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San Diego Chargers Season Preview History

San Diego Chargers Season Preview History

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2013 Chargers Season Preview

The Chargers have undergone major changes over the offseason, most notably in the coaching staff. In an effort to improve the offense, San Diego hired Denver Bronco offensive coordinator Mike McCoy, giving him his first head coaching job. To provide experience on the bench next to him, the Chargers hired former Arizona Cardinal head coach Ken Whisenhunt to run the offense. To further aide the offense, San Diego fortified its offensive line by signing veteran tackle Max Starks and selected tackle D.J. Fluker with the 11th overall pick in the NFL Draft. Defensively, the Chargers looked to improve by adding corner back Derek Cox and selecting Notre Dame linebacker Mante T’eo in the second round of the draft. With Philip Rivers and Antonio Gates still running the offense, the Chargers have their sights set on their first playoff appearance since 2009.

The San Diego Chargers have been tough to pin down over the last several seasons. They enter each season with great potential, but they never reach their ultimate goal—the Super Bowl. The Chargers once again enter the year as a solid team, but whether they can reach the postseason is up in the air.

Despite missing out on the playoffs last season, San Diego had the top-ranked offense in the league. Quarterback Philip Rivers is one of the true gunslingers in the NFL, and will once again have a number of talented players surrounding him. Vincent Jackson mercifully ended his holdout, so he will line up opposite Malcom Floyd and catch bullets along with tight end Antonio Gates.

The Chargers defense will likely have to step it up this season, as it was the squad that let the team down last year. The secondary should be improved thanks in large part to the acquisition of Bob Sanders who, if healthy, is a game changer. The front seven is still a question mark; however, as linebacker Takeo Spikes is the only one among them who has a wealth of experience.

2010 San Diego Chargers Football Preview:
The San Diego Chargers cruised to a 13-3 regular season in 2009, but failed to get very far in the playoffs, losing to the New York Jets in the second round. Thanks in large part to an easy division, the Chargers will likely be returning to the playoffs this season, but whether or not they can advance to the Super Bowl is uncertain.

Philip Rivers has emerged as one of the best quarterbacks in the NFL, and showed just how good he can be last season, throwing for more than 4,000 yards. However, he may be without one of his favorite targets, as receiver Vincent Jackson will be sidelined for at least the first three games due to a suspension. LaDanian Tomlinson, who lead the Chargers for much of the last decade, is now with the Jets, and the job now falls on rookie running back Ryan Mathews to replace him.

The San Diego defense had a tough time stopping the run last season, and will likely have to improve in that area if they want to advance farther in the playoffs. The onus for stopping the run will fall on linebackers Shawne Merriman and Shaun Phillips. The secondary was solid in 2009, but one of the best defensive backs in the league, Antonio Cromartie, left to play for the Jets, so Quentin Jammer and Antoine Cason will have to step up.

2009 San Diego Chargers Football Preview:
On paper the San Diego Chargers are one of the best teams in the NFL. Quarterback Philip Rivers, future hall of fame running back LaDainian Tomlinson and perennial Pro Bowl tight end Antonio Gates. So what's not to like about the Bolts? Not much, except that San Diego has yet to make it to Super Bowl with their current collection of talent. They have won their division for three straight years and have won some games in the playoffs, but their last AFC Championship was in 1994. This San Diego team is too talented to fall short of the Super Bowl, the team's motto for 2009 should be "Super Bowl or Bust." Coach Norv Turner should turn the Chargers loose on offense and then ride linebacker Shawne Merriman's defense all the way to Miami.

2008 San Diego Chargers Football Preview:
The San Diego Chargers are ready to best their 11-5 season last year by beefing up where it counts - experience. Heading into the AFC West division title last season, there was a looming sense of inexperience for even the biggest starters. Most of the team has never seen a playoff victory in their lifetime. However, with a solid returning defense (one that ranked #1 for several categories in the past two season), and a load of star players at offense, things are looking up for the 2008 Chargers. You can definitely count on this team to win their third straight AFC West title, and capture a playoff berth. This Charger team has the experience necessary to win some big games this season, and possibly even make an appearance at the Super Bowl. Make sure to grab some tickets to see this team play the Saints in London at Wembley Stadium this season, the second-ever regular season NFL game played in Europe.

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