Week 17, 2012: Last Game for Quentin Jammer as a Charger?

Chargers President Dean Spanos will have to focus on many changes next season. A big one will definitely be the head coach position.

Although Spanos never confirmed Norv Turner´s firing at the end the season, we´ll certainly get to see a new face on the Chargers´ sideline in 2013. Additionally, General Manager A.J. Smith, who has been sitting on the hot seat for quite a while now, will probably have to leave the Chargers organization.

So it will be interesting to see who will be in charge of roster decisions next year.

But whoever will be making the Chargers’ football decisions in 2013, Quentin Jammer probably won´t be listed as cornerback on the San Diego Chargers roster anymore.

According to yesterday’s U-T article by Kevin Acee, Jammer knows his time in San Diego as a Charger is coming to an end; or to use his words: “Last year, I guess.”

Quentin Jammer was selected with the fifth overall pick in the 2002 NFL draft by the San Diego Chargers.

In his rookie year, Jammer couldn´t make an impact and only started four games. The following year, he started at the cornerback position, and that’s where he’s been ever since.

As a starter for the San Diego Chargers, he only missed two games, so today´s game will be his 172nd with the Chargers. Not many (former) Chargers players can look at more career games as a Charger, except for former Guard Doug Wilkerson (1971-1984), tackle Russ Washington (1968-1982), Dan Fouts (1973-1987) and of course our buddy and linebacker legend Junior Seau (1990-2002).

Jammer had a rough year in 2011 going through a painful divorce followed by unhealthy drinking habits. Referring to Junior Seau´s suicide on May 2 this year, he said: “I’m not going to pretend to know what Junior was going through. But I’ve been there. I’ve thought about it.”

It should be no surprise that his personal problems also affected his performance on the field. Again to use his words: “Last year, let’s just put it out there, was not my best year.”

He tried to bounce back this season. He had his moments, e.g. in the first half against the Denver Broncos in week 6, where he recorded his first (and probably only) touchdown of his career.

But after all he wasn´t able to play on the same level as he did in past years, e.g. from 2006 to 2010.

And let’s not forget the fact that Jammer is in the final year of his contract and the Chargers have two young corners which are making names for themselves on the field, which indicates the end of his Bolts career.

As unlikely as it may seem that he´ll still be playing cornerback in 2013 for the San Diego Chargers, there is a possibility we´ll see Quentin Jammer in a Charger uniform on the field next season. Not as cornerback, but as strong safety!

Atari Bigby had some good games, but it doesn´t look like he is “the” man for this position in San Diego. And as Brandon Taylor and Darrell Stuckey will both finish this season on injured reserve, the (new) General Manager may consider some changes at that position. And that could open the chance for Quentin Jammer to be the guy next to Eric Weedle in the last line of the Chargers´ defense.

It is known that some fans would love to see him playing strong safety for the Chargers. But it is unclear whether or not he would even consider making that move. Under head coach Norv Turner a transition like that seemed unlikely to happen. But as we already know, Norv won´t be coaching the San Diego Chargers in 2013, so maybe we will also experience a development in this case.

Let’s just hope for it. It would be cool to see him retire as a Charger.

Thank you for reading and feel free to share your thoughts in comments section below.

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5 comments
JAM_I_AM_23
JAM_I_AM_23 like.author.displayName 1 Like

@Bolts_NFL_Music @finerfinish The day I was drafted I already had it already in my mind that I would finish my career as a safety

gpettooh
gpettooh

@JAM_I_AM_23 I hope u stay in daygo my man! You're understanding of the game will transfer well into saftey position! #Respect!

Bolts_NFL_Music
Bolts_NFL_Music

Sounds GREAT! RT @JAM_I_AM_23: @Bolts_NFL_Music The day I was drafted I already had it in my mind that I would finish my career as a safety

CoachRRRjr
CoachRRRjr

I'd love to see him at SS. He's tweeted lately that he'd be open to the positional switch. He still packs a punch when he tackles, but he cannot stay with these young WRs anymore. It sure would be nice to see a Charger veteran stay with us until he retired...

Bolts_NFL_music
Bolts_NFL_music

@CoachRRRjr Yeah heard of that too. But as Charger fan you´re hearing a lot of things these days about our Bolts. Not too sure what to believe...but a lot of changes have to be made, the offseason will be interesting. Thanks for reading!