Sep 9, 2013; San Diego, CA, USA; San Diego Chargers linebacker Dwight Freeney (93) rushes the quarterback during the second half against the Houston Texans at Qualcomm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports
Who is going to bring that pass rush for the San Diego Chargers. This has been the question since Shawne Merriman was caught for steroids. Who is going to bring it? Who is going to change the landscape of the Chargers defense?
There are a number of people that the team is looking toward to bring the heat. Tom Telesco has brought in a couple of guys during his watch to bring the heat. Dwight Freeney was brought over last season to provide a pass rush and he was doing a decent job before he went down with an injury. Will he still be able to provide that pass rush after the major injury or will he take a step back? He is the only proven commodity on the roster at this point. There is potential at the other positions, but Freeney is the most likely to add some pass rush help. He has gotten double digit sacks in the past, but will he get the playing time and will he be healthy enough to get there this time?
Other than Freeney, Jeremiah Attaochu is the best option to get after the quarterback. He hasn’t even played on snap, but he was brought over for his ability to get after quarterbacks. He will get plenty of opportunities to make plays and we will need to see him produce. What can we predict sack-wise out of him in his first season? Honestly, double digit sacks might be asking a lot for a player that has to find some playing time. I still think that he can get around 7-to-8 sacks during the year.
Melvin Ingram will get a whole season to play this time around. In his first season, he had to sit back and wait for his opportunities to play. His second year was shortened because of an injury, but when he did return he showed a ton of potential. This season will be the time when he needs to step up and pull together a full season of production. He may be the most likely to get to double digit sacks on the roster. Will John Pagano let him loose though?