Tuesday, February 22, 2005

Action Plan

from Froxsports.com
The priority is to find a pass rusher and a free safety with range. The Chargers are likely to look to fill their pass-rushing need through the draft, in part because proven pass rushers cost a lot more money than rangey free safeties. Under G.M. A.J. Smith, the Chargers believe in prudence when it comes to free-agent spending. Last season, no free-agent signee received a signing bonus in excess of $3.5 million. Smith's philosophy is to pay his own players, not those from other teams. . . .

The absence of a consistent pass-rushing end in the base defense was a major reason the Chargers tied for the third-fewest sacks in the league with 29. The ends combined for just four sacks, with reserve DeQuincy Scott pacing the group with 1.5. Someone has to be found to complement WOLB Steve Foley, who led the team with 10 sacks. The free safety is asked to play a lot of center field in San Diego's scheme, and the organization wants someone with greater range than Jerry Wilson, a nine-year veteran who had just three interceptions in 2004. An

improved pass rush would have helped Wilson, of course, as would have more experience on the corners. Still, in San Diego's defense the free safety has to create more turnovers. . . .

The Chargers also would like to add depth at wideout. They have capable starters in Keenan McCardell and Reche Caldwell, but a down-the-road No. 1 is needed. The reasons: Caldwell not only missed the final 10 games because of knee surgery, but also is entering the final year of his four-year contract. McCardell, a 13-year veteran, also is entering the final year of his contract. Eric Parker is a solid No. 3 and part-time starter, but the team has to look down the road for a legitimate No. 1 in case Caldwell is slow to recover or leaves as an unrestricted free agent after 2005.

Monday, February 07, 2005

Secondary Needs

In 2003 the San Diego Chargers took CB Sammy Davis, a Texas native from Texas A & M, in the first round.

Although in the 2004 season Davis last his spot to Drayton Florence. Now that the off-season is upon the Chargers one would think that more attention will paid to Davis, since the second year pro didn’t produce to promise. He seems to lack movement to the ball, even though coaches feel he has good instincts.