3 reasons why the Chargers will have a top defense in 2022

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2. The Chargers' run defense looks legit

The Chargers had one of the worst run defenses in the entire league last season and that was one of the main problems why the defense as a whole struggled. Teams could carve the Chargers up for easy yardage on early downs, resulting in far too many third and shorts that the Bolts simply could not stop.

While it had to do with more than just the run defense, that run defense is a big reason why the Chargers had the worst third-down conversion rate as a defense last season. You are never going to win football games if other teams are picking up first downs in half of their third-down attempts.

That is exactly why the team signed Sebastian Joseph-Day and Austin Johnson while also drafting run-stuffer Otito Ogbonnia. On paper, the Chargers had the right guys to fix the problems of defending the run from a year ago.

However, it was still fair to somewhat be skeptical of these additions considering SJD was hurt last season and Johnson relatively flew under the radar. But after two weeks of camp, it is clear that these additions are going to make a huge impact.

It is not just on the interior, either. Khalil Mack is one of the best edge-rushers in the game against the run and that takes away an easy direction for other teams to bounce the ball outside to.