Sep 29, 2013; San Diego, CA, USA; San Diego Chargers linebacker Dwight Freeney (93) warms up prior to the game against the Dallas Cowboys at Qualcomm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

Dwight Freeney’s Perspective On San Diego Chargers


San Diego Chargers DE Dwight Freeney has another year left on his contract for the team and he wants to play out that season. He doesn’t want to leave football because of an injury. He wants to leave on his own terms. He believes that the Chargers have a good team that is ready to contend. He wants to be part of that..

Here is his analysis of the Chargers from the last season:

“We have great management,” he said. “I’m not sure about the management prior to [this one], but we have [general manager] Tom Telesco and we have [head coach] Mike McCoy, and those guys make it a family atmosphere. You go in and you want to go to work, you want to play for this guy. And we have a lot of great leaders on that team — Eric Weddle and Donald Butler. We have some guys who can make plays and have some experience out there — Philip Rivers and Antonio Gates.”

“So we have some cornerstones on that team. Now we have to go out and win some more of those big games. And really, honestly, the biggest problem with us is that teams that we’re supposed to beat, we play around with them. And that’s how we get those couple losses that we’re not supposed to get. But the teams that are good, we play very well and beat.” –

It is nice to hear the perspective from Freeney on the Chargers. He wasn’t there during the A.J. and Norv era and doesn’t know too much about the troubles from their reign. He only knows the team and players from the way it acted and worked from last season and it looks his report is good.

I would love for Freeney to be healthy in the coming season. The combination of Freeney and Melvin Ingram on defense could be huge for the Chargers success. Freeney is one of the quickest defenders off of the edge and will force quarterbacks to get rid of the football quickly. With Ingram providing pressure on the other side, quarterbacks will not be able to escape from Freeney by rolling out anymore. Add a big nose tackle that can push the pocket and quarterbacks won’t even be able to step up in the pocket to escape the pressure. Pick city.

What do you think Freeney’s impact with the Chargers will be next season? Will he even be on the team?

Tags: San Diego Chargers

  • Michael

    My prediction,,,,,,,,best team in the afc if they can stay healthy

  • surge619

    I believe telesco is gona do everything he canto keep him I think hes staying for awhile but him and ingram will be beasty

  • davacho

    he plays.

  • blackroseMD1

    I really hope that both Freeney and Melvin are healthy next year. It would be nice to have a pass rush gain.

  • Robert Weisfeld

    He needs to say lets see if we can bring Shawn Philips home he’s a free agent again

  • Julien Bélair

    I’ll say this : Keep him he can rush the passer like no others on the team ( even at his age) and for now that include Melvin

  • Nick Mansoor

    If Freeney can still out perform most players today, then he aint going nowhere. Ingram + Freeney 2014

  • Peter Thompson

    Staying & playing

  • Gunnar Martin

    I just watched his interview with Deion Sanders, and folks, he still wants to show his stuff. You can tell that he’s just waiting to get back out there and prove his doubters wrong. I’m not so sure we need to draft another pass rusher this year. He’ll be ready. We’re gonna have a pretty beast pass rush in 2014.

  • arnie

    All I have to say is, this sounds like an honest assessment of the 2013″ season that we all witnessed.

  • Nick in PB

    Keep him. Let’s see how he looks in the pre-season and go from there.