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AFC West: Chargers now the hunted

Discussion in 'Latest Chargers News & Headlines' started by robdog, Aug 22, 2005.

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    <img src="http://bolttalk.com/images/brees02.jpg" class="right" alt="Drew Brees" />At this time a year ago, the San Diego Chargers were the popular pick to finish last in the AFC West. The situation was so bad that the head coach was supposed to be on the hot seat, the general manager was supposed to be on the rocks and the starting quarterback was supposed to be on his way out of town.

    One year later, nothing has changed and everything has changed. The Chargers again are the popular pick ... only this time it's to win the division and challenge for a trip to the Super Bowl.

    Their improbable run to a 12-4 record and a division title -- one year after finishing 4-12 -- was so stunning that head coach Marty Schottenheimer, GM A.J. Smith and quarterback Drew Brees each received new contracts, as did linebacker Steve Foley, defensive tackle Jamal Williams and wide receiver Keenan McCardell.

    With every starter and both kickers returning, management signed only one veteran free agent in the offseason -- safety Bhawoh Jue. That stability is in direct contrast with the rest of the division, which underwent dramatic changes in hopes of chasing down the Bolts, who went 5-1 in the division and finished two games ahead of the Denver Broncos, five ahead of the Kansas City Chiefs, and seven ahead of the Oakland Raiders.

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