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Summing up the AFC West in 06'

Discussion in 'Latest Chargers News & Headlines' started by robdog, Jun 21, 2006.

  1. robdog

    robdog Code Monkey Staff Member Administrator

    Jun 29, 2009
    Source: RealFootball365.com

    By Clint Muhe

    <span class="art_sum"><a class="macros" href="http://chargers.realfootball365.com/"><acronym title="San Diego Chargers News" /></a>San Diego Chargers: Most people that watched the Chargers play last season, but hadn't heard their record, would have certainly assumed they were watching a Super Bowl contender. The Chargers' lost five games last season by a total of 14 points. The 9-7 Charger's were essentially two touchdowns away from a 14-2 season. Obviously most seasons are decided by a few key plays, but the Chargers were an extreme example of this. With the loss of Drew Brees, most people would assume the Chargers are going to have a harsh rebuilding phase. Although Rivers was drafted 4th overall, he had the privilege of growing and learning from a pro-bowl caliber QB. Rivers' opportunity to learn rather than play as a rookie will be the primary reason he is successful next season. Usually a team that uses the 4th overall pick will have no choice but to play their young talent, regardless of the damage it does to their confidence. Defensively the Chargers are probably the best San Diego has ever seen, no disrespect to Seau and Harrison, but if Antonio Cromartie can help with the improving Quentin Jammer-Drayton Florence tandem, then the Chargers won't have to rely on the offense putting up very many points. All this, and yet the biggest strength of the Chargers is yet to be mentioned. It could be argued that Tomlinson/Gates are the best one-two punch in all of football. The question this offseason has been will Rivers be able to handle it? The question ought to be: Will Rivers screw up bad enough to keep the Chargers out of the playoffs? He may, but with the young talent surrounding him, he'll be hard pressed to prove the naysayers right.</span>

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