Dec 22, 2013; San Diego, CA, USA; Oakland Raiders quarterback Matt McGloin (14) is pressured by San Diego Chargers linebacker Melvin Ingram (54) during the first half against the Oakland Raiders at Qualcomm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports
At the bottom of the first quarter it was Melvin Ingram beating Oakland Raiders’ right tackle Tony Pashos to sack quarterback Matt McGloin and strip him of the ball. Unfortunately for the San Diego Chargers, Oakland guard Mike Brisiel would immediately recover the fumble. The positive from this snap displayed pass rush brilliance the Chargers have yearned for since drafting Ingram in the 2012 NFL draft.
Interestingly enough, this sack would be monumental. Ingram sacking the Oakland quarterback would be the first solo sack of his professional career.
Believe it or not, Ingram has only two full sacks in the record books. The other being two half sacks both shared with former Charger, Shaun Phillips. Ingram and Phillips were there together to bring down Brandon Weeden of the Cleveland Browns on October 28th and Greg Elroy of the New York Jets on December 23rd during in the 2012 season.
Ingram was activated for the first time this season on December 8th against the New York Giants and gradually saw more defensive snaps over the past three games. Earlier in the week leading up to the game versus the Raiders, Ingram got the nod by linebacker coach Joe Barry to start for the first time this season.
Some of the words teammates used to describe Ingram, “special,” “rare,” and “freak.” This is the description of his ability and presence on the field. Ingram will have one more shot at displaying his abilities against the Kansas City Chiefs this upcoming Sunday during the regular season finale.
Ingram returned from an ACL tear only after seven months. The average athlete recovers from an injury of this magnitude between nine to 18 months. Ingram is special, he is rare and he is a freak and is just what the Chargers needed on what could be a hopeful post season.