Chargers Biggest Needs Next Offseason

By Ernie Padaon

October 6, 2013; Oakland, CA, USA; Oakland Raiders wide receiver

Rod Streater

(80) catches a pass for a touchdown against San Diego Chargers cornerback

Derek Cox

(22, right) and strong safety

Marcus Gilchrist

(38) during the first quarter at Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

I know it is early to start thinking about the draft and thinking about free agency, but I think about that stuff all the time. After watching the first 6 weeks of the season, what do you believe the Chargers need to do this offseason. What positions should they be looking to improve?

The left tackle position looks like it is much more improved over last season. King Dunlap has done a tremendous job on the left side of the line and Mike Harris looks like a good player to use as the swing tackle for the team. D.J. Fluker has done an excellent job for the team on the right side of the line.

The Chargers could use some help on the defensive side of the football. The secondary has looked poor this season. That safety slot next to Eric Weddle needs to be filled with a solid player. I have wanted a solid safety for the last couple of seasons and nobody has stepped up in that spot. Brandon Taylor could be the answer, but he hasn’t been able to step onto the field yet. Will he be the answer?

The corners have been getting burned this whole season as well. Derek Cox has not played well as the starter and the team could use some help at that position as well.

The team also should look at options in the running game. Ryan Mathews had a nice performance on Sunday, but he doesn’t look like the back for the future. They could ride him for another season, but it would be nice to find an answer for that position on offense.

Another big position that the Chargers need to fill is nose tackle. If the Chargers want to continue with the 3-4 front, they need to find someone who can take on a few blockers and clog up the defense. IF they want to stay in that 3-4.

Overall, the team has found some nice pieces to work around. The biggest issue is the depth of the roster. I am sure that they can continue to build that depth next offseason.