Owen (Raleigh NC): How much of an impact do you think Jason Verrett will have?
Williams: Thanks for the question Owen. I really think Jason can have an impact early if he can get on the field at the beginning of training camp and prove that he's fully recovered from shoulder surgery. Verrett has all of the physical tools to be a successful corner in this league, but he still needs the reps in order to learn and fully understand John Pagano's defense. That said, Verrett is a long-term investment at the position. So if he's not ready to go early, San Diego can lean on veterans like Richard Marshall.
Sam McIlwaine (Northern Ireland): King Dunlap was excellent last year when healthy, however he has had concussion issues, which is always worrisome for players and their future careers. How has his primary backup Mike Harris looked so far? Is he still coming along well after his injury last year? He seemed to have really progressed from his rookie to sophomore year. Do you think he can be the LT in the future or will be a backup forever?
Williams: Hey Sam. The Chargers are hopeful that Dunlap can play at the same level he did last season, while avoiding the nagging injuries. Harris is a good swing tackle in the NFL, but I don't know if he'll develop into a full-time starting left tackle in this league. However, he can make a lot of money as a versatile performer who can play multiple positions, and may ultimately develop int a starting right tackle in the future.
PJ (midlo): Hi Eric, any reason that Rivers doesn't throw again for 4300-plus yards and have another season of eight yards per attempt? Thanks.
Williams: Hey PJ, I don't know if Rivers will have to throw that often if the Chargers can effectively run the ball the way the team did at the end of the 2013 season. Having a strong running game to lean on makes Rivers so effective because he's such an accurate passer, particularly when he gets near the red zone. I think Rivers would take less stats for more wins and a deeper playoff run.
Edward Moretti (Chula Vista): So, after a year of being the beat man for the Chargers what is your take on the Charger organization, our city and the fans? What most “stands out?
Williams: I think the team is in good hands. Like Seahawks GM John Schneider and head coach Pete Carroll, Chargers GM Tom Telesco and head coach Mike McCoy are on the same page. McCoy has the respect of his players, and has an answer for every situation that can happen on the field. And the personnel department, led by Telesco, has a good eye for finding players that fit what San Diego wants to do on offense and defense. I also like the core group of young players that includes Donald Butler, Melvin Ingram, Keenan Allen and Ladarius Green. The Chargers should have a chance to compete for the playoffs each season for the next few years as long as Philip Rivers remains healthy, and that's all you can ask for.