San Diego Chargers

Matt Wilhelm Cut by the San Diego Chagers

PITTSBURGH - JANUARY 11:  Matt Wilhelm #57 of the San Diego Chargers looks on dejected from the sideline the Pittsburgh Steelers during their AFC Divisional Playoff Game on January 11, 2009 at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Steelers won 35-24. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
cameronCorrespondent IJuly 24, 2009

According to, veteran linebacker Matt Wilhelm has been released from the team.

Now, normally I would never take pleasure in a man losing his job, but this is different.

Wilhelm was one of the most inept players to ever dawn a Chargers uniform.

Calling him a poor tackler would be an understatement. When Stephen Cooper was suspended for the first four games of the regular season in 2008 and Derek Smith (who was cut later during the 2008 season) was forced into his starting spot, the Chargers had the worst starting inside linebackers in the league. That was a major reason for the poor start of the season.

According to general manager A.J. Smith, Wilhelm was cut due to the signing of Kevin Burnett. But I think Wilhelm sealed his fate when he "high-fived" Santonio Holmes during last year's playoff game against the Steelers after Holmes scored a touchdown on a punt return, which changed the tempo of the entire game and enraged fans.

Linebackers are supposed to be some of the toughest men in the league. Wilhelm was afraid to make the most simple tackle, and even when he tried, he failed more often then not. He is slow, weak, and in over his head. He would be lucky to be a special teams player.

I have met Wilhelm in the past, and he seems like a really nice guy and I truly wish him the best, but I could not be happier that he is not longer a Charger.

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