Philip usually has said the right things around the media, but he has said that it hurt to lose a guy like Sproles last year. He also went onto the radio the day after Vincent Jackson had signed with Tampa and said that he couldn’t sleep well that night. He was excited in the morning to find out that we brought in Robert Meachem though.
2). Is this Turner/Smith regime going to figure this out?
We will be finding out soon enough. AJ Smith has already been taking a new approach to the off-season with all the signings that he has done so far. There are not huge names, but he is bringing in some players that can contribute. We will see what Norv does differently this coming season. Only time will tell.
3). After free agency what are the Chargers biggest needs?
After the draft, we shouldn’t have many needs. Our draft will be focused on the defense and should bring a pass rusher, a safety and some depth at o-line. If we bring in anyone else from free agency, it will be a veteran running back. We might kick the tires on Ronnie Brown.
4). Has there been a draft philosophy developed during Turner’s tenure?
Under AJ, we never choose and offensive lineman in the first round. We seem to always have a need for defense in our drafts and we usually will draft for that need.
5). How would you grade the last five years (overall) for the Chargers in the draft?
There is only one player left from the Chargers 2007 draft and he is Pro Bowler Eric Weddle and our first round pick was Buster Davis who was a Bust. 2008 brought us Antoine Cason and that is really all as well. Those 2 drafts didn’t bring many players, but we have two starters and one is a Pro Bowler.
Overall, they get a C for their drafts during that time. Nothing over the top, but a couple of Pro Bowlers in that group.
6). Is there a player the Chargers seem to have taken a liking too?
There is a lot of buzz out here with the Chargers and Harrison Smith. Don’t think we will take him with our first pick, but we might move up from our second round spot and try to get him.
7). What player do the fans want in round one?
Everyone wants impact on defense. People want Nick Perry, Whitney Mercilus or Courtney Upshaw. There are mixed feelings on all those players though. I wouldn’t be surprised if we got Mark Barron in the first round, if he lasts that far.
8). Are there any young players who could breakout to fill the needs (from Q 3)
Larry English if he can stay healthy. We need him to be able to add the pass rush we were hoping for when we got him. Darrell Stuckey could be someone that could make an impact for us on defense also.
9). Anything else to add?