Dwight Freeney’s Perspective On San Diego Chargers

By Ernie Padaon

Sep 29, 2013; San Diego, CA, USA; San Diego Chargers linebacker Dwight Freeney (93) warms up prior to the game against the Dallas Cowboys at Qualcomm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

San Diego Chargers DE Dwight Freeney has another year left on his contract for the team and he wants to play out that season. He doesn’t want to leave football because of an injury. He wants to leave on his own terms. He believes that the Chargers have a good team that is ready to contend. He wants to be part of that..

Here is his analysis of the Chargers from the last season:

“We have great management,” he said. “I’m not sure about the management prior to [this one], but we have [general manager] Tom Telesco and we have [head coach] Mike McCoy, and those guys make it a family atmosphere. You go in and you want to go to work, you want to play for this guy. And we have a lot of great leaders on that team — Eric Weddle and Donald Butler. We have some guys who can make plays and have some experience out there — Philip Rivers and Antonio Gates.”

“So we have some cornerstones on that team. Now we have to go out and win some more of those big games. And really, honestly, the biggest problem with us is that teams that we’re supposed to beat, we play around with them. And that’s how we get those couple losses that we’re not supposed to get. But the teams that are good, we play very well and beat.” – ESPN.com

It is nice to hear the perspective from Freeney on the Chargers. He wasn’t there during the A.J. and Norv era and doesn’t know too much about the troubles from their reign. He only knows the team and players from the way it acted and worked from last season and it looks his report is good.

I would love for Freeney to be healthy in the coming season. The combination of Freeney and Melvin Ingram on defense could be huge for the Chargers success. Freeney is one of the quickest defenders off of the edge and will force quarterbacks to get rid of the football quickly. With Ingram providing pressure on the other side, quarterbacks will not be able to escape from Freeney by rolling out anymore. Add a big nose tackle that can push the pocket and quarterbacks won’t even be able to step up in the pocket to escape the pressure. Pick city.

What do you think Freeney’s impact with the Chargers will be next season? Will he even be on the team?