The San Diego Chargers (1-1) travel to Indianapolis to face the severely banged up Colts (0-2).
It’s no secret that the Chargers have turned in seven of eight convincing quarters of football this season. The one bad quarter cost them as they were embarrassed Week 1 vs. Kansas City. One of the most catastrophic Chargers loses in recent history.
Strong safety Jahleel Addae, was also lost in Week 2. Addae’s injury was to his collarbone as he suffered a fracture on a hit late in the game. Thankfully Addae is expected back in 4-6 weeks, after successful surgery, but his loss will still be felt.
A switch has been turned on 2016. Melvin Gordon is slimmer and clearly a different back. The offensive line with center Matt Slauson is reinvigorated. Tyrell Williams has taken the next step since training camp. Hunter Henry‘s blocking prowess is the real deal. Youth has created new life throughout the secondary. Brandon Flowers, the resident old man also looks slimmer and reborn. For all that Mike McCoy does wrong, he appeared to have a chip on his shoulder’s last week. Offensive coordinator Ken Whisenhunt, serves as the Chargers engineer.
There is an apparent fire that is lit in this group. A workman like attitude. Kudo’s to Tom Telesco and Chargers brass for consistent player signings post Woodhead & Allen. Defensive back Pierre Desir, was signed from Cleveland along with Caraun Reid from Detroit, as part of a player signing trifecta. Reid has been the biggest benefactor thus far. He has been utilized on the defensive line already in 2016. I don’t think Joey Bosa has been missed to this point. So my point is, let the young man heal. I won’t be one trolling him about it either. Look at Bosa has a well rested potential weapon on ice. He’s marinating y’all, relax… be grateful!
Wide receiver Isaiah Burse, was released which made room for third year wide receiver Griff Whalen. Andrew Luck‘s, former Stanford and Colts teammate. Intel perhaps? either way he’s on the active roster. The Chargers are stocked with young third rounders and late round picks. They also have found several hidden gem unrestricted free agents. In Jahleel Addae‘s, vacated strong safety spot goes 6’ 4″ Dexter McCoil. McCoil isn’t as green as outsiders may believe he is. Similar to Tyrell Williams he has been talked up and showed up all off-season into the present season.
Philip Rivers is already dangerous without time. Behind an improved line Rivers has an effective 70% completion rating 463 yards and five touchdowns. In the last few days San Diego signed Isaiah Burse to the practice squad. In a move made Saturday tight end Asante Cleveland was signed to the active roster. The last corresponding move made was the release of running back Andre Williams. Williams was recently signed from the New York Giants. It appears by all indications that rookie tight end Hunter Henry, will be making his first career start.
Call me crazy, but I feel as if this team has layers… many layers. Tons of depth. Former G.M. A.J. Smith was an avid believer in drafting layers or depth. At the end of his tenure his drafting ability didn’t add up along with strenuous player contracts. Disputes that ended pretty ugly. Maybe it’s the stadium talk, maybe it’s just the fact that we’ve underachieved or been snake bit by injury. Or maybe, just maybe, what we’re seeing is the rebirth of our San Diego Chargers. I’m not sure how many wins this give us. Perhaps 10, that usually works for a wildcard at least. Personally I don’t think today’s contest will be close if we play our game. Good running lanes, time to pass down field and feed a fired up Melvin Gordon. The defense has been flying around with the additions of Brandon Mebane, Dwight Lowery and Casey Hayward.
Dexter McCluster– signed one day after Griff Whalen. The long time Kansas City Chief and recent Tennessee Titan is now also a Bolt. McCluster was signed to help fill the void of the injured Danny Woodhead. The multifaceted play-maker is a running back/wide receiver and kick return specialist.
The next time you talk to a jaded or flat-out disbeliever. Pump up a fan or hater and tell them some of this yourself. Unless of course..”You See It”….too!