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The best piece of advice I can give a sports fan is this: cheer for the name on the front of the jersey, not the name on the back.

No matter how wonderful a player is on or off the field, someday either the team or the player will make the difficult decision to go a different direction. The team remains, but the players go through the never ending revolving doors known as free agency and retirement. Remember the aforementioned advise when you look at the following list of fan favorites and impact players who are on the last year of their contracts with the Chargers. Here is the list of the players who may leave at seasons end. The departure of some will leave a hole in the team. The departure of others will leave a hole in fans hearts. So as I crank up The Clash in the background, let’s take a look at who should stay and who should go, as well as what they are making for the 2016 season.

Melvin Ingram (OLB) $7.751 million: Staying: Although Ingram has had to deal with injuries and has under achieved in a statistical way, the future of Ingram seems bright. The addition of Joey Bosa has made this pair of pass-rushers quite a handful for offensive lines. The sack totals are not as impressive as their AFC West rivals, but the fact that the Chargers lead the league in interceptions is a sure sign that these guys are putting pressure on quarterbacks and forcing errant throws. For a defensive front seven to be effective in today’s NFL, there must be two dominant pass rushers and a strong Nose Tackle. Ingram, Bosa and Mebane fit the bill for now. Ingram will be pursued by other teams, but expect the Chargers to overpay a little to keep their former first round draft pick around for the next three to four years.

Danny Woodhead (RB) $5.5 million: Going: I want to be clear about something here. Danny Woodhead is a wonderful player who can be a spark-plug for an offense, and a true leader. But along with his greatness is a serious problem. Since joining the Chargers, Woodhead has only played in 37 of the 64 games he was eligible to participate in. He has had two full seasons and two cut seriously short by injury, including the 2016 campaign. Not only does Woodhead have a hard time staying healthy, he is 31 years old. Not many running backs maintain their effectiveness for long after age 30. I’m sorry to say, the Chargers will move on from Woodhead. He will either sign somewhere as a free agent for the 2017 season, or hang up the cleats. Of course, there is the possibility that the Chargers would try to sign him at a discounted price on the chance that he will stay healthy. Unfortunately, he will most likely find a better offer somewhere else.

Mantai Te’o (MLB) $5.172 million: Going: Te’o is another player who has been plagued by injuries during his time in San Diego. By seasons end, he will have played in just 38 of a possible 64 games, over his four season tenure with the Bolts. He has been improving every year, and the improvement of the defensive line has helped him scrape down the line and get to ball carriers. But, it hasn’t helped his foot-speed, or ability to cover backs in the flat. Look for opposing quarterbacks to pick on Te’o on third and long. The fact is, Te’o will go down in Chargers history as a borderline bust. Nice enough guy, just not a great football player.

Jahleel Addae (SS) $2.553 million: Going: Chargers fans seem to have a great deal of respect and admiration for SS Jahleel Addae. Why? Because he is a hitter! Fans love players who come in and lay some hat on opposing teams. Addae certainly does just that. He has been a Charger for four years and has quite the reputation for having no fear. The problem is that all those hits have really taken a toll on Addae’s body. In fact, he has had several injuries, including concussions. Having only played 43 of his possible 54 games so far as a Charger, there must be concern that he will spend more and more time on the injured list. He is fairly inexpensive, but you do not want to pay anyone to ride out injuries. I believe that if Addae fails to get through the remaining five games of the 2016 schedule without incident, the Chargers will have no choice but to let him go.

Branden Oliver (RB) $1.53 million: Staying: Normally I would have said that a player who really hasn’t done very much, and has missed an entire season to injury, would not be returning. In Oliver’s case, I think the Chargers may take one more chance. He is the epitome of a fan favorite. Bolt fans just love watching Oliver run/return the ball and bang into those large defenders. Yes, Oliver plays larger than his 5’8″, 208 lb frame. He is such a fan favorite, some fans wanted Melvin Gordon either cut, or dropped to second string, so that Oliver could get his chance. The fact of the matter is that despite a few impressive games, Oliver does not have the stats to explain the love he receives. That being said, the Bolts may just bring him back because he will be cheap and the fans love him.

Korey Toomer (OLB) $600,000: Staying: It could be a little premature to add Toomer to this list, but he has been an impact player since joining the team in week four. With his playing time increasing, Toomer has racked up 33 tackles in the last three weeks! He is an aggressive player who likes to hit. The Seahawks and the Raiders are going to regret letting this guy go. Look for Toomer to get another two the three years added to his already very affordable contract.

Dontrelle Inman (WR) $600,000: Staying: Without a whole lot of playing time, Inman has managed to have some big games. He is a sure-handed receiver that was plucked from the Canadian Football League to fill in for injured receivers. Although much of the success of the young Chargers receivers can be credited to Philip Rivers, there is no denying that Inman has the ability to get open and catch the ball. He just may be part of a talented youth movement at wide receiver in San Diego.

There are many more players to make decisions on at the end of this season. Very few are notable. None are tremendous impact players or former high draft picks. Even though these names seem less important, some of them will return because they are affordable and they add much needed depth. The following is a list of players who will most likely be brought back to fill various roles: Mike Windt (LS), Tenny Palepoi (NT), Sean McGrath (TE), Damion Square (NT), and Isaiah Burse (WR/KR), Kenny Wiggens (G).

Finally, the list of potential free agents who are either doomed to be shown the door, or will fight hard and get back on the team: Sean Lissemore (NT), Tourek Williams (OLB), Trevor Williams (CB), Asante Cleveland (TE), Adrian Phillips (FS), Kellen Clemens (QB), Javontee Herndon (WR), Codero Law (OLB), Jeff Cumberland (TE), Dexter McCluster (RB/KR), Ronnie Hillman (RB),  Jeremy Butler (WR), Geremy Davis (WR), Tyreek Burwell (T), Chris Landrum (OLB). Some of these guys have a real shot at making the team next year, they just will not be high priorities for Chargers GM Tom Telesco.

So, what do you think? Which of these guys will be sporting lightning bolts next season? Leave your comments below.

 

 

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Going into Week 13, the San Diego Chargers practically have a full team on injured reserve, placing 18 players on the season-ending list!

I am sure the Chargers can say there is not enough room on the airplane for the players on IR this season and actually mean it.

Here are the players on IR and the date they were placed on it.

May 16th: Brock Hekking (OLB): Charger fans have yet to see what talent this second-year linebacker has to offer. He missed all of 2015 with a foot injury and was placed on IR in 2016 with an undisclosed injury suffered early in training camp.

August 15th: Stevie Johnson (WR) Johnson suffered a torn MCL during practice on July 31st. The nine-year veteran signed with the Chargers in 2015 and had 497 yards with three touchdowns.

August 15th: Sean Lissemore (NT) Lissemore was hoping to come back in 2016 after hurting his shoulder at the end of the 2015 season. Unfortunately, he was not able to recover from the injury and was placed on IR.

August 22nd: Jeff Cumberland (TE) Cumberland had signed a one-year deal with the Chargers after playing six years with the Jets.  The tight end suffered an ACL injury in the preseason game against the Arizona Cardinals.

August 30th: Zamir Carlis (DT) The 6-foot-4, 275-pound rookie out of Stillman College suffered an ankle injury during practice. The severity of the injury is undisclosed.

August 30th: Donavon Clark (G) The 2016 seventh-round pick from Michigan State suffered a torn ACL injury against the Arizona Cardinals in the preseason.

August 30th: Tyler Johnstone (T) The rookie from Oregon suffered an undisclosed injury during training camp.

August 30th: Branden Oliver (RB) Most of us watched Oliver tear his Achilles tendon in the preseason game against the Minnesota Vikings. Chargers were hoping to have the hard-hitting Oliver back after he missed half of 2015 with a toe injury.

August 31st: Javontee Herndon (WR/KR) The wide receiver suffered a knee injury on July 30th. He played eight games in 2015 and had 195 yards receiving. Herndon also was used in return duties.

September 12th: Keenan Allen (WR) After missing most of the 2015 season, the Chargers were excited to get top-ranked receiver KA13 back on the field. Then, much to the chagrin of Chargers fans and fantasy football players, he suffered a torn ACL in the first game of the regular season. Six offensive plays into the 2016 season and your No. 1 target is gone for the entire year.

September 19th: Danny Woodhead (RB) After Chargers fans saw Keenan Allen go down in Week 1, they saw Woodhead go down in Week 2. The mighty back also suffered a torn ACL.

September 28th: Manti Te’o (ILB) Hoping to finally play a full season after suffering injuries in his first three years, Te’o only made it to the third game of the regular season. The team captain suffered a torn Achilles in the loss against the Indianapolis Colts.

October 7th: Jason Verrett (CB): Verrett suffered a partially torn ACL injury and was placed on IR after the fourth game against the Saints. Verrett was not able to pinpoint when the actual injury happened and therefore most likely continued to play despite the injury.

October 10th: Nick Dzubnar (ILB) The second-year undrafted linebacker from Cal Poly SLO also tore his ACL in week six against the New Orleans Saints. He had six tackles before his season-ending injury.

October 25th: Caraun Reid (DT) Reid tore his ACL in Week 7 against Atlanta. Reid was signed this year after his first two years with the Detroit Lions.

November 5th: Dexter McCluster (RB) If it wasn’t bad enough that so many players were going down on the field of play, McCluster got injured off the field.  The running back, signed due to injuries, broke his arm at his home carrying furniture.

November 22nd: Brandon Mebane (NT) The veteran nose tackle, who played nine years with the Seattle Seahawks, made a huge impact on the defense. Sadly, he tore his biceps muscle in the hard-fought loss to the Miami Dolphins in Week 10.

November 29th: Jerry Attaochu (OLB): Attaochu broke his foot against the Houston Texans in Week 12. The third-year linebacker had six sacks last year and two this year.

Here is a very scary thought: Nine out of the 18 players on the injured-reserve list have knee injuries, while six of them suffered ACL tears.

Injuries should never be used as an excuse for losing in the NFL but having 18 players out for the year is excessive, to say the least.

Let’s look on the bright side: despite a 5-6 record, the team has been in every contest this year. Each of their six losses have been by eight points or less. That says a lot about a team with so many key players on IR.

It will not be easy, but the playoffs are not out of reach for the Bolts… yet. I just hope they can stay healthy for the last five games, giving them a shot to earn an invite to the postseason.

Thanks for reading!

Go Bolts!

 

Laura Leech

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The countdown to San Diego Chargers training camp 2016 now stands at four days. The eyes will be trained to look for the faces we know. There will be many more faces we don’t know which will require a look into the program to see who’s making head-turning plays on the field. In an effort to provide as many advance primers as possible, today, I turn my player spotlight on Carlos Wray.

Wray signed with San Diego as an undrafted free agent immediately after the 2016 NFL Draft. The 6’1″, 287-pounder was the anchor of the Duke Blue Devils’ defense as their defensive tackle. Versatile, Wray was moved all over the field starting out as a defensive lineman, then to guard in his second year on the team. He had the most success his final two seasons in Blue Devils’ blue when he was moved to defensive tackle. In those two seasons he logged 86 tackles, 6.5 tackles for loss, 3.5 sacks and two passes defensed.

At the Duke Pro Day, Wray ran the 40-yard dash in 4.85 seconds; impressive for a man his size. He posted 26 repetitions in the 225-pound bench press, broad jumped nine feet and showed a 28.5-inch vertical leap. NFL scouts love his wide body, high motor and fundamentally sound skill set, even though he’s only been playing defensive tackle for two seasons. After watching the video below, it’s obvious he was born to play defensive tackle.

Wray was the unquestioned leader of the Blue Devils’ locker room and those leadership attributes will translate well in the NFL. The line forms behind Brandon Mebane when it comes to nose tackles for the San Diego Chargers. The mix at DT currently consists of Corey Liuget, Sean Lissemore, Ryan Carrethers, Damion Square, Tenny Palepoi and Wray.

There is opportunity to take a slot on the depth chart for Wray. If he can bring the same intensity and passion he played with at Duke to Chargers Park, he has a great chance of staying on the roster. As a native North Carolinian and ACC homer, I will definitely be pulling for Wray to make the team.

What do you think? Do you like what you see? Post your thoughts in the comments below.

 

Follow Carlos on Twitter: @The1st_Montana

 

Good luck, Mr. Wray.

 

Bolt Up!!

 

The Greg One

 

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The staff of BoltBlitz.com is proud to host a San Diego Chargers fans meet-up on Saturday, August 6th at the Tilted Kilt in Mission Valley. The Tilted Kilt has been an amazing host site and the staff has been very accommodating. We are very proud of you, our loyal readers who turn out en masse and take over and fill the place with lightning bolts!

At our June Tilted Kilt meet-up many members of the Chargers organization came out to take part in the festivities. As you can see in the picture above, sandwiched between myself (far left) and Dave Peters (far right) are (from left to right) Kyle Emanuel, Dontrelle Inman and Sean Lissemore. These Chargers took the time out of their busy schedules to attend in person and graciously signed autographs and took pictures with everyone who asked.

Many, many thanks to Kyle, Dontrelle and Sean for making our event such a huge success!

If the Aug. 6th date looks familiar, yes, it is the same day as the Chargers’ annual FanFest. FanFest will take place from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and the meet-up will be from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. so there will be plenty of time to make it from the stadium to the Tilted Kilt for a raging after party! There will be raffles for Chargers memorabilia, autographed collectibles and other prizes.

Paddy Pickford, owner of Evolution Lighthouse will be there with his signature line of custom Chargers jewelry as well as new and unique lines of custom jewelry. A portion of every Chargers-related item sold goes to victims of domestic violence in San Diego.

Special surprise guests are scheduled to update us on all things stadium and Chargers related. Stay tuned!

Join us on Saturday, August 6th as we ring in the new San Diego Chargers season BoltBlitz style!

 

Bolt Up!!!

 

The Greg One

 

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The next BoltBlitz Chargers fans meet-up has been confirmed for Saturday, August. 6th at the Tilted Kilt in Mission Valley. On June 10th, the Tilted Kilt hosted the most recent meet-up the day after the very successful LT5k.

Current Chargers Dontrelle Inman, Kyle Emanuel and Sean Lissemore attended the event, signing autographs and taking pictures with those in attendance. Thanks again to the players and the San Diego Chargers organization for allowing the Bolts to meet with the fans.

The last meet-up occurred on the heels of a successful signature drive as over 110,000 signatures had been submitted for approval only days before. This meet-up occurs only hours after the Chargers’ yearly FanFest event.

FanFest is on August 6th from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The meet-up will be from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. as usual. There will be autographed memorabilia and an assortment of prizes to be won in raffles throughout the afternoon.

This will be a great day to kick off the return of football! Go to FanFest then come to the BoltBlitz meet-up for the afterparty! We hope to see you all there!

 

Bolt Up!!

 

The Greg One

 

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On Sunday, June 12, BoltBlitz.com will be hosting a fans meet-up at the Tilted Kilt in Mission Valley. The event will begin at 4:00 pm. The meet-ups are a great place to gather and talk San Diego Chargers football with other fans as passionate as yourself.

These meet-ups are always well attended (as you can see in the picture above) and are amply covered by local media. To date, NBC, Fox and CBS have all confirmed they will have news crews at the event. There is a lot of buzz going on with the stadium and around the team itself after the additions they made in the 2016 NFL Draft and free agency. This is a great time to come out and show your support for your team and your city.

There will be raffles of autographed Chargers merchandise and local vendors in attendance will be present so you can purchase Chargers gear at the event. Local companies 619 Clothing and Evolution Lighthouse will be among those in attendance, too. In addition to the fellowship of fans wining (well, beering) and dining together, BoltBlitz is busy assembling local dignitaries to speak on the pertinent issues facing you, the San Diego sports fan and taxpayer.

Confirmed guests at the moment include:

David Frerker is a San Diego State University graduate and award-winning sports blogger covering SDSU and San Diego sports. He is the founder of the website San Diego Sports Domination.

Johnny Boltpride will be in attendance. Johnny was inducted into the Pro Football Ultimate Fan Association Hall of Fame last year. He is a member of Bolt Pride and co-founder of Save Our Bolts and more. Visit their website to show your support: http://saveourbolts.org

Evolution Lighthouse is a national charity that aids victims of domestic violence. A portion of the proceeds made from their custom jewelry line directly goes to aid these women and children. They also have an animal lovers collection that contributes money toward violence against animals. They have close local ties with the San Diego Padres wives and the Chargers. Evolution Lighthouse will have custom made items available for purchase. Visit their website: http://evolutionlighthouse.com

Derek Togerson covers the Chargers and all local sports for NBC San Diego. You see the multi-talented sports anchor, reporter and producer on TV a lot before and after games during football season.

Die Hard Bolt Club is another devoted fan-driven organization working hard to unite fans and keep the Chargers in San Diego.

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We at BoltBlitz are very excited to announce San Diego Chargers defensive tackle Sean Lissemore has confirmed his attendance for the meet-up. We want to thank Sean for taking time out of his busy schedule to spend time with us!

Much more is still in the works as the meet-up draws near. We’re continually working on adding to our guest list. This will be an event you won’t want to miss!

Bolt Up!!

 

The Greg One

 

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Since being drafted with the 18th pick in the first round of the 2011 NFL draft, defensive end Corey Liuget has made his name known throughout the league.

Though he has yet to receive a Pro-Bowl nod, offensive coordinators know the name Cory Liuget.

The Chargers’ defense has lacked a true nose tackle for years and years; this has made Liuget’s job immeasurably more difficult, as he faces double-teams and chip blocks while already being engaged by an offensive lineman on the regular.

To put it quite simply — especially when you add in the fact that he has yet to have an impact player at the opposite defensive-end spot — Liuget’s job has been exponentially more difficult while opposing teams gameplan against the former Illinois’ defensive lineman.

General manager Tom Telesco used the 2016 offseason to provide Liuget with some serious help via free agency and the draft, adding former Seahawk Brandon Mebane at nose tackle and the No. 3 overall pick in the ’16 draft, defensive end Joey Bosa out Ohio State.

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A defensive line featuring Liuget, Mebane and Bosa should automatically strike fear into the opponents that are on the schedule for this upcoming season.

Teams are going to be forced to pick their poison, so to speak: “Who the hell do we focus on when attempting to block the Chargers’ defensive line?”

For the time being, gone are the days of John Pagano’s unit forcing players like Sean Lissemore to play out of position at nose. Now that he is playing in Washington, the Bolts no longer need to force the issue of hoping that former Charger Kendall Reyes will return to his rookie playing days; you know, when he actually made an impact.

Though the Chargers are in a base-nickel package more than 60% of the time, the aforementioned players will still be manning spots along the team’s defensive line in multiple sets and schemes.

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If Mebane is able to replicate the impact he had during his eight-year career with the Seahawks, and Bosa can live up to the hype of being the first non-quarterback selected in the 2016 draft, then Liuget will be freed up to make a ton of noise, forcing him into the mouths of media pundits all over the NFL.

A.J. Smith – Although I hated the pick at the time, you nailed it when you decided to take Liuget in the first round.

The fact that outside linebackers Melvin Ingram and Jerry Attaochu are finding their ways into box scores helps give more credence to my thoughts. Ingram had a career-high 10.5 sacks in 2015, while Attaochu added six sacks of his own.

The 2015 addition of Denzel Perryman at inside linebacker further lends itself to further back up my point. Perryman immediately started blasting opposing players as soon as he was inserted into the starting lineup. His play and impact made the move to release Donald Butler an easy call.

The 2016 season will end with Corey Liuget being named to his first Pro Bowl.

Write it down and book it.

All this young man has needed was a “little help from his friends.”

He has now received said help and as long as the three defensive lineman listed above stay healthy, the sky’s the limit for this defensive unit.

The Bolts’ defense has solid depth along the defensive line in Lissemore, Ryan Carrethers, Tenny Palepoi and Damion Square.

The Chargers’ defense has improved dramatically on paper, but it is up to players like Liuget to take advantage of each and every opportunity in order to maximize the talent in place.

Don’t sleep on this Chargers’ defense in 2016.

 

Thanks a lot for reading.

 

Booga Peters

 

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The San Diego Chargers have been very busy on this first day of free agency. Moments ago it was reported the Bolts have signed defensive tackle Brandon Mebane to a three-year contract. Terms of the contract have not yet been disclosed.

Mebane, was a key member of the Seattle Seahawks at the height of their ‘Legion of Boom’ run of dominance, anchoring the middle of the defensive line. The 31-year old nine-year veteran stands 6’1″ and tips the scale at 311 lbs. A picure of durability, he has only missed 13 games in his career. A hamstring injury in 2014 was responsible for seven of those thirteen absences.

Taken in the third round of the 2007 draft, Mebane compiled 329 tackles, 15.5 sacks, 8 passes defensed, 2 forced fumbles and 3 fumble recoveries in Seattle. Mebanes’ reputation is that of a disruptive force in the middle that specializes in pushing the pocket and stuffing the run. One of the top rated interior linemen on a yearly basis, Mebane will push past Sean Lissemore and Ryan Carrethers as the starting nose tackle next season.

Kudos to GM Tom Telesco and the Chargers front office for bringing in impact players on day one!

 

Bolt Up!!

 

The Greg One

 

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The defense of the 2016 Chargers will most likely have a completely different look than that of this year’s squad. With multiple coaching changes possibly on the horizon, including at defensive coordinator, we’ll all have to wait and see how that plays out.

Some of the needs on the defensive side of the ball are quite obvious, finding a replacement for free safety Eric Weddle, while others may not seem to be as high on the priority list, adding a defensive end opposite of Corey Liuget.

The defense has some nice pieces in place that the team can build around, including cornerback Jason Verrett, defensive end Liuget and inside linebackers Manti Te’o and Denzel Perryman.

Here are the defensive positions I believe are worthy of being upgraded as we head into the 2016 offseason.

 

Nose tackle – Talking about the Chargers’ defense needing a nose tackle seems incredibly redundant, as the team hasn’t been able to find a true nose tackle since the days of Jamal Williams.

Yes, it has been that long.

If the organization continues to employ John Pagano as its defensive coordinator (which they shouldn’t), general manager Tom Telesco and his scouting staff must find a player to man the middle of the defensive line in this 3-4 alignment. The Chargers run more nickel and multiple-defensive-back sets than they do their base defense, but a lot of that has to do with available players, down and distance, the NFL being a passing league and playing from behind far more often than not.

Although second-year defensive tackle Ryan Carrethers has flashed some ability, he is inconsistent and his durability is in question. Carrethers lost a bit of weight during the 2015 offseason, but he may benefit by losing even more weight and sliding over to the defensive end position.

Sean Lissemore was acquired in 2013 from the Dallas Cowboys in exchange for a seventh-round selection. He has made plays here and there, but he isn’t necessarily built to take the wear and tear of an NFL nose tackle. He would be better suited to play end. The six-year vet has ranked third in tackles among the team’s defensive linemen over the last two seasons.

Finding the optimal, space-eating nose tackle could be seen as a top priority for the team, but Telesco will need to be careful over-drafting a player due to position of need.

Free safety – Similar to the Antonio Gates’ situation, writing about the team needing to replace free safety Eric Weddle seems unfathomable. After all he has contributed to the Chargers after being taken in the second round of the 2007 draft, the organization decided that they would not be extending Weddle’s contract during the offseason or regular season in 2015.

Being in the last year of his contract, No. 32 is set to test free agency in 2016. Replacing a savvy player like Weddle will be exponentially difficult to do. You cannot bring in a rookie to fill the void left by Weddle’s imminent departure. That is not to say that you can’t find a rookie or young player to groom at the position, but do not expect the same impact that the nine-year veteran provided, especially when looking at his multiple years as an All-Pro and Pro Bowler.

Strong safety – As if the task of finding a free safety isn’t daunting enough, the defense may also need to find a long-term solution at strong safety.

Starter Jahleel Addae has struggled in coverage and gets beaten far more often than one would like. He may provide the threat of a big hitter, but he tends to miss tackles, going for the monster hit as opposed to wrapping up.

The strong safety spot has been neglected since the days of Rodney Harrison. Like Jamal “The Wall” Williams, Harrison set the bar extremely high when it came to finding his successor. It has been way too long since the team had a true enforcer in the secondary.

Defensive end – Due to the lack of a dominant nose tackle and little help at the other defensive end spot, Corey Liuget is not having the impact that you would hope for from a guy who just signed a multi-year extension worth $51 million. Now that Liuget has been placed on season-ending injured reserve, the team has been rolling with Kendall Reyes, Ricardo Mathews, Damion Square and rookie Darius Philon at the defensive end spots.

Pass rusher/Edge – Although outside linebackers Melvin Ingram and Jerry Attaochu have started to heat up as the season has progressed, the team still lacks a dominant pass rusher.

As the Chargers enter Week 17, the team is currently tied for 24th in the league with only 30 sacks (only six teams are posting lower sack totals). Ingram leads the club with 9.5 sacks, while Attaochu is sitting at 6.5 quarterback takedowns.

The Bolts have finished in the bottom-third of the NFL in sacks for the better of the last half of a decade. Simply put, in a passing league such as the NFL, that is clearly not good enough.

Finding a legitimate threat as a pass rusher should be paramount for Telesco entering the 2016 draft.

 

Due to the fact that I truly believe Jason Verrett is the “answer” at cornerback, and Patrick Robinson is more than capable of taking over the second corner spot, I didn’t include corner on this list. Steve Williams seemed to come on as he saw more playing time.

Truthfully, the selection of Craig Mager in the third round is still mind-boggling, but who knows at this point. Perhaps a switch to one of the safety positions would allow Mager to shine as a member of the Chargers’ secondary.

Not-so-breaking news: Liuget really needs help along the defensive line. The prime of his career will be wasted if the team does not do what it takes to ensure he isn’t asked to do too much.

I like Ingram and Attaochu, I really do, but I just don’t see opposing defensive coordinators losing sleep over the duo while game planning for the Chargers. Adding a viable third option to the position, again, should be a major focus during the offseason.

I hate to say it, but Pagano has to go. He hasn’t shown that he can change games with his defensive game plan often enough to overcome the defense’s inability to tackle properly, create pressure or force turnovers.

As you can tell from this post, there is a lot of work to be done, and that is only on the defensive side of the ball.

I’ll be writing about the offensive needs in the next few days.

 

Thanks a lot for reading.

 

Dave Peters

 

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The Chargers have released the injury report for their Week 12 contest against the Jacksonville Jaguars. The Bolts are hoping to win their first game on the road in 2015. Although there are a couple of big names who won’t play or may not play, the team is getting relatively healthier.

 

OUT:

  • D.J. Fluker  OG (Concussion)

 

DOUBTFUL:

  • King Dunlap  OT (Ankle)

 

QUESTIONABLE:

  • Sean Lissemore  DL (Concussion)
  • Corey Liuget  DL (Foot)

 

PROBABLE:

  • Jahleel Addae  SS (Concussion)
  • Antonio Gates  TE (Hip)
  • Ladarius Green  TE (Ankle)
  • Malcom Floyd  WR (Shoulder)
  • Manti Te’o  ILB (Ankle)
  • Eric Weddle  FS (Groin)

 

For what seems like an every-week tradition, the Chargers will be without two starting offensive linemen (Fluker, Dunlap).

The Fluker situation is a bit scary, seeing as he suffered two concussions in only five days. The former first-round pick has had concussion problems in the past. The long-term ramifications of the most recent head trauma is unknown at this time.

Kenny Wiggins is expected to step in and replace Fluker at right guard.

Left tackle Dunlap is going to miss another game due to an ankle ailment. He has been off and on the injury list all of 2015. Though reserve lineman Chris Hairston has filled in admirably, he does not compare to healthy Dunlap.

Defensive end Corey Liuget is listed as questionable, and he may miss another game after leaving the loss against the Ravens in a walking boot. Due to the fact that he is the team’s best defensive lineman, the front seven has been struggling without Liuget in the lineup. Actually, fact of the matter is, the front seven has struggled even when he is in the lineup.

The fact that wide receiver Malcom Floyd is listed as probably goes a long way in showing how much this team means to the veteran.

After tearing his labrum against the Bears, Floyd has pushed through the injury, and it appears as though he’ll be ready to go. M-80 has been quoted as saying that he does have full range of motion, but he will need to be careful to not land on his injured shoulder.

Although the team is headed in the right direction health-wise, the same cannot be said for their performance on the field. The team is looking for its first victory in its last seven games.

 

Dave Peters

 

 

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