San Diego Chargers had a bounce back year in 2013 and made the playoffs after falling short the year before. First year head coach Mike McCoy brought a new attitude and direction to San Diego and his team responded by challenging for the AFC West division title and securing a Wild Card spot in the 2013 playoffs. Quarterback Phillip Rivers should have been in the running for NFL Comeback Player of the Year with his performance after a down 2012 season. Over the last several years, Rivers and the offense have lost key components because of free agency or injuries such as: Vincent Jackson, Marcus McNeil, and Darren Sproles. Rivers did not have a full supporting cast and his play suffered. The addition of 2013 NFL Draftees right tackle D.J. Fluker and wide receiver Keenan Allen along with free agent running back Danny Woodhead helped Rivers have one of his best season in his career.
The defense was hit by injuries especially to pass rushers Dwight Freeney and Melvin Ingram who were suppose to be the driving force of the pass defense. Without them and a suspect secondary that lacked a true shut down corner the defense had a tough year. The defensive line has two building blocks they can grow with in Corey Liuget and Kendall Reyes. The secondary is led by free safety Eric Weddle, but needs an upgrade of talent within the overall unit. Look below at players who could help the Chargers improve upon last year.