Chargers Should Pursue Safety John Lynch

Not sure how John Lynch loses his job to Marlon McCree, but that’s what seems to have gone down in Denver. Unhappy with the number of snaps he’s getting with the first team defense, Lynch is looking to get released from the Broncos and the team is apparently going to let him go.

Lynch is being taken out in nickel and passing situations with McCree playing deep. Not content with only being used in run support, Lynch wants to explore other options – either by joining the sports media or playing for a different team.

The San Diego Chargers should be all over this. The emergence of Eric Weddle as the starting free safety combined with the extremely talented group of Jammer, Cromartie, and Cason would allow Lynch to come in and help the team by providing solid run support along with his veteran savvy and playoff experience. John Lynch would fit in great with the Chargers and he could immediately help improve an area of the defense that has been slowly getting worse and worse; namely stopping the run.

Lynch only has a one year contract worth 2 million, so it would be no problem for the San Diego Chargers to absorb that for this year…especially considering they expect to compete for the Super Bowl in 2008-2009.

The Broncos are holding a press conference today at 2:30pm (pacific time) so we’ll find out more about the San Diego native's plans.

Edit (some additional thoughts):
The defense hasn't been performing to the standards it set in 2004 and 2005 in terms of stopping the run.

This is where the Chargers defense ranked in total rush defense:

2004 - 3rd
2005 - 1st
2006 - 7th
2007 - 16th

The past two years, the Chargers have had the best front seven... probably ever. But ball carriers have averaged over 4 yards a carry in 2006 and 2007.

I think the secondary can improve as a whole in terms of tackling and run support. Jammer is awesome and Weddle is good too, but Cromartie needs to get better and Hart isn't great at tackling in space. Bringing Lynch here would help them greatly and his presence at the line of scrimmage would allow Weddle to play the deep ball.

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15 comments:

Anonymous said... Jul 31, 2008, 12:01:00 PM

Would love to see San Diego's own John Lynch in Bolts. Go get him AJ!

Anonymous said... Jul 31, 2008, 2:21:00 PM

I suspect there is no gas left in the tank. Horrors, I think Hart might be better at this stage, though some would argue that

Anonymous said... Jul 31, 2008, 2:37:00 PM

Good article; Lynch Mob would be an excellent addition to an already talented secondary, which leads me to this. You said that "he could immediately help improve an area of the defense that has been slowly getting worse and worse". I emplore you to check the secondary's stats again my friend. The Chargers have been steadily improving in at the second level defense. Now I know you specified "running support", but even with the secondary not quite as savy as they have been in the past, I wouldn't exactly say that they've been getting worse. Well rounded is more like it.

Anonymous said... Jul 31, 2008, 2:49:00 PM

You have GOT to be kidding right?

Rob Zepeda said... Jul 31, 2008, 2:51:00 PM

The defense hasn't been performing to the standards it set in 2004 and 2005 in terms of stopping the run.

This is where the Chargers defense ranked in total rush defense:

2004 - 3rd
2005 - 1st
2006 - 7th
2007 - 16th

The past two years, the Chargers have had the best front seven probably ever. But ball carriers have averaged over 4 yards a carry in 2006 and 2007.

I think the secondary can improve as a whole in terms of tackling and run support. Jammer is awesome and Weddle is good too, but Cromartie needs to get better and Hart isn't great at tackling in space. Bringing Lynch here would help them greatly and his presence at the line of scrimmage would allow Weddle to play the deep ball.

Tobin said... Jul 31, 2008, 3:00:00 PM

Put down your crack pipe. Lynch is a liability against the pass.... just what we need in our backfield right? You think we should go get the guy that just lost his job to Marlon Mcree?!!

WallY68 said... Jul 31, 2008, 9:54:00 PM

I think he would certainly help our secondary. Not by his play but by his experience. Eric Weedle a second year starting safety still has alot to learn, and who better to learn from than, John Lynch, a 9time Pro-bowler with a superbowl ring and plenty of playoff experience also. I think its about time we see John with a Lightning bolt on his helmet and not a donkey. ((SD Chargers ,.,We keep them haters on their jobs,.,))

WallY68 said... Jul 31, 2008, 9:57:00 PM

You can blame the chargers run defense deteriorating on age. As Jamal Williams gets older the run def. gets worse. He's past his prime but he still has alot left.

JChang said... Aug 1, 2008, 9:53:00 AM
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Anonymous said... Aug 1, 2008, 9:54:00 AM

i'd more likely attribute the drop in run stopping last year to Jamal Williams injuries, and the fact that they were starting 2 new MLBs- who actually ended up missing a fair portion of the season due to injury. A little more experience and athleticism at MLB along with a healthy crew should be fine.

Anonymous said... Aug 1, 2008, 3:08:00 PM

Umm, let me get this straight. Lynch wants out of Denver because they are not going to use him as much as he thinks he deserves so San Diego should go after him so they can use him in about the same manner Denver intended. What are you talking about?

WallY68 said... Aug 1, 2008, 11:07:00 PM

No they shouldn't sign him to use him playing wise but experience wise. he would be a great mentor and teacher to our reasonably young safties.

Anonymous said... Aug 2, 2008, 7:13:00 PM

If Lynch would be willing the accecpt a backup role so he can get a second ring, then I think he would fit in nicely with the Bolts.

sean said... Aug 4, 2008, 7:13:00 AM

He's leaving the Bronco's to avoid playing a backup roll, you idiots. Why would he come here.

Anonymous said... Aug 4, 2008, 11:23:00 AM

John Lynch would come to San Diego and play here because he grew up in San Diego and ever since he left the Bucs he has wanted to move back to SD and play here. I would think that if he was offered anything to play here, he would except it no matter what role is intended for him.

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