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How Russell Okung Changed the Chargers' Culture

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    February 11, 2018 7:03 PM PST

    Russell Okung was named to his second career Pro Bowl earlier this week for his outstanding play on the field.

    It was certainly warranted as the left tackle was a rock protecting Philip Rivers’ blindside while paving the way for a career-year for Melvin Gordon.

    it’s his contributions off the field that were equally,However,Authentic Allen Robinson Jersey, if not more? impactful.

    After all,Authentic Jalen Ramsey Jersey, the veteran helped usher in a much needed culture change along the offensive line.

    Head Coach Anthony Lynn insisted a culture change was necessary from the minute he was hired,womens Chris Jones Jersey, and there is no denying Okung played a pivotal role in doing just that.

    Just ask Philip Rivers.

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    The chance to instill a new culture was a factor in Okung’s decision to join the Chargers as he was a highly coveted free agent last offseason.

    “This year was definitely a transition year for sure,” he said. “I’m really happy because I had the chance to just walk into a place that’s really trying to shift their culture and the mentality of the organization. I’m glad I can be a part of that.”

    So, does Okung agree that he was a big part of that culture change?

    ” he said humbly. “I try to be a be a guy who comes in here and is all about professionalism,“I hope so, my work and work ethic. Hopefully that’s been reflected in my work every single day.”

    Of course, just because the Bolts changed a big part of their culture doesn’t mean the work is done.,womens Jalen Ramsey Jersey,

    If anything,womens Allen Robinson Jersey it’s only just begun.

    One area the entire team wanted to improve entering the 2017 season was their mental and physical toughness and grit. To that end,Authentic Chris Jones Jersey, Okung believes the guys up front showed what type of heart they possess.

    it’s getting there. We definitely showed grit and resilience with the way we fought back from 0-4. Now,Authentic KeiVarae Russell Jersey,Authentic Mitch Morse Jersey, we have some places to grow in terms of maturity,“The toughness,Authentic Steven Nelson Jersey,womens Mitch Morse Jersey, and toughness that comes with consistence in play. I think that’s something we’ll figure out really quick.”

    making the Super Bowl twice during his tenure with the Seattle Seahawks,womens Steven Nelson Jersey, including a 43-8 victory in Super Bowl XLVIII. The veteran knows Rome wasn’t built in a day,Authentic Jeremy Maclin Jersey,Okung is no stranger to championship level teams, but he firmly believes the Bolts planted the seeds necessary for a high level of sustained success in 2017.

    ” he said. “The guys are really positive. Win or lose,womens Jeremy Maclin Jersey, no matter what was going on,Authentic Patrick Mahomes II Jersey,“That’s starting to come together, guys were always positive and willing to overcome. That’s a key attribute you want to see in any championship team. Guys who understand how to overcome adversity and any issues that may arise.”