Freeney impresses San Diego so much they….
Dwight Freeney impressed the San Diego Chargers during his visit that they’re willing to change their defensive scheme for him. While I don’t think the Chargers would completely change their scheme for the aging vet, I do think it makes it more likely he’ll have a home soon.
First-year San Diego Chargers coach Mike McCoy seemed impressed with free-agent defensive end Dwight Freeney during his San Diego visit, and he said the team will certainly design its defensive scheme to accommodate him if it can sign him.
The Chargers use a 3-4 base defense and the 33-year-old Freeney was less effective in that alignment in his final season with the Indianapolis Colts, where he moved to outside linebacker. (ESPN)
Freeney did have five sacks in 2012 so he proved he could still be an effective pass rusher but only if used right. The Colts 3-4 scheme wasn’t the right fit. Ironically, the Chargers also are going to run a 3-4 scheme so you’d assume Freeney has no interest in playing for them.
Like I said you’d assume. The Chargers have already lost one of their linebackers Melvin Ingram to a torn ACL so they need a replacement. That’s where Freeney comes in to play and why the Chargers would be willing to change their scheme.
Freeney would be a huge addition to the Chargers as a pass rusher. What I think new head coach Mike McCoy would do is run a hybrid defense, some 3-4 and some 4-3. The 4-3 would probably be used during passing situations so Freeney could be on the field and do what he does best, rush the quarterback.
I could definitely see Freeney winding up in San Diego based on current circumstances but it will all depend on dollars and cents of course.