Click on link for complete article.There’s the big free agent signing and the first-round draft choice, key additions to a Chargers’ secondary that figures to be much improved this fall. But as Marlon McCree warns, don’t forget about the guy that has held down the strong safety position for the last two seasons.
“People may not be talking about Terrence much right now, but they’re going to be,” McCree said. “Especially if he keeps playing the way that he did the other night.”
The sometimes soft-spoken Kiel made plenty of noise during the Chargers’ 31-20 win over Seattle Saturday night. The four-year veteran led the team in tackle with five, forced a fumble and batted away a pair of passes on third down while helping slow down one of the NFL’s best offensive teams.
Chargers Head Coach Marty Schottenheimer declared an open competition for both starting safety spots, one of which Kiel has held for the last two and a half years when he’s been healthy. Schottenheimer said Monday that Kiel and McCree are the leading candidates to win those jobs.
“Terrence did a very nice job for us the other night and had a very good camp,” Schottenheimer said. “He’s an aggressive player and a good tackler. We need him to perform back there.”
As it stands, Kiel will hold onto the strong safety spot with McCree sliding to the free side. Last season, McCree recorded 95 tackles while playing the strong spot for the Carolina Panthers. McCree is fine with the move and believes that it’s what’s best for the Chargers.
“As a strong safety, all of the action is coming to you,” McCree explained. “Teams run their offenses through their tight ends. They run to the tight end’s side and pass to the tight end. You’re lined up over the tight end, so you’re always getting action. You have to be a lot more aggressive, which Terrance is. To play free safety, you have to be a lot more patient, which I can be. I think Terrence is going to do a great job over there and I think we’re going to work really well together.”
Kiel has worked with the starting defense throughout camp, although believes that the declared competition has helped him.