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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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