Dec 22, 2013; San Diego, CA, USA; San Diego Chargers safety Eric Weddle (32) after an interception during the first half against the Oakland Raiders at Qualcomm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports
The San Diego Chargers have been on a roll of late and they still have a pulse for the playoffs. The defense has to get props for what they have been able to do late in the season. They are progressing. They are making stops. They are making plays. That interception by Eric Weddle off of Matt McGloin shifted the momentum.
The linebackers are hitting. The youngsters are progressing. Manti Te’o is getting better and better with playing time. He is able to play more instinctual on the field and is getting in better positions to make plays. Donald Butler is a physical force in the middle.
The addition of Melvin Ingram has been a breath of fresh air to the defense. He is moving at a different speed as everyone else on the field. He has fresh legs and he has worked his way around the tackle a few times against the Raiders. He is getting pressure on the quarterback and will be a huge asset if we are able to sneak into the playoffs.
The players in the secondary are settling into their roles. Marcus Gilchrist looks comfortable as the nickel back and Jahleel Addae is getting more reps at the strong safety spot. Eric Weddle has been able to roam around more of late and is getting his hands on the football. Shareece Wright is matched up against the opposing team’s top receivers and he has been able to slow them down.
The defensive line is getting aggressive and they are occupying linemen. Corey Liuget is occupying a pair of linemen and is finding ways to beat them still.
This defense is hitting it’s stride right now. They will need to make plays against the Chiefs this weekend. Hopefully we can get a little bit of luck and we can see this defense make some plays in the playoffs.