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2013 League Ranks
Total Yards: 29th (4,139)
Yards Per Game: 29th (259)
Opponent Completion Percentage: 29th (66.4)
In the first three games of the regular season alone, the Chargers defense surrendered 1,073 passing yards to the combined efforts of Matt Schaub (346), Michael Vick (428) and Jake Locker (299)—three quarterbacks who finished with below average numbers in 2013.
As the season wore on, there were some minimal improvements, specifically in the games after Derek Cox was benched, but the secondary still had trouble containing the passing game. Shareece Wright and Marcus Gilchrist, two of the younger defensive backs on the roster, showed improvement in the latter part of the year and should continue to progress into 2014.
Looking at next season's schedule, the Chargers will face nine teams that averaged 200-plus yards passing in 2013 (Denver, New England, Arizona, Baltimore, Miami, Jacksonville, Kansas City, Oakland and Seattle), which is why the defense will need to improve upon this weakness in 2014.