Dec 29, 2013; San Diego, CA, USA; San Diego Chargers linebacker Melvin Ingram (54) after a defensive stop during the second half against the Kansas City Chiefs at Qualcomm Stadium. The Chargers won 27-24 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

San Diego Chargers Team Needs


The San Diego Chargers have a number of team needs going into the offseason. Just looking at the pieces that are missing on the roster, we have to wonder how this team even made it to the playoffs. We won’t even be able to fill all these holes in the offseason, but we will do our best to make it happen.

Here is the list of areas of need on the roster:

Backup Running Back: We need someone that can handle the load for when Ryan Mathews is out of the lineup. Danny Woodhead is a situational runner and won’t be able to take that spot.

Wide Receiver: I am assuming that the team will not have Malcom Floyd back. If he does not return, then the team needs someone to start opposite of Keenan Allen.

Offensive Guard: Jeromey Clary did well and would be welcome back for another season, but his contract is too much for the team to handle. He likely will be released. Chad Rinehart is a free agent.

Nose Tackle: Tired of us not finding someone to take this job. Aubrayo Franklin did well in his one season on the roster, but the team has not had anyone fill that role since Jamal Williams retired. We have been plugging in random pieces at the spot since. Why are we a 3-4 defense without this key position?

Pass Rusher: We can never have enough of these and we barely have one of these. Freeney is hurt all the time and we still are learning what Melvin Ingram can do. Behind them, who do we have?

Corner: We can pick up 2 of these in the first 2 rounds of the draft and we still won’t have enough. We need corners in a bad way.

Safety: Some like Jahleel Addae, some want a top-notch safety.

Top Need: If we don’t get a nose tackle this offseason, then we need to flip this defense around to a 4-3. It makes no sense that we run with a 3-4 defense without someone that is going to clog the middle and take up blockers. Corey Liuget is less effective. Kendall Reyes is less effective. Our roster almost fits a 4-3 defense better and we wouldn’t have to pick up a nose tackle and can put our focus on the secondary.

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  • Stefanie Smith

    I think you made a really good point in the article. This “plugging in with random pieces” has to stop. I truly believe that is part of our problem. This hodge podge does not allow for developing the team’s identity because another new player (don’t know if he is good or not) will be “plugged in” to fill the space. Enough of that,.

    • Julien Bélair

      I agree. We need to find our guy and develop them. Not plugging in some random guys

  • Julien Bélair

    MY wish list right now for the draft is this (yes it will change a lot till the draft, about 30 times):
    1. Dee Ford
    2. Stanley Jean-Baptiste
    3. Seastrunk
    4. Mccullers

    • Sergio Quintero

      Really like your draft, I like Mason more than Seastrunk and McCullers I like more in the 5th round, but I’m really buying that draft.

      • Julien Bélair

        I am really in love with Seastrunk. I was in love with Bernard in last year draft but I like Seastunk even more. I wouldn’t be surprise if he kills the combine and be the first/second RB of the board (second round).

    • Conor Cahill

      Really dont like McCullers. Other than that, sure.

      • Sergio Quintero

        Beyond the Notre Dame guys is there any NT you like between round 2-5, the closest might be DeQuan Jones from Penn State, so clearly is free agency is the way to go for that position.

        • Gunnar Martin

          Clearly! If we don’t fill that hole through FA, then we’re basically screwed.

        • Julien Bélair

          honestly I checked and rechecked all NT in this draft and I like none. Especially the late rounders. I put McCullers at our 4th pick because of the potentiel.

          Guys like DeQuan Jones only got size imo. I rather patch the NT position with a solid vet in the FA and draft my future beast in the next draft. Also we can still hope that Geathers develop into something useful.

      • Julien Bélair

        A lot of people don’t like him. I personally like the potentiel but he sure is not polish.

        • Conor Cahill

          theres no potential for me past his size and he doesnt even know what to do with that

  • Sergio Quintero

    Sign Corey Graham and Paul Soliei hope Floyd is healthy if not make an offer Boldin or Maclin (odds don’t look good), release or renegotiate down Clary, Johnson, Royal, McClain, English, Mouton, Cox, Freeney.

    Hopefully they can get some help in terms of contracts from Rivers, Weddle, Gates & Hardwick.

    Draft:
    1. Dee Ford
    2. Verrett or Jean Baptiste
    3. Mason or J.Hill
    4. DeAnthony Thomas
    5. McCullers

    • Julien Bélair

      Mason or hill AND Thomas… so two RB are you out of your mind

      • Sergio Quintero

        I think Thomas is McCluster reborn, his best position slot WR, he’s too small too play RB, you can keep him on the field at WR, at worst he’s your replacement for Woodhead if they don’t resign him in 2015. He should be a well above average returner.

        • Julien Bélair

          Then he should be round 5-6

  • Cgoodness13

    Ya I do think it will be easier to switch to a 4-3 rather than spend a bunch of money on FAs and Waiting a couple of years in Drafting to get decent D. Our D Line would be set with Freeney, Corey, Reyes, and Ingram (would be the best line in the AFC W), just have to fiddle around with the LBs and just like that we fix the front 7 leaving us to focus on CB.

    • http://boltbeat.com/ Ernie Padaon

      But that is just too simple I guess

      • Derek

        That would be another yr of adjustment that would cost us weddle, hardwick and gates. Trust me everybody would wanna kill pagano 3 games in

        • Cgoodness13

          And we don’t right now? Lol

        • http://boltbeat.com/ Ernie Padaon

          It has been the same the last couple of seasons. We called for his head then too. Without a quality nose tackle, why would we run a 3-4? It makes sense. The players can adjust. It didn’t take long for the offense to adjust last season on offense.

  • Daryl Peek

    I get the feeling Clary is going no where. Continuity is very important on the o-line and his salary is not that bad for a guard that can slide to tackle in a pinch.

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

      “I get the feeling Clary is going no where.” – Completely agree (ughh)
      “Continuity is very important on the o-line”- Completely agree
      “his salary is not that bad for a guard that can slide to tackle in a pinch” – That’s where you lose me… his salary is, and continues to be, ridonkulous

      • Daryl Peek

        When you grade him out VS others guards it’s not that bad especially given the versatility factor. I know many have a Clary bias

      • arnie

        Daryl has a point on this one Peter. My personal feelings aside, i can live with Clary’s salary, and so can the Chargers. Look, we were calling for Clary’s head last off-season, and now i’m glad we didn’t get our wish. Do you remember when Clary got hurt, kept his mouth shut and finished the game? That earned my respect and set a standard for his toughness.

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

          Yeah.. we wouldn’t have won the super bowl this season without him. Shoot, let’s keep paying him what we pay three or four other linemen combined, for average play, because he can stay healthy. Woo Hoo.. let’s give everyone who plays all sixteen games a huge contract, regardless of talent.. lol. That’s the ticket!

      • Nick Mansoor

        loooooool. this made my day hahahahaha. Clary will stay (sigh) only if they restructure his contract. i really hope we release him, but that would give us another hole to fill. idk i say lets just keep him and have him play for $8.00/Hour.

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

          Bwahaha.. That’s overpaying. That fool has to be the luckiest bastard in the NFL, next to Matt Flynn.. he’s stealing! First AJ makes him the most overpaid untalented right tackle in the league, and doesn’t pay for any other decent linemen. In fact, he is THE most expensive lineman on the roster. Then, by the time we get a guy with the balls to replace him, he can’t, because he has no options, no money, or anyone on the depth chart capable of replacing him. Even if he DOES draft a guard this year, he will stick around for another season. So tired of seeing his name on the starting lineup.

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

    Maybe Jerideau or Geathers step it up this year?

    • Sergio Quintero

      Seems just as likely Vincent Brown putting up above average no.2 WR numbers, we can hope, but seems more like wishful thinking.

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

        Lol.. I was just being sarcastic. We need a new nose tackle immediately.

    • Daryl Peek

      I was thinking the same on that.

    • Gunnar Martin

      Hopefully, but only as backups. If one of them starts the season as our starting NT, then either something amazingly awesome happened, or something amazingly disastrous happened.

    • Julien Bélair

      Would be a pleasant unexpected surprise.

  • Daryl Peek

    Speed! That’s the thing I want to see added above all from this draft, in all three phases oft he game. More team speed…

  • Derek

    Read an article on Louis nix his clock is already ticking. His meniscus seems to be wearing away. Prob won’t last beyond his rookie contract.

  • thanos

    I know this sounds stupid but what if we trade our first round pick this year to washington. In return we can get their 2 round pick and next years first rounder. That way we can still get a quality player with the 34 pick and still have our other 2nd rounder

    • Julien Bélair

      Every team will try to put a trade down…. so it will be tougher to find a trade partner

  • Gunnar Martin

    So if we draft a top OLB, then what would our depth chart look like there?
    LOLB: Ingram, Freeney, Williams
    ROLB: Johnson, (guy drafted), Keiser ???

    • Julien Bélair

      I would prefer:
      LOLB Freeney, drafted guy, williams
      ROLB Ingram, Johnson Keiser on practice squad borderline

  • blu3ny3llow

    I like Beau Allen out of Wisconsin 6’3″ 325….. hopefully Lissamore can put on some weight and there u have itt

  • Arturo Suarez

    1.NT
    2.CB
    3.LT

    • Gunnar Martin

      Stick center in there somewhere and call it good

  • ECAVILLE/Ace of Spades

    Donate Freeman is my hype this in this year’s draft. I think three different styles of runningbacks will do wonders for the passing attack. Seastrunk is a beastly character but Freeman to me runs more determined despite his smaller build.

  • MachoMenos

    RB: Agree
    WR: We need someone to stretch the field. Whether that will be Vincent Brown (was he fully recovered from his broken ankle?), a draft pick or Golden Tate (best hands in the game according to PFF) or Emmanuel Sanders (someone to stretch the field) we will have to see. Eddie Royal is not going anywhere.
    OG: Keep Rhinehart and let our worst lineman (Clary) go. Enough with the “He plays his heart out” line. We need results. Start Troutman but draft another Guard if they don’t think Johnnie can do the job.
    NT: Louis Nix, Louis Nix, Louis Nix! If he’s gone I’d rather they go with a crafty veteran (Paul Soliai or Jason Hatcher) than a draft pick. We need to plug up the middle of the defense now.
    Pass Rusher: Isn’t it funny how well our secondary started playing once Melvin Ingram came back into the fold? A little pressure can go along way. Freeney was great while he was in there. But with him and JJ getting up there in age I would think drafting another rush OLB will be one of Tom Telesco’s major priorities. If Louis NIx is gone I hope Telesco goes for a OLB instead of a NT (or CB). Ford might not be there at 25 but Kyle Van Noy should be. The kid has a nose for the ball. Christian Kirksey and Jordan Zumwalt will be there in rounds 3 and 4, so there are plenty of directions to go. None of the FA’s do anything for me.
    CB: I’m probably the only person on the planet who think we’re alright at cornerback. While Shareece Wright had some growing pains at CB I believe it was more a combination of how he was being used, the result of no-pressure on the QB, the ineffectiveness in the beginning of the season of Richard Marshal, Crezdon Butler, Daryl Stuckey, Marcus Gilchrist and Jahleel Addae and, last but not least, losing Steve Williams for the entire year. Even Weddle was running around like a chicken without a head at the beginning of the season, trying to put out too many fires at once. Addae, Gilchrist and Marshal started to gel at the end of the season, especially Jahleel. Weddle became the rock we were used to and Shareece started to flash signs that he could be a shutdown CB. I really liked what I saw from Steve Williams during training camp and preseason. Granted, that was a very limited sample size but we should not have to go CB in the 1st round unless there is someone there that has fallen precipitously. The cornerback position is especially deep this year according to most of the “experts” so why reach with our first round pick?
    Safety: We’re fine with the emergence of Addae.
    Top Need: No, no, no! No way we move to a 4-3 and start all over. No reason. Our top need is building a defense that can pressure a QB and play bump and run with the receivers. You know, like Seattle’s D. Should be easy, right?

  • greg

    First time posting to Bolt Beat but been a follower since you guys started. Call this post/lineup unconventional but I think the chargers should switch to a 4-3 using Liuget and Reyes as DE and either resign Thomas to play interior DT or get one in the draft, but use a big boy like Geathers to hold down the NT/DT spot in the front four. Somebody who is selfless and can eat up multiple blockers. Thomas was an excellent interior rusher for North Carolina he’s just to selfish to play NT at the NFL level, but moving him back to a true DT in 4-3 could finally maximize his potential.

    lLB Butler (franchise tag if multi year deal doesn’t work out).
    Will linebacker Teo. Which with that big front four should free him up to do what he does best, locate the ball carrier….lets just hope he works on those angles and doesn’t miss as many tackles
    SAM LB Melvin Ingram, he played all over the front seven for the gamecocks and could be used in a similar role as Von Miller for Denver.

    CB Shareece Wright who showed if there is some kind of pressure on the QB he is serviceable. Plus who was one of the only defensive players to show growth throughout the season. Maybe if there is more competition (I.e. From the drafor FA) he will take a few more steps forward.

    CB we need to bring in a free agent veteran and draft 1-2 corners. Create some competition in the secondary and see who rises out on top. I like Grimes if Miami doesn’t resign him, Verner, or Munnerlyn.

    FS Eric Weddle. Nuff said.
    **now this is where I get a little more unconventional…

    SS let’s draft Kyle Van Noy and put him in the backfield with a fellow BYU alum. He’s 6’3 245 so would be a Kam Chancellor type safety. However he’s played some wide receiver and can make plays all over the field. Not sure about the history of smaller LB in college move to SS, but this kid can flat out play and he fly’s to the ball. Sideline to sideline he is quick. Has great hands and just knows where a play is going.

    • http://boltbeat.com/ Ernie Padaon

      welcome to the comments section. happy to have your input! i definitely feel that i need to bring up the topic of a 4-3 all over again

    • gpack

      weddle isnt a byu alum…he went to utah…van noy is too slow to play safety

  • Nick Mansoor

    Draft Wish List:
    Dee Ford (Justin Gilbert would be nice if he falls to us)
    Stanley Jean Baptiste (Kyle Van Noy if we pick up a CB in the 1st)
    Tre Jackson
    De’Anthony Thomas

    Free Agency Wish List:
    TJ Ward
    Vantae Davis/Corey Graham
    Dexter McCluster/Golden Tate/Andrew Hawkins/Tiquan Underwood
    BJ Ragi