Written by: Matthew Blunk
Who else thinks A. J. Smith and the San Diego Chargers are infinitely sick of the Manning family now?
With Eli's big bro Peyton now setting up shop in Denver, the Chargers are no longer the de-facto trendy pick in the AFC West. The Broncos have erased all doubts that they won't repeat as division champions, even without the almighty Tim Tebow. They've signed Peyton Manning, and that means the West is theirs for at least the next two to three seasons. Right?
Well, most likely. But one should never rule out the Chargers. It's that kind of team. When you think they have one of the most stacked rosters in the league and have all the talent in the world and should contend for a Lombardi Trophy, they fall flat on their faces. But when you are convinced that they're down and out for the count, and need a positive miracle to come out on top...they do. Norv Turner and the Chargers are just exceedingly defiant, I suppose.
Let's take a look at San Diego's needs:
With the departure of Mike Tolbert to his hometown-ish Carolina Panthers, the Chargers are left with injury-prone Ryan Mathews and largely unproven Curtis Brinkley at tailback. Le'Ron McClain adds an intriguing dimension to the offensive backfield, though he figures to get a vast majority of his snaps at fullback. What the Chargers need is a dynamic sort of player. A guy like Darren Sproles (thanks, A. J.). If they can't get Sprolesy back (chuckle), they ought to look for help in this month's draft. Indeed, are the Chargers even totally convinced Mathews is their long-term running back? Whatever the case may be, help is needed. Go get LaMichael James.
Quentin Jammer has been a terrific player for San Diego for many years. His career is winding down at this point, and the Chargers don't seem to have an heir apparent (nor an opposite starter, really). Antoine Cason has been maddeningly erratic. Marcus Gilchrist is not going to be a finished product for another season. Shareece Wright is a wild card, in that he could emerge as a sleeper for them, much sooner than expected.
Eric Weddle will be in the powder blue for a long, long time. But honestly, who's the other safety? Darrell Stuckey is a former 4th-round pick from the same class as Mathews, though he has managed to accomplish even less than the gimpy running back. Atari Bigby was once a starter in the Green Bay Packers secondary, and even got himself a ring for Super Bowl XLV. But he did not even play in that game, and hasn't made a difference as a starting NFL safety since 2009. This is a considerable need for the Bolts, as Weddle can't be asked to do everything anymore.
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