Yes, I know this is the NFL and everybody gets paid. Nobody is a pushover and the Chargers are going to get teams’ best shot week in and week out. But it’s pretty obvious that elite Defensive tackles can dominate and dictate a game. We see it here in San Diego how a healthy and fresh Jamal Williams can absolutely shut down his opponent’s run game. His strength and power commands double teams, which allow his outside linebackers to be stars and make spectacular plays as the ball is funneled their way.
When Luis Castillo is healthy he is as disruptive as they come. Jacques Cesaire, who I really like, is a good backup who plays with a ton of energy, but he can’t take over a ballgame like Luis Castillo or Jamal Williams can. And while Igor Olshansky is a force in the run game who is growing as a pass rusher, the fact is he is still emerging. Don’t get me wrong, Igor is having his best season as a pro – he’s been really impressive with his ability to make plays in the backfield this year. I really like Igor and I really like Luis, Jacques, and Jamal. But the Chargers are simply a different team without Luis Castillo and Jamal Williams. If this team wants to reassert itself as a dominant front seven with an impenetrable run defense, they are going to need to add some talent on that line and could do worse than spend a first round pick on an elite defensive tackle.
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