Good morning. Robert Mays of Grantland put together his All Make-or-Break Team for the 2014 season -- a list of players who could make or break a team with a good or bad performance.
Mays says cornerback Brandon Flowers is a make-or-break player for the San Diego Chargers. At 28 years old, Mays believes Flowers has enough tread left on the tires to help improve San Diego’s secondary, an area where the team struggled in 2013. Here’s what Mays had to say:
“Flowers doesn’t fit the young-player bill that a lot of guys on this list do, but he steps into a position where the Chargers desperately need help. San Diego ranked dead last in defensive DVOA a year ago and 31st against the pass. Flowers is still just 28, and there’s good reason to think 2013 was an outlier. With first-round pick Jason Verrett and Flowers now in the fold to give Eric Weddle some help, there’s a chance that the thinnest part of the Chargers’ roster last year has actually become a strength.”
Sam Monson of Pro Football Focus notes that Kendall Reyes and D.J. Fluker struggled against Seattle on Friday. He also writes that the Chargers had just 10 total pressures against the Seahawks, including three generated by Melvin Ingram.
Ricky Henne of Chargers.com provides five lessons learned from San Diego’s loss at Seattle.
Greg Bedard of Sports Illustrated breaks down why the Seahawks are such a good tackling team, including this video available on the Seahawks’ website. It’s worth a look, considering that open-field tackling has been an area the Chargers have struggled so far this preseason.
Greg Gabriel of the National Football Post breaks down the process of making a 53-man roster.