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    As we all know Shawne Merriman is a very controversial player. Im glad to see that he's on the right track to be one of the greatest ever, though I am disappointed he won't be doing his sack dance anymore. Sorry I spelled his name wrong in the title.Link


    Atop Shawne Merriman’s locker at Chargers Park sits a hat with “Lights Out” embroidered on it. Merriman has left the novelty on the shelf this summer and chosen other headwear.

    “I’ve still got it up there,” Merriman said. “It’ll be up there until I’m ready to wear it again.”

    As part of his desire to tone down his alter ego, Merriman is asking people to start calling him by his given first name rather than “Lights” as many of his teammates and coaches do. He’s not wearing shirts or hats from his clothing line, and Thursday he announced on Sirius NFL Radio that he’s not going to break out in his trademark sack dance after dropping opposing quarterbacks this fall.

    “I’m just going to give my teammates a high five and try to get another one on the next play,” Merriman told Chargers.com. “I obviously like to have fun. It’s not like I had pressure to pull back. It’s just a personal thing. It's something I wanted to do.”

    Merriman didn’t have some sort of epiphany this spring or a sudden change of heart this offseason. He just felt that in order to rally his teammates, it’s best that he be more about football and less about outside things that could potentially become a distraction.

    “During the offseason, we had some changes and had a lot of things going on,” Merriman said. “I just knew we really needed to rally and make sure we were on the same page. We needed to really come together. I just thought it was important to pull back a little bit and focus on bringing us together.”

    While Merriman plans to do less talking off the field, his voice has been regularly heard on the field throughout the first two weeks of training camp. Although he’s taken a leadership role throughout his time in San Diego, he’s raised the volume a bit in the huddle and on the practice field.

    “He’s always going to be vocal because he is a leader for us,” outside linebackers coach John Pagano said. “That’s what leaders do. He’s going to say things to get us going. I’m definitely proud of the way he’s used his voice. Our guys listen to him.”

    As Merriman grows as a person, he’s also showing that he’s continuing to develop as a player. While he still figures to be amongst the league leaders in sacks, his understanding of the defense will also allow him to help in other areas. Earlier this week, he dropped into zone coverage and intercepted a pass during a 7-on-7 drill. Following practice, Head Coach Norv Turner smiled and told reporters he liked the play but also feels pretty good about Merriman rushing the passer. Still, the play served as an example for how he’s grown.

    “He’s really getting more mature in his understanding of the game,” Pagano said. “He looks the same physically as he always has. He knows blocking schemes. He knows how they’re going to attack him. He’s obviously still going to get after the quarterback, but his abilities allow him to do a lot of different things. You have to mix it up a little bit to keep people honest.”

    Teammates claim that Merriman hasn’t seemed very different, but they commend his commitment.

    “Shawne is just a good guy,” tackle Marcus McNeill said. “Sometimes the dancing and things energize us, but if he believes it’s going to be better for us as a team, that says a lot about him. It’s obvious that he wants to win really badly. We all do.”

    Added Pagano, “He’s still going to be the Shawne Merriman that everyone wants to see. He’s going to make plays. He’s continued to grow into his position and as a professional.”

    Although he’s asked on several occasions, Merriman refuses to set a goal for a number of sacks he hopes to reach this season. He simply has his sights on being the best he can and helping those around him do the same.

    “We’ve got an opportunity to accomplish some great things as a team,” Merriman said. “We all understand that. I just want to be a part of it. That’s what’s more important to me right now.”

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    RIP SEAN TAYLOR #21

  • #2
    Originally posted by sdpads24 View Post
    As we all know Shawne Merriman is a very controversial player. Im glad to see that he's on the right track to be one of the greatest ever, though I am disappointed he won't be doing his sack dance anymore. Sorry I spelled his name wrong in the title.Link
    That sucks, I loved seein/impersonating the dance...

    But I guess it means he's starting to mature as a person. It's probably best he does too, he's gonna be under a microscope all season, and the last thing he needs is an egomaniac title glued to him, like a T.O....best for the team I guess..

    Edit: I say he keeps it at least for the New England game...
    Last edited by JK17; 08-09-2007, 11:56 PM.

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    • #3
      Originally posted by JK17 View Post
      That sucks, I loved seein/impersonating the dance...

      But I guess it means he's starting to mature as a person. It's probably best he does too, he's gonna be under a microscope all season, and the last thing he needs is an egomaniac title glued to him, like a T.O....best for the team I guess..

      Edit: I say he keeps it at least for the New England game...

      I wish he wasnt mature, because i love watching the egomaniac..

      btw, how often would you say you impersonate the dance.. jw..


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      • #4
        Originally posted by Average OT LB View Post
        I wish he wasnt mature, because i love watching the egomaniac..

        btw, how often would you say you impersonate the dance.. jw..
        Just about every single day...haha

        Well maybe not...but at least when he makes a sweet play

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        • #5
          I am soooo glad the lights out dance is gone.

          What do the vikings and marijuana have in common? Every time you put them in a bowl
          they get smoked.

          2010-2011 Super Bowl Champions
          Hint:Not the Bears.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by TitleTown088 View Post
            I am soooo glad the lights out dance is gone.
            Thats because your a packer fan. I'm sure if a packer player decided to stop doing his signature dance then you would be kind of disappointed aswell.

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            RIP SEAN TAYLOR #21

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            • #7
              Originally posted by TitleTown088 View Post
              I am soooo glad the lights out dance is gone.
              Yeah, but unfortunately for Favre, the player is still there :)

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              • #8
                Merriman didnt say that he would never do it again.. and he didnt really say that he wouldnt do it this season..

                basically he said he was putting it on the shelf... the dance isnt gone - or at least thats waht ive come to understand


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                • #9
                  Mna i loved that thing... those kinda things got me jacked up as a player.. i was that kind of player when ever i made a play... i hope he brings it back sometime... maybe he will when he will in a tight game where he see's his team needs a boost?

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                  • #10
                    Merriman's sack dance should integrate a needle and a vial.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by robert_in_bigd View Post
                      Merriman's sack dance should integrate a needle and a vial.
                      Oh man. That was a good one. I doubt anyone in this forum has ever heard that one before. Very neccesary post, I'm glad you brought it up in the Chargers team forum. Very neccesary.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by JK17 View Post
                        Oh man. That was a good one. I doubt anyone in this forum has ever heard that one before. Very neccesary post, I'm glad you brought it up in the Chargers team forum. Very neccesary.
                        It amazes me that this cheater was aloud to play in the pro bowl after a 4 game steroid suspension.

                        To bad Wimbley didnt take illegal drugs, maybe he would have had 17 sacks as a rookie.

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                        • #13
                          u can hate merriman steriods or not hes one of the best LB's in the game


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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by robert_in_bigd View Post
                            Merriman's sack dance should integrate a needle and a vial.
                            i gotta give this one credit, if i werent a charger fan thats something id like to have thought of to say....

                            but i am a charger fan and i like merriman... If he goes out and repeats his clean rookie year preformance, his clean first few games (he tested okay before the season) or his clean last few games (he tested okay after the suspension) then i guess we still have hte best pass rushing LB in the entire league.


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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by JoeMontainya View Post
                              It amazes me that this cheater was aloud to play in the pro bowl after a 4 game steroid suspension.

                              To bad Wimbley didnt take illegal drugs, maybe he would have had 17 sacks as a rookie.

                              I agree, i think if wimbley took steroids 17 would easily have been reachable - in 16 games.


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