After one of the worst seasons since Ladainian Tomlinsons first season in the early 2000’s, Tom Telesco, ownership and the coaching staff owe Chargers fans a big season in 2016. With six coaches being let go Mike McCoy needs to bring in some great assistants. He should start by bringing back former offensive coordinator Ken Whisenhunt, who Rivers had his best career with. There are many people we can point fingers at but we do know one thing; we have a young group of players that can play ball.
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Watching LT give his retirement speech was great except for the part where he thanked ownership and immediately fans “booed” ownership and the Spanos Family. It was an oustanding day for Chargers Fans and the Tomlinson family and was hard to see Chargers fans that disappointed with our direction and ownership about the LA relocation. So far, Telesco’s draft picks have all contributed in many ways. He knocked it out of the park in his first draft by taking DJ Fluker in the first round, Manti Te’o in the second round, and absolutely stealing Keenan Allen in the third round. This season Fluker showed off his toughness by playing through injuries all season. He played injured because the Chargers were already so injured so he left it all on the field. That goes along way with earning teammates respect in the locker room. Manti Te’o is finally making that jump to starting inside LB in the NFL. He is showing great instinct and leadership. Scouts said he would be a 1st and 2nd down player because of his lateral quickness but is now an every down linebacker that makes all the plays. He still has room to grow. Now we get to Keenan Allen who has proven his rookie season was not a fluke. Allen was off to one of the greatest starts ever for a wide receiver tallying 67 catches for 725 yards until he got hurt during the first half of week 8. Philip Rivers and Allen seem to have a long-term connection and we stole him in the 3rd round and now he is a top-notch wide receiver. Telesco essentially took 3 first round talents with his first 3 picks in 2013. He has also brought in Jason Verrett, who is a star in the making along with Jahleel Addae and Jerry Attaochu. Telesco Knows talent and is good at grabbing great talent but the pressure now goes to McCoy and the coaching staff. Let’s take a look at the upcoming 2016 season.
Scarlet and Game
Although this isn’t one of the best draft classes in 2016, the Chargers can do many different things with the number 3 overall pick. Chargers fans haven’t had a top 10 pick in a very long time. Expect them to go after the best available offensive lineman, Ronnie Stanley the standout tackle from Notre Dame can step in right away and start at right tackle until King Dunlap is finished he can step into Rivers blindside tackle. But if the Defensive End from Ohio State, Joey Bosa is still on the board the Chargers needs to take a hard look at him as he can be the next J.J. Watt with his explosion and motor. They can use another safety or defensive line help in the mid rounds. Or if the Chargers don’t feel confident with the players available they can think of trading down to get a good veteran to add to our talented team. The Chargers are not too far off from being elite again but they need to tighten it up and add some quality players that can contribute right away. Bottom line McCoy is on a very short leash and Telesco needs to have a big offseason for fans to have faith that we are moving in the right direction!