Over the last several seasons, the Los Angeles Chargers have not been known for possessing one of the league’s top defenses. However, last season and this season are starting to prove that Chargers just may have an elite defense and Sunday’s preseason game against the New Orleans Saints showcased just that.
For starters, the Chargers pass rush was putting pressure on the quarterback at ease throughout the entire game. Los Angeles racked up three total sacks in the game and also managed to get seven quarterback hits. The Saints offense just did not have any answers for the numerous blitz packages that defensive coordinator Gus Bradley was throwing at New Orleans.
One blitz package that seemed to be working all game for Los Angeles was the defensive backs blitzing. Newly acquired safety Tre Boston found himself teaming up with linebacker Melvin Ingram to bring down the quarterback on one possession. Then rookie cornerback Desmond King also got in on the action when he took down Saints quarterback Chase Daniel in the first quarter.
Safety Jahleel Addae gave Daniel a shot in the game too, but Daniel was able to get the ball away before Addae could bring him down.
The Chargers secondary also made big plays in the pass game, breaking up key passes and scoring the only touchdown of the game for Los Angeles when safety Dexter McCoil intercepted a pass on his own one-yard line and returned it the full 99-yards for the touchdown.
New Orleans quarterback Ryan Nassib tried threading a pass to wide receiver Tommylee Lewis. Lewis ended up taking a hit from his left and his right, causing the ball to go right throw his hands and to the awaiting arms of McCoil who then took the ball to the other end zone for six points.
Everyone knows that if healthy, the Chargers can have one of the league’s best offenses. But, what many people do not know is that Los Angeles could potentially have one of the NFL’s top defenses. It is plays like McCoil’s 99-yard touchdown that earn defenses that sort of praise.
Erich Fisher is a Staff Writer for endzonescore.com. Follow him on Twitter – @ETFisher24