uggs gloves Chargers chat with Michael Gehlken
The Chargers weren’t happy about it. Fluker wasn’t happy about it. He is below that mark today and working to continue to lose weight as discussed in this story that ran over the weekend. It’s May, and Barksdale is still available in free agency. There is a reason for that. Just because he is a name whose available does not make him an answer. As it stands today, Fluker is the RT, and the more weight he loses, the better fit he projects there in 2015. Most of the league was. They closely monitored his off the field situation, just as they did Randy Gregory (pre draft visit after failed combine drug test) and Shane Rey (phone conversation after citation for marijuana possession on draft week). Ultimately, La’el Collins was in position to pick and choose where he wanted to go. If the Chargers were at the top of his list, he’d be in San Diego. Dallas was. He’s there. Dolphins also were highly considered. Let’s see how training camp develops before we go too deeply into playing time forecasts. Best answer today is Perryman, a thumper, projects as a base 3 4 inside linebacker. Te’o was the Chargers’ top coverage LB down the stretch last season, playing in both nickel and dime. Butler could start beside Perryman. All three will be involved somehow. That’s not to overlook Kavell Conner; he is an option in the rotation as well. Everyone will play. Never done. Chargers monitor the waiver wire each day. Right now, they are sorting through a list of rookie free agents to come to San Diego for the Friday start of their minicamp. Chad Young, a former San Diego State fullback, is among those already invited. If he impresses, he’s signed. . Veteran free agency is, for the most part, pretty bare right now. Each player still available is so for a reason. If someone unexpectedly becomes available, are the Chargers in a position, due to their cap space, to make a competitive push? Yes. But they’re not counting on another Brandon Flowers situation. That was rare. It wasn’t something he had to battle through for a period of time. Believe me, in fairness to Butler, I’ve asked a number of people if he was playing through injury, if there was anything to add context to a situation that saw him go from three down LB to someone relegated only to the base defense following the Week 10 bye. To no avail. We’ll see how Butler bounces back this year. The Chargers need him.
by Michael Gehlken 5/11/2015 7:05:03 PM
Michael, Has anyone discussed with Tom Telesco what his defensive line philosophies are? Why he doesn’t want to employee a big run stuffer that so many of us fans covet. What is troubling is for many seasons when Peyton played for Indy were you ever really afraid of any of their defenses. Seemed like the Chargers could always put up 28 35 points against them and end up on top. Not trusting his defensive schemes and player evaluations when it comes to the defensive side of the ball. In the Ted Cottrell mold, it is more essential to have that prototypical, run stuffing, big body nose tackle in a 0 technique. In the Wade Phillips mold, what the Chargers run, it is less essential. They like Sean Lissemore. They also are eager to see how Ryan Carrethers, the 2014 fifth round draft pick, develops. He improved arguably more than any other player from the start of OTAs to the end of training camp and into midseason. Then, like Butler, he dislocated his elbow. Guy to watch over the coming months.