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Divorce contributed to Quentin Jammer’s subpar 2011

Cecil Shorts,  Quentin Jammer AP

Chargers cornerback Quentin Jammer did not have a good year in 2011.

Opposing teams picked on him to the tune of 10.2 yards per attempt on passes thrown in his direction, a big jump from his previous numbers and a contributing factor to Jammer giving up six touchdowns over the course of the year. Jammer, the longest-tenured Chargers player, broke up only eight passes thrown in his direction and looked lost on the field.

As it turns out, he was. Jammer sat down with Kevin Acee of the San Diego Union-Tribune to talk about last season and he didn’t pull too many punches. He admitted that 2011 was not his best year and said that part of the reason for his drop in play was the divorce he was going through off the field. It led him to drink too much and broke the confidence that is necessary to succeed on the field. Jammer described a blown coverage against the Bears and said that he was too “mentally shot” to do anything about it.

“I would try to shake myself out of it, get the cobwebs out and just think,” Jammer said. “But there were so many things to deal with, so much was going through my head. I couldn’t focus. I’ve always been a resilient guy. You get knocked down, you jump back up. But I never thought I’d come out the end of this … The only thing you can think of is the bad (stuff).”

Jammer admitted to still being affected by fallout from the divorce, but it sounds like he’s working with a larger support system now than he was during the season. Jammer says he feels he owes Norv Turner and his teammates a better effort this season and vowed not to let off-field things distract him on the field this time around.

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18 Responses to “Divorce contributed to Quentin Jammer’s subpar 2011”
  1. johnnyjagfan says: Jun 3, 2012 9:48 AM

    Divorce is right up there on the psychological impact level with death of a parent or permanent physical injury to yourself. Surely it impacts your work. Honest guy.

  2. necromerlin says: Jun 3, 2012 10:23 AM

    Nice to see players like Jammer and Brandon Marshall being open and honest about problems off the field. It’s a culture change needed in the league to avoid further tragedies like Seau.

  3. sd5547 says: Jun 3, 2012 10:27 AM

    Did Norv go through a divorce last season as well?

  4. raiderinva says: Jun 3, 2012 10:33 AM

    I have been watching Quentin Jammer for years now play for the Chargers. Trust me, last year was no different then any other year. He gets picked on constantly and on occasion he will have help over the top and make a play.

    When a corner routinely gets almost 50 tackles a year, it’s because the other team is successfully and consistently throwing at him.

  5. jacobslatter says: Jun 3, 2012 10:42 AM

    A lesson for all wealthy (or not) men tying the knot to get a prenuptial agreement. This isn’t some fairy tale La-La Land we live in, dudes have to look out for themselves. If woman don’t like it then someone else is out there.

  6. tombradyallday says: Jun 3, 2012 11:17 AM

    he has the perfect name for a corner, jammer

  7. Kyle Orton's Hangover says: Jun 3, 2012 11:35 AM

    Women are evil.

  8. daknight93 says: Jun 3, 2012 11:47 AM

    Never fall in love with a woman cause this is a perfect example of psychological breakdown a man can have when his love fails in a relationship…keep ya head up jammer…appreciate your honesty and hopefully you play better in 2012.

  9. ripseau says: Jun 3, 2012 11:59 AM

    @jacobslatter
    Its not about the $$$ bro. My friend is going through a rough divorce and theyre both broke so $ isnt the issue. Its him waking up and not seeinghis son everyday.
    As much as we want to paint these guys to b celebrities, theyre not, theyre athletes. Most of them have normal lives and normal families because most arent peyton manning. Jammer is a good player but has never had a insane season so hes never had a huge payday (except his draft day). Hes rich but not mike tyson rich.

  10. JaminJake says: Jun 3, 2012 12:04 PM

    raiderinva says:
    Jun 3, 2012 10:33 AM
    I have been watching Quentin Jammer for years now play for the Chargers. Trust me, last year was no different then any other year. He gets picked on constantly and on occasion he will have help over the top and make a play.

    When a corner routinely gets almost 50 tackles a year, it’s because the other team is successfully and consistently throwing at him.

    _________________

    Or he doesn’t shy away from tackling. It’s called run support and Jammer was noted for it coming out of Texas.

    http://www.nfl.com/player/champbailey/2499489/profile

    more than 50 tackles. I can’t believe Bailey got in the NFL!

  11. JaminJake says: Jun 3, 2012 12:06 PM

    Nice to see NFL players open up about their feelings. Maybe that whole men can’t have feelings stigma will disappear also.

  12. pftcensorssuck says: Jun 3, 2012 12:34 PM

    Divorce is a real gut-wrencher, if you give a crap about your relationship and your family.

    Kudos to Jammer for understanding how what he has gone through has impacted his life like this. It’s the first step to moving on.

  13. cornersss says: Jun 3, 2012 1:04 PM

    bad excuse. Not sure about anyone else thats ever been on almost ANY ball field. Off field issues almost never come into my mind when im on the football field hitting and running. You should be too tired to think about anything else.

    So im not sure if im buying it. Hes going be 33 in a couple weeks. That probably has more to do with it then his drinking problem and off field issues

  14. cornersss says: Jun 3, 2012 1:10 PM

    “Divorce is right up there on the psychological impact level with death of a parent or permanent physical injury to yourself. Surely it impacts your work. Honest guy.”

    You shouldn’t be on the field if you cant play or have your head in it, you could get hurt or hurt someone else.

    Should fans have to pay hundreds of dollars to see a player with his head not in it?

    People are too quick to accept his reason for playing poorly, and not asking why didn’t he speak up earlier? Was anyone watching Jammer? Why must these things always get brought up after the fact? Someone in the nfl should be watching troubled players on all the teams.Theres a lot of players that obviously need some help or a hand to get through issues they are dealing with.

  15. playin2x says: Jun 3, 2012 1:35 PM

    Philip rivers said the same thing

  16. covercorner says: Jun 3, 2012 2:37 PM

    This is a new excuse for poor play.

  17. raiderapologist says: Jun 3, 2012 4:34 PM

    JaminJake says: Jun 3, 2012 12:06 PM

    Nice to see NFL players open up about their feelings. Maybe that whole men can’t have feelings stigma will disappear also.

    Anger is a feeling. And you sensitive types are pissing me off!

  18. joetoronto says: Jun 4, 2012 5:27 AM

    This is the main reason the Chargers won’t ever win a damn thing, they make excuses for everything.

    The real kicker though, is that their fans back them up.

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