CHARGERS: Defensive line coming together Lenny Ignelzi Chargers defensive end Kendall Reyes (91) battles rookie offensive tackle Michael Harris at training camp last week. (Lenny Ignelzi | Associated Press) 8 hours ago • By SCOTT BAIR email@example.com SAN DIEGO — The defensive line has always been an entertaining group. They're a fun follow on Twitter, with banter quick and witty. Most all of them are good with a joke, and would rather keep things light during downtime. The bond among them is strong despite the youth movement undertaken in recent seasons, which has elevated Vaughn Martin and Corey Liuget to starting ends and Cam Thomas to an increased role as reserve nose tackle behind ringleader Antonio Garay. Rookie Kendall Reyes and veteran Aubrayo Franklin have been added, while elder statesman Jacques Cesaire is the sage that brings them all along. It's generally a fun and loud section of the locker room media rarely enter without a bit of good-natured heckling. But they all also have a switch, and know when it's time to get down to serious business. There is a consensus that, despite few names you often focus on, the group could be as productive as ever. Martin and Liuget have experience beyond their years, and they have a wide array of talents at their disposal. "People assume that talent breaks down to simple things like strength and speed, but it's more complex than that," Garay said. "The cool thing is that every guy brings something different to the table. And we do so much rotation and moving around that it makes us hard to scheme against." The goal among the group is more about moving pockets and stopping interior runs than crushing quarterbacks, vital if not flashy elements to a quality defense. "That's where fantasy football has taken us," Chargers coach Norv Turner said. "I know the job isn't thankless for the guys that play with them and know all the contributions they make and the hard work they do." There were times, most notably in early 2009 and again in 2011, when the defensive line depth was exposed due to key injuries. Those trials gave youth valuable experience that is starting to pay off. "There's natural talent among guys like Vaughn and Cam and Corey, but now we're seeing really good technique to go along with it," Cesaire said. "We have a group of reliable guys, which is necessary because of how often we rotate guys in and out. It's still early, but it's setting up to be a really good group." Rarely is there a position group so reliant on the whole for success. Especially with the heavy rotation the Chargers use, it's far less about the starting three than the package of six or seven. That adds real value to position-group chemistry, which starts as much on the field. That's especially true as they adjust to variations in new coordinator John Pagano's scheme. "There's no better bonding agent than learning," Garay said. "While we have a lot of continuity, we're also on our third defensive coordinator in three seasons and we're all adjusting to new aspects of the scheme. Learning as a group helps with cohesiveness. We're all going through the same thing." So do the group outings that have become a staple among the defensive line, even as it interchanges select parts. "The veterans keep up the traditions we as linemen have," Garay said. "Just because you're teammates, people on the outside assume that you're friends. In this case, that's the absolute truth. We have fun. We know when it's time to get down to business."