Bolts need elite secondary to take next step

USA Today

While all the hype for this upcoming 2015 season may be about the San Diego Chargers’ first-round pick this year, it’s their first-round pick last year that may make the difference: Jason Verrett.

Although a torn labrum kept Verrett out 10 weeks last season, the former TCU standout had many bright spots including a game-clinching interception against the Oakland Raiders. His counterpart, Brandon Flowers, carried the secondary as well as he could, but the depth at the cornerback position was anything but spectacular last season.

However, the Bolts have elite secondary talent heading into this season. (At least, in three of the four positions.)

Flowers and Verrett can both be shutdown corners at times, and if both stay healthy they could easily be a top five cornerback tandem this season. While the strong safety position does not have the elite appeal with either Jimmy Wilson or Jahleel Addae most likely taking over that position, Weddle has proven time and time again he is elite.

But he’s a player, this season, that could perform maybe sub par to exceptations this season.

After everything that he has gone through this offseason from Chargers executives not “respecting” him to coach Mike McCoy completely disregarding him at training camp, it may prove too much. Although, going into a contract year should be plenty of motivation to raise his game. 

The main reason why the secondary needs to be elite: the Bolts face six of the top 15 passing offenses this season including: Denver, Green Bay, Detroit, Baltimore, Chicago and Pittsburgh. 

When San Diego isn’t facing those teams, they face even more elite receivers in Amari Cooper, Mike Wallace, Jeremy Maclin and A.J. Green just to name a few. 

The Chargers have all the tools they need to be a first-class secondary, and if they want to reach that next step as team they will need them to be just that. 


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Maxim Garshman

Maxim Garshman is a Bay Area native who now calls San Diego home. He has an expert voice on all things NHL and NFL, and currently works as the Chargers beat writer for Sports Out West.


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