Goodbye Tra Battle, Hello Keith Grennan

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Towards the end of the first half of the Chargers - Colts game, Dominic Rhodes ran up the middle but was stuffed by Keith Grennan. Wait...Keith who??

The second year defensive end was signed from the practice squad onto the active roster last Saturday. To make room, the San Diego Chargers waived defensive back Tra Battle. (Read the official press release at

I bring this up for two reasons; Number one, Grennan made a really nice play against the run. And number two, maybe now we'll start seeing some of the backups getting more playing time.

While the Chargers certainly aren't out of the playoff hunt just yet (thank you AFC West), I'd still like to see what we've got on the bench. Some of those guys can play, they just need an opportunity.

The whole argument that this is the same club that went 14-2 just a year ago is ridiculous at this point. This team was supposed to be the most talented team from top to bottom in the NFL; stumbling to a 4-7 record, the Chargers as GM AJ Smith says, are "no longer an elite team."

We unfortunately begin to look towards next season - what identity will the San Diego Chargers have? Is the offense going to be pass-first? Will the defense get back to stopping the run and hitting the quarterback? Who will our starting linemen be? Who will our linebackers be? Will we need to find a new safety? And how are we going to fix the problems in our running game?

The depth chart still has tons of talent but even 9-7, the best-case scenario at this point, is frankly not good enough. You've got to expect that some players will be losing their jobs, while others will be given an opportunity to contribute.

November 25, 2008

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arnie said... Nov 25, 2008, 8:06:00 PM

now that is making a good move towards improving our D-line. i don't know much about him, but from what i saw, he showed he could make plays.

Ron Rivera is also making his stamp. little by little, one player at a time.

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