Chargers Ready To Play
After a great 2007-08 NFL run for the Chargers, I've heard nothing but "just wait until next year" from fans of opposing NFL teams. I know for sure that Peyton Manning has been breaking apart the Chargers secondary all Summer while resting from that "Bursa Sac" surgery. Luckily the Colts have to come back to the "Q" if they want revenge over the Bolts this upcoming season. We all know that either the Colts or the Patriots could easily find their way back to the Super Bowl this season, but here are five reasons why the Chargers just may have a chance at making it to Tampa on Feb 1, 2009.
#1: The Chargers were in the AFC Championship last season and barring a couple of big injuries, they could have easily shut down the Patriots "Perfect" season before the Giants enjoyed the pleasure of doing so themselves.
#2: Ladainian Tomlinson: The 2006 NFL MVP is also a 5X Pro Bowl Selection and has been on the NFL All-Pro team for the past 4 years. He holds the all-time single season record for TD's at 31, and the NFL record for points scored in a season at 186. LT also holds the NFL record for most consecutive games with a rushing TD(18) and the NFL record for most consecutive Multi-TD games(8). Enough said, here are his career stats.
#3: Although Philip Rivers may not be the 4,000-Yd passer that Drew Brees is, he can throw for 3,000 and the guy has passion for the game of football that every team wishes their starting QB had.
#4: We've signed our #1 draft Pick and he plays Cornerback too. I'm sure this will only motivate Quentin Jammer and Antonio Cromartie to "step-up" their game even more in 2008. I don't know what Antonio Cromartie will do for an encore, but I feel pretty confident in a guy who last season had 10 INTs during the regular season, 2 during the playoffs, and then 2 more in the Pro Bowl. While Jammer still covers the NFL's best receivers for the Chargers, it will be interesting to see if the "Rookie" can come in and make an impact to an already solid Chargers secondary.
#5: Chargers fans are more dedicated than some may believe. We support our teams here in San Diego from start to finish. Hundreds of fans were there to meet the Bolts at Chargers Park when they arrived home from last year's AFC Championship game. Guys like me made YouTube mix-videos all year that the NFL copyrighted, yet left them up on other person's channels. Talk to Chargers fans and they will be focused on 2 things: Winning the City's first Super Bowl, and finding a place to build the new Charger's Stadium.
Because I was born and raised in S.D., this Blog is obviously biased, but I haven't been this excited about watching the Chargers since the "Air Coryell" days. All systems are go for the Chargers in 2008. With that in mind, we haven't even played a pre-season game yet. Chargers fans cannot make the same mistake as we made last year thinking we were a lock for the Super Bowl because we were 14-2 the season before. Not me, I won't do that again. It will be best for me to listen to what 6'5 275lb Chargers defensive leader Shawne Merriman said to the S.D. Media on Day 1 of training camp: "We're taking this One Game at a Time"