The San Diego Chargers
Last Season: 8-8
Veteran Additions: QB Charlie Whitehurst, RB Ronnie Brown, FB LeRon McClain, WR Robert Meachem, WR/KR Eddie Royal, G Rex Hadnot, DE/OLB Jarret Johnson, ILB Demorrio Williams, S Atari Bigby, KR Michael Spurlock, KR Roscoe Parrish.
Offseason Losses: QB Billy Volek, RB Mike Tolbert, WR Vincent Jackson, WR Patrick Crayton, OT Marcus McNeill, G Kris Dielman, C Scott Mruczkowski, DE/OLB Travis LaBoy, DT Tommie Harris, CB Dante Hughes, S Steve Gregory.
Round 1: Melvin Ingram DE South Carolina
Round 2: Kendell Reyes DT Connecticuit
Round 3: Brandon Taylor SS LSU
Round 4: Ladarius Green TE Louisiana-Lafayette
Round 5: Johnnie Troutman G Penn State
Round 7: David Molk C Michigan
Round 7: Edwin Baker RB Michigan St.
Sept. 10 at Oakland Raiders (Mon.) 10:15 p.m.
Sept. 16 Tennessee Titans 4:15 p.m.
Sept. 23 Atlanta Falcons 4:05 p.m.
Sept. 30 at Kansas City Chiefs 1 p.m.
Oct. 7 at New Orleans Saints 8:20 p.m.
Oct. 15 Denver Broncos (Mon.) 8:30 p.m.
Oct. 21 BYE
Oct. 28 at Cleveland Browns 1 p.m.
Nov. 1 Kansas City Chiefs (Thurs.) 8:20 p.m.
Nov. 11 at Tampa Bay Buccaneers 1 p.m.
Nov. 18 at Denver Broncos 4:15 p.m.
Nov. 25 Baltimore Ravens 4:05 p.m.
Dec. 2 Cincinnati Bengals 4:15 p.m.
Dec. 9 at Pittsburgh Steelers 1 p.m.
Dec. 16 Carolina Panthers 4:05 p.m.
Dec. 23 at New York Jets * 8:20 p.m.
Dec. 30 Oakland Raiders 4:15 p.m.
Analysis: There was a time when the Chargers were considered the most talented team not just in the division, but in the NFL. Those times are gone. Age, free agency losses, and honestly, the hubris of AJ Smith has hurt the Chargers and the rest of the division has caught up to them the past couple years. Rivers was either hurt or doing drugs last season and refused to admit it. He had a very poor year. Were it not for some lucky (and uncharacteristic) early wins last season, the Chargers wouldn’t have even been a factor late in the year. They still have one of the worst special teams units in the NFL, posting last or near last in every stat. One area they did manage to improve is a reduction in the number TD returns. Some of the free agent signings are not adequate replacements for what was on the team. Brown in lieu of Tolbert? Do they really believe Eddie Royal and Robert Meachem are suitable replacements for Vincent Jackson and Patrick Crayton? And who is rushing the passer? The Chargers have some talent on the left of their offensive line, but the right is a weakness. Despite the struggles of Rivers last year they managed to finish in the top ten in offense and scoring. There’s been a lot of turnover the last few years, though.
Prediction 8-8: It is more likely that Rivers rebounds and plays better than that his poor performance last year was a sign of things to come. Their running game is suspect, and their receivers are new and watered down versions of what was their last year. Even so, Rivers can make it work and I think this will be a year he strings the rest of his team along. The poor special teams and average defense will make for things that even Rivers with good receivers won’t be able to overcome. The easier schedule on the front end means the Chargers might be able to avoid their chronically poor September, but I think on the back end they may have difficulty pulling the big wins out.
Last edited by Kaylore; 07-18-2012 at 08:09 PM..