Now What?

I'm thoroughly baffled.  Unfortunately, I wasn't able to watch the last game live, so I have to speak from the stats and not from what I saw, but last week changed the outlook of the entire offseason for me. 

A lot of us have been arguing that the lines on both sides of the ball need to be revamped next year through the draft.  Safety is another position that seemingly is a position of need and the other common assumption was that we needed to draft a WR for next year.  In general, I've supported these claims, but after facing one of the best statistical teams in the league and dominating, one could argue that any of these positions are not as necessary as previously thought.  Consider the following:

The offensive line was lights out in pass protection: San Diego came into the game leading the league in sacks.  Most of us would agree that our line has some major holes in it (especially in pass protection), so you'd think that Carson would have been knocked around yesterday like a pinball - but it didn't happen.  Not only were the Chargers blanked on sacks, they recorded ZERO QB hits.  I don't know who was playing RT (Collins, Roland or other), but that person deserves some serious accolades.

The defensive line dominated the run game:  San Diego came into the game with what everybody considered to be a decent run game (they rank about middle of the pack).  The most common knock against the young D-Lineman is that they aren't good against the run (this has been said of Michael Johnson, Atkins and Dunlap at times)  but against the Chargers they gave up a total of 64 yards rushing (2.9 yards per carry), 23 of which came on a TD run because of a missed tackle by Roy Williams. Not only that, all three of those guys recorded at least 1 QB hit - Dunlap of course providing the teams' only sack.

The backup receivers looked like future starters:  San Diego has the top ranked passing defense in the league, and with Ocho and TO out, there was good reason to believe that they wouldn't be able to accomplish much through the air.  With our core backups, Simpson and Caldwell leading the way, Carson didn't just have the best game of his season, he had the best game of his career.

The safeties must have done something right:  Not one Chargers receiver surpassed 60 yards receiving.  A lot of that is thanks to Jonathan Joseph, but even he can't guard Rivers and company by himself.  Not only that, but Ratliff and Nelson tied for most tackles (8) on the team, with Roy Williams adding another 4.  Nelson was also in on the Tolbert fumble, making me wonder, if we draft a safety, who gets cut?

Fortunately, there's still one game to sort some of this out, but it makes me wonder, which of these positions is our greatest position of need going into next year?  I'm stumped.

This is a FanPost and does not necessarily reflect the views of Cincy Jungle's writers or editors. It does reflect the views of this particular fan though, which is as important as the views of Cincy Jungle's writers or editors.

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