By Paul Wanecski
It wasn’t as bad as it looked for the Chargers last year. While they did suffer (and gave the Cleveland Browns their only victory of the season), according to the scoreboard they were in most games. In games that were decided by a touchdown or less, they were 1-8. In the division they are in, with the Chiefs, Broncos, and Raiders, you simply can’t let close games like that slip.
Head Coach: Anthony Lynn
Career Record: 0-1
Offensive Coordinator: Ken Whisenhunt
13th YPG, 8th Pass, 26th Run
Defensive Coordinator: Gus Bradley
16th YPG, 20th Pass, 10th Rush
The drafting of Joey Bosa last year caught at lot of people off-guard, but after a really trying offseason in regards to getting him signed, Bosa was simply lights-out. The Chargers lost Danny Woodhead and Keenan Allen (again), which really hampered the offense. Quarterback Philip Rivers, who will turn 36 during the season, had one of his worst seasons of his career, but considering his options at receiver, who could really blame him. With nearly $15m left in salary cap space, and a very quiet off season, it appears the Chargers are going to bank on the draft to restock for 2017
Antonio Gates- 36 year old future hall-of-fame Tight End tied Tony Gonzalez for the most touchdowns ever at the position. Would it be a nice story for him to come back and break the record? Sure will, but the team can save about $5m from releasing him from his contract. Contract details are below:
Manti Te’o – The loss of Te’o is honestly only mentioned because people know who he is. Te’o, at his best, is a two-down linebacker who lacks the ability to step into the box in running situations.
Danny Woodhead – Melvin Gordon stepped up last year after the loss of Woodhead. Unfortunately for Woodhead, it was the second time in four seasons that his year ended for the Chargers prior to week 4. The Ravens have brought him in a 3 year deal.
Malik Hooker, Jamal Adams (S, Ohio State/LSU) The backend of the secondary has needed help since losing Eric Weddle. Either of these players would help.
Marshon Lattimore (CB, Ohio State) Jason Verrett hasn’t been a disappointment, but he is probably best fit as a slot corner. Lattimore, who comes out as a Red Shirt Sophomore, is full of potential.
John Ross, Mike Williams, Corey Davis (WR, /Clemson/Western Michigan) Since the Chargers lost Keenan Allen consecutive years, it has become obvious that they need to invest in a legitimate #2 target who can become the primary receiver when Allen is out. While Williams and Davis fill that mold more than Ross, it is still a possibility that the Chargers try to trade down into the teens of the first round to grab Ross.
DeShaun Watson, Mitchell Trubisky (QB, Clemson/UNC) The Chargers are no strangers to drafting a Quarterback in the first round while one is still starting for them. I don’t see that as a possibility here, but some might.
Russell Okung – The Chargers free agent signings start and end with Okung. The team has struggled to find a starting left tackle (which is why the selection of Bosa was such a surprise since they need a Left Tackle last year too). Okung is no spring chicken but he can still provide average run blocking and above average pass protection, which is an improvement compared to the last few seasons.
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