The Return Of Shawne Merriman

travis proctorCorrespondent IMay 28, 2009

SAN DIEGO - NOVEMBER 11:  Shawne Merriman #56 of the San Diego Chargers walks off the field celebrating his team's 23-21 win over the Indianapolis Colts during their NFL game on November 11, 2007 at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego, California.  (Photo by Donald Miralle/Getty Images)

The most devastating injury the Chargers had to endure in 2009 was the loss of Shawne Merriman. After watching the defense get torched time and time again last season it was easy to see how much Merriman was missed.

The return of Merriman this season should fill a huge hole in the Chargers pass rush. However Merriman's future is also in question because he becomes a free agent at the end of the season.

I would love to interview him before the start of the upcoming season to see what his expectations are and what his future plans are.

Below are my questions:

First of all how's the knee feeling?

Before last season you stated that you thought you could play with the injury. Looking back was that just competitive spirit or did you really think you could go?

What was the hardest part about sitting out last season?

Coming back from a serious knee injury is very difficult, what has been the biggest hurdle for you?

Does this team have confidence in Norv Turner to guide them to a championship?

Is anything short of a super bowl victory a disappointment for this team?

What will be the biggest challenge for the Chargers this year?

There has been very high expectations for this team for the past couple years, would you consider this a do-or-die season?

What will the defense change this season to be more successful against the pass?

What are your personal goals for the season?

What do you think of the way management handled LT's situation?

Have you been having contract talks with management at all? If so how are they going? If not why do you think they haven't reached out to you yet?

Do you think you will be a San Diego Charger next season? And as of now do you want to be a Charger next season?

What do you think of A.J. Smith?

And Lastly where did the lights out dance come from?


Shawne Merriman is one of my favorite players in the NFL. Merriman always seems to conduct himself like a professional off the field and has an on field intensity matched by few.

I personally think the Chargers have serious front office issues. They made a smart move to work things out with LT and they would be very wise to make sure and keep Merriman around for a long time.