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Chargers 2013 Season in Review

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  1. AnteaterCharger

    AnteaterCharger Calibrating Bolttalk, Podcast by Podcast Staff Member Super Moderator Podcaster

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    The Chargers came into the 2013 season with the belief that this would be nothing more than a rebuilding year. The team had finally jettisoned Norv Turner and AJ Smith after three years of mediocrity approaching failure. The Chargers had a new coaching staff, a new group managing player movement, a roster littered with underperforming players and very limited cap space. At the time few of the free agent moves were considered to be slam dunk A’s, many were seen as ways to add depth and decent starters in a cost effective manner. At the end of the season, a lot of those opinions changed. Some free agents that were considered depth finds ended up being great contributors during the year, including players brought in before or during the regular season. Same goes with the draft which had a few good players added but wasn’t seen in many circles as an A draft. The draft netted the Chargers three starters including two rookie of the year candidates and an undrafted free agent that might end up a starter. Chargers fans can


    Grades for Chargers 2013 Draft


    1st Round - D.J. Fluker OT Alabama

    Brought a new attitude and intensity to the OL not seen since Dielman retired. Never made the same mistake twice, the normal was very good run blocking, got better at pass blocking as year progressed and body-slammed a Raider. Long term fixture at right tackle

    Grade: A


    2nd Round – Manti Te’o ILB Notre Dame

    Robbed of needed reps in pre-season and early on, showed real growing pains throughout the year. Near the end started showing good instincts, understanding of game and playmaking ability. Not the finished product expected but should be a consistent player for the next few years

    Grade: B


    3rd Round – Keenan Allen WR California

    Telesco’s steal of the draft, took advantage of playing time and ran with it. Broke numerous Chargers rookie WR records, became the premier passing threat and showed people why the Combine can be overrated. Unless he completely fades next year, he should be the long term #1 Receiver for the Bolts

    Grade: A+


    5th Round – Steve Williams CB California

    Injured early in the pre-season and wasn’t able to return. Team likes his skill set but being out in a year the team desperately needed cornerback help was problematic. Secondary will be up for grabs next season and Williams could still be in the hunt.

    Grade: Incomplete


    6th Round – Tourek Williams OLB Florida International

    Made a big transition from DE to OLB and showed very little while on the field. Had a key sack/strip of Manning in first Broncos/Chargers game, but couldn’t get on the field much after that. With upcoming OLB roster crunch in 2014, very doubtful he’ll be able to crack the roster.

    Grade: D


    7th Round – Brad Sorensen QB Southern Utah

    Looked really good in pre-season and was on the bench where he belongs during the regular season. Team and fans intrigued enough by him to suggest he might be in the running for backup QB next year. Less Charger fans see of him outside of pre-season, the better. Looks like a keeper.

    Grade: C+


    Impact UDFA: Jahleel Addae S Central Michigan

    Stayed on roster all season, made big hits, looked better as year went on. Could be in running for starting job in 2014 alongside Weddle, needs more work though.


    Grades for Chargers Free Agent class of 2013


    King Dunlap OT: A-

    If he were healthy for longer, it would be an A+. Earned the right to be Chargers starting left tackle in 2013, earned the right to be there in 2014. Eagles fans/organization messed up big here.


    John Phillips TE: D-

    Unmemorable and not just because he was a blocking tight end. Unable to block effectively and catching role taken over by Ladarius Green. If he’s here next year, he’s the #3 tight end, and that’s a big if.


    Danny Woodhead RB: A

    When used correctly he provides that element team has been missing since Sproles left. Hardcore tough nosed football player is a team, locker room and fan favorite and a great compliment to this offense.


    Chad Rhinehart OG: B-

    Looked really good when he played but was injured more often and for longer periods than Dunlap. Troutman used opportunity to show he deserves to start, putting Rhinehart’s status into question.


    Derek Cox CB: F

    Telesco’s only real mistake, looked atrocious all year long until mercifully benched and then the secondary started to show improvement. Will enter pantheon of Chargers FA busts and likely won’t be around in 2014.


    Dwight Freeney OLB: C

    Smart move but never fully panned out. Freeney looked like he was just about to get the QB for a few games before the injury bug hit. Is signed for 2014 and should be a great rotational player.


    Sean Lissemore & Lawrence Guy DE: A

    Putting them both together because they were very early season additions that panned out. Lissemore took Thomas’ job away and at times both individuals outplayed Liuget/Reyes. Chargers can feel good with DE depth going into 2014.


    Reggie Walker LB: B

    Brought in as special teams dynamo and ended season as spot starter/contributor. Energy and passion are contagious, good enough to play at ILB but was forced to play OLB out of desperation. Letting him return to backup LB and ST will make him a better player. Another good scrap heap signing.



    Three Positives from 2013


    1) The re-birth of both Ryan Mathews and Philip Rivers

    One was said to be a bust, the other to be broken. Amazing what a new system, a new head coach and some offensive linemen can do. The latter was an impressive phoenix like resurrection but the former’s success is worthy of an epic poem. Team will go into off-season knowing it doesn’t have to replace two positions


    2) The rookies speak of good things to come

    As mentioned above, DJ Fluker, Manti Te’o and Keenan Allen all came in and made huge impacts. It speaks highly of Telesco’s scouting and decision making ability, and with a full year of scouting and more cap room, this could be a very fun off-season


    3) Fantastic Depth

    Many guys this year had no business starting but their trial by fire means this team is deeper than it was last year. Guys like Lissenmore, Keiser, Troutman, Walker, Guy, Addae and others stepped up when they had to, and got better as the year went on. Some might be starters next year but even fi they’re not, the team has depth to spare.


    Three negatives/things to work on from 2013


    1) The Defensive Line and Secondary need an overhaul

    Lissenmore & Guy were revelations but that speaks to how poorly the starting trio played. Liuget and Reyes had flashes but both horribly regressed while Thomas has no business being a starting nose tackle. The secondary showed improvements after benching Cox, Wright especially, but the team still needs to figure out their secondary minus two positions. This will require a lot of work


    2) Learning to win the games they have to

    The Chargers beat teams that were hotter and better than they were at the time; Cowboys, Eagles, Broncos, Chiefs, Colts. But they lost the playoffs when they let games vs Washington, Miami, Tennessee and Oakland get away. The former is a great sign but the team has to learn not to take foot off the gas.


    3) Will they stay or will they go?

    There are big names that might leave this off-season, player and coach. Whisenhunt is already gone, can Mathews/Rivers avoid a regress under Reich? Free agent wise the team has people that need to go, but will they keep contributors like Stuckey or starters like Butler? What is the status of Malcolm Floyd, will he retire or try again? Will the team jettison more bad contracts like Clary & Cox?


    Best wins of the season


    1) Chargers at Broncos (regular season)

    Finest game played this season with the Chargers showing how vulnerable the Broncos actually were

    2) Chargers at Chiefs

    Chiefs faced two good teams back to back for first time that season, and lost to both. Shoot out but team refused to back down or give up.

    3) Chargers at Bengals (playoffs)

    The game started off slowly, and was played very conservatively at times, but seeing the Chargers take out an opponent who hadn’t lost at home all season, all while being a substantial underdog, was a fantastic sight to see.

    4) Chargers at Eagles

    Another shoot out against the team everyone thought was invincible after week one. Funny what happens when you face a team with a good offense.

    5) Colts at Chargers

    Andrew Luck ‘s first appearance on MNF against a non-existent team. ESPN treated this like a coming out party, the Chargers sent him back to school holding him without a touchdown.


    Honorable Mention: Giants at Chargers

    Anytime you can whoop Eli Manning, it goes on this list!


    Free Agents to consider:

    1) John Asamoah RG Kansas City: Fantastic blocker that Telesco/McCoy already think highly of. Would solidify line with Troutman at LG.

    2) Alterraun Verner CB Tennessee: Didn’t play as well at end of season, but young strong cornerback with good instincts.

    3) Paul Soliai NT Miami: Was one of the best run stoppers when Miami ran a 3-4, talents wasted in 4-3. Bolts need a real nose tackle.

    4) Anthony Dixon RB San Francisco: SF has too many running backs, Dixon is a between the tackles pounder that can compliment Mathews.

    5) Josh Cribbs RS NY Jets: He played a little over half a season, has more return yards than all Chargers. Team needs a spark in return game, any spark will do.
     
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  2. Lance19

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  3. Sandolf

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    Ant... your position allows you to throw out a lot of opinions. While I appreciate the effort, the piece as a whole lacks a journalistic objectivity. If mediocrity approaching failure for AJ and Norv is the stick to measure the present with... then how much have we really improved? We were a Succop miss away from extending that mediocrity. At times our new coaching staff was looking like they were giving it their best shot.

    You praise Fluker, but Clary who was helping him all year long... (his absence was very notable in losing to the Donks)... is on a bad contract. Fantastic depth? meh... There is still a fair amount of rebuilding to do here.
     
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    Nah but seriously Anteater just echoed every point I made a few weeks ago in a way more in depth way.
     
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  6. Fossil

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    Nice read Ant. Don't understand the negative nellies unless they're just razzin' you, good natured like.
     
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  7. Sandolf

    Sandolf Blue Moon Rising

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    While I can understand a certain buoyancy at having made the playoffs and winning a game, the Chargers needed what could be termed as unprecedented good fortune to get there. Dalton's turnovers helped get us to Denver. Once we got there McCoy was outsmarted by John Fox on every level. It harkened back on the days when the opposition knew what Schrottenheimer was going to do before he did.

    This piece Ant wrote just follows the typical lines of railing on the usual targets and praising his new favorites to the hilt. Things are not that black and white with the Chargers.
     
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  8. Concudan

    Concudan Caffeinated Commando

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    OK Sandy. Where is your write up? Post it and we can compare the ins and outs of them. That might give us perspective in chromavision over such a black and white version....:)
     
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  9. Sandolf

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    I wouldn't mind Conc. You'd have to admit going from being banned to an article writer is a bit of a leap. :D
     
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    The halfway house is bad enough, I reckon. :whistling:
     
  11. AnteaterCharger

    AnteaterCharger Calibrating Bolttalk, Podcast by Podcast Staff Member Super Moderator Podcaster

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    You can just post it as a forum thread
     
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    1) Care to elaborate on the above?

    2) Was Fox outsmarted by Carroll on every level?
     
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    Start with post writer then... Just your take on the same topics Ant covered. I think that would be a great way to show everyone what you see as the strengths and weaknesses you see... :)
     
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    Well we have a long off season before us. I'll get back to you on this.
     
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    Hey Shane is no longer FORMER!!!. He's baaaaaacccccccccccccccckkkkk!.
     
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    Great write up Ant... spotted certainly 1 thing I'd question, a B for Te'o. He was a huge disappointment for me. Yes he was obviously injured early, missed time etc, and maybe you are basing the grade taking that into account but boy does he have to improve massively to become any sort of player at ILB.
     

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