It’s never a good thing to dwell in the past, but there is no denying some events that have already transpired can provide us with a pretty solid roadmap for what’s to come. This can be seen every offseason in the NFL. For the San Diego Chargers, they are poised to have a significant rebuild this time around with a new General Manager in Tom Telesco and Head Coach Mike McCoy. Perhaps the best clues for moves that the team could make reside with the Indianapolis Colts from a year ago.
Telesco was with the Colts last offseason when the team rebuilt its roster under the direction of their GM Ryan Grigson. What we can see from their blueprint is that several middle-tier veterans were added to supplement a roster that was composed primarily of young players brought in via the NFL Draft. The team allowed some bigger name mainstays to leave like tight end Dallas Clark (Tampa Bay Buccaneers), wide receiver Pierre Garcon (Washington Redskins), center Jeff Saturday (Green Bay Packers), and linebacker Philip Wheeler (Oakland Raiders). Those players were all replaced by younger draft choices that had to quickly grow into their newfound starting roles.
For the Chargers, just changing some names around would look something like this: Shaun Phillips, Jared Gaither, Takeo Spikes, Louis Vasquez, Antonio Garay, Quentin Jammer, and Antoine Cason. A roster purge of this magnitude will leave the Bolts looking nothing like the version that was fielded in 2012 and that is a good thing. The only truly successful players on the San Diego squad a year ago were some of the young, developing talents on defense.
The Colts and Bolts may have switched roles this offseason, but this could very well be a positive thing for both franchises. Indy is now building around a solid core of young talent while the Chargers are a team desperate to turnover some of the core names that fans have grown accustomed to seeing for some fresh blood. It will be interesting to watch the progression of just how many players once considered the backbone of the franchise will be dawning new colors in 2013.