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Three keys to Chargers defense being dominant

CARSON, CA - NOVEMBER 19: The Los Angeles Chargers defense celebrate after an interception during the NFL game against the Buffalo Bills at the StubHub Center on November 19, 2017 in Carson, California. (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)
CARSON, CA - NOVEMBER 19: The Los Angeles Chargers defense celebrate after an interception during the NFL game against the Buffalo Bills at the StubHub Center on November 19, 2017 in Carson, California. (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)
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CHARLOTTE, NC – OCTOBER 12: Thomas Davis #58 of the Carolina Panthers takes the field against the Philadelphia Eagles at Bank of America Stadium on October 12, 2017, in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images)
CHARLOTTE, NC – OCTOBER 12: Thomas Davis #58 of the Carolina Panthers takes the field against the Philadelphia Eagles at Bank of America Stadium on October 12, 2017, in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images)

In the 2018 season the Los Angeles Chargers defense finished among the top 10 total defenses and they were able to get solid contributions from everyone.

With talent all over the defense, they’re poised to contend and shut opposing defenses down. There’s a high ceiling in 2019 and fans are eager to see what this defense can do this season with everyone looking healthy in training camp.

The Chargers defense features Pro-Bowlers on every level from the defensive line all the way through to the defensive backs, which most teams can’t say they have the luxury of having. They have Joey Bosa a one time Pro Bowler in 2017 creating havoc on the defensive line, Melvin Ingram the 2-time Pro Bowler (2017,2018) leading the defense with his fierce play, and on the outside, they have Pro Bowlers Casey Hayward (2016,2017) and Derwin James (2018).

They have also added new pieces, acquiring 13-year veteran Thomas Davis Sr. who should bring some leadership and playoff experience to the locker room and also drafting defensive tackle Jerry Tillery out of Notre Dame.

In 2018 they were solid, finishing ninth in total defense, ninth in passing yards allowed, and ninth in rushing yards allowed. Although the defense did see some key losses due to injury, it didn’t help that they weren’t consistent getting to quarterbacks. Here are some ways they can improve in 2019:

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