Chargers LB Manti Te’o Starting to Get Called the B-Word

By Ernie Padaon

Nov 17, 2013; Miami Gardens, FL, USA; San Diego Chargers inside linebacker Manti Te

A few fans have had a lot of expectations for Chargers LB Manti Te’o, but he is looking to be more of a BUST. That is the B-word that is getting floated around more and more these days.

This Sunday, he was all over the place in a bad way. He was missing tackles left and right and the Chargers defense was suffering because of his poor play. There were other reasons why the defense sucked, but Te’o was contributed to the mess.

He was drafted in the 2nd round by the Chargers and was expected to make an impact in the middle of the Chargers defense. He has struggled. He doesn’t have much competition for playing time in the middle, so he gets all the snaps. He is really having his struggles taking on blockers and he has struggled making tackles.

There were concerns about Te’o when he was drafted and those concerns are starting to surface right in front of all of our faces. He was exposed in the game against Alabama in college and now he is getting torn apart on the big stage. Teams are running right at him and making him take on blockers. He has not been able to shed them. When he does get in the right spot, he misses the tackle.

He has a ton of work to get done this offseason. He will have to bulk up and learn how to shed blockers. He is a student of the game and I know he will put in the work, but there is so much that we need to see out of him.

At this point, he is looking like a BUST!