2. Leonard Floyd fits an OLB need for the LA Chargers
Staley did not commit to running a 3-4 defense on the LA Chargers and said that they would shape the defense around the guys they have on the roster. However, originally being an outside linebackers coach and coaching in three different 3-4 defenses, the switch seems likely.
The Chargers have the personnel to fill most of the positions of a 3-4 defense. Based on how the roster is currently constructed, a 3-4 front for the LA Chargers would probably look something like:
- MLB: Kenneth Murray, Drue Tranquill, Kyzir White (sub)
- OLB: Uchenna Nwosu, Embeke Egbule, Joey Bosa (sub)
- DE: Joey Bosa, Justin Jones, Jerry Tillery (sub)
- NT: Linval Joseph, Cortez Broughton (sub), Jones (sub), Tillery (sub)
Some of the players overlap as Joey Bosa could legitimately play some outside linebacker and guys like Jones and Tillery could either play nose tackle or on either end of the defensive line, albeit not spectacularly.
There are some areas of that front seven that need to be addressed but none more than the second outside linebacker spot, which right now, would probably go to Embeke Egbule. Kenneth Murray can also help play outside, but he is more natural as an inside backer and would create a really fun 1-2 with Tranquill.
Floyd fits into that second outside linebacker spot perfectly and essentially would replace Melvin Ingram as the number two on the Chargers’ defensive line.
Floyd is proficient in both getting to the passer and dropping back in coverage and is one of the more well-rounded outside backers in the league. There would be no roster maneuvering to get him on the Chargers. He would fit in seamlessly.
I would rather keep Murray at inside linebacker and Bosa at defensive end as much as possible, which is why getting an experienced outside linebacker like Floyd would be huge.