Oct 14, 2013; San Diego, CA, USA; San Diego Chargers running back Danny Woodhead celebrates after a first down against the Indianapolis Colts at Qualcomm Stadium. The Chargers defeated the Colts 19-9. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Poll: Who Is Your Favorite Free Agent Signing?


 

The San Diego Chargers have played six games this season, and we have had some time to evaluate the Free agents that Tom Telesco brought in earlier this year. Some have lived up to (or exceeded) expectations. Others have not, or have yet to prove their worth. A couple have been lost to injury, but performed well when healthy. I am going to stick to the obvious choices, as I really don’t want to make this article too long. I will be excluding Thomas Keiser, John Phillips, Ohrnberger, etc. Here is a quick write up on each player, so you can vote for your favorite Free Agent signing at the bottom!

Danny Woodhead:

Danny Woodhead was Tom Brady’s safety valve over in New England, before coming to San Diego. Since his arrival, he has been exactly that for Philip Rivers. Woodhead has made some exceptional plays this season, in all areas. He has done some hard-nosed running, gouging defenses for big gains. He has caught passes out of the backfield. He has caught passes over the middle. He has even caught one over the top on the outside for a huge TD! Woodhead has been nothing but amazing since he got here, and I am giving TT a big thumbs up for going out and getting this guy!

Dwight Freeney:

When Melvin Ingram went down, we all hung our heads, and feared the worst. Despite a tight salary cap, Tom Telesco went out and signed Dwight Freeney. Our concerns started to melt away. Even though he is getting up there in age, Freeney has causing a ruckus in the backfield! At times, he was the only one doing this, so he didn’t get the sack totals we would like to see. But, he was making QB’s rush their decisions. As we all know, he is done for the season, so it was a bitter-sweet signing. We are now back to Double J being our best OLB. I still love that Freeney is here, and when him and Melvin Ingram FINALLY get on the field together… this pass rush should get a whole lot better. Here’s to Dwight & Melvin getting healthy for 2014!

King Dunlap:

When Tom Telesco signed King Dunlap from Philadelphia, there was a lot of backlash from fans. At that time, he was just brought in to compete, as the hope was to get another starting left tackle in the draft / Free Agency. Dunlap came with a host of warnings from Philly fans, telling us what an awful player he was for their team. A lot of people got REALLY happy when we signed Max Starks, as the thought of having the King as our starting LT gave everybody nightmares of 2012. Few people had any inkling that Dunlap would be playing at the level he is now, or that Max Starks would play THAT bad. Even after being out for two games with a concussion, Dunlap has done a stellar job protecting Philip Rivers, and has allowed our often maligned QB to put up career numbers. Some folks still think that we need to go for a franchise LT in the 2014 draft, but Dunlap is doing a great job this season. San Diego fans can breathe a little easier, knowing that the King is in town

Chad Rinehart:

All the talk around the league’s best Free Agent guards revolved around Buffalo’s Andy Levitre. Levitre came with a hefty price tag, and was a luxury the Chargers could ill afford, due to a practically non-existent salary cap. Chad Reinhart also came from coach Joe D’s offensive system in Buffalo, and came at a much more reasonable price. Telesco brought him in to replace Tyrone Greene, and help true up one of the worst offensive lines in the NFL. I like to call Rinehart “Mr. Invisible”. You never hear this guy’s name being called out for getting beat, holding, drawing a false start… nothing. When you do hear his name brought up, it’s usually followed up with the words “nice block”, or “held off his man”. Unfortunately, he has been sidelined with a toe injury for a couple of games, and rookie Johnnie Troutman is filling in well (except for the penalties). Even still, I love having Rinehart at left guard, and hope his injury isn’t serious. Let’s be real, the only starting offensive lineman that has managed to stay on the field, is Nick Hardwick. So, I can’t really fault Chad for getting a toe injury, while playing such a physical position.

Derek Cox:

And lastly… we have Derek Cox. What to say & do about Derek Cox. Let’s start out with the positive. That game ending INT on Monday night was NICE, baby! Those are the kind of plays we need to see on a regular basis from all of our defensive players. I was really excited to have Derek on the team when we signed him. There were other CB’s I might have taken instead, but he has shown he can play in this league in previous years. However, he has not played well since he arrived in San Diego. He makes me wish we had kept Cason, at times. There has not been much difference, and Cason isn’t as injury prone. But, I will give him a pass for a little while longer. Maybe it’s Pagano’s scheme, which seemed to change on Monday night. Maybe it’s a new system, and he will get better as time goes on. Maybe the INT will spark his confidence, and he will start playing at the level that we expected (which is JUST PLAY BETTER THAN JAMMER & CASON!!!) Maybe he will not be the only Free Agent signing that leaves a black mark on TT’s otherwise good Free Agent record……….. Maybe.

 

Well, there you have it. There is a list of the free agent signings that we made, and how they have impacted the team, so far. I really hope that all of these guys come to be good players for our team, and household names for the Chargers organization over the next couple of years. Most of them have played up to expectations during these first 6 games. Who is your favorite signing? Please cast your vote below, and feel free to leave your thoughts in the comment section below.

As always… Keep Bolting Toward Excellence!

Peter Thompson

 

Who Is Your Favorite Free Agent Signing?

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  • boltingindiego

    based on need and low expectations the clear winner is the king.

    • Stefanie Smith

      I was so opposed to this guy solely on what Philly fans were saying. He’s trying and doing pretty well. No creme de la creme but he is putting forth the effort and is pretty good.

      • boltingindiego

        lol when i wrote that comment i instantly thought of you about how the philly fans have a reason to bag on the king which they did. I think he improved over the offseason, better o-line coaching, and the offense scheme shorter routes.

        • Stefanie Smith

          When you are right, you’re right.!

  • Stefanie Smith

    Pete: Don’t laugh, but as the biggest anti-King D person, I change my mind about him. He is trying and trying hard on Rivers’ left side. He got my vote.

    • TheReturnOfMrBlanks

      mine too

      • Michael

        Yeah gotta put King on the top of the list, woodhead and Freeny almost even at second, reinhart third, the new grounds keeper,,,,,,,, then cox………..maybe the new grounds keeper can cover better….

        • http://www.BoltBeat.com/ Peter Thompson

          Hahaha. . groundskeeper… classic.

    • http://www.BoltBeat.com/ Peter Thompson

      That was my vote too… it was tough. Al of these guys have made our team better… almost all anyway.

    • Thomas

      Gotta give alot of credit to coach D!! He’s the man

  • TheReturnOfMrBlanks

    If Cox gets a vote, it would have to be from himself or his mom.

    • http://www.BoltBeat.com/ Peter Thompson

      If he gets a vote… it will probably be someone trying to mess with me, after all my trash talkin’… hahaha… But, I probably can’t leave him off the list either, since he is a starter.. Or can I? Hmmmmmmm….

      • Michael

        He he he he , he said “cox”he he he , Yeah butmunch he also said “wood” “head” (in my best beavis & buthead impresion)

        • http://www.BoltBeat.com/ Peter Thompson

          Too bad he’s a CB, and not a running back… It would make my day to hear John Gruden say “I love the way Cox hit the hole” on Prime Time National Television… muahahaha.

          • tubbs45

            My personal favorite was grudens too, ” I like what cox is doing inside…”

    • tubbs45

      Cox wont vote for himself, so it is probably his mom!!

      • http://www.BoltBeat.com/ Peter Thompson

        I see two votes up there… hmmmm. ; )

        • tubbs45

          Quinten jammer is such a dick!!!

    • http://www.BoltBeat.com/ Peter Thompson

      Looks like Cox & his Mom BOTH voted, too.. hahaha. Now that Clary has been doing OK (sorta), Cox has become the target of my disdain.

  • Calman21

    I am a big fan of the Woodhead signing. Alot of the pressure has been removed from the offensive line due to the style of offense we are running. Woodhead has become a great weapon for Rivers.

  • Stan Zab

    Danny Woodhead is my favorite, easy choice. Remember Jarred Gaither? He had a few great games as well…how did that turn out? His problem in Philly was inconsistency and injuries…he has already missed two games. If he keeps it up the whole season I may change my mind, but I know for a fact Woodhead is the real deal.

    • Stefanie Smith

      Can’t argue with you on Woodhead. The guy is really great.

  • Stefanie Smith

    Freeney would have been impactful also if he had not gotten injured. The young guys really looked to him for leadership and to learn.

    • Calman21

      I don’t think anyone has noticed but our defense has actually been better overall with Freeney gone (not stating Freeney was the problem). We are able to actually run a true 3-4 now and it has improve us overall (at least in my opinion).

      • Stefanie Smith

        We didn’t look so good in—you know where. I can’t even talk about it. But Freeney was not playing in that loss. I don’t know what it is about the Chargers..

        • Calman21

          The defense only really failed badly on that first drive (at least in my opinion) and it made me sick. But they picked things up. But all things considered our defense was absolutely horrendous the first 4 games and the last two is has been okay.

          • Stefanie Smith

            Agreed. I can see improvement. For me, if they go out there, play well, try hard and don’t make fools out of themselves, that is fine with me. Yes, the wins are great too, but, as long as they are improving, that is fine for me.

          • Calman21

            Same for me. Honestly I have written this season off one way or another. If we do well, great…it provides confidence for the next season. If not, great…we get better picks. I just want to see the motivation stay high and the fight to win we have seen so far this season.

          • http://www.BoltBeat.com/ Peter Thompson

            “The defense only really failed badly on that first drive” – If by “defense” you mean Derek Cox.. lmao! How do you get blown out by Rod Streeter on the first friggin’ play?!!!! SMH.

          • Calman21

            Yea…that was ugly. And yes I did mean Cox. The guy has not shown himself to be what we need at #1 corner…but hey he has all year to prove himself.

          • http://www.BoltBeat.com/ Peter Thompson

            Yep… not going anywhere… except the bench maybe. When Taylor comes back… we might be moving Gilchrist back to Nickel CB. If Patrick, Marshall, or Crez-Do start improving, he better step it up ; )

          • NativeSanDiegan

            Patrick actually had tight coverage one-on-one on a deep route by R-Wayne and was even able to LOCATE THE BALL while preventing the reception. What a novel concept! I haven’t really seen much of him and don’t know about his tackling, but I do see hope.

          • http://www.BoltBeat.com/ Peter Thompson

            Not to mention, he is a thumper! When he got injured in the Dallas game, he was taking on a running back head-on. He got right in front of Murray (I think), took one for the team, and stopped him cold. He has been pretty effective in the blitz packages too. Marshall gets some blitzes handled, as well. His coverage isn’t great, but it’s about finding some way to contribute… especially on this defense.

          • Nick in PB

            It’s taken a while for the coaches to truly figure out what we have. What individual players can do. That’s what you build your defense around. To start the season, we had a pretty good idea, then the injuries started to hit us. After the first couple of games, we had all kinds of different guys plugged in there. They were all still getting to know everyone and the system. I believe we had to play a pretty vanilla defense. Now that guys are getting healthy again and the coaching staff has a better idea of each players strengths and weaknesses, we can game plan more easily. Consistency doesn’t happen overnight and it certainly doesn’t happen when you have 3 or 4 starters not playing. As for the vote on the best FA acquisition, I have to go Dunlap because the improvement of the O Line has been what this team needed the most. Woodhead has been another thing we’ve needed for a long time as well. I look at him as an added plus!

          • http://www.BoltBeat.com/ Peter Thompson

            Agreed Nick. I think the revolving door at MLB that has been going on all season is a huge handicap. When Te’O and Butler were both on the sideline, the depth stepped up. But, we need both of them on the field. That way Te’O can focus in fundamentals, instead of being thrown into the fire & calling the defense, etc. This defense was a strength entering the season. It isn’t pretty now, but it could be by season’s end. If we pull off the win in Jacksonville, and In DC… we head into the meat of the schedule at 5-3. I’m anxious to see if Indy bounces back from that embarrassing loss, and beat Denver in their house. Also, KC plays the Texans, who aren’t slouches, despite what their record says. If they both lost, that two game gap wouldn’t seem so big, and we play them both after that. We will at least have a chance to control our own destiny.

      • boltingindiego

        when freeney played for us no one one the d-line stepped up at all except jj. Look at the colts game the d-line actually got pressure on luck. Don’t know why they sucked early in the season but hopefully they keep it up.

        • Calman21

          I think some of that had to do with us running closer to a 4-3 when Freeney was in the game. Everyone knew to run away from Freeney and with the rest of our D-line playing badly it made it very hard. Now we can at least disguise the blitzes more effectively, even if it is with less talented pass rushers.

          • Stan Zab

            Exactly, with Freeney in there the opposing team knows exactly whats coming. I’ve been saying it all season, the guys is one dimensional. Only thing he is good at is pass rushing. In a 3-4 you need versatile LB’s that can pass rush or drop into coverage at any time, on any play. With Freeney that part of the 3-4 was nonexistent.

  • Stan Zab

    When it comes to Cox…good cornerbacks are probably the hardest position to find in the NFL. Besides maybe a good QB. In order for the guys we have to succeed, we need to create serious pressure on the QB. Chargers did that against the Colts, yes there were some really bad drops by their receivers, but for the most part it worked.

    There is no shutdown corner in this defense, and no weak spot in coverage (the whole secondary is weak). So if pressure doesn’t get home, watch out. Its going to be extremely hard to go into the post season this way which is why I’m keeping my hopes in check.

    For all the people saying “just do what you did against the Colts for the rest of the year”…there is game film that teams watch. You know what happens when you bring the house too often? The other team starts throwing screens and short slant routes, and you’re doneski. Its a very delicate balance that Pagano has to find and a lot of reverse psychology. Our best chance is to play keep-away with a balanced offense and long sustained drives and bend but don’t break on defense.

  • Thomas

    Woodhead no doubt.. I like freeney as a player but when he was walkin down the line at fanfest signing autographs he straight up skipped me.. So Dwight for that fuck yourself

  • Gunnar Martin

    I LOVE the Woodhead signing, but Dunlap has really earned my respect this season. He has been outstanding, and it’s a big reason why Philip is having a career year. After all, if it weren’t for him, Rivers wouldn’t have enough time to even get the ball out to Woody. The King gets my vote for surpassing expectations the most.

  • Rob Base

    My vote goes to Wood!

  • tubbs45

    Woodhead is my favorite for the offensie options he brings to the field. But I had to vote KING DUNLAP. The King has been nothing short of awesome. Philly’s trash has become one of our gems!

    http://i1276.photobucket.com/albums/y462/staffpicks/Animated_GIFs/trashman.gif

    • http://www.BoltBeat.com/ Peter Thompson

      Hahahaha!

  • Bill Nichols

    Woodhead and King, I really hate to pick just one. Hell, without Kings’ skills, we would never see Woodies’ skills, at least not very often, and he would probably get blown up all the time cause we would be using him too much. Tough choice, glad as hell we have them both…. Bolt Up, and please stay healthy…

  • Tyreece Kaete Sr.

    Freeney & M Cromartie

  • arnie

    I love what Woodhead has brought to the team, but i have to be honest with my vote, without King Dunlap nothing else works. The idea was to protect PR, give him time to throw and take pressure off him with a running game. King gives PR the confidence to stand in the pocket. King further demonstrated this by eliminating Mathis.