The San Diego Chargers Still Have a Below Aaverage Pass Rush
San Diego has 23 sacks this season, which is tied for 23rd with the New Orleans Saints. San Diego is on pace for fewer sacks this year than they had during the 2011 NFL season.
Antwan Barnes had 11 sacks last season which tied him with Chris Clemons, Trent Cole, Cliff Avril and Julius Peppers for 11th in the NFL. It seemed as though all San Diego needed was a solid pass rusher to go along with Barnes.
Barnes was on pace for only four sacks this season before he was placed on injured reserve with a hamstring injury that happened in a loss against the Baltimore Ravens.
Shaun Phillips was on pace for 14 sacks after San Diego’s first five games, but is on pace for nine sacks this season. This is still a bounce back season for Phillips because he had 3.5 sacks in 12 games last year.
Melvin Ingram was San Diego’s first round pick this year and he only has a half sack this season. San Diego’s lack of a pass rush has to be addressed heading into next season.
San Diego is forcing more fumbles which helps when a team’s pass rush is below average. San Diego ranks fourth in the NFL with 18 forced fumbles compared to their seven last season which ranked last in the league.
San Diego ranks fifth in terms of fewest yards allowed per rushing attempt while they rank 12th against the pass in this category. The Chargers would be dominant on defense if they had an above average pass rush.
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