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Discussion in 'San Diego Chargers Hall of Champions' started by robdog, Aug 31, 2005.

  1. robdog

    robdog Code Monkey Staff Member Administrator

    Jun 29, 2009
    Source: <a href="http://cbs.sportsline.com/nfl/story/8787682/rss" target="_blank">CBS SportsLine</a>

    <strong>San Diego Chargers</strong>

    <strong>Significant additions:</strong> DE Shawne Merriman, DE Luis Castillo, S Bhawoh Jue.

    <strong>Significant subtractions:</strong> WR Tim Dwight, DT Jason Fisk.
    Biggest offseason move:</strong> They return all 22 starters, so there wasn't a lot done in the offseason. The biggest move might be the drafting of Merriman.

    <strong>Will go to the playoffs if ...</strong> they weren't one-year wonders. There are still some doubts about this group.

    <strong>Won't go to the playoffs if ...</strong> Drew Brees has his bubble burst. That isn't likely, but let's wait and see.
    Rookie to watch:</strong> Merriman. He should help improve the outside pass rush, which could mean more single blocks for Steve Foley. Merriman fits in perfectly in the Chargers' 3-4 system.
    Overview:</strong> This young team is coming off a special 12-win season. But in the past coach Marty Schottenheimer has had teams get to that level and never make a Super Bowl. Are the Chargers in that same mold? If Brees plays like he did last season and some young defensive players step up, the Chargers could win 10 games. If not, they might be back to seven-win team and Brees might be headed elsewhere as Philip Rivers takes over.

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