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Acee: Ranking the Chargers roster 1-53

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  1. Blue Bolt

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    Ranking the Chargers roster, 1-53
    By Kevin Acee 3:23 P.M. SEPT. 4, 2013


    After the August auditions and then a few days of plugging and patching, we know who the 2013 Chargers players are. For now.

    We don’t know exactly what everyone’s roles will be. But we have an idea who must perform in order for this still-evolving team to succeed.

    In the most team-oriented of games, deducing one player’s importance over another is, at best, subjective and, at worst, folly. Nonetheless, what follows is my annual ranking of the Chargers roster.

    Reminder: It is not a ranking of talent but of estimated importance to the success of the team.

    1. Ryan Mathews.
    They need more than 184 carries, more than one touchdown, fewer than two broken clavicles. He’s talented. Stays healthy and the Chargers have a shot.

    2. Philip Rivers. He is an elite quarterback. Regains his presence in pocket, the Chargers have a shot.

    3-7. King Dunlap, Chad Rinehart, Nick Hardwick, Jeromey Clary and D.J. Fluker.
    These are the front men for Nos. 1 and 2.

    8. Dwight Freeney. He can still get after the quarterback. We don’t know who else on the Chargers’ edge can. Potential to impact games like no defender here since 2007. Needs to stay healthy (at age 33).

    9. Danny Woodhead. Finally, something resembling a fix to the big hole left by little Darren Sproles. His pass catching, pass blocking can make up for a lot of deficiencies on this offense.

    10. Antonio Gates. Running unfettered. Looks lighter. Should he turn back to the clock to early 2010, this Chargers team could be better than expected.

    11. Eric Weddle. His specialness is largely in his ability to elevate those around him. He’ll need to do that with an all new secondary.

    12. Corey Liuget. With five sacks and three more tackles for loss in the final six games of 2012, he revolutionized what we considered the game-changing ability of a defensive end around here.

    13. Cam Thomas. Too high? It’s an undrafted rookie behind him. Dictating the line is something Thomas is capable of. Consistency will be paramount.

    14. Malcom Floyd. So awesome when he’s healthy. Can’t be overused, though, as he has been at times. But someone has to be a threat to take pressure off Gates.

    15. John Phillips. Sure, he can catch too. But his work helping out the still-learning Fluker may come to be appreciated more than anything.

    16. Donald Butler. Prized not just for the plays he makes – tackles and takeaways – but for his leadership.

    17. Manti Te’o. His health and matriculation (or lack of both) could be looked back on as one of the most crucial factors in how this team fares.

    18. Vincent Brown. We’ve cut him slack for injury-induced slow start to his career, but the time has come for him to add more than flashes of brilliance. (Same reason as Floyd.)

    19. Nick Novak.
    You can’t have the kicker lower than this. Chargers have lost seven games by three points or less over the past three (playoff-less) seasons.
    20. Derek Cox. Has potential to make Tom Telesco look brilliant or like he was duped. Injury history cannot become injury present (but it usually does).

    21. Shareece Wright. Has potential to be almost as dangerous to other teams as he has been to his own team in practice.

    22. Mike Scifres. On a team that will require precision special teams, a punter who puts it inside the 20 more frequently than any other is crucial.

    23. Kendall Reyes. Strong finish to ’12 merits belief he can be cornerstone with Liuget for years to come.

    24. Jarret Johnson. More than a tough guy, but that’s what has him this high.

    25. Bront Bird. At least that season’s start, he’s important filling in for Te’o.

    26. Marcus Gilchrist. Whether at safety or nickel, he has to be steady.

    27. Richard Marshall. Needs to be close to the presence he was most of the past six seasons.

    28. Keenan Allen. What he does as receiver this year is a bonus. Just don’t drop punts, kid.

    29. Eddie Royal. A talented tease or finally healthy?

    30. Mike Windt. We shall never forget how important the long snapper is.

    31-34. Kwame Geathers, Sean Lissemore, Jarius Wynn and Drake Nevis. Rotation on defensive line is more important than most realize.

    35. Larry English. If he becomes who A.J. Smith thought he was, English is due some apologies.

    36. Seyi Ajirotutu. You want to put No. 5 wideout lower, but Rivers trusts this kid.

    37. Reggie Walker. Here for special teams, which is enough. But could end up playing big role in middle of defense.

    38. Ladarius Green. If Rivers can find him like backup QBs did in preseason, he’ll be a trendy fantasy pickup.

    39. Brandon Taylor. Was ready to be starting strong safety last season. Don’t know what to expect first year back from ACL tear.

    40. Fozzy Whittaker. No offense, but you hope he makes his name as kick returner and not as guy filling in for Mathews.

    41. Terrell Manning. Here because depth needed at inside linebacker and help on special teams.

    42. Darrell Stuckey. A special teamer. A really good one.

    43. Andrew Gachkar. Ditto.

    44. Le’Ron McClain. Not even sure how fullback fits into this offense.

    45. Tourek Williams. Developing, which is not a good thing for Chargers at present.

    46. Johnny Patrick. Two concussion is August make him tenuous.

    47. Jahleel Addae. A lot yet to learn, but has potential and physicality.

    48. Rich Ohrnberger. Given that Chargers have used 20 different starting offensive linemen the past three years, he’ll probably be starting by November.

    49. Ronnie Brown. If Woodhead, Mathews healthy, Brown is a nice luxury.

    50. Johnnie Troutman. Doing rookie year over.

    51. Mike Harris. Give the kid credit. You didn’t think he’d make it. Improved, but you don’t want him playing this year.

    52. Charlie Whitehurst. You certainly hope the backup QB isn’t more important than this.

    53. Brad Sorensen. Should probably be 52, in that he’s running the scout team during the week.
     
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    Ranking the "importance" of a player to the team is an incredibly stupid idea, even for Acee.
     
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    So the season is in this guys hands? :roflmao:
     
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    Almost as stupid as ranking Mathews ahead of Rivers in importance to the team's success.
     
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    Offensive line should be 1-5. They will dictate how our season goes
     
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    If Mathews goes down (or is ineffective), we still have a team. If Rivers goes down (or is ineffective), we're going 0-16. It's that simple, I like the rest of the list though.
     
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    This team will ride or die with their protection, and their pass rush.

    When they can't protect Rivers or create space for Mathews, the offense is weak and turnover prone. Don't give them any room to work with and both of them are fumble prone.

    When we can't get a decent rush, the secondary gets torched, when you give QBs an eternity to drop back and pick out a pass, there is only so long you can reasonably expect a DB to cover their guy.
     
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    Exactly. One of the things that makes such a list so stupid is that the QB will be #1 on 99% of the time, and Acee doesn't even get that right. Acee seems to think that it would be a bigger blow for the team to lose Mathews to a season-ending injury than to lose Rivers. He's clearly delusional.
     
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    Between Fozzy, Brown, and Woodhead we'd deal with the loss somehow.

    Lose Rivers, and you're looking at the abyss. :eek:
     
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    You also need better coverage. Even when we had decent pressure last year, it often went for naught because Cason and Jammer were playing so far off the receivers. Don't give the QB a wide open window to throw into.
     

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