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Dungy, Colts better be ready for 'the hunters'

Discussion in 'Latest Chargers News & Headlines' started by robdog, Feb 12, 2007.

  1. robdog

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    Source: <a href="http://cbs.sportsline.com/nfl/story/9984530/rss" target="_blank">CBS Sportsline</a>

    By Clark Judge

    <img src="http://www.bolttalk.com/gallery/albums/week15/normal_002.jpg" title="Igor Olshansky sacks Peyton Manning in 2005. Photo from Chargers.com" alt="Igor Olshansky sacks Peyton Manning in 2005. Photo from Chargers.com" align="right" height="221" width="165" />When clubs go from Super Bowl contenders to Super Bowl champions, they undergo a metamorphosis. They become more than the season's next opponent; they become, as Dungy put it, "the hunted."

    They're everyone's Big Score. Beat them and you gain more than credibility -- you become Super Bowl worthy.

    Which begs the question: Which teams have the best shots to catch the Colts? Well, that's why I'm here, folks. What follows is my list of clubs that could keep Indianapolis from a second straight Super Bowl:

    <strong>San Diego</strong>

    The Chargers were the best team in football. Then they lost to New England, and please notice how I worded that. The Patriots didn't beat the Chargers as much as the Chargers beat themselves. They committed stupid penalties. They dropped a ton of passes. They made questionable decisions. They took unnecessary chances. And all of them contributed to a playoff loss that should haunt this city for months.

    But let's look at the positive: Philip Rivers has a year of experience, and he should be better for it; LaDainian Tomlinson is the best player in the game; Shawne Merriman could be the best defensive player in the game; and no club drafts better, which means the Chargers are about to gain more blue-chip talent.

    Sure, the losses of offensive coordinator Cam Cameron and defensive coordinator Wade Phillips are significant. They ran this team on game days -- not coach Marty Schottenheimer. But there is just too much talent here to ignore. Plus, Schottenheimer is in the last year of his contract -- meaning he'd love nothing better than to take this team to the top before declaring himself a free agent and walking away. All I know is he has the players to do it.

    <a href="http://cbs.sportsline.com/nfl/story/9984530/rss" target="_blank"><strong>Read the full article</strong></a>
     

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