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Why the San Diego Chargers Will Win the AFC West...Again

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  1. Thumper

    Thumper WHS

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    A.J. Smith: Why the San Diego Chargers Will Win the AFC West...Again

    by Matt Stephens

    Talent. That's what it all boils down to. Either you have it or you don't. Hard work and effort get you far in life, they just don't get you as far if you don't have the talent.

    GM A.J. Smith has a proven eye for talent and how to keep that talent. He did it with a dysfunctional relationship between the coach, he did it following the death of his mentor and friend.

    He has an attitude and doesn't apologize for it. He doesn't bend to the public perceptions and sticks to his guns.

    But most importantly, he brings in talent.

    Comparing GMs in the West just isn't fair. The Broncos just fired Sundquist—a testament to his performance.

    He liked to make the big splash. He tried signing the big name free agents, bringing in the whole Cleveland defensive line. He tried making the big trade—Javon Walker, who never turned out. He drafted Maurice Clarett after he sat out of football for a year.

    He certainly tried, but he didn't have an eye for talent.

    The Chiefs GM, Carl Peterson (King Carl), has mismanaged for 18 years and has never done much.

    Sure, he brought in an aging Joe Montana, but it was never right and it was all about selling tickets.

    Peterson has shown a fantastic penchant for drafting untalented players. Since 2000, he has drafted three players that have played in the Pro Bowl. Kick returner Dante Hall, defensive end Jared Allen and running back Larry Johnson.

    He tossed money at aging, unproductive free agents. Yes—I'm talking about Ty Law and Sammy Knight. He doesn't have a plan.

    Al Davis, the head of the most dysfunctional franchise in sports. That's all that really needs to be said, but let's look a little bit deeper.

    Since they have moved back to Oakland, Davis has hired seven different coaches in thirteen years, and he's tried to get rid of all seven of them. In that same time span, they have finished fourth in the West eight times and third once.

    That kind of ineptitude takes a different type of talent. Davis does not have any eye for talent, he looks at the numbers from college and the combine, gets a man crush on a player and drafts them, regardless of where they fit in their offense or defense. Davis drafts their 40 speed and their bench press more than he drafts the player.

    The same can be said of free agents. He sees a free agent that did well in a specific scheme and throws money at them.

    Other than the cornerback with the unspellable name, Nnamdi Asomugha, Davis has not drafted an impact player that is still with the team (the jury is still out on JaMarcus Russell).

    To build a winning franchise, you need a GM with a plan, and the guts to follow through on that plan regardless of what the public thinks of you. A.J. Smith has figured out a plan that works:

    * You draft talented players, and if two talented players are available, you draft based on their work ethic.
    * You don't draft their 40 time, you don't draft their combine workout. You draft their college career and you draft their interview.
    * You draft a person, not a machine. When you have drafted these talented individuals, you keep these talented individuals, unless you have a more talented individual to replace them.
    * You don't sign other teams' garbage and you manage the cap.

    The other GMs in the West should sign up for classes with A.J.

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  2. BrOnCoS/32/33

    BrOnCoS/32/33 BoltTalker

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    Winning a division means nothing no more,it's only for Bragging rights now.Do i think the chargers will win the west yea maybe,Does it matter nope.I'll just be happy if my team goes to the playoffs,Because the steelers and giants told me something it doesn't matter what seed you are if your in the playoffs you got the chance to take it all.
     
  3. Thumper

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    The Broncos are no Giants or Steelers. :lol:
     
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  5. BrOnCoS/32/33

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    The same goes for the chargers :unsure:
     
  6. chargerlipz

    chargerlipz Leading the league in nose hairs.

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    Broncos suck! Hahaha:icon_rofl:
     
  7. AnteaterCharger

    AnteaterCharger Calibrating Bolttalk, Podcast by Podcast Staff Member Super Moderator Podcaster

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    Well no kidding
    Our QB isn't a
    Prissy self absorbed ******* - Giants
    Moron - Steelers

    And the Broncos are AT LEAST two years away from even matching the Chargers. To try and get to the playoffs, it would help if you SCORED A TOUCHDOWN AGAINST THE DIVISION CHAMP!!!
     
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  8. Thumper

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    You are correct. The Chargers are much better than either the Steelers or the Giants. :tup:
     
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    Did they change the playoff system??? I thought if you win your division you were guaranteed a playoff spot

    :icon_huh::icon_huh::icon_huh:
     
  10. BFISA

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    :yes: :tup:
     
  11. Carlsbad_Bolt_Fan

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    Funny. That's exactly what I'd expect a bronco fan would say after not winning the division 3 out of the last 4 years.

    As for the Broncos making the playoffs? Now THAT'S funny. :lol:
     
  12. Boltdiehard

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    Dear Broncos fan: you're fuced. You know it. We know it. Mike knows it. Pat Knows it. Jay Cutlet knows it (that's why he grabbed his crotch like a bizznatch even though the media won't show it).

    That's why you guys have been suddenly showing up here just like Raiders fans not too long ago. It's ok it's part of the letting-go process and we're here to help.

    Six points in 2007.

    You might double that in 2008 and wait until McCree blows a coverage down the middle. You'll see. :yes:

    FU.


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  13. -Scar-

    -Scar- thedoomship.com

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    Why????


    I Need No Explanation......Simply Put....

    We're The Best Damn Team Assembled And Heading Into Next Season...Let Alone The Fact We're Just The Best Team Period....:abq1::abq2:
     
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  14. EsDee_in_RI

    EsDee_in_RI Well-Known Member

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    I can't believe that guy was talking about bragging rights. We have bragging rights in the west, and we have bragging rights over 27 teams in the NFL for last years playoffs.

    Plus, I don't recall the article being titled "Why the Chargers will win the SB". That guys is just bitter so he is attempting to bring something else to try and piss us off.

    Not working, Broncos still suck....:abq1:
     
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