Right after the San Diego Chargers drafted linebacker Manti Te’o they claimed that they believe he is a three-down player. It looks like they still feel that way.
According to Peter King of SI.com, Chargers head coach Mike McCoy told him that they still believe Te’o is a three-down linebacker.
San Diego coach Mike McCoy told me Sunday, after the rookie minicamp, that the staff expects Te’o to be an every-down linebacker. He said Te’o will take his place as the starting Mike linebacker — the strongside ‘backer in San Diego’s 3-4 defense, alongside veteran Donald Butler — in team drills when OTAs begin. “Our plan is for him to play three downs, and when we scouted him, we believed that’s what he’d be,” McCoy said. “But he’ll have to earn that, obviously. We’re going to play the best guys, and if he’s the best guy on all three downs, he’ll be in there.”
The Chargers will have the ability to protect Te’o in their 3-4 defense. If he was in a 4-3, I’m not sure he would be able to remain on the field during passing situations.