Nov 24, 2013; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Texans defensive end J.J. Watt (99) and nose tackle Earl Mitchell (92) celebrate after Mitchell makes a sack during the first quarter against the Jacksonville Jaguars at Reliant Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

Earl Mitchell Could Be Answer For Chargers At Nose Tackle


The San Diego Chargers are in the market for a nose tackle. We are in need of someone that can clog the middle of the defense and that can free up the linebackers to make plays on defense. We are in need of someone who can take on a couple of blockers.

The Chargers tried out Cam Thomas at he position last season and he struggled up front. He was getting pushed backward constantly and he couldn’t keep the linebackers clean. Sean Lissemore then got his opportunity and he played much better and the rest of the defense played much better behind him. The defense still had its struggles, but not to the extent that it struggled with Thomas in the middle.

There are not a lot of prospects for the position available in the draft and the team should be looking toward free agency to fill the position. There are a number of different names that the team could consider at the position, but one name that has been mentioned by Kevin Acee makes a lot of sense. Houston Texans nose tackle Earl Mitchell?

Who the heck is Earl Mitchell? Mitchell was the starting nose tackle for the Houston Texans last season. They ran the 3-4 defense behind Wade Phillips. With Phillips out of Houston, the Texans will likely return to a 4-3 defense and that makes Mitchell available for the taking. He learned how to play in the defense from one of the best to coach the 3-4 scheme and could be a huge upgrade to the Chargers defense.

Some people will look at Mitchell’s size and worry that he is not pushing 330 pounds. He stands at only 300 pounds, but he has more time to pack on more pounds during the offseason and he still was productive at the position for the Texans. He racked up 48 tackles last season and that is a ton from the nose tackle position.

Mitchell could be flying under the radar and could be picked up for a nice price tag for the Chargers. He definitely should be someone we should get after. Someone that we target this offseason to fill that need that we have in the middle.

If we get that nose tackle in free agency, then we can finally get that corner situation shored up.

 

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  • Julien Bélair

    Low profile who could end up being a bargain

  • Diegoblue

    Ern.. If Linval Joseph becomes available .. I would go with him instead.. 6’4 330

    • Julien Bélair

      a lot more expensive.

      • Diegoblue

        If the price is right.. Wishful thinking

        • Julien Bélair

          anyway I like a lot of fa NT

  • navw21

    Earl Mitchell is gonna be out of our price range.

    This is what Bill Polian has to say about him.
    “Mitchell has become a real inside force and one of the most productive penetrators in the NFL at generating consistent inside pressure. He is a much better athlete than most guys who play his position, and his effort is outstanding. He is a one-gap penetrator with good quickness and really works to finish the play. He is young and will only get better.”

    If Mitchell is under the radar, it wont be for long.

    • http://boltbeat.com/ Ernie Padaon

      ha… just saw that… polian should have just been quiet on him!!! hahaha.

      • Julien Bélair

        damn it!!

      • arnie

        How any teams runs 3-4? Keep hope alive…..still in the running.

        • http://boltbeat.com/ Ernie Padaon

          i am still sure we can make something happen

          • arnie

            Just back load his contract until 2015. Besides after winning 3 games he’d like to go help a playoff team.

    • Marcel West-Bailey
      • Gunnar Martin

        I gotta say, that Gennaro guy really knows what he’s talking about. I agree with almost everything he said, although I will admit that I had no idea about that whole deal with the salary cap before I heard it from him. That was real eye-opening.

        • Marcel West-Bailey

          Right? When I started watching his podcast I was like “I know so little about front office football.”

          • Gunnar Martin

            I mean, why isn’t that sort of information popular knowledge by now? It’s pretty important stuff. If what he said is true, then everyone, including the all-knowing analysts (!sarcasm!), is totally wrong. Why have we been led astray like this???

          • Marcel West-Bailey

            Exactly. The draft doesn’t matter right now. Of course it’s fun think to think about but until free agency is off and moving there’s no point talking about it considering teams can address issues in FA and draft players to fill other positions.

        • Sergio Quintero

          Just get ready for him to bog you down with DVOA’s and adjusted DVOA’s, it took me a while to understand and even more to give it importance.

          • Gunnar Martin

            Oh I’ve already been ignoring those stats for a while now haha

    • Sergio Quintero

      Polian is one opinion, some GM’s may want a bigger guy like Joseph, others may want a more proven NT like Mitchell, its a subjective thing.

      • navw21

        I was just saying that TT learned under Polian. Could grade players similarly.

  • Joel Ayala

    According to BTFB website. We’re in good shape going into the Free Agency period. We’re around 38 mil under cap. Ernie can you shed some light on this? Cuz if true we can pick up probably the top NT FA and CB. And still have money to spend or save to resign our Guys

    • navw21

      I think after the restructurings we have done so far. We are at around 7 million under the cap.

    • Carlos J Manzano

      This is how it works:
      The Chargers have approx. 5 million in cap space(does not include recent E.Royal reconstruction). So with the reconstruction, the chargers should have about 3 million more and the cap space should be at around 8 million. Of course, it can go higher as the reconstruct other contracts or let people go. The reason why chargers have “38mil” in cap, is because they can sign big contracts with a small signing bonus and the actually salary wouldn’t hit until next year. Next year with all the dead money being cleared (Gaither, Meachem, Cox) plus other contracts that expire, there should be around 38 mil available. Could be higher because the cap goes up every year. Therefore, the team could sign big names this year but their actual cap hit will be set to hit next year.

      • Joel Ayala

        Yup that’s how I understood it! Thanks.

        • Carlos J Manzano

          You’re welcome.
          The changers can definitely go after big names.

      • http://boltbeat.com/ Ernie Padaon

        yea… the “actual” value is somewhere around $8M, but there are creative things that can be done in order to bring in players onto the roster. just look at the structure on the butler deal.

      • Sergio Quintero

        Its actually closer to 60 million, the chargers have only 66 million (over the cap latest number) committed to salary in 2015, and the cap should be at least 135 million. With some signing and extensions the number should be around 30-50 million.

      • Julien Bélair

        wow great info thanks sir ! so the Chargers could very well be in the market for a big name NT and CB ?

  • blu3ny3llow

    I say sign paul Soliai …..Isn’t Romeo Crennel the DC…..I thought he runs a 3-4……

  • Gunnar Martin

    I think it’s a little weird that Mitchell hasn’t received more attention up until this point. He could end up being a very good player.

  • Rob Base

    I always come on here late try to comment but it’s hard at work. I do sneak in some tweets though. I think dude will demand to much money for the Bolts but he’s a good fit for sure.

  • Sergio Quintero

    I think the interest for Mitchell is direct from the chargers, Acee is not the type to suggest players himself, he reports the news, if you listen to his radio interviews, any players he gives as options is more names they give him rather than his own opinion.

    48 tackles for a NT is a rather excellent number, most of these guys are in the 25-30 tackle level.

    • Julien Bélair

      is he able to eat spaces in the run game for the ilbs?