The 2019 Los Angeles Chargers (save a late signing and eventual cuts) are now in place. And defensively, they have made some big changes. They were already one of the National Football League’s best units. They ranked 8th in Football Outsiders’ DVOA (7th if you prefer the weighted variety), were 9th in yards allowed per game, and were 8th in points allowed per game.
They made an enormous addition by subtraction move in letting go of safety Jahleel Addae early in the offseason. They added one of the top free safety prospects from the NFL Draft by snagging Nasir Adderley of Delaware in the 2nd round. They retained the rest of their outstanding defensive back group including Casey Hayward, Desmond King, and Derwin James.
Their linebacking group has only gotten deeper and more athletic with draft picks Drue Tranquill and Emeke Egbule. They also added a tremendous veteran presence with free agent signing Thomas Davis.
Tom Telesco bookended his draft with defensive tackle talent. Notre Dame’s Jerry Tillery, one of best defenders in the draft fell to pick 28 and represents a huge upgrade on the interior. And while he’s not the same level of impact by any means, Cincinnati’s Cortez Broughton has a chance to see real playing time despite being a 7th round selection.
There is also a good opportunity for important returning players like Joey Bosa and Kyzir White to play a full season this year.
Overall, this unit was already very good, but they look a lot better now. How much better do you think they are?
How much better are the Chargers on defense in 2019?
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A little better
They’re actually worse