Guest Pass: Looking Toward Chargers Off-Season

By: Keenan Rickless

I would like to think I can offer the perspective of a typical somewhat informed fan. I have to say, despite being disappointed in the past few seasons, I am cautiously optimistic. I know we have a ton of players coming off contracts this off-season and that worries me. For one, a loss of Vincent Jackson could be devastating. The loss of a deep threat like him could make our pass game a bit one-dimensional.

However, if Philip Rivers showed anything last season (2010), it is that he can pass the ball anywhere. Legedu Naanee, Seyi Ajirotutu? Who are they? No one knows, but look, they are out there catching passes. My big concern is the impact that VJ could have AGAINST us if he lands in a place like New England. Chad Ochocinco was a bit of a disappointment for them in the deep game. I am sure with players like Tom Brady, Wes Welker, and the duo of tight ends, they can’t have much caproom.

Now to the optimism. The Chargers are, and have been, standing on the edge of winning a ring for many years now. Last season showed both the importance of special teams (phew, glad we shored that up) and the importance of big plays. The number one defense and offense didn’t make the playoffs because we couldn’t make the big plays. This season, Weddle REALLY made a name for himself and is fired up for another huge season. If we can acquire another play maker, either off the draft or through free agency, we could go all the way. Corey Liuget has the physicality to became the pass rusher we wanted him to be. If he works hard this off season, I think he can come back and alone solve the problem. We could really break through the line with a good draft pick-up of an explosive OLB. Our linebackers are a bit slow and that’s a weakness that should be addressed. If we could add a pass-rushing big play maker to our 3-4 core, then Weddle can do his thing that much better against a pressured QB.

I hear talks of free agents as well, while this would be a great step, picking up an older player to help out will only last so long. I am nowhere near the knowledge level of a general manager, but I feel that with a couple smart decisions, this next season could be ours.

Bolt up!

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  • MikeTuck

    Well written and I totally agree. Holding on to V-Jax + I’d include Floyd and Brown. I like the OLB to solidify the pass rush. Offensive Line is a huge concern to me. How about getting Fred Davis in free-agency. A USC Te that would be great as a back up to Gates. Miracles happen and maybe Gates gets better with a full summer to rest. And I’d like to see them work Todman into a return/reciever position to give him touches and be a backup to Mathews. This team isn’t far off as far as talent. It’s getting them to be as close as possible for a long run, unity is underated.

    • gtr_donald

      @MikeTuck Fred Davis? The dude that failed multiple drug tests that led to him being suspended? No thanks.

      And, just so you know, Jordan Todman is a Viking now, not a Charger.

  • MikeTuck

    Wow you got me there duuuuuude! That is why were continuely drafting the same positions. Todman looked good in camp. He never got a chance at many touches so we never learned what we had. They use to use backs in kickoff returns to give them touches and then they were ready if needed. No-patience, because the chance to see what you got never happened.By your own admission Smith is great at his job. You don’t buy a new pair oif shoes and keep them in a box, then next year say oh they’ve got the new Jordans. Smiths lack of patience, and Turners lack of play time for some players never sees what they got.

    Keep this name in mind, Taiwan Jones, he’s with the Raiders and available to us. I watched him play College and wanted him to slip to the Chargers. Wait till next year when the AFC West is battling, Todman is gone, but Jones will be playing.

    But hey, great sound bite , you win I’m a Charger Fan and I’ll always be one. I’m a SD fan too. But then LA is where it’s at right.

    • gtr_donald

      @MikeTuck The Vikings signed him to their roster off of the Charger’s practice squad after Adrian Peterson was put on IR. It’s not surprising for a 6th round to be on a team’s practice squad. It’s not that the Chargers were being impatient with the guy, they were developing him on the practice squad.

      As for Taiwan Jones, I don’t see how he’s available to the Chargers–he’s still a Raider.

      Maybe they’ll draft a 3rd down back, or maybe they’ll have Brinkley drop a few pounds and develop him into that role. We’ll have to wait and see, but I’d love to see another Ronnie Harmon come around.

      • epadaon

        @gtr_donald i would love to see us bring in SDSU ronnie hillman to be that ronnie harmon type on the team… think Hillman will go much higher in the draft then we would want to draft a running back though.

        i also like the idea of adding Justin Forsett from the Seattle Seahawks.

  • MikeTuck

    donald; come now, I said Jones was on the Raiders, we could have drafted him in the middle rounds. And Todman isn’t going to learn anything playing on the practice squad. Jones & Mcknight , their teams have done just that and gave them kick-off duties and towards the end of the year it started paying off. The more touches a College player gets the speed of the game and he gets some on the job training, especiallt on whether he’ll hold on to the ball.

    The truth again will come on how he does for the Viks next year. Either way they didn’t have a chance to see.

  • MikeTuck

    If we hang on to Tolbert and Hester there will be no point in Forsett although I agree he’d be great backup. But I like your idea on SDSU RB making it as a walk on. I’m not familiar with his running I’ll look that up. I always like to see local talent make it.That would be great. But again if he made it and sat the bench reguardless or not he’ll look bad when he gets the call if he isn’t introduced with touches in games.