Last week I looked at how the offense was shaping up going into the 2012 season (see the slideshow here), and now it's time to look at the defensive side of the ball.
It seems almost impossible to think that the Chargers had the No. 1 ranked defense in all of football just two years ago under former defensive coordinator Ron Rivera.
After Rivera left to become the head coach of the Carolina Panthers last year, the Chargers defense struggled and finished the season ranked 16th in the league.
To go from the best defense in the NFL to just about average isn't something Chargers fans were hoping for. But with the introduction of new defensive coordinator John Pagano and after several key offseason moves like re-signing Antonio Garay, signing Jarret Johnson and drafting Melvin Ingram, the defense is looking to bounce back this season.
So what will the defense look like in 2012? Let’s find out.