Sep 28, 2013; Tempe, AZ, USA; USC Trojans wide receiver Marqise Lee (9) returns a kickoff during the first half against the Arizona State Sun Devils at Sun Devil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports
The San Diego Chargers should focus on offense going into the NFL Draft. On OFFENSE. Not a typo and I don’t think I have gone Richie Incognito in the head yet. At least I don’t think I have lost my mind and will go ape nuts on a Ferrari.
The Chargers should add more weapons on offense. What the heck??!?!!!
Our defense is terrible. Our defense was one of the worst in the league. Our defense can’t stop anyone! I will not defend the Chargers defense in this post or in any post, this is more about the offense of the Chargers. This is more about getting this offense to an elite level. This is about getting this offense to play at a level that other teams will have to keep pace.
Check out some of the teams that regularly make it into the playoffs. Peyton Manning and his ridiculous offenses. Tom Brady and his ridiculous offenses of the past. Drew Brees and their offense. Offense can carry you into the playoffs. A ridiculously good-looking offense can help that defense out a ton.
Dec 22, 2013; San Diego, CA, USA; San Diego Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers (17) throws a pass against the Oakland Raiders at Qualcomm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports
The Chargers can have that type of offense. The Chargers can build to get that type of team. The defense will thrive off of the success from that type of team’s offense.
Why the heck would we want to build on the offensive side of the football? I will answer that question with another question: Do you want to trust in John Pagano to develop the talent that we bring in on defense? He already has some talent on the roster and he has them lined up in all the wrong spots. Why the heck is Weddle playing linebacker? Can we get any pressure on the quarterback? Can we stop using Bront Bird anywhere on the field?
Bring the talent over to the side of the team where they are getting developed into playmakers. Keenan Allen is a playmaker. Ryan Mathews all of a sudden showed he can play football. Philip Rivers lived up to his potential. Get more playmakers on that side of the football and watch how great that offense could be.
Jan 1, 2014; Tampa, Fl, USA; LSU Tigers wide receiver Odell Beckham (3) runs with the ball during the first quarter against the Iowa Hawkeyes at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports
With that first round draft pick, add in a player like Odell Beckham Jr or Marqise Lee. Both would do amazing in our offense. Both players would explode in our offense and give the team a solid speed threat. Lee didn’t have that stunning 40 that we expected, but watch his game film and watch him run by defenders for deep balls. It is how you play the game.
Vincent Brown could not get going on offense. He had all season to prove his value and he couldn’t get separation from defenders. The offense stalled against the Denver Broncos in the playoffs. There is room to be great.
Bring in more talent on that offensive line. The team was good there last year, but there is room for improvement. There is room to give Philip more breathing room. We can make larger holes in the running game. We can get even better.
I know the defense needs work. I know that we are going to get our talent from the draft. The top talent on the board at pick 25 will likely be an offensive player. Will we fill the need at corner with that first pick or will we select that stud that can turn this offense to elite.
The draft is full of corners. The draft is deep with players in the secondary. Don’t just plug-in that top pick on a corner when we could find a stud at receiver.