The San Diego Chargers were $2.9 million under the salary cap on July 1. The Atlanta Falcons, the New Orleans Saints, the Oakland Raiders and the Baltimore Ravens were the only NFL teams with less cap space.
San Diego’s goal during the off-season was to improve as a defense because they ranked 20th in terms of fewest yards per rushing attempt allowed while they ranked 28th in terms of fewest yards per pass attempt allowed last season. The Lighting Bolts rank sixth and 15th in these categories this season.
San Diego ranked 22nd in terms of fewest points allowed last season and they rank 12th in this category as of today.
Wide receiver Robert Meachem, left tackle Jared Gaither and punt returner/wide receiver Eddie Royal are three of the reasons why San Diego is struggling this year.
Meachem, Gaither and Royal got a combined $64 million worth of contracts during the off-season.
Meachem has 14 receptions, 207 receiving yards and two touchdown receptions this season. He ranks 81st in the NFL in TD receptions, 152nd in receiving yards and 180th in receptions.
Royal is averaging a career-low 5.3 yards per punt return while Gaither was placed on injured reserve last week and will miss 12 of San Diego’s 16 games this season.
San Diego has not made the playoffs since the 2009 season and has not won a playoff game since the 2008 season. Norv Turner is in his sixth season as head coach and should have been fired after last season.
San Diego has a 3-5 record in the playoffs under two head coaches since A.J. Smith took over as general manager. This is Smith’s 10th year as San Diego’s general manager and he should have been fired after last season as well.
Dean Spanos is the guy who can make these changes happen because he is the team president.
Basically, everyone is to blame for San Diego’s problems–from the players to the coaches to the front office.