Oct 14, 2013; San Diego, CA, USA; San Diego Chargers defensive coordinator John Pagano reacts during the game against the Indianapolis Colts at Qualcomm Stadium. The Chargers defeated the Colts 19-9. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports
San Diego Chargers DC John Pagano has a tough job this season. The fans are already on his back before the season has started. Some fans give him the benefit of the doubt because of the lack of quality players on his side of the roster, but Tom Telesco put a lot of his focus in that direction during the offseason.
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This offseason, Telesco added Jason Verrett and Jerry Attaochu through the draft. He added Brandon Flowers through free agency and he figured that having Dwight Freeney and Melvin Ingram back for a full season would bring more pressure on quarterbacks.
Now it is up to Pagano to work with the players that he has in order to stop teams. At this point in preseason, the defensive schemes are watered down but the players are working on fundamentals. They are working on tackling and winning one-on-one battles.
Against the Seahawks, players lost their one-on-one battles and missed tackles all over the field. There is a lot of work that needs to be done in that department. It seems to be a problem with our team all the time though. Pagano has to get his team to perform this year. Missing tackles in his scheme will allow teams to march down the field on us and will give up some big plays.
The Chargers defense will be watched with a critical eye this season. Will Pagano be able to stand the heat?