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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