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Discussion in 'San Diego Chargers Hall of Champions' started by robdog, Aug 16, 2005.

  1. robdog

    robdog Code Monkey Staff Member Administrator

    Jun 29, 2009
    Source: <a href="http://www.nfl.com/news/story/8739142">NFL.com</a>

    San Diego: The Bolts scored 133 more points in 2004 than in 2003 -- improved offense led their jump from league's worst team to playoff entrant. The San Diego offensive line played well despite being assembled from cast-offs and who-dats. Antonio Gates came out of nowhere to become a star. LaDainian Tomlinson reinforced his standing as the league's top power back. And of course, Drew Brees had a stellar season. Some touts think Brees' great year was a fluke, but TMQ believes Brees is for real. Just two years ago seemingly locked into long-term decline, the Bolts are sitting pretty with a playoff contender, a top young signal-caller and Philip Rivers as trade bait. This is an object lesson in how quickly NFL fortunes can change.

    In my draft review, I wrote, "Bottom line on last April's big trade: To obtain Eli Manning, the Giants gave up Philip Rivers, Shawne Merriman, Nate Kaeding and a fifth-round pick the Chargers later traded elsewhere." I couldn't remember what the Bolts had done with the fifth-rounder. Reader Ron from Thousand Oaks, Calif., reminded me: swapped the choice for Roman Oben, who had a great year at tackle, surely highlighted by the fact that he was named to the Tuesday Morning Quarterback All-Unwanted All-Pros squad. So the full bottom line on the biggest trade of 2004 was Eli Manning for Rivers, Merriman, Kaeding and Oben. The bottom line on the biggest trade of 2001 was Michael-Mike Vick for LaDainian Tomlinson, Reche Caldwell and two players no longer with San Diego; in turn, making that trade caused the Bolts to draft Brees. Overall, the Chargers seem to have done fine in their two mega-trades, compared to other instances of teams trading out of the top of the draft and winding up with little to show for it.

    San Diego looks as though it has a killer schedule in 2005, with five trips to the East Coast. Clark Judge of CBSSportsline noted that in 2004, NFL teams traveling through three time zones for away games were 13-18, or 42 percent. But don't complain about your dance card, San Diego, since league-wide, visiting teams lost 43 percent of games in 2004, no different from the opposite-coast total. More worrisome: in 2004, the Bolts were just 1-5 against teams that made the playoffs. Here's the factoid that really jumps at you about San Diego: Marty Schottenheimer is the winningest active regular-season coach with a career record of 177-117-1, and also the losingest active playoff coach with a 5-12 career record.
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