With the 2015 NFL season officially over and free agency soon approaching, the San Diego Chargers are ready to embrace 2016. After suffering through a dreadful season that was marred with offensive line woes and injuries throughout the roster, San Diego immediately got to work on ways to improve. The first order of business was letting go of former offensive coordinator Frank Reich and bringing back the guy he replaced in Ken Whisenhunt. Under Whisenhunt the Chargers offense was a potent unit as they ranked in the top tier of the NFL, leading to Whisenhunt being named assistant coach of the year for the 2013 season.
Now that he is back from his stint with the Tennessee Titans, the Chargers hope that they can return to their 2013 form, and Whisenhunt agrees. In a recent interview posted to the team’s official website , the coordinator talked about how one of his priorities was making sure that second year back Melvin Gordon lived up to his billing. This sentiment is no coincidence seeing as how in 2013, Whisenhunt made San Diego’s run unit the 13th best in the NFL with 122.8 yards per game. These are numbers that are sure to make Gordon ready to hit the field after he managed to only rush for 3.5 yards per carry last season.
However, for Whisenhunt’s wishes to come to fruition, the Chargers will first need to strengthen the offensive line. One of the biggest issues for San Diego last year were injuries to the offensive line. The team took the first step in rectifying the situation by hiring new offensive line coaches Jeff Davidson and Dave DeGuglielmo, showing that they are serious about getting this right. Now, they must take the next step and add some pieces. Which leads me to this springs’ draft.
Currently the owners of the third pick in Aprils’ draft, the Chargers have the opportunity to grab the best lineman of this years’ class in Laremy Tunsil. If San Diego drafted Tunsil they could pair him with fellow lineman D.J. Fluker and Chris Watt, providing them with three young building blocks. Stick two veterans in at the guard positions and the Chargers would have a formidable line going into 2016.
Unfortunately, San Diego will have competition for Tunsil’s services in the form of the Tennessee Titans, who have been linked to the lineman ever since they received the rights to the number one pick. If I were someone in the Chargers’ brass, I would be doing everything possible to acquire the number one pick via trade. Tunsil is nothing short of a surefire prospect and getting him in a Chargers uniform would be a huge coup for this team.
They need to make this happen