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Team on the Rise

Discussion in 'San Diego Chargers Hall of Champions' started by robdog, Jul 20, 2006.

  1. robdog

    robdog Code Monkey Staff Member Administrator

    Jun 29, 2009
    Source: SI.com

    By Don Banks

    <img align="left" alt="LT" title="LT" src="http://bolttalk.com/wp-content/uploads/2006/04/deam0816_tomlinson_N.jpg" />More accurately, the Chargers should be a team on the rebound this season; they slipped to 9-7 and out of the playoffs last year after winning the division in 2004. Widely lauded as the one best teams ever to miss the postseason, the '05 Chargers proved they could win anywhere (like at Indianapolis in Week 15) and lose to anyone (at home against Miami in Week 14, one of three glaring home defeats).

    The Chargers still have a bevy of talent, but how far they go this season will almost certainly revolve around the maturation of their new starting quarterback, <strong>Philip Rivers</strong>, who replaces the departed <strong>Drew Brees</strong>. Rivers has appeared in only two games in his first two NFL seasons, but if the 2004 first-round pick can at least handle a caretaker quarterback role this year, San Diego has enough weapons around him to be very formidable on offense.

    Defensively, the Chargers have a stout front seven (San Diego was first against the run in '05), and they tried to solidify their problematic secondary by drafting Florida State cornerback <strong>Antonio Cromartie</strong> in the first round. Here's another hopeful sign: After a killer schedule last year, San Diego faces only one '05 playoff team in the season's first half, and five overall.

    <a target="_blank" href="http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2006/writers/don_banks/07/20/tc.preview.afc.west/index.html"><strong>Article Link</strong></a>

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