Brutal, just brutal. Chargers and Joey Bosa continue to act like 3 and 4-year-old brother and sister and just for good measure, Damion Square is suspended for four games. Haven’t had this much fun since John Jefferson and Fred Dean held out the same year. Let’s see where we stand.
It looks like Darius Philon is doing a more than an adequate job. Brandon Mebane is absolutely as advertised. Corey Liuget has had his share of good moments this preseason and since we never had Bosa, we really don’t know much of a loss he is. The interesting loss today was that of Square. Four games for not showing for a drug test. He then issues an apology.
So our starting defensive line is Mebane, Liuget and Philon. I think we’re OK there. It’s depth that’s a concern. Ryan Carrethers adds beef but speed is a big issue. He’s made good penetration a couple of times and not been able to finish. Sean Lissemore is on IR. Bosa’s not signed. Square’s suspended. Who’s left?? Tenny Palepoi? A solid player, but not spectacular by any stretch. After that comes Chuka Ndule and Zamir Carlis, who are these guys??? From a solid and deep line to a line with some real holes in such a short period of time!!! Wow!!
Looking at the offensive side of the ball, Stevie Johnson, Donovan Clark and Jeff Cumberland are gone for the season. D.J. Fluker is still in a walking boot… I think(thank goodness for a negative MRI, a glimmer of hope). This reminds me of the early part of last year as lineman started dropping like flies.
The good news?? Even with all the bad news, the Bolts played well last week. Except for Stevie, skill positions look solid. If the Chargers can take an “us against the world” attitude along with a solid “next man up” belief, we might be OK. It’s going to take some incredible effort, a little luck and some players playing so far over their heads that they get nose bleeds, but I still believe…and I always will.