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Chargers yank Cason out of nickel role

As the San Diego Chargers attempt to fix another season that is starting with unfulfilled expectations, we’re told that the team is making another change in the secondary.

During the bye week, starting safety Clinton Hart was cut.  Now, a league source tells us that cornerback Antoine Cason, the team’s nickel back, has been taken out of that role.

Per the source, Cason will be replaced by safety Steve Gregory.

Cason, a first-round pick in 2008, hasn’t committed any obvious blunders.  In fact, he leads the team with two interceptions in five games.

The problem with the San Diego defense, by all appearances, has been the inability of the front seven to generate a pass rush, along with so-so play from the safeties.  So moving one of them to nickel corner in passing situations doesn’t make a whole lot of sense.

Then again, most of the things the Chargers have done lately don’t make much sense, either.

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23 Responses to “Chargers yank Cason out of nickel role”
  1. chapnasty says: Oct 22, 2009 3:29 PM

    Yet another reason why Norv Turner should never be a head coach in this league.

  2. Erdie says: Oct 22, 2009 3:45 PM

    They can play whoever they want, but as long as Norv is the coach the will suck.

  3. 2000TJ says: Oct 22, 2009 3:46 PM

    He was only one playing worth a damn in that secondary. The defesive coordinator is in way over his head. He has been outcoached (along) with Norv in every game.
    It was soooooo apparent during their Denver game. McDaniels and Nolan just out played them at every turn. San Diego defense was helpless with all the schemes and packages thrown their way. And the offence and blitz packages confused Rivers to the point where he was just throwing the ball up for grabs hopeing to get a play.
    San Diego played good for about one or two drives until the masterminds of Denver made the adjustments and left them in the dust.
    Sorry Norv, time to hang it up. You too LT.

  4. BoltFan17 says: Oct 22, 2009 3:49 PM

    Who is your source? Sounds like gossip. R u the perezhilton of the NFL?

  5. Erdie says: Oct 22, 2009 3:50 PM

    They can play whoever they want, but as long as Norv is the coach the will suck.

  6. shawnc16 says: Oct 22, 2009 4:01 PM

    BoltFan17 says:
    October 22, 2009 3:49 PM
    Who is your source? Sounds like gossip. R u the perezhilton of the NFL?
    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
    Uhhh you realize you are on a news and RUMORS website right? So the commetn about “that sounds like gossip ” doesn’t really make much sense. But all we have to do is wait til the next Charger game and we’ll see. Hell we may find out before then based on practice.
    And yes ” i’m talking about practice”

  7. Andy says: Oct 22, 2009 4:01 PM

    The defensive issues the Chargers have this year pretty much mirror the problems the Broncos had last year.
    No pass rush > Secondary looks bad > coaches start cutting/signing/shuffling defensive backs > defensive chaos ensues!

  8. just_a_cigar says: Oct 22, 2009 4:03 PM

    Just imagine the chaos that’s sure to occur after the Bolts lose in Kansas City this Sunday.

  9. Andy says: Oct 22, 2009 4:19 PM

    I think the Chargers will lose in KC this weekend.
    The Broncos are going to have this division wrapped up by late November.

  10. OntBoltFan says: Oct 22, 2009 4:19 PM

    Not seeing this on any SD newstation. Not sure what else you are saying doesn’t make sense because the only thing else they have done recently is cut an underachieving safety.
    Team is wout its starting DT in the 3-4 and 3 LBs have injuries and LT is not all the way back from an anle sprain. DEN had a great game and were fortunate with a few of their blitzes in a game that had lead changes throughout. If they didn’t get 14 pts from st they would have lost the game. As well the Stokely TD actually wasn’t if you watch the replay.
    Season is still young. DEN has a brutal schedule upcoming so lots of time for SD to win another AFCW title.

  11. BoltFan17 says: Oct 22, 2009 4:19 PM

    i understand the concept of the sit but if there is a source who is it?

  12. BoltFan17 says: Oct 22, 2009 4:21 PM

    The Bolts will prevail even with the worst head coach in the league.

  13. Marvin4116 says: Oct 22, 2009 4:30 PM

    Would rather see Cason moved to DB and Cromartie moved to the nickle DB. This is the role he played when he had all the picks.
    I had hopes for Ron Rivera…hopes have faded.

  14. TD21 says: Oct 22, 2009 4:36 PM

    When i first read the comment i thought they may be shifting Jammer to safety and playing Cason full time. At this point if it get’s pressure on the QB then fine. Some of these moves that AJ/Norv are making are not what I was expecting..

  15. TheDPR says: Oct 22, 2009 4:51 PM

    The problem there isn’t the secondary.
    First, the head coach is a buffoon. Not quite of Wade Philips proportions but he’s working on it.
    Second, there are two problems right in the heart of the defense: Stephen Cooper is limping around hurt and Shawne Merriman just isn’t very good.
    Third, their defensive line has not one guy worth a double team. If you’re not a Chargers fan and you don’t live in SoCal, can you name one of them?

  16. tedskro says: Oct 22, 2009 4:58 PM

    Huge Arizona Wildcats fan here and taking Cason out of the lineup is just a dumb move in college he was one of the most technically sound corners I have seen inm a while he just does everything right this is an awful move I have caught some Chargers games just to watch him and he seems to normally be in good position and do the right thing. I hope the release him so maybe he can get to a team that really appreciates him

  17. bcharge says: Oct 22, 2009 5:29 PM

    “Third, their defensive line has not one guy worth a double team. If you’re not a Chargers fan and you don’t live in SoCal, can you name one of them?”
    I am a Chargers fan and can name all of them, but none of them are worth a double team, and that is why the front gets pushed around every game. Starting NT Jamal Williams was the key to this defense just like the nose is the key to any 3-4. Wait and see what happens to the Jets with Jenkins out…

  18. Slow Joe says: Oct 22, 2009 7:14 PM

    Huge Arizona Wildcats fan here and taking Cason out of the lineup is just a dumb move in college he was one of the most technically sound corners I have seen inm a while he just does everything right this is an awful move I have caught some Chargers games just to watch him and he seems to normally be in good position and do the right thing. I hope the release him so maybe he can get to a team that really appreciates him
    Come on, man. It’s called punctuation. Try a period or a comma somewhere so the rest of us can attempt to understand what the hell you’re trying to say.

  19. 56lightsout56 says: Oct 22, 2009 8:31 PM

    Gregory couldnt cover a bed with a blanket.
    Norv and AJ; the west coast version of Mangenius & Kokinis.
    I’d throw them both in the pacific, but I’d get cited for polluting the ocean.

  20. Filbertkiwi71 says: Oct 22, 2009 8:37 PM

    Here we go with the Norv bashing again. I am Shocked I tell you, shocked.
    Um, Norv isn’t in control of the defense, Ron Rivera is.
    All that is wrong in Chargerville, can’t be laid at the feet of Norv Turner. Anyone who has two brain cells to rub together knows that.

  21. SoCalDave says: Oct 22, 2009 8:57 PM

    The Chargers will always be average with Norv.

  22. SmackMyVickUp says: Oct 22, 2009 8:59 PM

    Hardly blitz at all. Rivera looks subdued at times on the sideline, not his play style, think Norv drugs him before games.
    The old Rivera would bring 7 on pass plays if that’s what it took to get a rush.

  23. thebootguy says: Oct 22, 2009 9:53 PM

    Just think how funny Norv’s lost befuddled look will be when the Chiefs whip them Sunday! Spanos will start looking at everybody from A.J. on down! As a Bronco fan, I love it!!!!!

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