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A football season is 16 games long. If a team is lucky, it can prolong the time of clearing out lockers and getting bodies healthy for at least four weeks beyond the regular season.

For Melvin Ingram, that would be a total of 64 games in which he could have played every September to December of the last four years. Instead, the thorn in his side has been injuries which cost him 19 games; the equivalent of an entire season!

Ingram’s 2013 campaign was supposed to see his statistics spike; after all, free agency saw Shaun Phillips move on to the AFC West rival Denver Broncos while Antwan Barnes joined the New York Jets. That left the second-year outside linebacker to learn from wily veterans such as Dwight Freeney and Jarret Johnson. Both Freeney and Johnson were known for their work ethic and hard-nosed play. Unfortunately, his sophomore season was over before it had even begun.

Ingram suffered an ACL tear on May 14 during OTA’s. The expectation was that Ingram would be lost for the year and in August he was placed on the Reserve/PUP (Physically Unable to Perform) list. Fans were elated to see number 54 back on the field in December and ecstatic to have him force a fumble while sacking Raiders quarterback Matt McGloin. Two weeks later in Cincinnati, he intercepted Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton in the AFC Championship game.

“SupaMelvin” was BACK!! Or was he?

Ingram appeared to make it through the 2014 OTA’s, minicamp and preseason unscathed. That all changed after the September 14 game against the defending Super Bowl Champion Seattle Seahawks. The weekend arrived and brought with it another stint on the Reserve/Designated to Return list. Eight weeks later he was back sporting his blue and gold. It was a deja vu moment – two years with back-to-back injuries and who does he suit against? Both games were at home against none other than those pesky Raiders. San Diego won both contests.

In April of 2015, the Chargers exercised the fifth-year option of Ingram’s rookie contract. His salary for the 2016 season is $7.751 million, per Spotrac. He will be an unrestricted free agent in 2017.

Ingram appeared in all 16 games for the first time since his rookie season, collecting 65 tackles, 10.5 sacks and six passes defensed (PD). His career numbers in 45 outings are 143 tackles, 16.5 sacks, 13 PD with three forced fumbles.

The Bolts’ defense needs Ingram to step it up. Adding former Seahawk Brandon Mebane at the nose tackle position is a start. Drafting Joey Bosa, projected to be the bookend on the defensive line opposite Corey Liuget, was a boon. Having third-year man Jerry Attaochu in the mix along with thumper Denzel Perryman provides defensive coordinator John Pagano with chess pieces that he hasn’t had in years.

Ingram has only logged two games with more than a single sack, both coming last year. One was the preseason game against Seattle last year (2) and another 2.5 collected in the win over Miami. Expect that to change.

Should the starting group on the field complement one another as anticipated, I can see this defense lighting up wide receivers and tight ends, stuffing the run and pushing back opposing linemen.

For Ingram to be successful, he must start strong and stay strong. He has to be a leader on defense this season. He needs to set the tone.

Does Ingram outperform his 2015 numbers? I anticipate that he will. Could he get to 14.5? It could be a real possibility given he should be a bit more free to roam with Mebane in the middle at nose.

These guys don’t wear lightning bolts for show. That electricity HAS to find its way into each and every game and I hope that “SupaMelvin” leads the charge.

Thanks for reading!

Cheryl White

#BoltUp

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Since the end of free agency all the focus and attention has been who the San Diego Chargers were taking with the third pick of the 2016 NFL Draft. So many rumors and names were thrown around prior to the draft. Chargers Nation feared the worst. Ronnie Stanley was widely rumored to be the pick. Well thank God these couch GM’s aren’t actually making the picks. Chargers GM Tom Telesco made the pick and boy did he make a good one. With that third pick the GM chose:

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Joey Bosa DE Ohio State
Virtually a unanimous number one pick before 2015 college football season his stock seemed to take plunge with worries about his first step. I even questioned his motor at times. That notwithstanding I love this pick! Telesco shows that defense needs to be the priority. With an aging Philip Rivers the defense needs to start setting the tone instead of the offense. Taking Bosa ensures a man with unmeasurable talent will be manning our front seven for years to come. Bosa is a phyiscal freak and his brute strength gives him power to bull rush opposing offensive linemen.
Where does he fit in our Scheme?
Truth be told the Chargers only run our base 3-4 defense 50% of the time. The other 50% is a 4-2-5 (4 Defensive linemen 2 linebackers 5 defensive backs). In this scheme Bosa can put his hands in the ground and do what he did at Ohio State and play defensive end. The Chargers said he will play defensive end in our 3-4 scheme as well. Bosa’s role will be similar to JJ Watt. Will we see the bolts move Bosa around as well like the Texans do with Watt? Time will only tell.
Will he be a game wrecker?
One thing the Chargers have lacked for years since the days of Merriman and Philips is a true game wrecker up front. Bosa has all the skills and ability to wreak havoc up front. With the addition of Mebane and a healthy Corey Liuget it may be hard to stop Bosa from busting through.  Add Melvin Ingram and Jerry Attaochu coming from the outside and this defense could be the best it’s been in years.

Biggest takeaway from the Bosa pick
Joey Bosa wants to be here. He comes to work. He eats drinks and sleeps football. “I don’t have many passions in my life” Bosa said in his interview. “One is football. I love football.” This kid comes from a winning pedigree at Ohio State where he helped lead the Buckeyes to a national title. Oh and who can forget he was rocking that bolo tie! What could be a better sign than that!

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After 11 seasons and two Super Bowl winning seasons, the New England Patriots have decided against picking up the contract of defensive tackle Vince Wilfork.  The 6’1” 325 pound beast posted this on his twitter account, @wilfork75, this morning:

 

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A classy act by a mainstay in New England.  Vince is 33 and has dealt with injuries over the last few seasons, however he continues to be a dominant force on a line that is so good at stopping the run.  Wilfork was due to be paid 8.1 million this upcoming season, after he restructured his contract before the 2014 season.  In fact, Vince was ready to walk away from the Patriots, however he had a change of heart and wanted to remain in a place and system he has known his whole career – beginning when he was the 21st overall pick of New England in 2004.

 

Of course here in sunny San Diego, the NT position is one that is in desperate need of fulfilling.  With a big body in the middle, taking on double teams most of the time, Vince would be giving Corey Liuget something he’s been wanting for a while; a chance to go one-on-one with his guy.  Allowing Corey to have this type of match-up, he will almost guarantee many hours spent in the opposing team’s backfield; disrupting passes, getting sacks, and getting the running back before he gets to the line.  On top of that, with Wilfork’s dominance, he would be able to open up space for our linebackers, to come in hot; something this defense lacks.  Remember Jamal Williams?  How he created gaps for both Shawne and Shaun (Merriman and Phillips) to come in and do what they did best?  Now, imagine Manti Te’o doing the same with Wilfork leading the way.


Vince will be looking for a similar payday as he was expecting this year in New England.  Is a 33-year-old defensive lineman worth that?  Without a doubt, he is worth it.  Having Vince bring his veteran services to a young, up and coming defense is something that is priceless.  He would not only help mentor the line, but as stated previously, he is still a major force to be dealt with.

 

Come out of the cold Vince.  Bring your family to America’s finest city.  Help bring San Diego to the next level and maybe, just maybe, win one more Super Bowl.     

 

– Brian “Big Kahuna” Scott

(Thanks to levelupfantasy.com and galleryhip.com for the pictures) 

 

 

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Ex-Charger Shaun Phillips has been released by the Indianapolis Colts on Monday.  This was the 33-year-old veterans second team during the 2014 campaign.  It is hard to imagine the once ferocious and electric pass-rushing linebacker now seemingly on his way out of the game.

I know there is a lot of bad blood between Charger fans and Shaun when in 2013 he decided to take less money and play for the arch-rival Denver Broncos.  It did not cushion the blow when he made this statement, “That’s why I came here (Denver), to be in this situation, to be with a team that is right there in the mix,” Phillips said, via Jeff Legwold of the Denver Post. “I want a chance at the whole thing, and that means you’re with a team that believes it, and you’re with a team that will do the work.  This team (Denver) will put in the work. A lot of teams say they’re good, but the ones that really go after it, that’s what you want to be around, that’s what you want to be about.”  To most, he was dead to the fans of San Diego.

Regardless of how we feel about his departure from San Diego, Shaun had an incredible career in America’s finest city.  From his arrival in 2004, through 2009 the Bolts made it to the postseason in every year but one; including a chance in the AFC Championship game of 2007.  But then, back-to-back-to-back playoff-less seasons, finishing 2nd in all three, finished off his career in Bolt Nation.

Phillips recorded 69.5 sacks during those formidable years in San Diego.  Adding to that 7.7 sack per season average, he also recorded 6 interceptions, 40 pass deflections, 20 forced fumbles and 355 tackles.  That intimidation factor that we so desperately desire here now, was in full effect when Phillips was on the field.

A year removed from leading the AFC Champion Broncos in sacks, Philip found himself in Tennessee, Indy and now on an island of life changing decisions.  I had to push aside that one brief transition; those hurtful and not-so-subtle words he spoke.  Rather, my memories of him crushing quarterbacks, striking fear in the opposing offenses, and his fun and candid spirit, seems to uplift my spirits.  I sit here typing and remembering in awed wonderment of what Shaun brought to San Diego right from the start.  Perhaps, in watching this video, you too will be amazed at recalling what Shaun and the defense looked, and felt like during those years.

 

 

Whatever Shaun decides to do, I personally wish him the best and thank him for what he contributed and brought to San Diego.  Think of him how you want, but he, and others of course, brought San Diego back into the national spotlight after 8 consecutive losing seasons.

 

(Thanks to kcchiefsblog.com and zimbio.com for the pictures)

 

– BWK

 

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There are always question marks surrounding all 32 NFL teams going into the regular season.  I will have a piece coming out today or tomorrow regarding 20 questions regarding the 2014 San Diego Chargers.

Due to the importance of the question in the title, I felt it necessary to take this question to the next level and expound upon the subject at hand.  Sure, San Diego has improved in multiple areas.  The lack of depth going into 2013 has evolved into a situation where the 2014 Bolts will have some difficult decisions to make concerning the cuts of some players that fans will be surprised to hear their names on the waiver wire.

As mentioned on both this website and BoltBlitzLIVE on Mountain Country 107.9, having too much talent is a good problem to have.  The level of competition throughout the offseason and preseason will turn to career-saving plays from the fringe players that are currently on the gigantic 90-man roster.  There is very little room for error when looking at the players that are on the cusp of either winning a roster spot, or looking for a new residence come the final cuts on August 30th at 4:00 pm est.

Here is where I get back to the topic on hand and focus on the losers of last year’s Super bowl, the Denver Broncos.  Let me make something clear, the offense in Denver last year not only followed the trend of being a part of confirming that today’s NFL is a pass-driven league, they blew records out of the water with ease.

That sound you just heard was Peyton Manning throwing for more yards and another touchdown.

The Bronco offense may have lost Eric Decker, but he was replaced with former Steeler wideout Emmanuel Sanders.  More explosion, and, possibly, an even bigger threat for Manning and the Denver offense could have been found with the addition of Sanders.

I think what deserves more attention is what the Broncos did defensively.  After losing players like Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, Wesley Woodyard, Shaun Phillips, Robert Ayers and long-time defensive back Champ Bailey, the Denver defense was in need of an overhaul.  And they did just that.

Phillips led the Broncos in sacks last year and was replaced by the free agent signing of DeMarcus Ware.  Is it truly an upgrade?  Maybe?  Be careful and think in terms of future production and do not allow yourself to be clouded by numbers that may not be replicated by either player moving forward.  I would tend to agree with those of you that give the slight edge to Ware.  But, the Broncos are not getting the guy that was once one of the best defensive players in the league.

The loss of Rodgers-Cromartie could have been a significant one.  Well, except that, in my opinion, they upgraded the spot by signing Aquib Talib.  Despite off-the-field issues, he is a force to be reckoned with as a cornerback.  He is incredibly physical and he has the capability of shutting down the opposing team’s number one receiving option each and every week.  They certainly improved there despite the athleticism that Rodgers-Cromartie flashed at times during his career.

Another addition to the Denver secondary was T.J. Ward.  He is a bit of a liability in coverage but he will not hesitate to take an opposing player’s head off with a vicious, well-timed hit.  He might be able to fill the void as the defensive enforcer on the back-end of the Bronco secondary.

When backtracking to the offensive side of the ball, Denver, in addition to Decker, also lost Knowshon Moreno and Zane Beadles.  The loss of Moreno may not amount to much due to a running back tandem of Montee Ball and Ronnie Hillman.  The offensive line returning Ryan Clady to the fold is one of the only reasons I have any fear regarding the Denver running game.  Ball and Hillman are not serious threats without pristine blocking, in my opinion.  Sorry, San Diego State fans ( regarding my lack of faith in Hillman being a factor.)

When looking at what the Broncos have done this offseason, what are your thoughts regarding the San Diego’s ability to match Denver on paper?  For all Charger fans out there, you all know what the Bolts have done.  Exciting additions of Brandon Flowers and Donald Brown added more depth and starter quality where it was needed.  The most underrated signing of the Charger offseason might have been that of Kavell Conner.  He will make an impact defensively in passing situations, at times, but mostly his presence will be felt as insurance behind both Donald Butler and Manti Te’o.

Another free agency add that has both the media and fans clamoring is that of David Johnson.  The team has lined Johnson up all over the place including fullback, tight end and even in the slot.  For a man his size, he can really move.  He is not going to set any 40-yard dash records, but he will surprise defenders if they are only focused on his size.  Yes, he’s a big boy.

Speaking of insurance, the Donald Brown signing proves that Tom Telesco realized during the playoff loss to the Broncos that there must be more quality depth in the Charger backfield.  Running Danny Woodhead between the tackles can only get you so far.  That’s not to say that he can’t be effective at times doing just that.  But relying on that is not conducive to long-term success.  After Ryan Mathews put up one of the most physical running years in recent Charger history, he was banged up near the end of the 2013 season.  He played through it for the most part which is highly admirable.  But, he was forced to leave the playoff game in Denver due to a season’s long ration of wear and tear.

In comes Donald Brown.  Brown has been seen as a guy that could be considered to be a cross between Mathews and Woodhead.  His feet are surprisingly quick when watching him in person.  He is effective as a pass-blocker when asked to do so.  He also has reliable hands as a receiving threat out of the backfield.  He averaged over 5 yards per carry last year during his final campaign with Indianapolis.  The fans in America’s Finest city, and all Charger fans everywhere, should be very pleased with the pickup of Brown.

The fact that Brandon Flowers has the Charger fans incredibly excited for the 2014 season, and this is now the second year of the reign in San Diego of Telesco and Mike McCoy, the sky may be the limit for the 2014 Chargers.  When you add in the aforementioned moves above, there seem to be a lot of reasons to be excited in San Diego.

But, I’ll leave the answer of this question to you.  Let’s go back to the title.  Have the Chargers improved enough to keep up with Denver?

You all know the drill.  There is a poll below.  Place your vote and leave your justification for why you voted the way you did in the comment section at the bottom of this page.

 

 

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I am really looking forward to reading what the fans have to say regarding this topic.  It is going to be interesting, I’m sure of that.

 

Thanks a lot for reading and voting.  I look forward to your comments below.

 

Booga Peters

 

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We are now on day 2 of free agency.  I have little doubt that many of you have been doing your homework, trying to find that next great addition to your San Diego Chargers.  While doing so, I would imagine that you’re coming across many names that are very familiar to Charger fans.

This year’s free agency crop has a ton of former Chargers that almost all fans will recognize.  Some of those players are probably being beckoned by fans that are hoping for them to return to America’s finest city.  Although revisionist history may say that the loss of some of these players was detrimental to the team, the majority of these guys are multiple years removed from San Diego. Meaning, they are not the player that they were when they were Chargers.

To beat some of you to the punch, there is only one former Bolt that I believe could truly help San Diego; you don’t want to know who it is.

Here’s a look at the list of players that used to don lightning bolts.

 

Darren Sproles  RB   New Orleans  ( *traded to PHI for 5th rd pick )Sproles

Shaun Phillips   OLB   Denver

Quentin Jammer   CB   Denver

Korey Sperry   TE   Arizona

Scott Chandler   TE   Buffalo

Drayton Florence   CB   Carolina

Jarius Wynn   DE   Dallas

Michael Spurlock   WR/KR   DetroitOsgood

Steve Gregory   S   New England

Robert Meachem   WR   New Orleans

Antonio Cromartie   CB   New York Jets

Kassim Osgood   WR/ST   San Francisco

Bryan Walters   WR   Seattle

 

Thanks a lot for reading.  Be sure to leave a comment below with your opinions on the next destination for these former Chargers.  I wish them nothing but the best and hope their careers continue in the NFL.

 

Booga Peters

 

 

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Last season, Tom Telesco took the reins of an Indianapolis Colts franchise that had finished last in the league in 2011. Telesco was named Vice President of Football Operations in 2012. Telesco used his newfound power to overhaul the Colts roster. The Colts had gone 2-14 in 2011. Telesco dismantled the team, jettisoning long standing players such as Gary Brackett, Joseph Addai, Dallas Clark and Dwight Freeney. That year, Peyton Manning was also allowed to leave after missing the season with a neck injury followed by multiple surgeries.

By the time the 2012 season rolled around, there were 36 new faces on the roster. Telesco learned from one of the master executives in NFL history in longtime Colts General Manager Bill Polian. Telesco was able to be in on the scouting and player analysis aspect in the Colts war room, having input on what players to bring in. Coincidentally, his first season was also Manning’s first season in Indianapolis.

As a result of Telesco’s overhaul, the 2012 edition of the Colts led by top draft pick quarterback Andrew Luck, the Colts went 11-5 and into the playoffs. The Colts won their division again in 2013 and are prime for a long run as mainstays on the playoff landscape. Telesco’s eye for bringing in fresh talent took the Colts from worst to first in the AFC South. The Chargers noticed and in the 2013 offseason signed Telesco to become the new General Manager of the San Diego Chargers.

Right away, Telesco used the same blueprint he used in Indianapolis. Longtime Chargers were seen out the door. Among them, Louis Vasquez, Shaun Phillips, Quentin Jammer, Antoine Cason, Antonio Garay, Takeo Spikes and Antwan Barnes were among many to find themselves exiled from Chargers Park.  In their place,  Telesco filled their slots with young, mostly unproven role players who were capable of playing multiple positions. Players like Thomas Keiser, Sean Lissemore, Chad Rinehart, Rich Orhnberger, Derek Cox and Dunlap are all Telesco signings who have had great impact in their first season on the team.

The draft got the Chargers off and running at the 2013 NFL Draft with Telesco at the controls. The first round pick, DJ Fluker, has been a stabilizing force at right tackle. When left tackle King Dunlap missed games with a concussion, Fluker moved to the left side of the line and played great there as well. In the second round, Telesco moved up to select Mantei Teo out of Notre Dame and got California  wide receiver Keenan Allen in the third round.

Telesco was hailed for the picks. All were seen as first round talents. Teo unexpectedly dropped into the second round on the heels of the fake girlfriend scandal. Allen’s stock dropped because he participated in the NFL draft combine injured. Teo’s play has gotten better as the season wears on after missing almost all preseason and a quarter of the regular season with a foot injury. Allen is the odds on favorite for Offensive Rookie Of The Year after being pressed into service following an injury to Malcolm Floyd. Sixth round pick Tourek Williams has has substantial playing time in the wake of numerous injuries on the defensive line and has played above expectations.

Telesco also spearheaded the search for a new head coach, nabbing the hottest name on the market in Denver’s Mike McCoy. McCoy’s reputation with quarterbacks is well known, as all he has coached have had career seasons under his guidance.

The Chargers have missed the playoffs three years straight. Last season they had their first losing season since 2003, finishing 7-9. On the way out the door former coach Norv Turner was quoted as saying the Chargers are a few years from being a playoff team. Telesco’s vision and eye for talent has again gotten the Chargers back into the playoffs after only one season. The Chargers defeated the Kansas City Chiefs in a thriller at home 27-24 to claim the last playoff spot in the AFC.

Telesco’s magic has worked again. One season on the job, he has taken a team with a losing record and given them the personnel  that got them into the playoffs the very next season. Similar to the Colts situation, the Chargers are being restocked with younger, faster players and a solid young core to build around with Fluker, Allen and Teo as the cornerstones of the new Telesco/McCoy era.

The Chargers will have cap flexibility this offseason, unlike the dire financial straits they found themselves in last offseason.  Telesco reworked contracts and used the limited funds available to sign the likes of Cox, Freeney, Johnny Patrick and Danny Woodhead among others. This offseason, the Chargers have cap flexibility. The Chargers faithful finally have reason to believe with Telesco making deals and picking winners on draft day that this team is finally ready to take the next step to being a legitimate Super Bowl contender.

 

The Telesco magic is working.

 

Bolt Up

 

#TelescoMagic

 

The Greg One

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I am here to address Mr. Shaun Phillips today.  In an article on ESPN.com,  Bill Williamson quoted Shaun as saying, “he was on the good side now.”

Are you kidding me?  He has the audacity to call Denver the good side?  As a  Charger fan this enrages me.  Don’t get me wrong, I understand players leave for personal or monetary reasons.  That is just the nature of the business in professional football.  I get that part.  But to go out of your way and slander your previous team?  That I do not understand.  Shaun Phillips showed zero class in that move.

 

Shaun,

You should have taken notes from Barnes, Garay and Vasquez.  Your behavior was unwarranted and uncalled for.  Betraying the masses that once cheered for you.

Denver can take their mediocre, has-been linebacker and well you know (insert impolite words here).   San Diego left the door open for Phillips to return to the Chargers.  This poor example of a player went all bandwagon on us.  He might as well have said San Diego sucks and I am going to play for Denver to win a championship.

Well coaches, fans, and players of the glorious San Diego Chargers, let’s send Mr. Bandwagon a message by winning our  division this season. The Oakland Raiders just lost the number one spot for my hatred.  No, the Denver Donkeys didn’t earn that position either. Congratulations Mr. Phillips!  You won the grand prize.  You are now the proud owner of San Diego fan’s hate and disgust.  Wow, and I almost bought your jersey last season.

Fans, I urge you to leave a comment.  I plan on tweeting this link to Shaun Phillips on twitter.  So let’s tell him how the fans feel.

 

Have a Blessed Day,

Sam MCC

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After watching a Tom Telesco interview on Chargers.com, I walked away impressed with his confidence, and blunt honesty, in regards to this team.  I also loved how he verbally smacked down Hacksaw Hamilton on multiple occasions.  But that’s not what this article is about.

In the video Telesco was asked whether or not the door was closed on bringing back some of the free agents that were Chargers in 2012.  He made it clear that the door was not closed.

Of course, there is no way to be certain of whom he was talking about specifically.  I do, however, feel it’s safe to assume that Quentin Jammer and Shaun Phillips are most likely in that conversation.

Both Jammer and Phillips were drafted by the Chargers and have spent their entire NFL careers in lightning bolts.

Quentin Jammer was San Diego’s first round draft choice out of Texas in 2002.  The former Longhorn cornerback has put in his time for the Chargers.  During that time, he showed he was a serious force at the position against the run game and had a run of 3 years where he was solid in coverage.  Jammer’s best years are far behind him at this point.  His speed has diminished enough that keeping up with the speedy receivers of the NFL is an issue.  Which brings us to this.

There are many people that believe Jammer possesses the skill set to make the transition from cornerback to strong safety.  It is not an easy one, by any means.  If the Chargers decide to bring him back in that capacity, I would not be opposed to that move seeing as it frees up another need in this year’s draft.

Now let’s talk about Shaun Phillips.  He was picked up in the fourth round of the 2004 draft as a defensive end out of Purdue.  At this point in free agency, it would make sense to re-sign him to a low salaried, short-term contract.  Phillips has showed problems against the run and has lost a step in recent years.  Despite racking up 9.5 sacks last year, he is best used in a complimentary role at this stage of his career.

Telesco has also said that this team is trying to get younger and faster.  Neither of these two players fit the bill of those characteristics.  But for the right price, it could make sense to give them one more shot at getting the job done in San Diego.

 

Thanks a lot for reading.

 

BoltUp!!!

 

BoogaP

 

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Shaun Phillips was drafted by the Chargers in the fourth round of the 2004 draft as a defensive end out of Purdue.

In his first season he played at the same position he did in college until being moved to outside linebacker in the Charger 3-4 defense.

Phillips always seemed to play his best when he didn’t have to be the guy.  When the Chargers added Shawne Merriman to the team’s linebacking corps in 2005, Shaun seemed to be that much more of a threat.  It appeared that the Bolts would have a pair of bookend backers that would make the team’s pass rush formidable for years to come.

Unfortunately, due to Merriman’s usage of performance enhancing drugs, coupled by multiple injury plagued seasons, that dream never did come to fruition.  Phillips was then called on to take the role as San Diego’s primary pass rusher due to Merriman’s aforementioned inability to stay healthy.  It was then the beginning of the end for Merriman after an electric start to his career which saw 39.5 sacks from the man known as “Lights Out.”

The transition from the other guy to the guy began just as you could expect.  It was a slow process that saw Phillips collect 14.5 total sacks in 2008 and 2009.  The fact of the matter is he was better used in a complimentary role.  Phillips did have a strong 2010 as a pass rusher.  So strong that he was named to the Pro bowl that year.

In 2011, he missed four games due to injury and was not 100% when returning from those ailments.  The following season, in 2012, is one that is a bit misleading if you solely look at his end of the season stats.  Though he finished with a respectable 9.5 sacks, he racked up 2.5 of those against the Raiders in week one and 2.5 versus the Jets.  I think Greg McElroy just got sacked again.  Everyone got a hit on him that game.

No one has ever confused Phillips for being especially strong against the run in his last few years as a Charger.  The Pacific Beach party boy, as deemed by some, was rumored to not keep himself in the best of shape in his last few campaigns.

He is now a free agent and his name has not even been mentioned as one that is on a team’s radar, much less being given serious consideration to sign somewhere.

In May, Phillips will celebrate his 32nd birthday.  It is hard to say if he has much left in the tank.  It might not be out of the realm of possibility that he could eventually re-sign with the Chargers at a seriously discounted rate.  But chances are that Phillips may have to wait until a team has an injury sometime in camp, or the early part of the season, before having to worry about keeping an eye on his phone.

Here’s to wishing him the best of luck in 2013 and beyond.

 

Career Stats
Season Team Games Tackles Interceptions Fumbles
G GS Total Solo Ast Sck SFTY PDef Int Yds Avg Lng TDs FF FR
TOTAL 473 355 118 69.5 1 38 6 67 31 2 20 10
2012 SD 16 16 50 33 17 9.5 1 3 2 3
2011 SD 12 12 42 29 13 3.5 5 2 0 0 0 0
2010 SD 16 16 55 47 8 11.0 0 7 1 31 31T 1 0 1
2009 SD 16 16 59 47 12 7.0 4 7
2008 SD 16 16 74 52 22 7.5 4 1 1
2007 SD 15 15 68 52 16 8.5 0 5 2 36 18T 1 3
2006 SD 14 14 65 42 23 11.5 6 4 2
2005 SD 15 3 34 32 2 7.0 1 3 1
2004 SD 16 0 26 21 5 4.0 3 1 0 0 0 0 2

 

Thanks a lot for reading.

 

BoltUp!!!

 

BoogaP

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