The Chargers head into the 2019 season a more complete roster than before, but what could some of their offseason regrets be as the season progresses?
The Chargers have a Super Bowl-capable roster entering 2019, having found upgrades at multiple key positions through free agency and the draft. The team needed a free safety, defensive tackle, and linebacker and found themselves Nasir Adderley, Jerry Tillery, and Thomas Davis, respectively. The draft also brought in a number of athletic depth pieces to fill out the roster, pushing the team to become more complete as a whole. It’s a team that’s going to the playoffs this season, but could they have done more? Here are three of the Chargers’ biggest potential offseason regrets.
Chargers offseason regret: Not doing more to find a punter
Did an absolutely terrible punting situation prevent the Chargers from winning a Super Bowl last season? Probably not. But after the Drew Kaser debacle and Donnie Jones disaster, shouldn’t the team have done more to find a better starter?
That’s not to say their current options are terrible, as both Tyler Newsome and Ty Long appear to be more than capable of being upgrades over Jones. Newsome was a legendary punter for both his leg and bench press prowess at Notre Dame, and Long has a history of proven success in the Canadian Football League.
But when the team is in the postseason, potentially in Foxborough, and needs a punt to pin Tom Brady back near his own end zone to prevent a fourth-quarter comeback, can either of them pull it off?