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Team needs: San Diego Chargers

Discussion in 'American Football' started by CoronaDoug, Apr 16, 2011.

  1. CoronaDoug

    CoronaDoug Official Hater

    Feb 14, 2007
    Team needs: San Diego Chargers

    Posted by Evan Silva on April 15, 2011, 10:35 PM EDT

    The San Diego Chargers repeated their annual slow start, followed by late-season surge in 2010. But it wasn’t enough. Norv Turner’s team missed the playoffs for the first time since ’05, and just the second time since ’03. Most embarrassingly, the Bolts lost both of their games to the Raiders. Turner and G.M. A.J. Smith enter the 2011 draft with a perhaps the AFC West’s most talented roster, but in need of front-seven defensive help and a few integral pieces on offense.

    LB: All three of the Chargers’ top inside linebackers’ contracts are up, and a bookend is needed for edge rusher Shaun Phillips. With 2009 first-round pick Larry English shaping up as an injury-prone bust, San Diego has been heavily linked to Purdue All-American Ryan Kerrigan. Incumbent starting outside linebacker Antwan Applewhite is a versatile, underrated defender, but played too many snaps last season. On the inside, Stephen Cooper is likely to depart, Kevin Burnett isn’t a difference maker, and fellow free agent Brandon Siler is more early-down thumper than every-down linebacker.

    DE: Luis Castillo returns at left defensive end, but is coming off a poor season and would benefit from the addition of a better pass rusher on the right side. Jacques Cesaire and Travis Johnson rotated there last season. Neither is an impact player, and they are both unrestricted free agents. While the coaching staff is high on former fourth-round project Vaughn Martin, the Western Ontario alum has just one sack through two seasons.

    OT: Right tackle has been a sore spot in San Diego for sometime, and is now in focus with Jeromey Clary headed to free agency. Clary was extended a restricted tender, but the Chargers could afford to get more athletic at the position. Quarterback Philip Rivers had a terrific 2010 season overall, but he took a career-most 38 sacks for a career-high 227 sack yards.

    WR: The Chargers control Vincent Jackson’s rights with the franchise tag. But No. 2 wideout Malcom Floyd’s contract is also up, and the team is ready to part with appropriately named Craig “Buster” Davis, a former first-round miss. Not a single receiver expected back for the Chargers is signed past 2011. A developmental prospect, or two, could be helpful.

    Overview: The good news is the latter two needs here aren’t so pressing that they could damage San Diego’s playoff chances in 2011. But the first two certainly have the potential to. The front seven on defense will be the Chargers’ priority on April 28 and 29.

    Smith is working with five picks in the top 89, giving him the ability to acquire several immediate starters. At least two of them need to be up front on defense.

    Team needs: San Diego Chargers | ProFootballTalk
  2. DenverBolt67

    DenverBolt67 BoltTalker

    Jan 24, 2010
    He is right on, but didn't address dept which we are lacking at several positions
  3. Pointyearedog

    Pointyearedog I only put idiots on ignore...

    Aug 19, 2008
    I did not like this article based on the writer's fondness for using the word "bust" wherever he could print it.
  4. matilack

    matilack Take A Knee McCree!!!

    Aug 14, 2006
    How I'd order the needs.

    1. OT - We have a 92 million dollar QB who happens to be one of the least mobile in the league, a scheme built on 5 and 7 step drops to throw the ball deep, and Jerome Clary is still here......do the math for yourself.

    2. OLB - Our pass rush sucked last year. In a MORE AGRESSIVE Manusky defense we need to get to the QB before we leave our DBs exposed.

    3. ILB - We need a Ray Lewis/Patrick Willis type leader on our defense, and we need a PLAYMAKER who doesn't bounce off tackles. Not sure this is a good draft for that.

    4. WR - Its one year until the roof caves in on this position. Floyd, Naanee, and Davis are all going to be gone (almost certainly), and Jackson, Crayton, Ajirtoutou all on ONE YEAR deals. We need to draft a rookie this year so he can be ready to start next year.

    5. DE - It would figure if we traded up to get Cameron Jordan, only to see a 320lb beast named Vaughn Martin to live up to his potential and light it up in the pre-season. I honestly don't think D-line is as big a problem as people think, it starts with guys who are able to fly to the ball and make tackles.

    If we can stay at 18 and get Jordan or Watt I could live with that.
  5. SDRaiderH8er

    SDRaiderH8er Well-Known Member

    Apr 27, 2006
    sometimes a "bust" is good
  6. 1 COOL GUY 13x world Chmp

    1 COOL GUY 13x world Chmp Jesus gives wisdom if you pray for it! Banned

    Sep 17, 2010

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