Aug. 22, 2009; Glendale, AZ, USA; San Diego Chargers safety Eric Weddle against the Arizona Cardinals during a preseason game at University of Phoenix Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-US PRESSWIRE

Top 10 Chargers of 2011: #2 Eric Weddle

The NFL Network is releasing their Top 100 players of 2012 and there just is not enough Chargers action on that list, so the staff at Bolt Beat got together to create a Top 10 Chargers list based off of their performances from last season. 

2) Eric Weddle

Almost every San Diego Chargers fan was elated by the re-signing of safety Eric Weddle, despite his ridiculous 40 million dollar deal, making him the richest safety in NFL history. People were stunned with AJ Smith’s decision to reward Weddle with a mega-deal. Hall of fame type safeties like Troy Polomalu and Ed Reed were now being paid less, causing league-wide confusion. However, Weddle’s 2011 campaign proved he’s amongst the best at his position in the NFL.

Previously, Weddle was most commonly known for his key interception against Peyton Manning in the 2008 playoffs. That pick helped foreshadow this past season. Weddle’s seven interceptions tied a league high, earning himself a pro bowl invatation.

The Chargers overall pass defense ranked 13th in the NFL yet would’ve been dramatically worse without Weddle’s ball hawking mentality. Prior to 2011, Weddle had serious problems catching the football, but clearly addressed that issue during his down time amidst the NFL lockout.

The remarkable part about Weddle’s 2011 season was his ability to notch such tremendous stats despite a horrible pass rush. Now, he is blessed with an apparent freak of nature in rookie linebacker Melvin Ingram, who will force opposing quarterbacks to get rid of the ball much quicker.

I believe Weddle’s ability to also stop the run proves he can do anything on the gridiron. Weddle commonly helps tackle opposing running backs by creeping down towards the line of scrimmage on rushing situations.

The scary part for co-members of the AFC West is Weddle has just begun to break out. At 27 years old, Weddle is now entering the prime of his career and will continue to develop.

Despite the Chargers failures in 2011, Weddle was one of their sole bright spots. In order for our Bolts to succeed this upcoming season other members on defense must help their buddy Weddle out.

Bolt Beat Top 10 of 2011:

10. Takeo Spikes

9.   Malcom Floyd

8.   Antwan Barnes

7.  Jared Gaither

6.  Mike Tolbert

5.  Vincent Jackson

4.  Antonio Gates

3.  Philip Rivers

2011 Stats:

Def Interceptions Tackles
Year GS Sk Int Yds TD Lng PD Tkl Ast
2011*+ 15 7 89 0 26 12 66 18
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  • CindiSpears

    You made me love him all over again.  He is worth every penny.  :)  #boltup!

  • Calum

    Ryan Matthews wasn’t better than Weddle! lol Weddle number 1! Weddle number 1! 

    • Bolts_NFL_music

       @Calum Actually I have to agree with that comment. Weddle is definitely also my No.1 – Mathews can prove us wrong next season – which I think he will do. But for 2011 Weddle overall was the best, in my opinion.

  • BrandonReisinger

    Gotta agree with Calum, Weddle was the star of the 2011 season!! I’v already stated that if Weddle is not in NFL’s Top 100 i am canceling NFL network!! Cant wait to see him take it a step farther in 2012!!

  • RMainwaring

    Weddle is definitely worth his contract no matter what anyone says.

  • BoogaP

    Forgot to mention that he was All-Pro first team. Weddle has just scratched the surface on his playmaking ability.  Put a great pass rush in front of him and wow.!
    I still think Rivers should have been #1, imo.

    • CindiSpears

       @BoogaPHe will be next year. 

      • BoogaP

         Agreed. Love the weapons that have been added. Should  be a career year for Philip!

  • ShawnMakeEmSay

    So Mathews is first?! Eric Weddle should definitely be number one I mean he really didn’t have a pass rush & I mean let’s face it he had to help the corners & bob Sanders. & idk if anybody else remembers but I recall Weddle knocking the ball out of Calvin Johnson’s hands to stop him from scoring

    • BoogaP

       To give anyone from the Chargers positive credit from the Lions game is a mistake. Yes, I know the exact play you’re talking about.  The team as a whole laid an egg that day.

  • epadaon

    i knew this would be the most controversial on the list… well, this and the number 1 spot… when i added up the everyone’s rankings, this is how it finished up.

  • boltsfan1972

     @BoogaP  theres two people that should be on that list and there is only one slot left but I will wait until tomorrow to make a ruckus

    • ShawnMakeEmSay

      @boltsfan1972 @BoogaP Donald butler?

      • BoogaP

         @ShawnMakeEmSay  @boltsfan1972  @BoogaP
         Butler was a stud.

  • CallyUlrich

    i second @CindiSpears  I love this man.  Hester gets me all fired up on any given sunday!!!

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