ESPN: Regrading the Chargers 2016 Offseason

ESPN Mike Sando re-graded every
single NFL team offseason and gave the San Diego Chargers a very high grade.
Sando feels that the Chargers draft and free agent acquisitions were not the
reason for the Chargers poor performance in 2016.This re-grading was in response
to the grades that Sando and a number of other ESPN front office analysts gave
each team back in May. Originally, Sando and the other front office analysts
gave the Chargers a B-minus grade. They felt that the Chargers didn do enough to
catch up to the surging Oakland Raiders and the steady Kansas City Chiefs. Now,
Sando tone has changed. In his re-grade Andre Williams
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is some of Sando reasoning behind his grade:General manager Tom Telesco went
into last offseason hoping to improve the run defense and the pass rush to
create more turnovers Orlando
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which is reflected in the favorable re-grade. The 2016 season slipped away from
the Chargers for other reasons, notably because Philip Rivers and the offense
committed a league-high 35 turnovers.The Chargers looked smart for drafting Joey
Bosa third overall against outside expectations D.J.Fluker
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Lowery was not a bad replacement. Free-agent cornerback addition Casey Hayward
earned Pro Bowl honors after intercepting a league-high seven passes. Another
veteran signing, Brandon Mebane, fortified the run defense. And rookie tight end
Hunter Henry finished with eight touchdown receptions, offsetting a so-so season
from free-agent receiver Travis Benjamin.Overall, the San Diego Chargers had a
good offseason. Adding some very talented players in the draft in Joey Bosa,
Hunter Henry and Jatavis Brown. They even fared well in free agency. Adding Pro
Bowl cornerback Casey Hayward and center Matt Slauson. The only problem is, the
offseason wasn perfect. Handing the Chargers an A-minus for their offseason is a
mistake.First of all, the Chargers went into the offseason with a hole at free
safety after botching negotiations with Eric Weddle. They decided to fill it
with Dwight Lowery who was a bad replacement despite what Sando said. Far too
often was Lowery out of position or late with his help in pass coverage. Safety
is still one of the Chargers biggest needs a year later.Along with the flop of
Lowery, was wide receiver Travis Benjamin. When he wasn missing games due to
injury, Benjamin was the definition of a streaky player. He would catch a long
pass in the first drive of the game and never be heard from again. The Chargers
needed him to be a reliable deep threat and he wasn able to fill that role last
season.On to the biggest detractor of the 2016 “offseason”, the Joey Bosa saga.
Although he wasn given a contract until well into the regular season,
the Chargers should have been able to put pen to paper at rookie minicamp.
Sadly, the Chargers ownership is foolish and caused this team to play a quarter
of the season without arguably it best defensive weapon . The entire Bosa
contract saga alone makes the Chargers offseason grade drop a full letter.
Personally, I think Sando went a little too easy on the Chargers. A flat B or
B-minus grade probably would have been the right call.