Chargers 1st Round Pick Melvin Ingram

Charged Up Defense?

It’s that time of the year; fans like myself are anxiously awaiting the beginning of another football season. Our San Diego Chargers have had the talent to compete for numerous Lombardi trophies yet continue to disappoint us. Dating back to the LaDainian Tomlinson days where we weren’t able to get over the AFC championship hump, in recent years the bolts have failed to even make the playoffs. One consistent problem holding San Diego back is…DEFENSE!

In free agency and throughout the NFL draft the Chargers have made significant strides to improve upon their mediocre defense. The Bolts signed veteran linebacker Jarret Johnson, re-signed Luis Castillo (for relatively cheap) while also spending their first three draft picks on the defensive side of the ball.

Chargers first round pick Melvin Ingram, linebacker out of South Carolina, will make an immediate impact on this defense. Ingram provides San Diego with an elite pass rusher. The Chargers haven’t had such an intimidating defensive player since Sean Lights Out Merriman. The key problem defensively is their inability to get after opposing quarterbacks. In the 2011 season, San Diego ranked 24th in the NFL in sacks with 32. Ingram instantly adds at least six to ten sacks.

Ingram’s potential impact can’t be measured solely by his 2012 sack numbers. His aggressive mentality and relentless approach will be a nightmare for opposing offensives, while helping improve San Diego’s secondary. Cornerback Quenitn Jammer is getting older yet is still pretty effective, but his job and Antoine Cason’s will no longer be as tough.

The reigning super bowl champions, the New York Giants, had a way worse secondary than the Chargers currently have. Yet the Giants were able to mask that deficiency with the best pass rush in the NFL. I’m not saying the Bolts will now have a top pass rush in the NFL, but am saying their pass rush is improved and will be a big reason for their return to the playoffs.

However, the Chargers improvement defensively goes beyond Melvin Ingram. Jarett Johnson has been a staple of the haunted Baltimore Ravens defense and now sports powder blue. Connecticut defensive tackle Kendall Reyes was regarded as one of the best defensive line prospects heading into the draft, and now sports powder blue. Not to mention the continued development of the players on roster.

Philip Rivers and the offense will be very effective despite the departure of free agent wide receiver Vincent Jackson. Therefore, if the Chargers DEFENSE lives up to my expectations, there’s no reason why they wont make the playoffs and have a legitimate shot to give the Denver Broncos a serious run for the AFC West crown.

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  • Kenny

    I am really looking forward to seeing a better defense as well.  5 of our 8 losses were by a touchdown or less. One has to think with just a slightly better defense we would have won 1 or more of these games and been in the play-offs.  Aside from the New England and Detriot blow outs, the Chargers were in everygame til the very end.

    • epadaon

       @Kenny or maybe if we could have just gotten that center to quarterback exchange done correctly… dang!

      • bhaber

         @epadaon That botched snap ranks as one of my most disappointed moments as a Chargers fan and there has been many. Sadly, I was accompanied by a Chiefs fan and hear about it any time I mention our Bolts to him. 

  • Chargertom

    First of all we had the #1 defence 2 seasons ago.#1 offence as well.We diden’t make the playoffs that season Kansas city did.So it goes a little deeper than poor pass rush or poor defence.I think the problem is AJ.smith being cheep and Norv Turner not motivating the team.Turner is a great offeccive cordnatior but not a motivator of men.That needs to change if were going to get to the Super Bowl!

    • epadaon

       @Chargertom the defense was ranked number 1, but there were still holes in that defense. we also had the worst special teams in the planet and it created short fields for the defense to try and stop teams. short fields mean the other team didnt need a lot of yards to put points on the board… that defense was all rated on yards given up and nothing else. 

    • bhaber

       @Chargertom The #1 defense ranking was purely a statistical anomaly, not once did I even hear them mentioned as an ELITE defense. This team has good enough cover guys yet their talent can’t be showcased when their pass rush has been mediocre. I wasn’t trying to say pass rush is the Bolts only problem on defense but it’s one of their biggest and one they needed to address and did.

      • Kenny

         @bhaber  @Chargertom
         Couldn’t agree more!

  • Chargertom

    I agree epadaon! The pass rush sucked! But so did the coaching.Not to menshion VJ.Out for 1/2 the season.We can thank AJ.For that.