<img width="132" height="133" align="left" alt="BoltTalk Content" title="BoltTalk Content" src="http://www.bolttalk.com/images/bolttalkcontent28rs.jpg" />Well we are in our first full week of the Philip Rivers era in San Diego and the question on my mind is what weapons are we going to give him to help him succeed and bring us into the playoffs? Best RB in football? Check! Best FB in football? Check! Best TE in Football? Check! Best WR's in football? Hmm-
Besides the glaring need we have for O-line and secondary depth, I think the biggest issue with us getting over the playoff hurdle is securing a speed WR. Now don't get me wrong, I have a good deal of respect for our current WR's. #1 Receiver, Keenan McCardell, is a true veteran leader for this crew and continues to be a great route runner and possession type receiver. Eric Parker is a solid route runner and good possession receiver who I think will replace McCardell as our #1 receiver some time this year. #3 receiver, well now that is where we have some issues. I think that Vincent Jackson will be a fantastic receiver in this league. He is still raw and inexperienced but he's already shown flashes of brilliance (Especially against the Colts). Kassim Osgood is a Special Teams monster and a serviceable receiver who I think could step up in this role if needed. Malcolm Floyd is another big target for Rivers but needs a little help with his route running. The issue here is we have no barn burner. We have no track star.
We need a blazing fast WR that will pull a corner and a safety over the top every time he shoots deep. If we can put the fear of the long ball into defenses (Especially with the stronger armed Rivers) then the rest of the field opens up for Antonio, Keenan, Eric, as well as Ladainian. A speed guy would compliment our two possession receivers well. I believe we ought to go to a two line switch a la Hockey this year. Throw Gates, Jackson, Osgood, and Floyd out on 3<sup>rd</sup> down short yardage plays and short gold-zone shots. With four 6'4" to 6'5" guys out on the field all at once, one of them is going to end up against that 5'10" 185 CB all alone and the play should be a forgone conclusion for a FDTD. Then on standard plays we roll out Gates, McCardell, Parker, & our new speed receiver (hopefully Chad Jackson) and run our standard offense.
I think we are 3 or 4 positions away from being a legit Superbowl contender and a speed receiver is 1 of those positions. Lock up Chad Jackson, a solid CB, and a good LT and G for depth and we will be set.