Based solely off the videos being posted by the Chargers social media team, we can already see the changes being implemented to the defense right out of the gate.
In the short videos from Tuesday, we were able to see the defense in a traditional 3-4 base front. I’m not entirely sure on specifics of everyone who was playing where, but we could at least see where players were lining up. In one video, the defense lined up with a tackle head-up on the center (nose), another lineman was lined up on the inside shoulder of the offensive tackle (4i), and Kyler Fackrell was in his spot on the edge outside of the tackle. By deduction, we can tell there was another 4i and edge rusher on the other side of the formation. That’s your traditional base 3-4 front. Your two linebackers in the middle at the time were Drue Tranquill and Kyzir White, but don’t go looking too far into that duo right now.
Right away, this was awesome to see as it finally helps paint a clearer picture of what we will see in come August.
I’m still really looking forward to seeing Joey Bosa work on the edge and what that exactly looks like in this front. Usually that means he’s in a standup or two-point stance, but that would be taking him out of his usual element. Brandon Staley from the start has said Bosa is an edge player and that means he’s not expected to shift inside to a 4i ever so it’ll be edge or bust. How that will all play out, however, remains to be seen.
And now for today’s links.
Derwin James is fully cleared for football activities (Chargers.com)
What exactly does Brandon Staley want to get out of OTAs? (Chargers Wire)
It doesn’t make sense for the Chargers not to use their extra cap space (Bolt Beat)
Read why GMFB’s Peter Schrager believes Justin Herbert is poised for a big second season (Chargers.com)
Projecting the top rookies in 10 different stats (ESPN+)
Watson’s case won’t be deposed until early 2022 (ESPN)
Ranking the NFL’s top-10 defenses (CBS Sports)
The Steelers signed their first round pick (NFL.com)
Jaylon Smith will wear #9 this season (NFL.com)