Molding A Champion

The reformation of the San Diego Chargers is operating on all cylinders. Following a healthy draft and a successful off-season in free agency on the offensive side of the ball, the Chargers are committed and poised to improve a less than average pass defense.

Adding high profile wide receiver David Boston should provide quarterback Drew Brees with an outstanding target in the passing game. The addition of fullback Lorenzo Neal should enhance what is already one of the better running attacks in the NFL. Offensive tackle Solomon Page should provide depth for an offensive line that struggled at times during the 2002 season.

"The addition of Boston makes the Chargers a much better team immediately. He has great size, strength, and explosiveness, all of which are issues that the Chargers needed to address this off-season," a league source said. "Adding Neal to the running game will help the offensive line, Brees, as well as running back LaDainian Tomlinson. Some of the pressure will be off the offensive line due to the fact that Neal is the best blocking fullback in the league."

"Talking to A.J. Smith and Marty Schottenheimer recently, they are very excited about the 2003 season and the players that they have been able to bring to San Diego."

One player that the Chargers will be in San Diego in the near future is safety Kwamie Lassiter.

According to league sources, getting Lassiter under contract is all but a couple formalities away. Representatives for Lassiter would not specifically comment on the status of the talks between the Chargers and Lassiter, they would only say that something may be forthcoming in the near future.

Adding Lassiter to a young Chargers defensive backfield is a move that should solidify the communication gap and bridge the youth and inexperience towards development.

"Offensively, the Chargers are a formidable outfit. They can throw the ball, they can run the ball, the problem that they have is that they have not had the ability to stop any opposing offense," an AFC West Division scout said. "They are extremely young in the secondary, adding a player like Lassiter should help in the immediate future with his experience of the game, but in the long-term he really isn't the answer. He keeps himself in good shape, but has lost some speed, at free safety with the Chargers looking to play and develop their young cornerbacks, that could be a death sentence."

Lane Adkins

SD Super Chargers Top Stories