LA Chargers training camp wish list: 2. Emerge with confidence in the secondary
There are some changes to the secondary in 2021 for the LA Chargers with the most notable being the departure of Casey Hayward and the arrival of second-round pick, Asante Samuel Jr.
Staley's success as a defensive coordinator with the Rams makes it easy to have confidence in the secondary and its success. While the schemes will almost certainly be better, the players still have to do the work.
As it stands right now, I cannot objectively say that we are fully confident in the secondary. I am obviously hopeful like every other Charger fan that the secondary will be great, but it is far from a guarantee as it currently stands.
There are three important questions (outside of James' health) that the Chargers will have to confidently know the answer to by the time training camp is over. First, can Michael Davis step up to be a true CB1? Second, can Asante Samuel Jr. be as impactful as we hope in year one? Third, can Nasir Adderley turn his career around in year three?
Those are three huge variables that are going to determine the success of the secondary in 2021. The hope is that the Chargers can confidently answer those questions and we all feel great about the secondary by Week 1.