First Impressions

You only get one chance to make them.

As with everything so far in my NFL experience, I have mixed feelings coming away from this first preseason game. Let’s start with the optimistic view…

– I wasn’t nervous come game time. Leading up to kickoff I felt the anxiety starting to build, but as soon as we came out of that tunnel, it just felt like a football game. I was actually able to sit back and enjoy the roar of the crowd and the excitement in the air.
– I played. I wasn’t sure how much playing time (if any) that I would get, so it was good to have a couple drives in the second half.
– I was assignment-sound. I knew what I was doing on every play, and didn’t have any mental mistakes.


In the tunnel before taking the field


– I didn’t do anything impressive. I had a few carries for probably 6 yards. I was hit in the backfield on a couple plays, but if I would have hit the holes quicker I might have made it through.
– I screwed up pretty badly on one play. I completely whiffed on a block in pass protection, and the guy hit the QB. It was hard to recover mentally after that. The coach is going to tear me a new one when we watch it on film.

It may sound like I’m being too hard on myself, but there are two things that are unacceptable to do as an NFL running back: fumble, and mess up on pass protection. It feels like every time I take a step forward, I take 2 steps back, and it’s getting frustrating. But I guess all I can do is learn from my mistake and move on.


Ultimately, that was only the first preseason game. I have three more chances to play up to my potential and make something happen on the field. Next stop: Dallas, TX.


~ by izikoosumohdum on August 11, 2011.

5 Responses to “First Impressions”

  1. Isaac,
    I can honestly say that your game last night was the first pre-season football game I have watch from beginning to end. I was thrilled to see you on the field and to hear your name called by the announcers. Keep up the hard work and good things will happen. As Kirby Pucket always said ” Don’t worry man, the cream always rises to the top”.
    Your day to shine is coming.

  2. ODOM.. Keep your head up and do what you do “play ball”..

  3. Good luck in Dallas, I’ll be rooting for you

  4. Isaac, I like the blog. Yeah, I thought you were a little hard on yourself, too. I will say it was neat seeing you out there, going from UMD to the Chargers in what seems like the blink of an eye. Considering it was your first game action since blowing your knee — I mean, that can’t be understated — I thought you looked fast running with your teammate on the big kickoff return for a TD. You certainly don’t look out of place, that’s for sure.
    Love the photo. If possible, please e-mail that to me at as I’d like to use it for an upcoming story. Just make sure it’s OK and let me know who to credit.
    Thanks, Jon Nowacki, Duluth News Tribune

  5. Practices will become tougher as the Chargers get closer to the regular season. The Bulldog Family is pulling for you! When the “Going gets tough the tough get going”. Have a strong two weeks!

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