Smith's newfound infatuation with veterans continued in September, when he signed Kynan Forney and Kris Wilson to fortify depth at guard and tight end, respectively.
The latest move came on Tuesday when the Chargers signed Ian Scott (6-foot-3, 302 pounds). Scott spent the 2007 season on the Philadelphia Eagles' injured-reserve list (knee) but was an ascending player prior to that setback. Between 2004 and 2006, Scott started 33 of 43 games played and tallied 92 tackles, two sacks and 13 passes batted down.
So what kind of impact will Scott make in San Diego? Will he be like the early offseason additions (Newberry, Shelton and Smith) who have their thumbprints all over the team? Or will he be like the late add-ons (Forney and Wilson), who have yet to escape the inactive list?
To find out, we check in with BearReport.com publisher John Crist, who followed Scott during his four-year stint with the Bears. Here's what Crist has to say:
"Ian Scott is your typical run-stuffing nose tackle, although it remains to be seen if he can play that position in the 3-4 because he's spent his entire career in the 4-3.John Crist is the Publisher of Bear Report and a member of the Professional Football Writers of America. To read him every day, visit BearReport.com and become a Chicago Bears insider.
"Even though he was a pretty good defender for the Bears when given an opportunity to start, he never seemed to be a great fit for Lovie Smith's scheme considering he was an inherited player from the Dick Jauron era.
"Smith prefers lighter D-tackles that can get after the quarterback since he doesn't like to blitz very much, so Scott was eventually cast aside to make room for Tank Johnson -- how'd that work out again?
"I think Scott can play a little bit assuming he's on the field in running situations. But on passing downs, the Chargers would be advised to keep him on the sideline."