San Diego Chargers: 2016 Preview, Offseason Recap, Status Report, Schedule, Outlook
San Diego Chargers 2016 Preview
July 21, 2016
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The San Diego Chargers 4-12 record was their worst season since 2003 and the fan base can’t be too positive entering this year. The Chargers have just one playoff appearance the last six years and it's going to be an uphill climb in a brutal AFC West.
Either way, here is your 2016 San Diego Chargers NFL preview.
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Key Player Losses: Offensively, the Chargers kept their key players, but did ose running back Donald Brown and tight end Ladarius Green. Brown spent two seasons in San Diego and has 18 career touchdowns while Green had four of San Diego’s 30 receiving touchdowns last year. The Chargers biggest loss was clearly safety Eric Weddle, who has been a key piece to the defense since 2007 and has 19 career interceptions. The Chargers also lose cornerback Patrick Robinson and defensive end Kendall Reyes, a duo that produced 81 tackles last season.
Key Player Additions: San Diego gave Philip Rivers a much needed weapon at wide receiver in Travis Benjamin, a speedy deep threat who is averaging 16.4 yards per catch for his career. Brandon Mebane is a valuable nose tackle who won a Super Bowl in Seattle and Dwight Lowery is a playmaking safety who has to be thrilled returning to his home state of California. San Diego also helped its secondary with the addition of Casey Hayward, a guy who consistently made plays for Green Bay.
Draft: The Chargers needed defensive line help and Joey Bosa fills that in a major way, as he’s an elite pass rusher and has the ability to change games in an instant. Hunter Henry could be the future at tight end with Antonio Gates getting older by the day and Max Tuerk is a smart, athletic center who could bolster a questionable San Diego offensive line. Joshua Perry is also a nice pick at linebacker considering he’s a guy who will lay the wood and add some toughness in the middle of the defense.
Outlook: The Chargers have to feel they always have a shot to compete with Rivers at quarterback and playmakers alongside of him in Keenan Allen and now Benjamin. However, the Chargers are easily the worst team in an extremely deep division that has three playoff caliber teams. San Diego just doesn’t have enough firepower on either side of the ball to compete with the Broncos, Cheifs and Raiders for 16 games. San Diego certainly isn’t four-win bad like last season, but it’s tough imagining the playoffs this season. Another rough year for the Chargers.
San Diego Chargers 2016 Schedule:
Sept. 11, at Kansas City Chiefs, 10:00 AM
Sept. 18, Jacksonville Jaguars, 1:25
Sept. 25, at Indianapolis Colts, 1:25
Oct. 2, New Orleans Saints, 1:25
Oct. 9, at Oakland Raiders, 1:25
Oct. 13, Denver Broncos (Thu), 5:25
Oct. 23, at Atlanta Falcons, 1:05
Oct. 30, at Denver Broncos, 1:05
Nov. 6, Tennessee Titans, 1:25
Nov. 13, Miami Dolphins, 1:05
Nov. 27, at Houston Texans, 10:00 AM
Dec. 4, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 1:25
Dec. 11, at Carolina Panthers, 10:00 AM
Dec. 18, Oakland Raiders, 1:25
Dec. 24, at Cleveland Browns (Sat), 10:00 AM
Jan. 1, Kansas City Chiefs, 1:25