The San Diego Chargers are a troubled team. From a high-priced wide receiver, to a defense that has been offensive, head coach Marty Schottenheimer has his hands full and he needs to become offensive.
Is there hope in
Diego? Believe it or not, the answer is a
resounding, maybe? Head coach Marty Schottenheimer is a proven winner, he has
gotten the job done in Cleveland,
Kansas City, and even in
Washington until he was run by
Dan Snyder. Contrary to some reports, Schottenheimer has not lost this
Diego team and according
to an AFC West Coast scout in attendance at the Chargers game against the
Baltimore Ravens this past Sunday, improvement is close.
now may not appear to have a grasp on the situation in
Diego, but you can bet
your bottom-dollar that he knows exactly what he is doing. Each week the team
has improved, it may not be noticeable on the scoreboard yet, but technically
and fundamentally, the Chargers are improving," the scout said. "The issues that
he (Schottenheimer) will have to deal with throughout the season will be
difficult. Getting an ordinary group of linebackers to overachieve will be
critical to the success of this team, right now the defense has not shown the
ability to consistently fill the right gaps, not have they shown they can
contain the edges."
mental breakdowns, and a surprising lack of physical presence mark this
Diego roster. Relatively
inexperienced in the defensive backfield, the Chargers have improved against the
pass, but stopping the run is entirely another story.
(Chargers run defense) was better on Sunday. Jamal Lewis did most of his damage
(23-132) on five or six carries, which points to the defense suffering a
breakdown in the scheme," the scout continued. "But, everyone knew that the
Ravens were going to run the football and San
Diego game-planned to stop
the run. Overall, San
Diego was better
defensively, but they were not able to put the game into the hands of
Baltimore rookie quarterback
As the defense shows
promise, the offense has shown some life, but inconsistency, questionable
execution, and a lack of creatively continue to hamper the Chargers. David Boston was signed to provide San
Diego a legitimate threat
in the passing game, which is expected to compliment talented running back
"Signing David Boston
was a very, very questionable endeavor by A.J. Smith. He (Smith) knew that this
team needed weapons for (Drew) Brees, but Boston has been an enigma
throughout his career," the scout said. "In Arizona, Boston was a moody player,
was undisciplined as far as a team approach to the game, and had been pretty
focused on individual achievements, namely his own."
"Going back to Brees,
he did not play against Baltimore and watching film
from the first two games, he didn't look good in those games either. It is
thought Schottenheimer does not believe Brees is the quarterback of the future
Diego, right now he
(Brees) does not look to be. This kid is at his best when he can improvise and
get into a quick offensive rhythm, the San
Diego offense is not
structured that way."
Rumors and whispers
are making their rounds that the Chargers organization is seriously considering
tightening the reigns on the coaching staff. The next few weeks could seal the
fate and change the direction of this Chargers team that was expected to be a
playoff contending team.
Something is wrong in
Diego, the question will
be whether patience will be exercised to build this team or another coach will
ultimately be blamed for the questionable decisions of an entire
Right now, the ball
is in Schottenheimer's hands and he needs to open up his offense.