Dec 22, 2013; San Diego, CA, USA; San Diego Chargers tight end Antonio Gates (85) is defended by Oakland Raiders linebacker Nick Roach (53) during the first half at Qualcomm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports
The San Diego Chargers had a good season and had a magical run into the playoffs, but were halted by one of the best teams in the league and possibly the next Super Bowl champ.
The Chargers likely could use help at almost all positions during the offseason. Here is a little breakdown of where the Chargers could use some help going into next season on the offensive side of the football.
Philip Rivers is the leader of this team and he will trot out as the starter again next season. He proved that he is still one of the best in the game and the clock is ticking with him. We need to upgrade the team around him quick. Charlie Whitehurst might be allowed to walk away in free agency and Brad Sorensen could get his shot as the back up quarterback.
Ryan Mathews and Danny Woodhead are under contract for next year and they will be big contributors on offense. The team needs one more back on the roster. A big back that can share the load with Ryan Mathews. Someone that can take that role if he is injured or needs a break. Ronnie Brown was not that answer.
What is going to happen with Malcom Floyd and Danario Alexander. Floyd is under contract, but will he retire after that devastating injury? If he doesn’t, then we have our answer already for who starts opposite of Keenan Allen. Alexander is a risk to sign. He has a long history of injuries that he has to deal with. Vincent Brown has been a bit of a disappointment as a starter. Eddie Royal’s contract might have to get cut this offseason, so the Chargers will have to find someone that can play that role in the slot.
Antonio Gates is running out of time. He put together another good season, but his impact on the game seems to be fading. Ladarius Green’s time to step up is now. We need to make use of his athleticism more.
King Dunlap and D.J. Fluker have been great at tackle. We could use some interior linemen. Jeromey Clary did a good job, but his contract pays him like someone that does a great job (at tackle). His versatility and toughness was nice to have on the roster. He will need to re-work his deal this offseason. Chad Rinehart is a free agent and we might need to look at a center for the future.
We will have to see what happens to Ken Whisenhunt this offseason. He likely will take a job with Tennessee or Detroit and the Chargers will likely promote Frank Reich to be the offensive playcaller. Will the Chargers move to that hurry up offense as their main way to move the football? How will Reich call the plays on the sideline? Should be interesting to watch.
What do you think the Chargers need to do on the offensive side of the football?