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JRT2006


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PostPosted: Mon Mar 18, 2013 11:42 am    Post subject: Updated Team Needs? Reply with quote

(Gulp....) Hey Fellas,

After Recent Free Agency, I was wondering if you could help me on an updated list of Team Needs, this is what I have so far:

HIGH Priorities: (Desperate)
Feature Running Back (Able to handle a full load)
Feature Wide Receiver (not a slot or possession guy)
Left Tackle
Nose Tackle
34 Outside Linebacker
Strong Safety
CornerBack

MEDIUM Priorities: (Team Need)
Change of Pace Running Back (pass catcher, speed, shifty)
Right Tackle
Guard
Center
Strong Side Inside Linebacker

LOW Priorities: (Draft for depth)
Quarterback
Tight End
34 Defensive End

...Correct me on any mistakes please
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 18, 2013 1:29 pm    Post subject: Re: Updated Team Needs? Reply with quote

JRT2006 wrote:
(Gulp....) Hey Fellas,

After Recent Free Agency, I was wondering if you could help me on an updated list of Team Needs, this is what I have so far:

HIGH Priorities: (Desperate)
Feature Running Back (Able to handle a full load)
Feature Wide Receiver (not a slot or possession guy)
Left Tackle
Nose Tackle
34 Outside Linebacker
Strong Safety
CornerBack

MEDIUM Priorities: (Team Need)
Change of Pace Running Back (pass catcher, speed, shifty)
Right Tackle
Guard
Center
Strong Side Inside Linebacker

LOW Priorities: (Draft for depth)
Quarterback
Tight End
34 Defensive End

...Correct me on any mistakes please


Its hard to say half way through FAs if we're gonna fill holes in FA or not, but a couple things...

RB and WR are absolutely not desperate needs. We have a very deep group of WR's, and if DAX stays healthy, he can be a true #1 WR though he's injury prone. Ryan Mathews is still here, and its impossible to judge anyone on the OL we had last year (though he's certainly not helping himself), and we just signed Danny Woodhead, so that takes the need away from our 3rd down back...Here's how i'd rank our needs from most desperate to just depth needs...

1. LT
2. OLB
3. OG
4. RT
5. NT (could move very far up or very far down depending on signing Franklin back)
6. CB
7. SILB
8. SS
9. QB/DE/TE/RB Depth
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 18, 2013 2:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

My view:

1-> LT
2-> OG
3-> NT
4-> ILB
5-> OLB
6->CB
7-> RT
8-> SS
9-> 2nd RB
10-> DE backup

?-> WR (depending if DX stays or not)
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 18, 2013 4:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

1.LT
2.RT
3.LG/RG(depending on where we put Rinehart)
4.SILB
5.WOLB
6.Depth at CB
7.NT
8.SS
9.Depth at DE
10.H back/FB
11.Backup QB
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 18, 2013 4:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

lakeroy wrote:
1.LT
2.RT
3.LG/RG(depending on where we put Rinehart)
4.SILB
5.WOLB
6.Depth at CB
7.NT
8.SS
9.Depth at DE
10.H back/FB
11.Backup QB


Pretty much this.
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 18, 2013 7:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'd go

Cut Clary
LT
CB
LG
SS
OLB
RG
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 18, 2013 7:31 pm    Post subject: Re: Updated Team Needs? Reply with quote

I added my comments in italics, and then listed what I think fits the high/medium/low priorities. Hope this helps. Are you planning on making a mock?

JRT2006 wrote:
HIGH Priorities: (Desperate)
Feature Running Back (Able to handle a full load)

Disagree. Mathews has not sustained any major injuries that put his ability to produce in question, when healthy. He does seem to get dinged up with minor injuries. So, it's reasonable to expect him to miss a couple games next year. Adding a backup RB who is not a passing down specialist is important. It is not something that requires a high pick though. Additionally, the new coaching staff may prefer to use a RB-by-committee than rely on a feature back.

Feature Wide Receiver (not a slot or possession guy)

Disagree. For one, Danario Alexander is that guy. Second, I question whether it's that important. Rivers went through 2010 without a feature WR and still had an elite season. What he needs are dependable receivers who can run their routes and get separation. That's partly why we've seen him struggle with Davis in 2007 and against with Meachem in 2011. Norv ran a lot of 2-WR sets, much moreso than most teams, including McCoy's Broncos and Whisenhunt's Cardinals. That's a problem if one of those WRs is someone who is struggling and his little/no chemistry with the QB. Now, Alexander does have injury concerns, and the depth behind him could be improved. Vincent Brown looked poised for a breakout year in 2012, but he broke his leg in preseason and spent the year on IR. He looked good playing outside despite being shorter than ideal. Meachem is probably just dead weight. So, I could see the Chargers looking to improve their depth. A developmental player in the mid/late rounds makes a lot of sense. It could also be a position that they just ignore this year and address if needed next year.

Left Tackle

Agree. I would say offensive tackle in general is a need, not just left tackle. Clary is a liability and a likely cap casualty at some point.

Nose Tackle

Agree. Cam Thomas has the build for the position, yet plays more like a 4-3 UT. This is a make-or-break year for him. I expect that they will re-sign Aubrayo Franklin at some point. Unless Thomas has a breakout year, though, there is no future solution on the roster. This could be addressed as early as the 2nd round and as late as UDFA.

34 Outside Linebacker

Agree. This could even be a position where the Chargers double dip. Ingram has the starting SOLB spot locked down. Jarret Johnson needs a platoon partner. He excels at setting the edge and can drop into coverage. A rookie who can contribute right away as a pass rusher while developing the other skills to be a successful WOLB makes a lot of sense. Depth is also an issue. Larry English is the only backup on the roster.

Strong Safety

Qualify. There is an immediate need for a starting SS. However, the Chargers already have a starter on the roster. Last year they spent a 3rd round pick on Brandon Taylor. In week 17 he tore his ACL, so even if he is healthy to start the season, he might struggle at first (like Eric Berry last year). A veteran one-year stop-gap is needed, not a rookie.

CornerBack

Disagree. Derek Cox was signed to start opposite Wright, and Gilchrist is expected to remain in the slot. However, Cox is injury prone, and the backup could have to start a few games this year. I think it makes a lot of sense for them to spend a mid-round pick on a CB this year.


The way I see it: OT, OG, WOLB are the highest priorities and most likely places for the Chargers to spend their high picks.

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MEDIUM Priorities: (Team Need)
Change of Pace Running Back (pass catcher, speed, shifty)

Qualify. Woodhead was just signed as a passing down specialist. He is a lock to make the roster. Ronnie Brown is probable, not a lock, and is also a passing down specialist. Tolbert and Battle have been used as short yardage specialists in the past. It is not clear whether the Chargers will give Mathews more chances in those situations, or how they want to complement him.

Right Tackle
Guard

Disagree. Dunlap is the only OT, and Rinehart is the only OG, who is a lock to make the roster. Starters and depth are needed all along the offensive line. The only spot that is safe is Hardwick entrenched as the starting center.

Center

Qualify. Hardwick is coming off a bad season, but is a good fit (on paper) for a zone-blocking system. He has hinted at retirement in the past, and it is expected that he goes out on his own terms in the next couple years. The Chargers spent a 7th round pick on Molk last year. He will be evaluated by the new coaching staff and could be groomed as Hardwick's successor. They could take another developmental player to compete with Molk. Another option is to draft an OG who can slide over to center when Hardwick retires.

Strong Side Inside Linebacker

Agree. I'm hoping for a veteran to take Takeo Spikes' playing time, but could easily see a rookie instead. Pagano gave Demorrio Williams a decent amount of playing time, though Mouton (2nd round pick in 2011) makes sense to move into that role.


The way I see it: CB, SILB, NT are medium priorities that don't have clear solutions

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LOW Priorities: (Draft for depth)
Quarterback

Agree. Whitehurst is not a lock for the roster. He could be cut this year, or he could impress the new coaching staff and sign a new deal to remain the backup. At worst, another QB sticks around as 3rd string. At best, he doubles as insurance for Rivers and is the primary backup.

Tight End

Disagree. They just signed Phillips to be the blocking TE (this year) and spent a 4th round pick (last year) on Ladarius Green. Green has the potential to be Gates' eventual replacement, even though he is still raw. I expect the new coaching staff to continue to develop Green rather than try to replace him. They could still draft a TE, but probably not until the 7th, looking for someone they can stash on the practice squad.

34 Defensive End

Agree. I expect them to either re-sign Vaughn Martin or replace him with another veteran. They still need a second backup, and will probably look to the draft to make that happen.


The way I see it: RB, DE, WR, QB are low priorities where depth or developmental players are needed. OT, OG, and OLB also belong here because of a lack of depth.

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