2010 NFL Preview: San Diego Chargers
Well, Technorati has hit the end of the road with the NFL Previews. We started in Atlanta with the Falcons, and went through all 32 NFL teams in seven weeks. On a personal note, I want to thank everyone for reading and supporting me along the way.
With that said, since the San Diego Chargers are the final team to be covered, here are the links for the AFC West teams, and if you missed them, you can click on them.
The San Diego Chargers were on fire for most of 2009, after a 2-3 start, the Bolts reeled off 11 straight victories to clinch another AFC West crown and a spot into the playoffs, only yet again to fall flat in the postseason and be eliminated at the hand of the New York Jets.
The offseason produced some change and some drama. LaDainian Tomlinson, the long time face of the franchise, is gone and Philip Rivers has been transitioned into the new face of the team. But will the holdouts of Vincent Jackson and Marcus McNeill be too much to handle? Technorati goes inside the San Diego Chargers.
- 2009 Record: (13-3, 1st NFC West, reached playoffs (Divisional Round))
- Key Additions: WR Josh Reed (Buffalo Bills), TE Randy McMichael (St. Louis Rams), OT William Tra Thomas (Jacksonvile Jaguars), CB Nathan Vasher (Chicago Bears), CB Donald Strickland (New York Jets).
- Key Departures: QB Charlie Whitehurst (Seattle Seahawks), RB LaDainian Tomlinson (New York Jets), RB Michael Bennett (Oakland Raiders), WR Kassim Osgood (Jacksoville Jaguars), TE Brandon Manunaleuna (Chicago Bears), C Eric Ghiaciuc (free agency), NT Jamal Williams (Denver Broncos), NT Ian Scott (free agency), ILB Tim Dobbins (Miami Dolphins), CB Antonio Cromartie (New York Jets), SS Kevin Ellison (Seattle Seahawks).
Offense: Well there is really not much to say with the quarterback position regarding the San Diego Chargers, because Philip Rivers has done the job in the his years as the Chargers QB. Of course the stigma of not getting it done in the playoffs is going to come into play, especially since he often gets compared to QBs in his class that have won Super Bowls. (Ben Roethlisberger has two, Eli Manning has one). But Rivers makes every single one of his players better. He gets the ball down the field better and more efficiently than any other quarterback, and he was one of the reasons why the Chargers had 23+ points 13 out of 16 games in the regular season last year. Rivers numbers were impressive (4,254 yards, 28 touchdowns, 9 interceptions, 65.2 completion percentage), but the best stat was his 8.8 yards per attempt.