In an article written today by Michael Gehlken of UT San Diego, he talked about a phone interview with Marcus Gilchrist. As you all know, Gilchrist is a third year Cornerback with the Chargers.
In the interview, Gilchrist is asked if he feels as though he could play either Cornerback or Safety. He indeed does feel as though he could transition back to Safety in order to help the team.
Gilchrist played some Safety while at Clemson in college. Without me throwing out my opinion on the subject, I’d like to see whta the rest of the fans think.
Place your vote on the poll below and let us know what your thoughts are on Gilchrist moving to Safety. Feel free to leave a comment at the bottom in regards to why you voted the way that you did.
Thanks a lot for reading and voting.
The Chargers have certainly had a relatively quiet, yet productive, free agency period thus far. With additions on the offensive line in King Dunlap and Chad Rinehart, also bringing in Derek Cox at the cornerback position, we have certainly filled some of the gaping holes in our roster. Danny Woodhead was a pleasant surprise signing and should prove to be a difference make for Ken Whisenhunt’s offense.
My biggest question at this point is what are we going to do about the strong safety position? Atari Bigby struggled to solidify himself as a good counterpart to Eric Weddle during the 2012-2013 season, which consequently led to his release from the roster. With the newly vacated strong safety position, the question of what direction to take next arises. The Chargers can look to within the current depth chart or they can look to some of the veteran free agents who remain unsigned.
The market for safeties this year has been fairly strong. Safeties are certainly coming at a high price tag. Some of the stronger free agent options still available on the market are Bernard Pollard, Michael Huff, Kerry Rhodes, and Tom Zbikowski. In addition, bringing back a fan favorite in Quentin Jammer and moving him to the safety position is certainly a short term option that could prove to be effective.
Brandon Taylor, who was taken in the third round of last year’s draft, appears to me to be a very promising player for the future, but it is imperative that he continues to be mentored and developed by veterans of the NFL. The other internal option is Darrell Stuckey III. Stuckey has been an exceptional special teams player for the past couple of years and evidently gives it his all on the field. We as fans should not forget that Stuckey, who came out of the University of Kansas, was considered a very proficient collegiate safety. He racked up over 90 tackles in each of his last two years at Kansas and had 8 career interceptions. Statistically, Stuckey was a better safety in college than Brandon Taylor and should be given the chance to play the position in the NFL. If he is indeed given the opportunity to compete for the starting job, which seems to be the sentiment, I would be shocked if he didn’t excel.
All in all, it is very important that our secondary improves in all aspects of the game this coming season. Whether Tom Telesco and the coaching staff seek a veteran free agent like in years past, or give Taylor or Stuckey the chance to prove themselves, is going to be something to watch in these coming months.
In my opinion, I say spend the money elsewhere and give Stuckey the chance to develop and play along side Weddle.
That being said, what is your opinion? Below I have included a poll for you to have your voice be heard. If you do vote, please leave a comment explain why you voted the way that you did.
It is common knowledge that the Chargers have many positions that need upgrading in the 2013 offseason. The most obvious positions of need happen to be on the offensive line.
But let’s get one thing straight. The Chargers have many holes in their roster in addition to the offensive line.
Ryan Mathews has shown that he is incapable of being a workhorse running back due to repeated injuries and an inability to stay on the field on third down. Although Mathews is a decent receiver out of the backfield, he is a poor blocker, at best, in passing situations. There is no need to get started on his fumbling issues. The aforementioned facts show that there is a need at running back in the Charger offense as either a replacement for Ryan or as a complimentary piece to him.
Despite Donald Butler getting better in each and every game, it is hard to imagine how he would perform with a solid inside linebacker playing next to him in our 3-4 defense. I know that Takeo Spikes has become a fan favorite, but his best years have long passed him by. If the Chargers were to find another solid player to play next to Butler, our youthful, improving defense would only get that much better.
I have had a good time making up nicknames for Atari Bigby. He set himself up pretty good with his name announcement during the Monday night contest versus Denver. All joking aside, Bigby’s inability to wrap up, coupled with his penchant to bite on play action, made him a serious detriment to the success of the Bolt defense. The Chargers haven’t had a quality strong safety since the days of Rodney Harrison. Yes, it has been that long.
Now that Antoine Cason and Quentin Jammer have completed the final year of their contracts, the Chargers are now left searching for two starting cornerbacks. Despite Jammer being one of my favorite Chargers, it is nearly impossible to think that he will be back as a cornerback with the team. The door might be open for him to sign a hometown discount to return as astrong safety as we talked about last night on “All Out Blitz.” Cason is a player that could price himself out of our range while being allowed t shop free agency. My hope is that we bring him back but only at the right price. Cornerback will need to be addressed with multiple players in any case.
Those are the obvious holes, in my mind, that need addressing on the 2013 San Diego Chargers. You could easily add in defensive tackle and defnsive line depth as well. Also, you can never have enough quality depth on the offensive line either.
Below you will notice a poll asking the very same question in the title. Excluding offensive line, which position is in need of upgrading the most in San Diego?
Please vote and leave a comment below stating why you voted for the position that you did.
Thanks a lot for reading and voting.