Chargers All-Decade Team: Linebackers
Linebacker: Shaun Phillips (2010-2012)
Most of Shawne Merriman‘s damage as a pass-rushing linebacker was done in the previous decade and he left the Chargers following the 2010 season, so he doesn’t make this list.
But the Chargers did get three more years out of Phillips in the 2010s and he had 24 sacks during those three seasons. He was a real complement to the team’s defense and opponents often seemed to forget about him but he was the best pass-rusher the team had for many seasons.
Linebacker: Donald Butler (2010-2015)
This is one of those names that fans likely won’t be thrilled about, but Butler was a steady hand on defense for six seasons after the team selected him in the third round of the 2010 draft.
He was never as good as many hoped he would be, but he did have 373 tackles, seven sacks, six fumble recoveries and three interceptions with the team.
Linebacker: Denzel Perryman (2015-present)
If not for injuries, Perryman’s career with the team would be even better. But as it is, it hasn’t been bad.
Perryman is another player who will likely never live up to their high draft status, but in a decade where the Chargers didn’t get consistent play at the linebacker position, Perryman was solid when he was available.