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Are Chargers in store for a shining legacy?

Discussion in 'Chargers Fan Forum' started by Johnny Lightning, Jan 15, 2010.

  1. Johnny Lightning

    Johnny Lightning Go Bolts

    Feb 7, 2006

    Without a trophy, Bolts say their mission is incomplete

    Friday, January 15, 2010

    SAN DIEGO – Here they are again. But where are they going?
    While one of their strengths this season has been (finally) not looking ahead, neither are the Chargers in denial about what they are in the midst of.
    It’s about time they were headed to the Super Bowl — and to win it when they got there.
    “I think everybody around here is aware of that,” cornerback Quentin Jammer said. “I don’t think there is one guy who would say we’ve been successful since 2004. We haven’t won anything. We’ve won a few games, but what does that mean in the scope of everything? You play for a Super Bowl.”
    One of the eight remaining teams in the NFL playoffs — the only team to be able to say so each of the past four seasons — the Chargers host the New York Jets on Sunday in a divisional playoff game.
    The Chargers do so in search of their first NFL championship.
    And as correct as it is to point out that only one team parties with the confetti and Lombardi Trophy each year, those who have been in the Chargers locker room for a time, who have won so many games from September through December, know that not being that one team at least one time will leave their legacy wanting.
    “It’s very important,” running back LaDainian Tomlinson said this week. “Because without it people are going to say, ‘What did they do? They won a lot of games. So what? They didn’t win the big one.’ … The legacy is we have to be able to win a championship.”
    Plenty of teams have never won a Super Bowl. But few have ever been this close again and again and never won it.
    If the Chargers were to have their season stopped short of a celebration in Miami next month, they would be just the 10th team in NFL history to have gone to the playoffs at least five times over a six-year period and not win at least one Super Bowl in that run.
    “It would be a letdown,” linebacker Stephen Cooper said of this group not winning a Super Bowl before it is disbanded. “Sad. It’s big. It’s something we should have had a long time ago. We felt like we’ve let a couple of them go already in years past.”
    Just five teams in the NFL have won 65 games or more over the past six seasons, the Chargers’ 67 victories ranking third in a group that includes Indianapolis (77), New England (73), Pittsburgh (65) and the New York Giants (65).
    Thing is, the other four teams have won Super Bowls in those six years.
    “It’s how you’re ultimately measured,” quarterback Philip Rivers said. “As a competitor and as a team, that’s the only way you’re truly satisfied. … We’ve looked back every year and been able to be proud of a lot of things. We’ve had different individuals who’ve made accomplishments. We’ve made a bunch of good plays, made good memories. We’ve won a bunch of football games, but … ”
    Few teams, too, have had this dynamic.
    Beyond the two certain Hall of Famers on their roster, the Chargers have carried through most of their run of regular-season success a core of players often touted as the most talented in the NFL.
    Whether that designation is true, the fact is the Chargers’ 14 different players selected to the Pro Bowl since 2006 are second-most in the NFL.
    “We’ve got guys who have done so much and who deserve a Super Bowl,” said tight end Antonio Gates, who will one day join Tomlinson with a bust in Canton. “Take the guys we have, the talent we have, it’s just meant to be.”
    Gates actually went on to say he doesn’t know if the Chargers will win a Super Bowl. But he does know they’re better equipped than ever to make a run.
    “The way we’ve been preparing and the way our approach has changed, the way our focus has changed,” he said, “I could never say we didn’t give our all at this point. They say opportunity meets preparation. We have done everything in our power to prepare ourselves to meet opportunity. If we don’t or if we do, I can’t say. I just know we have done everything we can to prepare.”
    Where talent once could seemingly not coexist with humility, where focus was intermittent, 2009 has brought a consistency of focus that might actually keep this group from being one of the fallen.
    Linebacker Shaun Phillips, among the 15 players to be Chargers from the time the winning began in ’04 to this season, and also one of the biggest talkers until recently, is well aware of the Chargers’ run of futility.
    “We all know,” he said. “Of course that’s our No. 1 goal. That’s why we have the mindset we have right now. We understand there have been times we believed in Week One we were going to win the Super Bowl. There were times we had the bye week and thought we had the Super Bowl wrapped up. There have been times we played in the first round and won the second round and got to the AFC Championship (Game), and we still always thought about the Super Bowl. We’re not going to think about the Super Bowl.
    “We’re going to continue to believe that, buy into that. We’ve learned that over the years. Years past have taught us what we need to think about right now.”
    They still know what time it is.
    “All 32 (teams) want to win,” Rivers said. “But there a handful that really have a chance, and then there’s a handful that have the right makeup. The past few years we’ve been one of the handful. And I think we have the right makeup to get it done, and it’s getting to be about that time. … Who can play the best football for three weeks? We’re going to do the best we can to make that us.”
  2. RM24

    RM24 BoltTalker

    Jul 27, 2007
    Man, seeing that trophy puts a tear to my eye....
  3. AnteaterCharger

    AnteaterCharger Carpe Diem et omni Mundio Staff Member Super Moderator Podcaster

    Jan 19, 2006
    One game at a time please
  4. wrbanwal

    wrbanwal Well-Known Member

    Dec 27, 2005
    yes, but dammit we're in the final 8

    lets get this done!


    BOLTS4LIFE Banned Banned

    Oct 13, 2006
    Great Article!!! :bolt:
  6. Retired Catholic

    Retired Catholic BoltTalker

    Aug 3, 2006
    Not seeing it will put a tear in both. Time to get it done.

    HEXEDBOLT Don't like it, lump it!!!

    Jul 11, 2006
    I have waited many years for the Lombardi, four weeks wont hurt me none. How special would it be for an original AFL club to win it during this 50 anniversary? I grew up not knowing much about the NFL, nor did I care, the club I followed was an AFL team and one of the best at that.

    Nothing would be more sweet to me than a Bolt Super Bowl win. I have prayed for wins and cried with the losses. If anything could happen and go wrong it usually did for the Bolt's, the Houston game, the holy roller and the ice bowl. Hell, we weren't only snake bit, we were snake sh*t.

    The time has come, this team that I have followed through thick and thin needs to makes it's name in the NFL history books. I believe Norv, has something special brewing in Chargerville and the rest of the league hasn't figured it out yet.
  8. CoronaDoug

    CoronaDoug Official Hater

    Feb 14, 2007
    Word. We need to step back and recognize that we have 2 games to play before the Bowl. Remember our last and only Bowl?
    Let's not count our chickens yet.

    HEXEDBOLT Don't like it, lump it!!!

    Jul 11, 2006
    That San Diego team had no business being in the SB and it was unmercifully proved on national TV.
  10. Workplay

    Workplay scompl

    Dec 24, 2009
    That was the day I became a Charger fan.

    I was a little kid at a party and everone there was rooting for the 49ers. I didn't know one thing about football, but that day the Chargers became MY team. Over the years, I watched as everyone else went from being 49ers fans to Cowboys fans to Rams fans to Patriots fans. Frontrunners. Bandwaggoners. Now they all love the Colts and Saints. Go figure.

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