Tuesday, February 4, 2014
Top Offseason Question: Chargers
By ESPN.com staff
To help prime you for what promises to be an action-packed offseason, we polled Insider's experts -- Bill Polian, Mel Kiper, Todd McShay, Herm Edwards, Louis Riddick, Ron Jaworski and Mike Sando -- on the 50 most pressing questions facing the league in the months ahead. Ranging from league-wide issues to nitty-gritty roster fixes, there's something for each and every one of the league's 32 teams.
How can Chargers not fall victim to regression with a very tough schedule in 2014?Herm Edwards: The biggest key for San Diego will be if Philip Rivers can continue to protect the football. He was tremendous this season with 32 touchdowns and only 11 interceptions, converting on 49 percent of third downs. Danny Woodhead was terrific as a receiver out of the backfield and Ryan Mathews managed to play all 16 games for the first time in his career, even if he was dinged up in the playoffs. They'll need another strong season out of him, as well as continued improvement from Ladarius Green and an offensive line that had 11 players start over the course of the season. Even though offensive coordinator Ken Whisenhunt is gone, Frank Reich is taking over as the team's OC, so there shouldn't be a loss of continuity. Finally, this defense needs to continue to play the way it did down the stretch last season, when it didn't give up more than 27 points in the final seven weeks (including the playoffs). I think a fully healthy Melvin Ingram will help that pass rush.