14 May 2013
Outside linebacker Melvin Ingram tore his left ACL in OTAs today and is likely gone for all of 2013. This may not be as big a blow as some people think. Ingram didn't have a great rookie year, with just one sack in 14 games. Meanwhile, the Chargers' pass rush was actually better in 2012 than generally advertised, ranking eighth in Adjusted Sack Rate. Even as a 3-4, they get strong pass rush from linemen like Corey Liuget and Kendell Reyes. But with Shaun Phillips now in Denver, there's no depth among San Diego's edge rushers. If the Chargers don't hit the veterans left on the free-agent market, they'll be stuck starting 2009 draft bust Larry English.
27 comments, Last at 19 May 2013, 11:37am by Trees
"Last team with the ball wins" is a cliche, but sometimes cliches are the best way to get across the central narrative of an important game. If you like great quarterback play, you have to watch the NFC Championship Game.