Oct 28, 2012; Cleveland, OH, USA; San Diego Chargers guard Louis Vasquez (65) against the Cleveland Browns during the second quarter at Cleveland Browns Stadium. The Browns won 7-6. Mandatory Credit: Ron Schwane-USA TODAY Sports

San Diego Chargers Team Needs

Just a little under a month till free agency hits and we need to look at the team needs for our San Diego Chargers. Here is a list of needs that we entered the offseason with. We already took care of the holes at Head Coach and GM. Now we need to start working on that roster.

Head Coach
Mike McCoy was brought into town and we got rid of the Norval one. We needed a change at the top and canning Norv will be a good shake up for the roster. Time for the guys to step up and respond.

General Manager
AJ Smith is probably in his Tommy Bahama shirt drinking a margarita out on the beach. He probably is still hoping that Ryan Mathews and Larry English will have a big year, to prove that he has some sort of magic.

Smith is out and Mr. T, Tom Telesco, has taken the controls. He has hired his whole coaching staff. He has probably has spent the whole month staring at film evaluating the talent on the roster. Wonder what he thinks of the team that he just took over.

Left Tackle
Big Lazy. Big Lazy. Big Lazy!

Anyone wonder what the Big Lazy is doing right now?

Jared Gaither killed us last season with his injury troubles. He can’t be trusted. The team needs to find someone that can hold down the left side of the line and protect Philip Rivers‘ backside. PRIORITY NUMBER 1!

Eric Fisher or Lane Johnson are a possibility in the draft. The Chargers are not going to sign a top dollar free agent at the position, but they could try and find a cheaper vet to fill in.

Left Guard
Tyronne Green is not starter material. He is a backup. He was a huge liability at left guard. Maybe the Chargers will dip into free agency and sign a left guard like Andy Levitre or they can go after Chance Warmack in the draft. They can also wait till later in the draft to find a good left guard.

Right Guard
It is only a priority because Louis Vazquez needs to be re-signed. If Vazquez is not re-signed, then there will be another hole on the offensive line that needs to be filled. We don’t need to make more holes on the roster. We need to keep the players that have been around.

Antoine Cason and Quentin Jammer are free agents. Bringing Cason back would be a priority. He isn’t a Pro Bowl player, but he is solid. If he starts asking for a ridiculous amount of money, then we kick him to the curb and find someone to fill that gap with Shareece Wright and Marcus Gilchrist seeing a lot of action. Maybe bring back Jammer to play safety, since that is another hole that we need to fill.

Running Back
The China Doll, fumbling machine cannot be trusted. Ryan Mathews was given the opportunity to take on more responsibility, but he couldn’t break his habits. Competition is needed at the position. Maybe we will bring in a rookie at the position OR we can look at a possible vet that will take a pretty contract. Reggie Bush would look awfully good in blue and gold, but he might be looking for too much money. An upgrade from Ronnie Brown and Jackie Battle is needed bad!

Strong Safety
Atari Bigby can be used if we don’t bring in anybody for the position. Brandon Taylor also can be used, but we don’t know how he will return from injury. It would be nice to team up a good strong safety with Eric Weddle though. A player like Matt Elam in the second round of the draft would be awesome.

Middle Linebacker
Takeo Spikes is on his last legs and the team needs to find the next player at the position next to Donald Butler. Takeo might not even make it through first cuts. Demorrio Williams is the next man up, but he doesn’t have a contract. After Demorrio is Jonas Mouton. Nobody knows what Jonas Mouton can provide. If Mike McCoy and Tom Telesco want to watch film on him, they will have to go back to the college tape to see him. AND all that college tape was before he suffered an injury in his rookie year as a Charger.

Wide Receiver
Danario Alexander proved to be a good receiver, but his history says that he will go down with an injury any second. Malcom Floyd is in the same exact injury boat. Vincent Brown is coming back from a major injury. If everyone is healthy and is guaranteed to play 16 games, then we should be alright BUT the history shows that the top 3 guys at the position will go down with an injury at some time. Behind the top 3 are Micheal Spurlock and Robert Meachem. Seyi Ajirotutu, Mike Willie and Eddie Royal will all be competing for a spot also. If we bring in a receiver, he needs to compete for a starting spot. We have too many number 2 and number 3 receivers.

Other than offensive line, what do you think the next priority is for the Chargers in the offseason?

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  • TheReturnOfMrBlanks

    I’m just looking forward to any move right now in general. I know it’s going to take a bit for Telesco and Mccoy to evaluate all of the current guys but is there anyone that we need to cut with a roster bonus coming up or anything? We seem to be the only team not making a single move, but I get why.

    I would like to see us draft heavy on defense and try to get a vet LT and RT in FA. Multiple pass rushing options would be a wonderful thing next year. Can’t wait for all the moves…… any day now.

    • Preston Niedert

      What is the hold I do not know but we need to cut ppl and free up cap space as well as cut the big lazy

  • davacho

    totally agree with comments re: wr group… 2′s and 3′s… smh

  • http://www.facebook.com/sid.klum Sid Klum

    Forgot to cut Clary who’s the worst on O-Line. Agree resign Vasquez & go with kids Mike Harris, Molk & Troutman. Then go out and sign Free Agents this is the year to get O-Linemen. A lot on the market. Cason? No thanks, would rather have Jammer play SS next to Weddle. Phillips is only issue at LB but O-Line more important and Ingram needs to start. Need to resign Franklin at NG. Keep Spurlock was best WR in camp AJ blew it. Chargers need to cut the fat this year Gaither, Garay, Meachem, Royal, McMichael, Green, Jammer, Cason, Clary and probably Phillips. Need youth movement current roster looks like Over-the-Hill-Gang.

    • tbell11

      I’m all for cutting Big Lazy, but since it will cost a lot of money to release him I think it will be better to move him to RT and cut Clary. Phillips needs to go, Jammer, and Garay. So resign Spurlock, Green, Cason, Vasquez, Franklin, and McMichael. Our WR’s are fine for now.

  • arnie

    Thanks aj.

  • Mike Novice

    Mathews a bust? Let’s put you writing a piece on line and give you a pencil and a paper sack to do it. That’s what they’ve ask Mathews to do running behind the Oline of the Chargers. You could say the same about Rivers but then he gets the ball and then just hands it to Mathews no matter if the blocking holds up. Rivers can read the defense, Mathews has to react to the mess he’s got. I’m disappointed in his health and attitude towards being in tip top shape. But until there is a line in place blocking for the running game and passing ” Judge les ye be Judged” a good man lives by this. This line the last three years hasn’t been able to block for running between the tackles never less pulling and blocking the corners. If it wasn’t for Mathews toughness and cutback ability he’d be getting less than he did. For him to get a yards per carry that’s good he needed to be ran 20-30 times yet Turner ran by commitee and pulled Mathews at the goal line. Best scenerio, rebuild the Oline, get Bush as a 3rd down double backfield and let Mathews show his due repect at the RB position. He ran for 4.9 4.3 and 3.8. Now follow the downgrade of the Oline position.

    • http://boltbeat.com/ Ernie Padaon

      Where did I say he was a bust? I said he keeps getting injured and he keeps fumbling. Can you trust that? 2 broken collarbones last season!

      Where did I say he was a bust? He needs competition or someone to back him up that has skills. Otherwise we will be stuck with Ronnie brown getting too much time when he gets his next injury.

  • Nick in PB

    Offensive line, definite priority… number uno without doubt. After that, there is a lot of directions you can go in but you have to draft O-Line, maybe even often. Otherwise, you pick the best available at Corner, Inside LB, you hate to say safety since we just drafted Taylor so, time to try Jammer there. RB, yes. WR, maybe. I would like to see our guys stay healthy but we have a lot of WR’s and yes, most of the 2 and 3 variety. Stay healthy Denario!!!!

    • http://www.signonsandiego.com/ Ambitoos

      Jammer has slowed down to much to play safety. Time to retire Jammer.

  • arnie

    Okay, after some thought, I’m in agreement with most of that list. Save at least two. Jammer and Greene.
    Jammer; he does not have the speed to cover as a CB, however he does have the physical ability to play SS. Since we are all aware of bigby’s ability to bite on the fakes, kill two birds with one jammer.
    1) Jammer is physical, this to our advantage. He can come down in run support, and take away some of those tackling duties from Weddle. Also, his size an speed he has no problem covering TE an Slot Recievers over the middle.
    2) as a former CB, his experience, will help keep the young CB, Gilcrest, Wright, Gatson an even Cason, in position. Also he knows when somebody is about to get burned, so there won’t be any confusion, who needs help over the top. Bonus, Weddle will be free to channel his reed/palomalu.
    Greene; this is a short list, although Greene has not been a pro-bowl performer, he has made improvement in his short career. And improvement is good. However the Chargers find themselves in a bind. Keeping Vasquez an Greene, give the Chargers ability to focus on the tackle poisitions. I think Greene has been poorly coached and I would to see if he will respond to the new staff.

  • Mike Novice

    Ernie; I think Mathews needs another year under a new staff before we throw in the towell. Seriously you can’t judge a RB with the kind of line we had. AND HIS NUMBERS OF 4.3, 4.9, 3.8 aren’t that bad behind the worst line in the league when healthy. I agree to lure Bush back to his hometown to get another chance is a huge plus. Compared with the current returners Bushes strength and moves would elevate our return game by a bunch. Even Brinkley would be a good backup behind a good line. By the way Brinkley 5.5, 3.4, 2.9, I think you can see the point. I remember Muncie having such a great line that could pull out in front of him and get him into the LB’s where they couldn’t keep up with him. Oline is everything to a team, yes to a team. They keep the defense on the bench to rest and be it’s best while keeping your drives going along with the clock. You look at the minuses we had with the Oline that Smith built and it’s amazing that Rivers is alive and we were even in the AFC race.
    Hang onto Mathews in 2013, see how healthy he can stay, and if the flashes he showed become a consistant factor he’s worth the risk.

  • Mike Novice

    Notice the trend at WR, unhealthy, I said it last yearand I’ll say it again, the Oline has alot to do with this too. Floyd is not a 2 or 3, Brown ios not a 2-3, You can’t expect a Offense to play good or stay healthy when your foundation has cracks all over the place. Royal and Meachum is a I told you so. Rivers proved that he can spread the ball all over when he had Nanee and Floyd as his recievers. Bush would be a big help here also. It’s really sad to see Hester in a Broncos Uni. They need to look for a great WR, but free agency is out as Oline gets the money. And see if you all can look at some tape of Brandon Kaufman of Eastern Washington. If I’m the GM I’m all over him. No joking he’s a star waiting to happen 6′ 5″ again and tough. Hands just like Floyd. Every team knew the ball was going to him and they couldn’t stop him.