Chargers' identity crisis on defense rooted in depth issues caused by injuries

Los Angeles Times

Seven games into the season, the Chargers are still searching for an identity on defense. They are neither a great run-stuffing or pass-stopping unit. They don't create a ton of turnovers. They're not the best of tacklers. They're not especially fast or overly physical. It might help if the crew hadn't become so short-handed that wearing name tags to work would be appropriate. A unit that already lost All-Pro safeties Derwin James and Adrian Phillips to the injured reserve list played Sunday without three of its four starting linemen — end Melvin Ingram (hamstring), and tackles Brandon Mebane (knee) and Justin Jones (shoulder). Rookie Jerry Tillery (first-round pick) started with Damion Square

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