Team..(C)…Ravaged by injuries-Very little offense-Back seven defense dinged up-Lost punter too…Went (2-6) vs playoff teams…(4-7) vs teams with .500 record or better…for every surprise win there was bad loss…Getting injured players back healthy helps..but do they have any real playmakers to help Rivers win games.
QB..(A)…Rivers spectacular season till December when injuries overwhelmed team…Back-Rib injuries from 36-sacks-114-hits.
RB..(D)…Branden Oliver was surprise free agent of season-can run-block…Ryan Mathews-Danny Woodhead injuries-devastating.
WR.(C)…League learned how to defend Keenan Allen-did well-got hurt..Malcom Floyd-Eddie Royal good seasons-not dominant-future Donnie Inman.
TE..(B)….Antonio Gates gave them a strong half a season but wore down..not much from anyone else.
OL..(D)….They’re all gone..Retirements of Hardwick-Clary end the spectacular quality run..Fluker struggled..Dunlap was average at best..Overhaul coming.
DL..(C)….Liuget played a ton-and-hard-but not difference maker-no one else did much
LB..(C)….Johnson very trustworthy..Butler-hurt-
disappointing..Te’o not playmaker..Attaochu-one good game..Ingram 2-good games..Future ahead of them.
CB..(C)….Verrett may be star in making but must get healthy..Wright regressed..Flowers not what he once was..maybe Stevie Williams breaks thru in ’15.
S….(B)….Weddle very trustworthy..Thought Gilchrist grew with different roles..Addae big hitter but not much in coverage.
ST..(C)….Novak faltered down the stretch after 2-great years..Tough injury to Scifres…KR-PR-no real threats aside from occasional run by Royal.
Coach..(B)..McCoy did good job holding team together in face of ridiculous number key injuries…needs be more aggressive.
Coordinators..(C)..Reich struggled in critical play calls-part of it due to injuries…Pagano got defense to play tougher second half of season.
General Manager..(B). Tom Telesco-.Draft picks nicked up by injuries..Oliver great find in free agency..Inman may turn out to be steal from CFL..OL a priority-…Decision to run off Louis Vazquez-OG two years ago still haunting team as well as Derrick Cox-Richard Marshall signings…Trade up for Te’o has not really paid off ..Will have 25-to-30M cap space-should do something bigger in free agency and look more to Canada.
Owner..(C)..Dean Spanos’ franchise on brink of mediocrity…(43-39) last five years…Team has 1-playoff win in 6-years with a Future Hall of Famer at quarterback..Organization ran off too many good players..waited too long to make front office-coaching changes..has allowed window to close around Rivers…Stadium crisis worsening..Hopeful involvement with JMI will solve issue within a year…Spanos legacy-1 Super Bowl win..then mismanaged Beathard-Ross relationship…mishandled Schottenheimer-Smith relationship..Legacy will be written by what he does as his part to get NFL stadium built for franchise his family wants to retain..