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Countdown to Chargers camp (multi-media)

Discussion in 'American Football' started by reg, Jun 28, 2008.

  1. SanDiegoRon

    SanDiegoRon BoltTalker

    Jan 13, 2006
    the vid of the D-line is up now... here...


    If Jamal Williams is as healthy as he says he is after offseason surgeries on both knees, the Chargers' defensive line could return to the form that helped the team be among the league's best run defenses from 2004-06.

    The Chargers have potential Pro Bowlers at defensive end and have fantastic depth, but it is the 32-year-old Williams, a two-time Pro Bowl starter, that is at the center of the defense. When he is on, occupying two blockers and freeing up others to make plays, opponents struggle. When the big man's knees are hurt, which has been more frequent lately, opponents sometimes run wild.

    The Chargers ranked 16th against the run last season, and it wasn't just because they couldn't tackle at times. When Adrian Peterson ran for an NFL-record 296 yards against them, it was Williams' first game back from knee surgery. And while he missed just two other starts, he was never healthy again.

    On the outside of the line, Luis Castillo and Igor Olshansky should be entering their prime. Both have potential to be game-changers.

    Olshansky is further motivated by being in a contract year and not receiving the respect he believes he deserves on a defense full of big names. After a couple years slowed by knee injuries, he was full strength in 2007 and had his best season. A monster against the run since becoming a starter his rookie season in 2004, Olshansky was faster and more agile in 2007. It was not rare to see him chasing a ballcarrier or quarterback.

    Castillo's biggest challenge now is to prove he is not an injury liability.

    Castillo injured his ankle after making a sack against Cleveland in 2006 and making a tackle at Minnesota last season. He missed seven starts in 2006 and six in '07. The ankles are probably the only things that have stopped him from compiling Pro Bowl numbers. At about 300 pounds, he runs like a man who weighs 200. He has 13 sacks in 34 starts in his three NFL seasons.

    The man who should probably be considered starter 3b is Jacques Cesaire. The former undrafted free agent has filled in at every position on the line over the past four seasons, primarily for Castillo and Olshansky. Cesaire has started 33 games since 2004.

    Ryon Bingham and Brandon McKinney fill out the defensive line rotation, mostly filling in for Williams on passing downs. Bingham also has developed as a defensive end. And this is the season that one of them will either show they can be Williams' eventual successor, or the Chargers will need to find one elsewhere.

    *** the dudes bordering on china doll...

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