Dec 22, 2013; San Diego, CA, USA; San Diego Chargers linebacker Melvin Ingram (54) pressures Oakland Raiders quarterback Matt McGloin (14) during the first half at Qualcomm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

Melvin Ingram's Impact on the Defense


The San Diego Chargers defense has been playing a lot better of late. Not coincidentally, Melvin Ingram made his return within that time and has helped inspire his teammates on the defensive side of the ball. You can’t say enough about the way he has handled his business. He could have mailed it in before the season even started, but he went to work and had the mindset that he would be playing this season.

The rest of the guys on the roster saw that. The rest of the team sees him on the field putting in that work. He is a leader on the field with his attitude already.

His ability to get pressure on the quarterback off of the edge brings a dimension to the defense that has been missing since Dwight Freeney went down. There were a number of times that Melvin was able to work around the offensive tackle and put some pressure on the quarterback. He picked up his first sack on the season and stripped the ball away on the play. He will only get better as the season progresses.

He has fresh legs right now while most players on the field have been playing all season long. Those fresh legs could come into play if/when we slide right into those playoffs. Can’t wait to see more of Melvin this season.

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  • Stan Zab

    Ingram’s return may have had an impact, but its a very small one in my opinion, if any. He isn’t starting and isn’t even out on the field for half of the plays. They bring him in for 3rd down passing situations from what I’ve seen.

    I think Te’o’s elevated level of play and the benching of Cox has had a lot more to do with it. Gilchrist has also stepped up as of late. Lessimore is getting more playing time at NT cause Cam couldn’t handle the load himself.

    There are a whole lot of different factors responsible for the defense’s resurgence as of late. I’m just glad to see em coming together. Probably too little too late. J-E-T-S Jets Jets Jets!

    • blu3ny3llow

      Pretty sure Melvin started on Sunday….but the whole D seems to be playing better together

      • Stan Zab

        Nope, he didn’t. Jarred Johnson starts on that side and Ingram comes in for passing situations.

        • CALiFORNiAkiD

          Melvin did start.

        • CALiFORNiAkiD

          Chargers OLB Melvin Ingram announced as starter for today’s game.
          - Michael Gehlken

          • Stan Zab

            Look at the pic I took above, I dvr’ed the game…I guess CBS got the LB lineup F’ed up…

            In any case, lets say he did start against the Raiders…This article is about Ingram being the main reason for the defense’s turn around, 1 start where he had 1 sack does not equal the defense’s turn around. They’ve been playing a whole lot better for a whole lot longer than just the Raiders game…

          • http://boltbeat.com/ Ernie Padaon

            Cbs did get it jacked. Just like they listed cam as the starting nose.
            Article didn’t say he was the main reason for the defense…. But he is a reason. There are so many other different factors to why the defense has changed around and Melvin is one of them

    • http://boltbeat.com/ Ernie Padaon

      He started last weekend

      • Stan Zab

        I DVR’ed the game…

      • Stan Zab

        • JoseSD

          They also had Cam Thomas as the starting Nose Tackle when it was Sean Lissemore

  • 619chargers4life

    Like how u put “as the season progresses” playoffs here we come .

  • Derek

    This is great but we can’t forget this is how norv started…. Granted norv started with a much more talented roster. I’m happy with McCoy though. I admit when he was selected I was expecting more gase style unload for 4 quarters no mercy till the 2 min warning. But as the broncos game showed ball control is important. McCoy and wiz have made this offense move at their pace which will improve with keanean’s growth. Just hope our new oc is able to have a quick smooth transition hope telsco is looking into that b/c wiz is goin to texans or detroit

  • Gunnar Martin

    Have we lost since Super Melvin has been back on the field? I don’t think we have. He’s a beast and I can’t wait to have him back for a full season next year :)

  • Lee

    I wonder what we’ll do with free ney and Johnson next year. I see us keeping one not both

    • http://boltbeat.com/ Ernie Padaon

      Agree. Can’t see us keeping both

    • boltingindiego

      cut freeney and keep johnson. We would save more money if they cut freeney and jj has had more of an impact this year.

    • Tyreece Kaete Sr.

      d Freeney is on a 2year deal with Diego idk about JJ

      • Lee

        Agreed. We need more pass rush help anyways and JJ is more run defense

  • Stefanie Smith

    Definitely not on topic, but over at NFL.com, these sportscasters are ranking QBs. RIVERS IS #2 right under Peyton Manning. Yep, he’s our guy.