The All Ex-Chargers Team: A.J. Smith Version

A.J. Smith earned his reputation by identifying talented players and locking them up to long-term deals. But what about the ones who got away? Michael Lombardo rolls out his All Ex-Chargers Team, featuring the best players Smith helped bring to San Diego -- as either GM or assistant GM -- who failed to demonstrate staying power.


QB: Drew Brees – The drafting of Philip Rivers sealed his fate.
RB: Jesse Chatman – Big skills and an even bigger appetite.
FB: Joey Goodspeed – A blue-collar blocker with an ironic last name.
LT: Leander Jordan – How Marty Schottenheimer saw him as a left tackle is baffling.
LG: Toniu Fonoti – He makes Chatman look like a light weight.
C: Jason Ball – Better at blocking nose tackles than negotiating contracts.
RG: Kelvin Garmon – Powerful lineman lacked agility and stamina.
RT: Courtney Van Buren – This tease of a prospect was talented but injury prone.
TE: Justin Peelle – Good at everything, not great at anything.
WR: David Boston – Looks better in a mirror than on the field.
WR: Terry Charles – Early knee injuries derailed a promising career.


LDE: Marcellus Wiley – Never as talented as he thought he was.
NT: Jason Fisk – He became expendable in the switch to the 3-4 scheme.
RDE: Dave Ball – Lacked the ability to anchor at the point of attack.
OLB: Steve Foley – Police officers on power trips always spell trouble.
ILB: Sam Rogers – Followed the initial migration to Buffalo West.
ILB: John Holecek – Another former Bill who was merely a stopgap in San Diego.
OLB: Ben Leber – Was understandably beat out by Shawne Merriman.
CB: Ryan McNeil – Had eight picks in 2001 then fizzled from there on out.
CB: Tay Cody – A bust in the NFL is now a star with the CFL's Hamilton Tiger-Cats.
SS: Terrence Kiel – Legal troubles hastened the end of an unspectacular career.
FS: Bhawoh Jue – He was never the same after microfracture surgery in 2006.


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Michael Lombardo is a member of the Pro Football Writers of America and a long-time contributor to the network. He has followed the Chargers for more than 14 years and covered the team since 2003.

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