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NFL.com Ranks San Diego Chargers With 5th Weakest Roster

Today, Chris Wesseling of NFL.com ranked the 5 weakest rosters in the NFL and the San Diego Chargers were ranked number 5 on that list.

Where the team needs a massive rebuild is on the offensive line. Following Wednesday’s release of Jared Gaither, the Chargers’ only semi-reliable starter on the offensive line is declining center Nick Hardwick. McCoy must also coax a comeback season out of an aging Antonio Gates while hoping no other team snatches up restricted free-agent wide receiver Danario Alexander.

The Bolts have several defensive building blocks in young linemen Corey Liuget and Kendall Reyes to go with safety Eric Weddle and inside linebacker Donald Butler. The problem is depth. Previous general manager A.J. Smith left too many holes to fill in one year.

Did Norv Turner really maximize the output of the roster he was given? Was it a miracle that he pulled 7 wins from that team?

I agree with Wesseling to a point. There is absolutely no depth on this roster and there are still huge holes on the offensive line, BUT we still have a good quarterback that can hide some glaring issues and we have young players on the defensive side of the football that have a lot of potential.

The roster is far from complete and it is too early to rank weakest rosters in the NFL. At this point in the season, our roster looks pretty weak. One injury and we would have nobody to fill the holes.

After the draft and after all of free agency, I still think we will be able to compete.

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  • RussinSactown

    Yeah we have holes. I’ll agree but free agency isn’t over and we still have a draft to do. It’s premature to make this call.

    • http://www.facebook.com/amwall1 Andrew Michael Wall

      I agree. we probably will sign someone soon. maybe winston.

      • Preston Niedert

        What’s the deal with winston anyway you think he would sign with a team by now the best OT on the board have set the market.

  • veazy

    5th weakest roster so far I guess. I don’t really care though because mexico SUCKS ASS! GO USA!

    • http://boltbeat.com/ Ernie Padaon


      • chargednation619

        Hahaha to another padiwan article

  • http://www.facebook.com/lostkiara Stefanie Smith

    It is what it is. And it will help to at least keep Danario and get Martin re-signed. We can’t afford to lose any decent ones—if nothing else, we need some depth. Just gets me angry that we had to almost hit bottom for something to change. Another year of Rivers’ career wasted. Why don’t we have depth now? How come there are so many holes on the Chargers’ team?

    I don’t envy the position that TT and McCoy are in right now. They have problems to fix and messes to mop up before we can do some good stuff. I can be a big critic of TT and McCoy, but they did not make the Chargers into the 5th weakest NFL roster.

    • NativeSanDiegan

      Personally I’m glad you’re seeing it for what it is; an AJ created problem. My thoughts on why: top draft pic:k busts-Buster (the bust) Davis, Carson, etc, if a 3 or 4th red pick is good that’s the exception rather than the norm. releasing top players getting nothing in return-Harrison, Brees, Vincent Jackson etc. Finally are shortened careers due to injury-McNeil, Diehlman, keeping RT as stadter, & Merriman’s situation. Result-always more holes than we can fill and zero depth (duet in part to not playing/developing young players.

      • NativeSanDiegan

        I meant “Antoine Cason”, not Carson. New phone “upgrade” keeps plugging in wrong words & doesn’t label my posts with who they’re from.

  • http://www.facebook.com/lostkiara Stefanie Smith

    All I can say, is these guys have to step up–the ones that can, better step up or it’s going to get ugly and make the Raiders look beautiful.

  • TheReturnOfMrBlanks

    Well I guess if we suck really bad this year everyone is still going to blame A.J. and rightfully so. I’m not opposed to having a off year in 2013 to address our needs and come out bad ass in 2014. This team needs 2 drafts, that’s my view on it and a bunch of stop gaps from FA unless we are planning to play 5th 6th and 7th round picks right off the bat.

    • http://www.facebook.com/lostkiara Stefanie Smith

      I guess there is nothing anyone can do to fix the past, but this waiting for another year–if we had canned at least AJ sooner, we would have already gone through the misery of year 1 of the rebuild. We have already agonized through two miserable seasons. Now we start at square 1 and still have to go through another miserable season and another off year. Rivers is wasting away on this team.

      • TheReturnOfMrBlanks

        I really think it’s going to be fun to watch and maybe we can win a few games with a beastly D and Phillip having alittle more time, I’m looking forward to it.

        • http://www.facebook.com/pete.spinning Pete Spinning

          Me too!

  • mrgroovesd

    I think AJ’s dealings will haunt the Bolts for a few years before AJ is finally out of the Bolts system.

  • tiiiiiiiiiiit11

    5th weakest is pretty terrible. I think we all need to refill our chill pill prescription for a few years.

  • Preston Niedert

    Any see the chargers current cap space/numbers minues the big lazy being cut its on nfl.com right now.

  • chargednation619

    For that dumbcomment this american says go mexico!

  • http://www.facebook.com/pete.spinning Pete Spinning

    I feel like Pops right now. That’s all I’m gonna say… And its my birthday, too. Go figure.

  • Cgoodness13

    No the nfl loves norv becaus of his work with the cowboys, and now that he’s gone, they could give a crap less about the chargers. Our entire team could die in a tragic plane accident and Tim tebow taking a poop that look like Jesus would be their headliners followed by a Rex Ryan foot fetish porno and the giants releasing Eli manning back into the ocean to swim with his dolphin headed kind

    • http://www.facebook.com/pete.spinning Pete Spinning

      HA! Dolphin-headed… priceless.

  • http://www.facebook.com/lostkiara Stefanie Smith

    It’s around five months before football starts and I already am feeling beat up with the Chargers.

    • http://boltbeat.com/ Ernie Padaon

      hahahahha…. i wish we could actually talk about games though

      • http://www.facebook.com/lostkiara Stefanie Smith

        Agreed. Now NFL.com rewrote that stupid article title and are saying “the five teams with the least talented roster”–bottom of the barrel.

        How did we get to this point?