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Booga's All-time Chargers "Unsung" Defense

A couple of days ago I wrote about my “Unsung” Chargers offense and now it’s time to look at the defense.  It was very difficult to find a second CB but “settled” for a guy that I wanted to jump through the screen at during Superbowl 29.

Let me remind all the readers that these are just guys that I liked and that left an impression on me for one reason or another.  I put the first list out to see what Chargers other people liked or remembered for different reasons.  It’s nearly impossible to list all the players that were my “favorites.”  But, on with the list! Enjoy and be sure to comment at the bottom and share some of your thoughts and favorite players.

DE) Leslie O’Neal  ( I still remember theMcDonald’s commercials with the “91′s”)

DE) Lee Williams

DT) Jamal Williams   DTs)  Two tons of Fun: Reuben Davis and Shawn Lee ( can’t list one without the other!)

OLB) Woodrowe Lowe

OLB) Billy Ray Smith  ( Played both ILB and OLB)

OLB) Dennis Gibson  (Made the biggest play in Chargers history)

ILB) Junior Seau  ( I have a cat named Seau that is 12 years old. )

ILB) Gary Plummer

CB) Gill Byrd

CB) Darren Carrington (later moved to SS.  19 INTs with the Bolts)

FS) Vencie Glenn

SS) Rodney Harrison


KR) Andre Coleman

PR) Lionel James  ( I wore his jersey #26 in rocket football)

K) Rolf Benirschke ( I could have put Carney here, I know.  Rolf hosted Wheel of Fortune though!)

P) Darren Bennett ( Scifres, Kidd, and Bennett make up a decent run of Punters)

ST) Hank Bauer  ( The guy was a stud on special teams)

Well, there you have it.  I hope you like the list. Feel free to let me know what you think by leaving comments at the bottom.  I would really like to hear who some of your favorite Chargers are past, present, etc. Thanks for reading!

Also, just wanted to give you all a heads-up that a Chargers “All-Bust Team” is coming out shortly!


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  • biggsybolt

    Booga, my favorite memory of O’Neal is when he broke Al Davis’ nose pre game, I believe it was 96. Lets not forget Norman Hand, man was a beast in SD!
    Don’t worry I’m sure Mike won’t misread this one, lol.

    • epadaon

       @biggsybolt norman hand!! that was a good one for sure

      • biggsybolt

        @epadaon i would have added Patella, but being born a raider hater, I see him as a traitor!

        • biggsybolt

          DAMN ‘SMART’ PHONE….. should have said Parella …..

    • BoogaP

       I am dying over here! That “Mike” reference has me ROTF LMAO!!  Crying, I’m laughing so hard.  Yeah, hopefully he gets it this time.

  • epadaon

    who is your choice for coach? :) norval? hahaha.. .taken this team to 8-8

    • biggsybolt

      @epadaon haha, what about Smiley Mike Riley?

      • epadaon

         @biggsybolt  Smiley would take the team to 6-10 for sure! 

    • BoogaP

       Ross having taken us to the Superbowl is an option, of course.  But I am a huge advocate for Coryell to the Hall!!  I would choose Don Coryell. 

  • VEazy

    Donnie Edwards and Drayton Florence.

    • BoogaP

       My mistake on not including Donnie.  I have his white away jersey on right now.  Damn.  Not a big Drayton Florence fan.  Still can’t get the headbutt out of my mind.

  • epadaon

    i love Darren Carrington.. played some flag football against him in a league and he still has skills.. he is a pastor out at the rock church

    • epadaon

      i dont like how he got burned in the super bowl though 

  • MikeTuck

    Exellent except Fred Dean should be in place of Lee Williams. Dean made SF DL a whole lot better. And Speedy Duncan should be up there. Phillips if given the chance to play as he did with Merriman could make a run at DE/LB but Turner has to quit the Zone luv.

    • BoogaP

       The defense has needed work since Wade left.  Our playcalling on the defensive side of the ball has been absolutely horrible.  This prevent crap that we run stinks.  All the prevent defense does is prevent you from winning the game.
      Mike- These are not who I would rank as the best Chargers of all-time, although some would certainly make the list.  These are just guys I like and left an impression on me.
      Biggsybolt- We were wrong!  lol 

  • MikeTuck

     @BoogaP I don’t think it’s been just dumb luck that both D-Coordinators played this kind of defense, I see it as Turners decision since he’s run his offense safe That’s why no matter what defense upgrades we make won’t make a difference unless Turner Gameplans his team to dominate and trust them to let it all out. Otherwise it will look as if it’s the same D as last year no matter what.