Jan 5, 2014; Cincinnati, OH, USA; San Diego Chargers outside linebackerReggie Walker
(52) and outside linebackerMelvin Ingram
(54) celebrate an interception during the fourth quarter of the AFC wild card playoff football game at Paul Brown Stadium. San Diego won 27-10. Mandatory Credit: Pat Lovell-USA TODAY Sports
The San Diego Chargers focused on turnovers during yesterday’s practice. I love the added focus on forcing turnovers. I feel that the team has put more emphasis on this area of the game during this OTAs then they did last season. Hopefully the added work will translate onto the field when the games matter.
The Chargers have sucked at taking the football away from their opponents in recent years. We sucked at getting interceptions and we sucked at stripping the football away.
Hopefully we will be able to change that. We have some players that can step up big time and make those plays for us.
Eric Weddle has proved that he can be a ballhawk if he is put in the right position. We just need to put him in the right spot. He is always around the football and can bring more interceptions to the table if he is allowed to roam around a little more. Let him roam center field and track the ball this year.
Manti Te’o showed that he is good at diagnosing offenses during his final year in college and picked off a ton of balls as well. He should be able to bring that to the table this year.
Jason Verrett should get his hands on a few footballs and he is always looking to make big hits. Jahleel Addae loves making the big hits and always is looking to strip the football. Melvin Ingram has always done the same, plus he added that interception in the playoffs last year. Dwight Freeney has made a career out of the strip sack.
Forcing turnovers are going to be a priority for this team from this point forward. There are players on this roster that are used to making those type of game changing plays and they should get more opportunities this season.
Let’s take that ball away.