Over the last two weeks, ESPN has been putting together “All-Decade” teams made up of players from each of the NFL’s eight divisions. Each team is hand-selected by a group of beat reporters for the division teams, making sure that they’re as accurate as possible.
Among the 25 players selected, the Chargers accounted for five of them - two on offense and three on defense.
Let’s go player by player and see who the reporters thought was worth an inclusion.
RG Louis Vasquez, Chargers, 2009-12; Broncos, 2013-15
Vasquez was a uber-athletic offensive lineman that was drafted by the Chargers in third round of the 2009 NFL Draft. He played four seasons with the Chargers with three of those coming during the 2010s. Vasquez started every game he played in with the Bolts but only started 16 once. He missed 10 games but was still a key member of a front five that helped pave the way for several explosive offenses during his tenure with the team.
He signed with the Broncos prior to the 2013 season and went on to play in every game until he retired in 2015. He was named to the Pro Bowl and a First-Team All-Pro en route to winning that year’s Super Bowl.
WR Keenan Allen, Chargers, 2013-19
Allen was joined by the Broncos dynamic receiving duo of Demaryius Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders on this all-decade team, and for good reason. Even after missing a whole year, he was still one of the most productive AFC West wideouts of the past decade, even after missing a season and a half from 2015-2016.
Keenan Allen using a “rocker-step” to make the DB jump inside pic.twitter.com/GP7Pe36PqP— Receiver Life (@ReceiverLife_) March 30, 2020
In five and a half seasons, Allen caught 524 passes for 6,405 yards and 34 touchdowns. For a former third-round pick that dealt with injury issues and a less-than-ideal forty time, Allen has been one of the best draft values for the Chargers in Tom Telesco’s time as general manager.
DE: Melvin Ingram III, Chargers, 2012-19
Ingram has been one of the hallmark pass rushers in the AFC West for quite some time now. After getting off to a slow start in his career, Ingram lost some weight, re-shaped his body, and became even more lethal off the edge. When paired with Joey Bosa, he becomes even more effective.
What Tom Brady has surely seen on film: Hold on to the ball at your own peril against Melvin Ingram and Chargers’ D. Fun player to watch. pic.twitter.com/nIHMVBZnlw— Mike Reiss (@MikeReiss) October 24, 2017
From 2012-2019, Ingram started 89 times while playing in 106 total contests. His career totals up to this point are 350 tackles, 7- tackles-for-loss, 49 sacks, 26 pass breakups, two interceptions, 14 forced fumbles, seven fumble recoveries with one returned for a touchdown.
DT: Corey Liuget, Chargers, 2011-18
Liuget was one of the longest-lasting Chargers of this century. He was the team’s first-round pick in 2011 and went on to start 103 out of 108 games with the Bolts. His best season came in 2012 when he recorded a career-high seven sacks. The year after he recorded 5.5. After that, Liuget only recorded more than two sacks in a given season once.
He unfortunately couldn’t keep up with his first-round pedigree and the team parted with him following the 2018 season.
I was a bit surprised to see Liuget on this list due to his lack of production, but I guess his lengthy tenure within the division is all it took to make up for the underwhelming performance.
S: Eric Weddle, Chargers, 2007-2015
Weddle was one of the best to ever do it. His play helped put together one of the more intimidating defenses in the entire AFC through his tenure but his play as an individual was what made him stand out against the rest of the safeties in the league. At one time, Weddle held two of the highest-graded seasons by a safety in Pro Football Focus history, with the #1 grade going to his best season as a Charger.
From 2010-2015, Weddle registered 588 tackles, 19 going for a loss, three sacks, 15 interceptions, two pick-sixes, 52 pass breakups, five forced fumbles, and five fumble recoveries.