Should Super Melvin be Super Charged?


Double J was signed and I won’t lie I couldn’t be more excited. We then make another solid move and draft a physical presence and force to be reckoned with in Melvin Ingram. Most of us have been keeping a close eye on the linebackers since San Diego made a pick that could change the whole entire face of the franchise. Now, we might just have an interesting argument. Should we consider making Melvin Ingram the other starter at linebacker? Is it a possibility that Johnson should be the one rotated in?

I could not be more excited to have this problem. So much talent at linebacker, but only 4 spots can be on the field. We were predicted to have a lot of problems with this position but not this one. With that being said, seeing what the team looked like in week 1 of the pre-season with Melvin Ingram starting it’s hard to say you would want anyone else in the slot. Ingram plays with confidence, passion, and heart. He also posses a motor that doesn’t stop! Melvin Is also starting to show the vets he wants to be here, and he will do what it takes to win. This preseason he did more then what he was expected to do. The pass rush especially stood out.

So Joe why not just rotate him in on passing downs? I am a firm believer, a VERY firm believer, that a player needs to build a rhythm to be effective. He needs to have a feel for the game to get the most out of him. Rotation’s are hard, some people can make an impact coming of the bench some need to be warm and going all game. Melvin appears to be one of the guys that needs to be in to have that feel, that sense of urgency that a player can only feel when he puts everything he has had and then some into a game.

Jarrett Johnson was banged up a little in the beginning of the season but had a chance to show some of what he brings to the table. The guy is a beast! He is a run stopper. Jarrett flies down the line of scrimmage and closes down on the running back extremely well, for his age. Dub has a never quit and a never say die attitude. While Johnson can’t take over a game like an Ingram can he can certainly make running backs look twice. I for one would go to battle for Jarrett any day of the week. He is my type of player, a player that will be in your face till the end of the game.

Joey, is he a good linebacker for a now a day type of football? Well a now a day type of football is a passing league. Now at his age, he is still an effective player. Johnson won’t be piling up sacks left and right, but he can get tackles and do his job come the running game. Plus his experience is extremely valuable. I do think he can be effective. In order for him to be effective though we would need a elusive pass rusher. Philips is great, but I am talking like a T-Sizzle or a Mario Williams.

I am still a fan of the signing but Ingram adds excitement, and a fresh young attitude. Maybe I need to paint the picture a little bit. Ingram, Butler, and Philips on the blitz with Reyes, Corey, and Garay! How can you not be excited about that? Quarterbacks as well as running backs would FEAR our defense. That could possibly be one of the best front 7′s in the whole league. You still can’t forget about Barnes, Johnson, and English (who had one hell of a camp). Barnes and Johnson might be considered starters on 50% of the rest of the NFL.

It’s time to see the future Charger fans. In my opinion Melvin Ingram has done what was needed to be done to get respect. It might be time to show him that respect. If he puts in a couple of solid games he will be a MUST START. It is quite possible we might be looking at a Von Miller type right here. That, I would not be disappointed about. Ingram has the play making ability to be a starter in this league and I hope we make him one sooner then later.

What do you think? Should Ingram or Johnson start?

-Joey Nicks

Bolt Pride!

Tags: Jarret Johnson Melvin Ingram NFL

  • http://boltbeat.com/ ChargerGirl Cindi

    Ingram all the way.

  • Mr. T

    Your writing style is as invigorating as a children’s bed time story. Good subject, and I do agree with what you were attempting to convey, but writing is not meant for everyone.

    • Joey Nicks

      My bad brotha! I try to make it interesting and make the casual fan understand my opinion as well as the in depth sports fan such as myself, and others, comprehend the message that I am trying to relay. Thank you for the read! I appreciate the time that you took to dissect my article and provide me with the information that I need to become a better writer. Thanks again for the read!

  • bolthead612

    TREX baby! He needs to start! BOLT UP!!!

  • @BOLTSFAN1972

    No let Johnson start at first slowly move Ingram into the full time role

    • Joey Nicks

      I can dig that by week 7 coming out the bye I would like Ingram to be full time

  • Anthony Corbala

    Ingram should start. Either way that front seven is gonna bring it. With all the excitment Ingram and Reyes bring, and hopefully a ready to blossom English. I am most excited about Butler and Liuget. Butler is a sideline to sideline playmaking middle linebacker who is a pro bowler waiting to happen. Ditto for Liuget. Ive rewatched every defensive snap from the preseason and these guys stand out like pro bowlers should, and theyre both only second year starters. Very exciting young Defense!!!!

    • Joey Nicks

      I couldn’t be any higher on Butler. If one thing I could emphasis for him to work on, the leadership role. I LOVE SPIKES, but lets be real. He can’t be around forever! I would love Butler to turn into a passionate as Ray Lewis and as exciting to watch to boot. He does show flashes of a little Ray Ray in him. Bitler should also be Butler too. Pave his own way. I don’t know I am a Canes fan and a HUGE Lewis fan. I would take my left arm (I am left handed) to have a Ray Lewis type play in Bolts.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/James-P-Derrick/1654577989 James P Derrick

    Love the players SD has available, but when they face teams that do no huddle, it’ll be that much harder to sub players. I say start Ingram…..

    • Joey Nicks

      it couldn’t hurt right? give him 2 games. If it doesn’t work go back to plan A.

  • The Dane

    I’d love to see some alternative lineups

    Ingram – Liuget-Reyes – Phillips/English(not sure if Barnes can play 4-3 DE)
    JJ – Williams – Butler

    Williams is better than Spikes in coverage and Butler is athletic enough to play outside in 4-3

    I think it could be effective if we face QBs like Kaepernick, who can tuck te ball and run.

    But i really look forward to see our def. this year, lots of turnovers and explosive young guys mixed with good veterans.

    • Joey Nicks

      We should be easily a top 10 defense. People have mentioned our secondary slacking, but how can you expect our CB’s to cover an NFL receiver for 7-8 seconds and expect to win (referring to last years pass rush as horrific). It’s impossible! We will be a lot better this year!