Jason Verrett is playing like a top five cornerback. Patrick Robinson has taken Flowers’ role, playing at a high level. Melvin Ingram and Jerry Attaochu are a force to be reckoned with when on the field.
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In the offseason, Tom Telesco and the coaching staff seemed to be focused to be a defense that can effectively defend the passing game. Re-signing Brandon Flowers and Corey Liuget, though both have underperformed, was the right move for that to happen. Signing Patrick Robinson and Jimmy Wilson brought depth to the strong secondary.
As a result, the San Diego Chargers are 7th in the league as a passing defense.
The Chargers held former MVP Aaron Rodgers to 255 yards last week and a season-low 55% completion percentage. When healthy, this secondary and pass rush has the potential to frustrate quarterbacks.
Yet, this defense is ranked at a mere 14th in the league in yards per game, and has allowed a disappointing 161 total points this season.
The run defense is not how it should be.
The Chargers are currently 26th in the league in run defense. The interior defensive line has been a huge disappointment, starting with Corey Liuget who is not earning that huge contract he received in the off-season. Donald Butler and Manti Te’o are playing well, but they can’t do much with a defensive line that can’t hold its ground.
Remember Jarrett Johnson? Or take it back a couple more years and throw in Jamal Williams. Yeah, we miss them.
Telesco is a great general manager, and he always seems to land a gem in free agency every season. But he went into the season expecting the starting defensive line that consisted of Sean Lissemore and Kendall Reyes to perform. That is not how it works.
Either way, there is no room to complain. The season is already underway and the Chargers are 2-4, which means there is absolutely no time to make excuses.
The run defense must play better, and quickly. Latavius Murray will not go easy on us.