“Chargers-Ready to Win-Fixed What Was Wrong”
It’s the final week of the Chargers off season OTA workouts before they get ready for preseason camp.
Optimism is at an all time high, especially now that they have poured so many resources into fixing what was a too-young defense, that all too often betrayed the accomplishments of 5,000-yard passing quarterback Justin Herbert.
The Bolts added to the offensive line with their top draft pick ,OG-Zion Johnson.
They retained big play WR-Mike Williams, added pass catching TE-Gerald Everett, brought in another running back. The offense looks complete.
The spring spending spree started with the trade for aging Bears linebacker Khalil Mack. Then came the signing of ex-Broncos corner Bryce Callahan.
They went for big bulk in ex-Rams defensive tackle Sebastian Day, ex-Giant Austin Johnson, and the rental of LB-Kyle Van Noy.
It will be a very new-look defense for 2nd year coordinator Renaldo Hill, and a challenge to fit all the new pieces in the puzzle box, knowing AFC-West quarterbacks like Patrick Mahomes, Derek Carr and newly acquired Russell Wilson have the ability to do what Herbert did all last year, tear defenses apart. Some division.
Hill has started this final week of OTA’s excited as he spoke to the media:
..We wanted an attack defense personality
..We targeted guys who could play in our system immediately
..We now have the build and the size to make this work (Day-Johnson)
..We added a premium pass rusher (Mack)_
..We brought in a cover slot corner (Callahan)
..We have a jack of all trades linebacker (Van Noy)
..Want a competitive DB-room…want people looking over their shoulders
..Need to be on the grass to practice..talking in the room won’t do it
..S-JT Woods is a ballhawk-will make Derwin James more diverse
..Cross training our DBs to be versatile important
..Too many tools…too many toys..no..lots of proven talent
Camp opens in mid July. So many new faces.
They hope it all fits and completes the player puzzle.