Dec 22, 2013; San Diego, CA, USA; San Diego Chargers linebacker Melvin Ingram (54) pressures Oakland Raiders quarterback Matt McGloin (14) during the first half at Qualcomm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports
The San Diego Chargers defense has been playing a lot better of late. Not coincidentally, Melvin Ingram made his return within that time and has helped inspire his teammates on the defensive side of the ball. You can’t say enough about the way he has handled his business. He could have mailed it in before the season even started, but he went to work and had the mindset that he would be playing this season.
The rest of the guys on the roster saw that. The rest of the team sees him on the field putting in that work. He is a leader on the field with his attitude already.
His ability to get pressure on the quarterback off of the edge brings a dimension to the defense that has been missing since Dwight Freeney went down. There were a number of times that Melvin was able to work around the offensive tackle and put some pressure on the quarterback. He picked up his first sack on the season and stripped the ball away on the play. He will only get better as the season progresses.
He has fresh legs right now while most players on the field have been playing all season long. Those fresh legs could come into play if/when we slide right into those playoffs. Can’t wait to see more of Melvin this season.