San Diego Chargers Team Needs


Oct 28, 2012; Cleveland, OH, USA; San Diego Chargers guard Louis Vasquez (65) against the Cleveland Browns during the second quarter at Cleveland Browns Stadium. The Browns won 7-6. Mandatory Credit: Ron Schwane-USA TODAY Sports

Just a little under a month till free agency hits and we need to look at the team needs for our San Diego Chargers. Here is a list of needs that we entered the offseason with. We already took care of the holes at Head Coach and GM. Now we need to start working on that roster.

Head CoachMike McCoy was brought into town and we got rid of the Norval one. We needed a change at the top and canning Norv will be a good shake up for the roster. Time for the guys to step up and respond.

General ManagerAJ Smith is probably in his Tommy Bahama shirt drinking a margarita out on the beach. He probably is still hoping that Ryan Mathews and Larry English will have a big year, to prove that he has some sort of magic.

Smith is out and Mr. T, Tom Telesco, has taken the controls. He has hired his whole coaching staff. He has probably has spent the whole month staring at film evaluating the talent on the roster. Wonder what he thinks of the team that he just took over.

Left TackleBig Lazy. Big Lazy. Big Lazy!

Anyone wonder what the Big Lazy is doing right now?

Jared Gaither killed us last season with his injury troubles. He can’t be trusted. The team needs to find someone that can hold down the left side of the line and protect Philip Rivers‘ backside. PRIORITY NUMBER 1!

Eric Fisher or Lane Johnson are a possibility in the draft. The Chargers are not going to sign a top dollar free agent at the position, but they could try and find a cheaper vet to fill in.

Left GuardTyronne Green is not starter material. He is a backup. He was a huge liability at left guard. Maybe the Chargers will dip into free agency and sign a left guard like Andy Levitre or they can go after Chance Warmack in the draft. They can also wait till later in the draft to find a good left guard.

Right GuardIt is only a priority because Louis Vazquez needs to be re-signed. If Vazquez is not re-signed, then there will be another hole on the offensive line that needs to be filled. We don’t need to make more holes on the roster. We need to keep the players that have been around.

CornerbackAntoine Cason and Quentin Jammer are free agents. Bringing Cason back would be a priority. He isn’t a Pro Bowl player, but he is solid. If he starts asking for a ridiculous amount of money, then we kick him to the curb and find someone to fill that gap with Shareece Wright and Marcus Gilchrist seeing a lot of action. Maybe bring back Jammer to play safety, since that is another hole that we need to fill.

Running BackThe China Doll, fumbling machine cannot be trusted. Ryan Mathews was given the opportunity to take on more responsibility, but he couldn’t break his habits. Competition is needed at the position. Maybe we will bring in a rookie at the position OR we can look at a possible vet that will take a pretty contract. Reggie Bush would look awfully good in blue and gold, but he might be looking for too much money. An upgrade from Ronnie Brown and Jackie Battle is needed bad!

Strong SafetyAtari Bigby can be used if we don’t bring in anybody for the position. Brandon Taylor also can be used, but we don’t know how he will return from injury. It would be nice to team up a good strong safety with Eric Weddle though. A player like Matt Elam in the second round of the draft would be awesome.

Middle LinebackerTakeo Spikes is on his last legs and the team needs to find the next player at the position next to Donald Butler. Takeo might not even make it through first cuts. Demorrio Williams is the next man up, but he doesn’t have a contract. After Demorrio is Jonas Mouton. Nobody knows what Jonas Mouton can provide. If Mike McCoy and Tom Telesco want to watch film on him, they will have to go back to the college tape to see him. AND all that college tape was before he suffered an injury in his rookie year as a Charger.

Wide ReceiverDanario Alexander proved to be a good receiver, but his history says that he will go down with an injury any second. Malcom Floyd is in the same exact injury boat. Vincent Brown is coming back from a major injury. If everyone is healthy and is guaranteed to play 16 games, then we should be alright BUT the history shows that the top 3 guys at the position will go down with an injury at some time. Behind the top 3 are Micheal Spurlock and Robert Meachem. Seyi Ajirotutu, Mike Willie and Eddie Royal will all be competing for a spot also. If we bring in a receiver, he needs to compete for a starting spot. We have too many number 2 and number 3 receivers.

Other than offensive line, what do you think the next priority is for the Chargers in the offseason?