What Kind Of Defense Are The Chargers Running?

By Ernie Padaon

Sep 15, 2013; Philadelphia, PA, USA; San Diego Chargers linebacker Dwight Freeney (93) disrupts the pass of Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Michael Vick (7) during the first quarter at Lincoln Financial Field. Mandatory Credit: Howard Smith-USA TODAY Sports

What kind of defense are the Chargers running this season? In the first two games of the year, the Chargers have had a couple of different looks. The Philadelphia Eagles did require a different personnel on the field because of the explosive guys that they have on their roster. Against the Eagles we had 4 down linemen for the majority of the game with Dwight Freeney and Jarret Johnson playing the ends and a rotation in the middle of the defense. Reggie Walker and Donald Butler covered the middle. We basically were in the nickel the whole game.

Against the Houston Texans we ran that 3-4 base that we always have been running. Bront Bird started in the middle of the defense that time.

What are we going to look like against Tennessee? We have a bunch of different looks that we can put out there, but we haven’t really been effective on either look that we have put out there.

Our biggest failure has been in the secondary. The guys are getting burned for some big time numbers. Desean Jackson went HAM on us. Andre Johnson went HAM on us. What is Kenny Britt going to do. Britt shouldn’t even be mentioned with those wide receivers, but he has the potential. He doesn’t have the quarterback.

It will be interesting to see what kind of defense we have as the season goes on. Manti Te’o will come back and give us a differnt look. We likely will get back to that 3-4 defense that we ran. Hopefully Melvin Ingram can come back later this year and give us more options. Things can only get better. If it gets any worse, we will all be crying in a corner.