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NickNRickShep

  • joined Jan 03, 2012
  • last login Apr 24, 2014
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I grew up in San Diego, and have been a die-hard Charger fan for life - I vividly remember watching every minute of the 1-15 season, the Ryan Leaf debacle and our eventual resurrection by Lord Tomlinson. I was a fullback and linebacker at Coronado High School, and was regulated to mostly blocking for 3 years at Claremont McKenna College. With all the knowledge that's been knocked out of my head (4 concussions! Consider me Stan Humphries-Lite!), I'll do my best to bring a running back's eyes and perspective, break down a few plays, scout a few players, and generally be a cantankerous asshole.

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  • MLB San Diego Padres
  • NBA Los Angeles Lakers
  • NFL San Diego Chargers
User Blog

2014 Offseason Position Preview: Running Back

Examining the 2014 San Diego Chargers' tight end position, including possible offseason moves.

The Chargers backed into the NFL playoffs

Look, I think we're all happy the Chargers are in the playoffs. But let's take a closer look at how they really got there, and if Mike McCoy deserves all the credit the media is heaping upon him.

The future of the Chargers with Mike McCoy is okay

Someone replaced resident angry person and "cantankerous" BFTB staff writer Nick Shepherd with someone who's singing kumbaya and enjoys rainbows and butterflies, and is hopeful about the future of the San Diego Chargers.

How the San Diego Chargers Lost the Bye Week

There are three pillars to "winning" the bye week: rest, preparation and installation. The Chargers did not win their bye week. We'll take a look at how each may have affected the game against the Washington Redskins, and also see how bye week perfor

Chargers vs. Colts: Twitter Reactions

Taking a look at how the Chargers vs. Colts game played out on Twitter by examining the most tweeted terms and the sentiment (how Twitter felt on a scale of 0-100) for the teams themselves.

Hidden plays that helped the Chargers win

A look back at some of the "hidden" plays that helped the San Diego Chargers win on Sunday. These are plays that you won't find in the box score or a stat sheet.

Is that Ryan Mathews?!? Who is that guy?

Nick Shepherd has been blown away by the changes in Ryan Mathews throughout the Chargers 2013 preseason. He's run hard, run well, and he's looked good while doing it. What's changed?

Nick's Diary: Chargers vs Bears (Preseason)

Nick Shepard watched the Chargers play against Chicago with his laptop in hand. What came out was a stream of consciousness on the offense along with a few random observations about defense, special teams and commentating.

Reacting to GQ's Oral History of Junior Seau

This week, GQ released an oral history of beloved San Diego Chargers linebacker Junior Seau. It contains some pretty amazing stories from some of the men who knew him best, through his incredible playing career all the way through to his death.

Most Important Chargers: #23 Jarret Johnson

With training camp underway, we preview the 25 most important players on the San Diego Chargers roster in 2013. Next up is Jarret Johnson, general badass and frightening looking person.

Using hindsight to grade the 2003 Chargers Draft

Hindsight is always 20/20, right? So why don't we step back 10 years and grade the Chargers' 2003 draft based on what we know today.

Where do you watch Chargers games?

Nick lets you know where he watches the games and wants you to tell us the same.

Just how easily could a rookie QB replace Rivers?

Football is evolving, and one of the effects of that has been better rookie QB play. We'll take a shot at explaining why that is, and what it might mean for the Chargers.

The Ryan Mathews Chronicles: Who dat? Edition

Breaking down plays that are most illustrative of what Ryan brings to the table and what he takes away.

My Junior Seau Story

Nick Shepherd shares his story of meeting Junior Seau on the golf course as a 8-year-old, and having milkshakes with the former Chargers Linebacker.

NFL Draft: What's the logic in selecting Fluker?

Why selecting D.J. Fluker 11th overall was the wrong move.

Draft Time: Evaluating the Inside Linebackers

Nick Shepherd takes a look at Inside Linebacker prospects that are projected to be selected the first couple rounds, in hopes of finding a suitable replacement for Takeo Spikes in the San Diego Chargers' defense.

Ryan Mathews: The Tale of the Tape

Nick Shepherd has a great hatred for the decisions Ryan Mathews' makes on the football field. Here's him explaining why the San Diego Chargers Running Back struggles to be productive or stay healthy.

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