The bye week provides a team with a chance to truly evaluate itself and try to decipher just what its strengths and weaknesses are during a rare chance to breathe during the marathon that is the NFL season. For the San Diego Chargers the week respite couldn’t have come at a better time with the team sitting above .500 and on its first winning streak of the 2013 campaign. Even though the Bolts are feeling good about themselves right now, that doesn’t mean the team can’t find areas that could use some improvement.
Even though the Chargers have been remarkably solid on defense so far this season, they aren’t without some deficiencies on that side of the ball. One recently released player in rookie Sam Montgomery could provide a San Diego pass rush that has been lacking a real shot in the arm. Montgomery along with two teammates were released by the Houston Texans following a reported marijuana incident.
Off-field issues aside, the Bolts had interest in the pass rusher leading up to the 2013 NFL Draft, actually having him in for a visit. He was a third round pick for a reason, and his 6-foot-3, 260-pound frame could be exactly what the Bolts need to bolster a lacking sack total. It’s also been reported that Montgomery passed a drug test just days after his release from Houston and the team has denied that being the reason for his release.
Regardless of that ongoing mystery, adding a rookie like Montgomery with obvious potential could really boost an already impressive San Diego defense. Despite losing Melvin Ingram at OTAs to a torn ACL and Dwight Freeney to a torn quad earlier this season, the Bolts have still managed 20 sacks on the year thus far, good enough for 7th in the league.
Guys like Thomas Keiser and even the perpetually disappointing Larry English have been stepping up in the absence of the team’s star pass rushers. Team leader Jarret Johnson has also been a big part of the pass rush, but a 3-4 defense can never have enough guys to rotate and stay fresh throughout a game. Adding a player of Montgomery’s ability into the mix could boost this unit from a solid one to an elite defense and really propel the Bolts into the postseason.
Montgomery’s agent says his client has already been contacted by several teams, and one of them had better be the Chargers. The Bolts need to use this ideal time for a bye week at almost the exact middle of their schedule to add a player with tons of potential that they liked leading up to the draft. General manager Tom Telesco is a man of conviction so it wouldn’t be a surprise to see him burning up the phone lines trying to get Montgomery in for a visit.