The Chargers defense has undergone some changes since the end of last season, including the departure of safety Eric Weddle after nine seasons with the team.

Weddle’s departure opens a hole in the secondary and it opens a hole in the team’s leadership as Weddle had been an experienced and esteemed member of the unit. During an appearance on Sirius XM NFL Radio with Zig Fracassi and former Chargers linebackers coach Mike Nolan, Chargers linebacker Manti Te’o said that “there’s no way to replace” a player like Weddle but that someone still has to step up “to be the voice of the defense.”