interview with Erik Bruvold and Vince Vasquez of the National University System Insititute for Policy Research, which discusses a potential 2016 vote in San Diego, San Diego Market size, and problems with the Economic Impact Report released for the Carson project.

Next, I get to wildly speculate on what will happen if the NFL does decide to move up the relocation window to Fall of 2015, with my guesses on the NFL choosing Inglewood, Carson, or no one moving in 2016.

Last, we wrap up with a completely unrelated pop-culture item, in which I explain why the video game Alien: Isolation would make the next great cable television series.

The following papers were referenced during the interview:

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?