Gus Bradley needs to be retained
This goes back to my point about patience. After four weeks, many fans, myself included, were ready to ditch the Gus Bradley project. I’m here to tell you today that I was so wrong.
Bradley has transformed this defense into the third-ranked scoring defense in the league, behind only Jacksonville and Minnesota.
This defense has held four teams this year to 10 points or less, and average 17.0 points given up per game. He’s getting the most out of players like Adrian Phillips, Jahleel Addae and Tre Boston, who all seemed to take a step forward this year.
Bradley needs to remain with this team, and it’s possible that he does. The Chargers may “benefit” from not making the postseason and not showcasing their defense to the world, and hopefully teams with coaching positions go after coordinators that made the playoffs.
Which players need to be replaced on this team
Here’s a list of who I believe needs to be replaced the most this offseason:
- Brandon Mebane, NT: I love Mebane and his leadership, and so does the team. He may be back on a smaller, reduced contract. But this team needs a nose tackle that changes the game and pushes the pocket. 131.1 rushing yards allowed per game, 31st in the NFL, is not going to cut it, especially in a division with Kareem Hunt, Marshawn Lynch, and C.J. Anderson.
- Joe Barksdale, RT: Barksdale might not be that hard to replace, considering Forrest Lamp was brought in last offseason and could play that position. Either way, he needs to go. I appreciate his toughness, considering he has played through multiple in-game injuries. But if Rivers goes down, the season is over. And the No. 64 ranked tackle does not cut it.
- Any Chargers Kicker: Do I even need to explain this?