Sebastian Joseph-Day: Chargers defense has built chemistry that will make us better

NFL: JAN 14 AFC Wild Card Playoffs - Chargers at Jaguars
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Defensive tackle Sebastian Joseph-Day is heading into his second season with the Chargers and he believes it will be a better one for the team’s defense.

Joseph-Day was one of many new additions to the defense last year, but adding the likes of Khalil Mack, J.C. Jackson, Kyle Van Noy, and Morgan Fox didn’t result in the kind of improvement that the team was hoping to see. The Chargers made the playoffs, but finished 21st in points allowed over the course of the regular season and then gave up 31 points to the Jaguars in a Wild Card round loss.

On Monday, Joseph-Day said that he thinks the experience gained from playing together last season will result in more success once they hit the field this year.

“I think this year, that chemistry is built,” Joseph-Day said, via Jeff Miller of the Los Angeles Times. “Chemistry is built through trials and tribulations. I really believe that that is going to shape us in a way better way moving forward. . . . That’s what we have now because everyone’s kind of seen how each other plays. I think that’s the biggest thing, the cohesion that’s come together.”

The Chargers didn’t make the same kind of changes on defense this year, but they did sign linebacker Eric Kendricks and Joseph-Day said he thinks Kendricks’ experience will help the unit make faster adjustments during games than they did in 2022. If that’s the case, a return trip to the postseason will be a better bet.

3 responses to “Sebastian Joseph-Day: Chargers defense has built chemistry that will make us better

  1. “Chemistry is, well technically, chemistry is the study of matter. But I prefer to see it as the study of change. It’s growth, then decay, then transformation.” said the cook.

  2. Joseph-Day really seems to enjoy the sound of his own voice. Wish he’d stop talking and put his energy into showing us his improvement at stopping the run. A guy brought in to stop the run, which then allowed 5.4 yards per carry, has no business talking, unless it’s about his shame for having played so poorly.

    Using team chemistry as an excuse is embarrassing. Every team adds new players each season and is required to build chemistry. There’s nothing unique about the Chargers having added new defensive players to their roster last season. They just played at an historically bad level against the run. As every coach from Pee-Wee to the NFL says, it all starts up front.

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