Chargers Training Camp

Posted by on July 24th, 2014  •  0 Comments  • 

You’re looking for wins…
 
I’m looking for answers beginning today.
 
The sun came up in San Diego…  A morning greeted by eternal optimism.  The Chargers have opened preseason camp.
 
Everyone is excited about the prospects of a playoff season starting in September.  I’m looking to find out things the next six weeks-first.
 
Seattle-San Francisco-the hated Broncos, and all those other tough teams on the schedule will have to bide their time.  We need to sort out fact from fiction on the Chargers, before we consider ordering playoff tickets.
 
Philip and Friends, the quarterback, the 3-running backs, the fast developing tight end LaDarius Green are ready.
 
But can the offensive line hold up, if there is no Jeromey Clary, or if Father Rime starts collecting tolls on the anchor at center Nick Hardwick?
 
Yes, slick and quick Keenan Allen had a very good season as a rookie, but the health of Malcom Floyd is a key, and will Eddie Royal and Vincent Brown be big play receivers?
 
On defense, I love those linebackers, but right now not much else.  There is no depth in the front.  If anything happens to Corey Liuget or Kendall Reyes, this team is in trouble.  The rest of that front are just ‘guys”.
 
You don’t have a legitimate nose-tackle.  Sean Lissimore should not be starting and the kids Gaethers/Carruthers are just that, kids-who have never done it.
 
When the GM had a chance to go get a vet upfront, he bypassed on the likes of the always active Pat Sims of the Raiders, Paul Soliai of Miami, Kevin Williams of the Vikings and Linval Joseph of the Giants.  They might have been difference makers..
 
Yes Brandon Flowers may be a savior in the secondary, but more importantly, how fast does Stevie Williams come at corner?  Does Addae become a solid safety rather than a late-hitter? Is this finally a breakthrough year for Darrell Stuckey? Does Shareece Wright take the next step forward, after getting skewered last year?
 
Playoff team, yes, if there are no injuries, and if the names I just mentioned produce.
 
You go get excited out at the Fortress this morning.  I’ll be looking for answers to be delivered by opening night.

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