Saturday, February 8, 2014
On why Larry English remains a Charger
By Eric D. Williams
A first-round selection in the 2009 draft by former San Diego Chargers general manager A.J. Smith, outside linebacker Larry English has not lived up to the lofty expectations of his draft status during his tenure so far with the team.
English has just 11 sacks in five seasons. His 2013 season was cut short after he suffered a torn biceps while sacking Peyton Manning in a 28-20 loss to Denver in Week 10.
While English could have played better, he’s still young for a pass-rusher at 28 years old, a position that traditionally takes longer for players to develop. Further, English knows and understands defensive coordinator John Pagano’s scheme. Add to that the fact that it’s hard for NFL teams to find and develop productive edge rushers, and it’s easy to understand why keeping English around is a move that makes some sense for San Diego.
For English, returning to San Diego gives him a chance to continue rehabbing his injury at the team facility with doctors and trainers who know and understand his treatment. English was visible at practice and at games during the second half of the season while he rehabbed.
It also allows English to reestablish his value on the market by staying healthy and producing on the field in 2014.