Jan 5, 2014; Cincinnati, OH, USA; San Diego Chargers outside linebacker Reggie Walker (52) and outside linebacker Melvin Ingram (54) celebrate an interception during the fourth quarter of the AFC wild card playoff football game at Paul Brown Stadium. San Diego won 27-10. Mandatory Credit: Pat Lovell-USA TODAY Sports

San Diego Chargers defense is full of potential

The San Diego Chargers defense is in a much better place today then it was at any point last season. When the Chargers defense was at it’s strongest, we had Melvin Ingram on the field, Sean Lissemore in the middle of the defensive line and Richard Marshall starting at corner. The top pass-rushing linebacker off of the bench was Thomas Keiser. Reggie Walker was being used at all linebacker positions for depth. We also had the main cast and crew on the field.

Everyone from that squad is still here and we have added more players.

Dwight Freeney will be returning to action from his quad injury and will provide more pass rush for the team. Melvin Ingram is healthier. Corey Liuget is healthier. Kavell Conner was brought in as depth at middle linebacker. The team will not need to lean on Bront Bird at middle linebacker. Jeremiah Attaochu was brought on and could push Keiser out of a job.

In the secondary, the Chargers have added 1st round draft pick Jason Verrett, former Pro Bowler Brandon Flowers and will get back Steve Williams from injury. We still have Pro Bowler Eric Weddle running around and he won’t be asked to do everything any longer. He might actually get to wander a little bit more this season.

The defense has potential. A lot of potential. There are playmakers now. Melvin Ingram. Eric Weddle. Brandon Flowers. Dwight Freeney. Donald Butler. Playmakers. Then there are potential playmakers with Manti Te’o, Corey Liuget, Jeremiah Attaochu, Jahleel Addae and Jason Verrett. We may actually force some turnovers this season.

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  • John Alton

    By all appearances, this defense will much improved over last season. We really won’t know how good or bad they will be until a few games have been played in the regular season. I really like what I am seeing and have better feeling for them for 2014.

    • Robert Fairbanks

      Good post John, the first two games against the Cardinals and Sea Hawks will show how tough the Bolts will be this season.

  • surge619

    I feel that were finally on our way to a sb im glad TT is making such great moves for our roster way to go …BOLT UP new regime new beginning

  • Why O Why

    That’s what’s up!….and our offense is going to be that much better. Pick your poison, the 3 headed rushing attack or our air attack. I was really excited about Tevin Reese’s potential but I don’t even know if he will crack the roster… Ima love the fact the the NFL network will HAVE to talk positively about my San Diego Chargers.


    I just love the fact that our younger players have experienced the playoffs.
    They’ve tasted blood…And they want more.

  • Cgoodness13

    I’m thinking we send 5 defensive players to the probowl

  • Nick Mansoor

    If our defense was playing good at the end of last season with existing players, imagine how crazy our defense will be with all the talent we have coming in this season.

  • Tazzster

    If we don’t get hit with the injury bug our defense will be much improved…. no doubt about it.

  • blu3ny3llow

    I’m gonna go out on a limb and say Lawrence Guy is a potential player maker….can’t wait for the season to get here!!!!#

    • Gunnar Martin

      Yes!! I’m with this

    • tonyloc1970 .

      I second that.

    • Nick in PB

      Good call on Guy!

  • Stefanie Smith

    I am going out on a limb here. The missing piece or question mark in our D that remains on our team is Pagano. Someone on here said it best. He has to stop with the trying to fit a square peg in a round hole and work schemes suited the the players’ talents. Plan to these guys’ strong suits. Pagano needs to adapt more to the actual players we have.

    • Steve Diaz

      if our Defense plays the way it did at the end of last season, we can make a great playoff run. Players like continuity, and we actually beat ourselves a lot last year. Pagano has no excuse. He has a lot of talent to work with now. Although we do have a lot tougher schedule, I’m thinking more of Frank Reich…not Pagano. It’s going to take a little luck, and no major injuries to get us there, but we are one step closer now to getting that elusive ring. We have the right GM, Coaching, and the talent. Let’s see how far that takes us this time! I was at the 2006 playoff against the Pats. It was one major mistake after another, where we beat ourselves again. Let’s hope that does not happen anymore!

      • Robert Fairbanks

        Lack of continuity in any coaching position poses a problem for any team. Rivers will see his third playbook in three years. We don’t want to slide back into looking and playing like a Norv Turner coached team.

  • ECAVILLE/Ace of Spades

    Awesome! I would like to thank the The Spanos family for finally getting help from a proven football genius in Ron Wolfe to hire CHARGERS GM Telesco. McCoy is a great coach and all pieces of the puzzle are serviceable to make a run for the ultimate goal. Finally; The San Diego SUPPER CHARGERS are here!!!!!! B-BOLT STANCE!!!!

  • ioane

    Our team is improved all around. If Pagano can’t get it done, bring in Wade.

  • Rich Plascencia⚡️

    Darn Ernie I actually wrote something like this like 2 weeks ago, but never posted it. Even mentioned Taylor not even making the team before he got cut. Lesson learned, post right away. Good read!

  • Travis

    Dude… I’m getting so f’n fired up!!!

  • BoltNative

    Someone tell me why Reyes will start over Lissemore on 1st and 2nd downs? I also want to see Kwame Geathers blow up this year! He and Carrethers can rotate at NT. Reyes rotate n on 3rd and passing situations at least as stopping the run is not his forte. Another player to keep an eye on is Palepoi.