Dec 22, 2013; San Diego, CA, USA; San Diego Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers (17) throws a pass against the Oakland Raiders at Qualcomm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Chargers Should Focus On Offense At Top of Draft


Sep 28, 2013; Tempe, AZ, USA; USC Trojans wide receiver Marqise Lee (9) returns a kickoff during the first half against the Arizona State Sun Devils at Sun Devil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports

The San Diego Chargers should focus on offense going into the NFL Draft. On OFFENSE. Not a typo and I don’t think I have gone Richie Incognito in the head yet. At least I don’t think I have lost my mind and will go ape nuts on a Ferrari.

The Chargers should add more weapons on offense. What the heck??!?!!!

Our defense is terrible. Our defense was one of the worst in the league. Our defense can’t stop anyone! I will not defend the Chargers defense in this post or in any post, this is more about the offense of the Chargers. This is more about getting this offense to an elite level. This is about getting this offense to play at a level that other teams will have to keep pace.

Check out some of the teams that regularly make it into the playoffs. Peyton Manning and his ridiculous offenses. Tom Brady and his ridiculous offenses of the past. Drew Brees and their offense. Offense can carry you into the playoffs. A ridiculously good-looking offense can help that defense out a ton.

The Chargers can have that type of offense. The Chargers can build to get that type of team. The defense will thrive off of the success from that type of team’s offense.

Why the heck would we want to build on the offensive side of the football? I will answer that question with another question: Do you want to trust in John Pagano to develop the talent that we bring in on defense? He already has some talent on the roster and he has them lined up in all the wrong spots. Why the heck is Weddle playing linebacker? Can we get any pressure on the quarterback? Can we stop using Bront Bird anywhere on the field?

Bring the talent over to the side of the team where they are getting developed into playmakers. Keenan Allen is a playmaker. Ryan Mathews all of a sudden showed he can play football. Philip Rivers lived up to his potential. Get more playmakers on that side of the football and watch how great that offense could be.

Jan 1, 2014; Tampa, Fl, USA; LSU Tigers wide receiver Odell Beckham (3) runs with the ball during the first quarter against the Iowa Hawkeyes at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

With that first round draft pick, add in a player like Odell Beckham Jr or Marqise Lee. Both would do amazing in our offense. Both players would explode in our offense and give the team a solid speed threat. Lee didn’t have that stunning 40 that we expected, but watch his game film and watch him run by defenders for deep balls. It is how you play the game.

Vincent Brown could not get going on offense. He had all season to prove his value and he couldn’t get separation from defenders. The offense stalled against the Denver Broncos in the playoffs. There is room to be great.

Bring in more talent on that offensive line. The team was good there last year, but there is room for improvement. There is room to give Philip more breathing room. We can make larger holes in the running game. We can get even better.

I know the defense needs work. I know that we are going to get our talent from the draft. The top talent on the board at pick 25 will likely be an offensive player. Will we fill the need at corner with that first pick or will we select that stud that can turn this offense to elite.

The draft is full of corners. The draft is deep with players in the secondary. Don’t just plug-in that top pick on a corner when we could find a stud at receiver.

Tags: San Diego Chargers

  • TheTrueBlu

    I can just imagine Marqise Lee and Keenan Allen on the same team. Can you say “Unstoppable”?

    • http://boltbeat.com/ Ernie Padaon

      dude…. would be freaking ridiculous! teams would have to keep pace with us

      • Julien Bélair

        with Green at TE ! monster Off

        • Sergio Quintero

          I’m curious to see what Gates can be with single coverage, if you can get Allen developed with credible threat alongside him, and a developed Ladarius Green, defenses will single cover Gates.

          Can he return to the level of play he had in 2010 when he was a pace for 1400 yards, doubtful, but I’m sure he will be worth his contract, if he can play the 3rd option and get single coverage.

          • Julien Bélair

            very good point sir. I think if you can get a speedy Wr and a decent back up to Mathews the offence could be even better next year

          • arnie

            Context. While i agree Sergio, Gates was most effective in the redzone. Something the Chargers have moved away from in his the last 3 or so seasons.

      • TheTrueBlu

        Our offense would spread out the defense to the point where Ryan Mathews would face 6 men in the box. He would destroy them.

        • http://boltbeat.com/ Ernie Padaon

          SERIOUSLY! could you imagine Mathews getting that much room to run. The offensive line would be that much better as well.

    • bolt up!

      I already got my allen jersey before we faced the broncos , if we get lee omg ima be broke lol

      • TheTrueBlu

        I know what you mean.

    • Sergio Quintero

      The 2012 tape on Lee is downright ridiculous, his game against Arizona State he was a man among boys, I want defense first, but he’s available at 25, he will be BPA no question.

  • Diegoblue

    I believe we go with D in the 1st.. However if someone like Lee is available forget about it.. I would go with Lee.. That would spell trouble for Defenses for years to come.. This draft is deep and we could go D in the next two rounds

  • Ryan

    I don’t understand how you could say any of that when you watched possibly the best offense in history get there asses Handed to them in the Super Bowl. Offense wins games, defense wins championships.

    • bolt Ness

      Yea but at least the donkeys made it to the super bowl, we couldnt even get there so you cant really bring that up, we couldn’t even score against the broncos D until the 4th quarter, so how do you expect us to compete if we couldnt even score early? And if we faced the seahawks and we had a defense how would we score? They would double cover allen, and you would be ok with a vincent brown on the other side?

      • Marcel West-Bailey

        Honestly, try to remember the game. When you were watching that game, Chargers at Broncos, for the playoffs, and we didn’t put points on the board until the 4th quarter, did the play calling bother you at all? For me, honestly, I can’t remember which game it was but the Saints were playing a conference rival. May have been Carolina or Seattle. So the game gets close in the 4th and the Saints lose. So every Saints fan is up in arms and many of them were pissed that Sean Peyton took the ball out of Drew Brees’s hands. The same thing happened to San Diego. Whisenhunt took the ball out of one of the best quarterback’s hands. Philip Rivers threw for 217 yards in that entire game. 191 of them were in the second half. There’s no excuse that if you opponent has put up 2 touchdowns by the end of the first half and you keep doing the same thing. San Diego had one of the best offense’s last year and none of it was put on display until the 4th quarter of that game.

        • Ryan

          Our focus in the front of the draft should be defense. By all means I want new receivers. But I’d rather see us get a Robert Herron and Brandon Coleman in the 4th and 5th and focus on defense in the first half of the draft. and the bronco game was one game. Look at all our other losses and most of them you’ll e pointing your fingers at our defense

          • Marcel West-Bailey

            Don’t get me wrong, I would like to see the Chargers draft a defensive player first too. However, that loss to Denver wasn’t entirely on the defense. Yes, they gave up a 3rd and a road trip but that defense was one of few who kept the Broncos under 30 points. I was just addressing the Broncos game in particular, but I agree. We need defense but it doesn’t matter who we get in the draft right now because free agency hasn’t happened yet. If we address problems in the secondary in free agency we obviously won’t have to spend too much time in the draft. I think it all just depends on what happens in March and April.

    • http://boltbeat.com/ Ernie Padaon

      No matter what we did this offseason, we wouldn’t have that defense. We could have an offense like the Broncos though and have a shot at the big game.

      • arnie

        ZING!!! The common denominator is the Coordinators. Whiz is gone, Pagano is not. I believe a change at the OC position will yield greater results, moving forward. I’m not convinced getting defensive players high in the draft will yield better results. The Chargers D is still 1-2 years away from being able to play at a top 10 level, that i believe will be a result of time together as a unit. Even then, i don’t think they can do it consistently. High defensive draft picks will not fully help this team, “now”. A high draft pick at WR or O-line, can help the Chargers “now”.

        • http://boltbeat.com/ Ernie Padaon

          YES!

  • bolt up!

    Thank you ernie! Thats why I love your posts you think out of the box, people seem to keep forgetting we didnt score against the broncos until the 4th which was horrible, we have fa and draft in later rounds for defense if we can get odell or lee then get him if gilbert or dennard is gone sheesh I would even take cooks he had a great combine and he has great hands watch his highlights but I agree with you 100 percent ernie

    • Julien Bélair

      Cooks will be a good addition to any team

    • Daryl Peek

      Many would say we didn’t score due to play calling. Once we did score and started the come back our defense could not stop them the last drive of the game.

      We lost that game due to the o-line faltering in the bright lights and two other plays, the Wright INT drop and the Green drop.

  • Nick Lee

    Truth. We don’t win if we don’t score. Simple.

  • Julien Bélair

    I don’t care about D with our first or O with our first. I say go with the player you feel is BPA. Now the choice could very well be : Beckham Cooks or Verrett

  • bolt Ness

    Dont attack me too bad guys but this is my opinion I was thinking about today, I know we need all the picks we can, buuuuut check this out, we have never brought up the chargers possibly moving up in the 1st round for gilbert, now wait before you throw your pitch forks lol but see like I said I know we need to have all of our draft picks but I would move up for justin gilbert think about it for a bit, I mean hes a beast at cb which we need badly but for a player like his caliber we should jump on it, he can play defense and return kick offs for TD’s, remind you of a player who currently plays in nfl ? If you guessed patrick Peterson of cardinals your right! Hes not gunna be as beastly but close, Petersons a pro bowler and so can gilbert, well that’s my crazy idea, lol but like I said dont bash me too crazily please haha

    • Preston Niedert

      That’s a good idea and telesco could do just that he did with teo. So why not make a big splash in the draft. That would mess all 31 teams board up lmao.

      • bolt Ness

        Lol thanks bro I would be too happy if we got justin Gilbert

    • Julien Bélair

      I mentionner in a post earlier this week that we could trade up in the draft. But not to get Gilbert to get Mack. I think CB are to often bust player to jump from our spot (25) to probably ten (detroit). Mack is a beast he is te only player if available around the 10th pick that I would be ok to trade up for.

      I think Gilbert has really good chances to be a very god player but when I look at Dallas and when they traded up for the ”blue chip” Claiborne….. well he really didn’t work out well for them. I think it would just be better to wait for VErrett

  • Preston Niedert

    I say take zack Martin or mike evans heck trade up and take one. Telesco did with teo or trade a draft pick for a player like Dion Jordan he could help the defences out big time,

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

    “Do you want to trust in John Pagano to develop the talent that we bring in on defense?”.

    Not really… I just want the talent to have a year under their feet when the new guy gets there.. after Pagano is fired at sessions end.

    • Sergio Quintero

      Why can’t Pagano put together several weeks of success, his team can never have a 5 game run of under 20 ppg with heavy pressure. His defenses always seems so inconsistent, they truly follow the Forrest Gump view on life “Defense under Pagano is like a box chocolate, you never what you’re going to get”.

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

        Lol… we may never know the answer to that question, Sergio.

      • julian vesga is chargerfan#21

        Do you have any idea why a 14-2 2006 season is worth marty schottenheimer getting fired seriously why did he get fired???

      • arnie

        THAT is my point with Pagano, Sergio. No matter what players we get Peter, the defense will always under perform. Let the knew guy pick his players, and make the ones here better.

    • 619chargers4life

      Word!!

  • Gunnar Martin

    So basically you’re saying we should go offense in the draft and defense in free agency.

    • Derek

      Whoops didn’t read that part just saw the title and overreacted

    • bolt Ness

      Im pretty sure he only meant our 1rd pick

      • Gunnar Martin

        But it’s not a terrible philosophy if you think about it…

        • Gunnar Martin

          That’s weird… why is my first post a different profile than my normal one?

  • Derek

    Ernie! We barely beat the chiefs 2nd string offense!!! The bengals beat us by running up the middle! Due to the extended time on the field our o line was in shambles. The nfls greatest offense almost got shut out in the Super Bowl! For all these reasons defense is equally important if not more than offense. One dimensional teams never go all the way. Hell if it wasn’t for our defense suddenly showing up we wouldn’t have made the playoffs. If we keep going offense we’ll be the other half of the jets.

    • Derek

      Didn’t read ur article all the way. Solve all our probs free agency. Hmm we risk getting another cox or Gaither. I think we should depend on draft and fill gap created by under performers via fa

  • chargersfanfromswitzerland

    i would even consider to trade up for lee! iam all for offense in the first, then focus on defense in round 2-7(still enough talent around), plus get a cb (verner, shields) and nt in fa and were ready to be a serious contender!!

  • zeus619

    It’s true that offense has been pivotal part of saints, patriots and broncos success. I agree we should consider a first round offensive player only if their is a better offensive player available than a defensive guy. Feel that defense should be the pick at 25 but there is a possibility that a top offensive player like Marqise Lee, easily viewed as one of the best WR in the county could be there at 25. Seeing as how our WR position is thin that move could help bolster it.

  • Nick in PB

    Ernie, I kind of agree with you and here’s why… Truth is, defense is our weakness as a team right now and has to be addressed. The other truth is, we need another WR, OL, and RB. As good as our offense was last season, we still need to add to that mix. I think TT will pick the best player available at 25 but if it’s a CB, one of those top guys, Gilbert or Denard, are going to have to fall. If Beckham or Lee is available, he just may pick them. Either way, he’s improving the team.

  • OP Bolt

    Regarding Alexander and Floyd, there are really only two likely scenarios. First, Alexander and Floyd cannot play; second, even if either/both can play, they will not make 16-20 games. Combine these likelihoods, with Brown’s failure to progress and Royal’s age and cost. What do you have left? You should be hearing offensive smoke alarm to go along with the pass rush/pass defense car alarm in the background. I think you are back to taking the best guy available on your board when it is your turn. That guy has to be a difference maker/play maker, whether he is the next Jamal, Shawn, Rodney, or Vincent.

  • Nick Mansoor

    I have avwuerd feeling about this guys. I don’t know why… But my Spidey Senses are telling me that TT is going to trade up in the 1st….. Do you guys think he would? I mean he traded up for Teo

  • 1961 Fan

    You have finally fallen off the edge; go directly to the nearest mental health facility. This is not the team of the sixities. During those years the Head coach Sid Gillman would say if the other team scores 52 points then we will go out and score 53. Things have changed over the last 45 to fifty years and our team has a hard enough time scoring when in the red zone. Our priority MUST be on the defensive side of the game. Now when it comes to you, you have lost it. Go smoke a doobie and chill out until the draft.