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2013 SAN DIEGO CHARGERS PREVIEW

June 28, 2013
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San Diego Chargers (2007 - Pres)

 

2013 SAN DIEGO CHARGERS FOOTBALL PREVIEW 

LAST YEAR: 7-9, 2ND IN AFC WEST 

COACH: MIKE McCOY, 1ST YEAR

 

The San Diego Chargers went through a disappointing 2012 season.  With disappointment comes change.  The Chargers overhauled the front office and the coaches staff with Tom Telesco taking over as the GM and Mike McCoy as the new coach.  Telesco and McCoy went to work first on rebuilding the offensive line to protect QB Phillip Rivers.  OT King Dunlap was signed as a free agent as was LG Rich Ohrnberger.  The Chargers used their first round pick in the draft on OT D.J. Fluker (Alabama).  Fluker will play right tackle for the Chargers. 

Ken Whisenhunt was hired as the new OC.  Whisenhunt could be good for Rivers as he continues to develop as an NFL QB.  Whisenhunt has coached QB’s Ben Roethlisberger and Kurt Warner.  Rivers had a very poor 2012 season as the Chargers fell to 24th overall in the NFL in passing offense.  It may not get better in 2013 if the Chargers don’t find some receivers to get excited about.  There is no clear #1 receiver and right now it is unclear who will fill that role.  The choices are Malcom Floyd, Vincent Brown, Eddie Royal and Danario Alexander.  Keenan Allen was selected in the third round out of Cal.   The Chargers were just about as bad in running the football, ranking 27th overall.  Ryan Mathews is back and Danny Woodhead comes in from New England. 

The Chargers defense kept San Diego in most of their games ranking 9th overall.  John Pagano is returning as the DC and most of the talent is back as well.  S Eric Weddle and DE Corey Liuget return as the core of the defense.  San Diego signed CB Derek Cox (Jacksonville) to help shore up the pass defense and Notre Dame LB Manti Te’o was selected in the 2nd round.  Te’o should be a consistent inside LB for years to come.   Two 2012 draft picks LB Melvin Ingram and DE Kendall Reyes must step up in 2013 if the Chargers are to get better.  Losing Shaun Phillips and his nine and a half sacks will be hard to replace, especially since he signed with the Broncos. 

The Chargers aren’t ready to challenge the Broncos yet in the AFC West but with the changes, they are heading in the right direction.

 San Diego Chargers (2007 - Pres)

 

2012 IN REVIEW:

 

TOTAL OFFENSE: 297.2 (31ST)

 

RUN OFFENSE: 91.3 (27TH)

 

PASS OFFENSE: 205.9 (24TH)

 

TOTAL DEFENSE: 326.4 (9TH)

 

RUN DEFENSE: 96.4 (6TH)

 

PASS DEFENSE: 230.1 (18TH)

 

San Diego Chargers (2007 - Pres) 

 

2013 CHARGERS DRAFT

 

Round 1, Pick 11 (11th Overall)

D.J. Fluker, RT

I still don't totally understand this selection. If D.J. Fluker is going to be the cornerstone of your offensive line, then your offense is going to be heavily based around the running game and probably isn't going to be running a Zone Blocking Scheme.

So, why bring in Joe D'Alessandris to be the Offensive Line Coach when his resume shows him to be a "Zone Blocking" guru that has helped install the scheme at every place he's been?

Also, why bring in Danny Woodhead, who isn't going to challenge Ryan Mathews as an every-down "power running back"? Are they comfortable with building the San Diego Chargers offense around Ryan Mathews now?

I can see how improving the running game could take some pressure off of Philip Rivers but doesn't the lack of a starting-caliber Left Tackle sort of even that out?

I have nothing against Fluker. If this were a team that was a piece or two away from going to the Super Bowl, like the Pittsburgh Steelers for instance, I would love this pick. However, improving the RT spot when there are so many other holes on the roster is confusing. At this team, at this time, I have a hard time rating it as anything but "mediocre".

Many of those that didn't appreciate my initial reaction to the pick argued that Tom Telesco would find a Left Tackle in the 2nd or 3rd round and then I'd have to shut my mouth. Well, he didn't, and now Rivers' blindside will be protected by King Dunlap or Eric Winston or maybe Bryant McKinnie, all of which are available because they haven't been very good Left Tackles, in what will be the most crucial season of his career. That's scary to me.

Grade: C

 

Round 2, Pick 6 (38th Overall)

Manti Te'o, ILB

Another head-scratcher of a pick.

Just like I would like the Fluker selection if the Chargers didn't have so many holes, I would love trading up for Te'o if I thought the team could afford to be throwing away 4th round picks.

If this was just a 2nd round selection, I'd love it. Te'o dropped down draft boards for silly reasons, and everyone seemingly forgot that he was the best Linebacker in college football in 2012 and almost single-handedly carried the Fighting Irish to the national championship game.

My grade is for this being both the 38th & 110th selections combined, which takes a lot of the value away from it.

Grade: B

 

Round 3, Pick 14 (76th Overall)

Keenan Allen, WR

I love this pick. When I watched Allen last season, I saw a WR that was very strong. Strong hands, strong cuts, and someone that could simply out-tough opponents.

I've heard comparisons to Anquan Boldin, but I think a better comparison is Michael Crabtree. Boldin was a 2nd rounder and Crabtree went in the 1st round. Allen has some knee issues that will keep him from competing for a starting spot this season, but if he can get 100% healthy he could be the team's #2 WR for years to come.

Grade: A

 

Round 5, Pick 12 (145th Overall)

Steve Williams, CB

This pick showed me that Telesco knows and understands that Chargers' roster. Steve Williams is a possible improvement over Marcus Gilchrist at Nickel CB, which allows Gilchrist to either challenge for the starting spot at outside CB or Strong Safety. That type of versatility comes only through roster depth, and Telesco just created that.

Grade: B+

 

Round 6, Pick 11 (179th Overall)

Tourek Williams, OLB/DE

This is another pick that creates versatility. Williams is probably a better 4-3 DE than he is a 3-4 OLB, but there's a place for those types of guys on this defense. If he has a good preseason, Williams could be kept on the roster for someone that steps in for Jarret Johnson in the Nickel defense package. Seems a bit like a luxury pick.

Grade: C

 

Round 7, Pick 15 (221st Overall)

Brad Sorensen, QB

As per usual, the Chargers use a late-round draft pick on a QB that they hope can out-duel the current backup QB (which currently happens to be Charlie Whitehurst). Sorensen seems to have good tools but will need a good QB coach to fix his flaws and get him reading defenses quickly. Otherwise, he'll end up on the San Diego practice squad at best.

Grade: C

 San Diego Chargers (1967 - 1973)

 

2013 CHARGERS SCHEDULE

 

Sept. 9 HOUSTON, 8:20
Sept. 15 at Philadelphia, 1
Sept. 22 at Tennessee, 1
Sept. 29 DALLAS, 4:25
Oct. 6 at Oakland, 4:25
Oct. 14 INDIANAPOLIS, 8:40
Oct. 20 at Jacksonville, 1
Oct. 27 Bye
Nov. 3 at Washington, 1
Nov. 10 DENVER, 4:25
Nov. 17 at Miami, 1
Nov. 24 at Kansas City, 1
Dec. 1 CINCINNATI, 4:25
Dec. 8 N.Y. GIANTS, 4:25
Dec. 12 at Denver, 8:25
Dec. 22 OAKLAND, 4:25
Dec. 29 KANSAS CITY, 4:25

 San Diego Chargers (2007 - Pres)

 

2013 CHARGERS ROSTER

 

Active

                       

  

#

  
  

Name

  
  

Pos.

  
  

Ht.

  
  

Wt.

  
  

Age

  
  

Exp.

  
  

College

  

37

Addae, Jahleel

S

5-10

195

 

R

Central Michigan

84

Alexander, Danario

WR

6-5

217

24

3

Missouri

13

Allen, Keenan

WR

6-2

206

21

R

California

20

Baker, Edwin

RB

5-8

200

22

R

Michigan State

64

Baxter, Colin

C

6-3

310

25

2

Arizona

67

Becton, Nick

T

6-6

323

 

R

Virginia Tech

46

Beltre, Frank

OLB

6-2

240

 

R

Towson

97

Bird, Bront

LB

6-4

250

24

2

Texas Tech

41

Brown, Cornelius

DB

5-11

198

25

2

Texas-El Paso

43

Brown, Greg

CB

5-10

188

 

R

Kansas

23

Brown, Ronnie

RB

6-0

223

31

8

Auburn

86

Brown, Vincent

WR

5-11

184

24

2

San Diego State

3

Butler, Deon

WR

5-10

182

27

4

Penn State

56

Butler, Donald

LB

6-1

248

24

3

Washington

40

Cattouse, Sean

FS

6-2

210

24

R

California

66

Clary, Jeromey

T

6-6

320

29

6

Kansas State

87

Cotton, Ben

TE

6-5

256

 

R

Nebraska

22

Cox, Derek

CB

6-1

195

26

4

William & Mary

35

Cromartie, Marcus

CB

6-0

195

 

R

Wisconsin

82

DePalma, Dan

WR

5-11

192

23

1

West Chester

53

Dillard, Phillip

LB

6-0

252

26

2

Nebraska

62

Dombrowski, Brandyn

G-T

6-5

323

28

4

San Diego State

77

Dunlap, King

T

6-9

330

27

5

Auburn

52

English, Larry

OLB

6-2

255

27

4

Northern Illinois

80

Floyd, Malcom

WR

6-5

225

31

7

Wyoming

76

Fluker, D.J.

OT

6-5

339

 

R

Alabama

95

Freeney, Dwight

OLB

6-1

268

33

12

Syracuse

59

Gachkar, Andrew

LB

6-3

228

24

2

Missouri

85

Gates, Antonio

TE

6-4

260

33

10

Kent State

31

Gatson, Greg

CB

5-11

165

24

R

Arkansas

92

Geathers, Kwame

DT

6-6

335

 

R

Georgia

38

Gilchrist, Marcus

CB-KR

5-10

193

24

2

Clemson

15

Goodman, Richard

WR

6-0

192

26

2

Florida State

89

Green, Ladarius

TE

6-6

240

23

R

Louisiana-Lafayette

44

Gronkowski, Chris

RB

6-2

245

26

4

Arizona

61

Hardwick, Nick

C

6-4

305

31

9

Purdue

72

Harrell, Logan

DE

6-2

280

23

R

Fresno State

79

Harris, Mike

T

6-5

310

24

R

UCLA

7

Hermann, Mike

QB

6-5

250

 

R

RPI

30

Hill, Michael

RB

5-10

209

 

R

Missouri Western

54

Ingram, Melvin

LB

6-2

265

24

R

South Carolina

68

Jerideau, Byron

DT

6-1

334

 

R

South Carolina

96

Johnson, Jarret

OLB

6-3

260

31

10

Alabama

36

Johnson, Josh

CB

5-10

199

 

R

Purdue

90

Keiser, Thomas

LB

6-4

260

24

3

 

1

Kent, Richard

P

6-1

199

 

R

Vanderbilt

94

Liuget, Corey

DE

6-2

300

23

2

Illinois

24

Mathews, Ryan

RB

6-0

218

25

3

Fresno State

33

McClain, Le'Ron

FB

6-0

260

28

6

Alabama

98

McFarland, Jamarkus

DE

6-2

305

 

R

Oklahoma

12

Meachem, Robert

WR

6-2

215

28

6

Tennessee

60

Molk, David

C

6-2

300

24

R

Michigan

49

Molls, Daniel

ILB

6-0

238

 

R

Toledo

73

Moore, Brandon

DE

6-5

317

 

R

Texas

57

Mouton, Jonas

LB

6-2

240

25

2

Michigan

9

Novak, Nick

K

6-0

198

31

5

Maryland

74

Ohrnberger, Rich

G

6-2

300

27

4

Penn State

45

Okoro, Kenny

CB

6-0

195

 

R

Wake Foreset

26

Patrick, Johnny

DB

5-11

191

24

2

Louisville

83

Phillips, John

TE

6-5

251

26

4

Virginia

91

Reyes, Kendall

DE

6-4

300

23

R

Connecticut

65

Richards, Randy

T

6-3

303

 

R

Missouri State

78

Rinehart, Chad

G

6-5

321

28

5

Northern Iowa

17

Rivers, Philip

QB

6-5

228

31

9

North Carolina State

88

Rolf, David

TE

6-3

257

 

R

Utah

11

Royal, Eddie

WR-KR

5-10

185

27

5

Virginia Tech

75

Scafe, Damik

DE

6-2

300

25

1

Boston College

72

Schilling, Steve

T

6-5

308

24

2

Michigan

5

Scifres, Mike

P

6-2

221

32

10

Western Illinois

51

Smith, D.J.

LB

6-0

239

24

3

Appalachian State

4

Sorensen, Brad

QB

6-4

229

 

R

Southern Utah

70

Starks, Max

T

6-8

345

31

10

Florida

25

Stuckey, Darrell

S

5-11

212

26

3

Kansas

2

Tasker, Luke

WR

5-11

190

 

R

Cornell

28

Taylor, Brandon

SS

5-11

209

23

R

LSU

50

Te'o, Manti

ILB

6-1

241

 

R

Notre Dame

93

Thomas, Cam

DT

6-4

330

26

3

North Carolina

63

Troutman, Johnnie

G

6-4

330

25

R

Penn State

81

Walker, Dallas

TE

6-6

235

 

R

Western Michigan

48

Walker, Devan

OLB

6-2

240

 

R

Southeastern Louisiana

32

Weddle, Eric

FS

5-11

200

28

6

Utah

6

Whitehurst, Charlie

QB

6-5

235

30

7

Clemson

34

Whittaker, Foswhitt

RB

5-10

202

 

1

Texas

27

Williams, Steve

CB

5-9

181

 

R

California

58

Williams, Tourek

OLB

6-3

260

 

R

Florida International

10

Willie, Mike

WR

6-2

220

23

R

Arizona State

47

Windt, Mike

LS

6-1

252

27

3

Cincinnati

39

Woodhead, Danny

RB

5-8

200

28

5

Chadron State

29

Wright, Shareece

CB

5-11

182

26

2

USC

99

Wynn, Jarius

DE

6-3

285

26

4

Georgia


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