Remember the name Matt Wilhelm.
He will make or break the 2007 San Diego Chargers.
Not Philip Rivers. Not LaDainian Tomlinson. Not Clinton Hart.
No, it all comes down to how well Wilhelm plays at inside linebacker in place of the departed Donnie Edwards.
You remember Edwards. He’s the one always criticized by the San Diego Union-Tribune for making tackles downfield; but he’s always the one who seemed to save the game to those watching through unbiased eyes.
Wilhelm may not play much in Sunday night’s exhibition opener against the Seattle Seahawks, yet he’ll certainly see plenty of action come September when it counts.
A fourth-round pick out of The Ohio State University in 2003, Wilhelm has 73 career tackles. That’s fewer tackles than Edwards makes in a normal half-season.
However, Wilhelm has been patiently waiting his turn which finally starts coming Sunday.
His response may very well determine just how far the Chargers go in 2007.