Some might say that the Chargers record has been getting worse and that we are not on the rise. Despite losing a lot of key players, which did make them struggle, they still won their division, and went to the divisional round of the playoffs. They did all this without a number of key players.
There are a few reasons why the Chargers will be a better team this year.
First of all, Merriman is back! As soon his he gets back on the field and starts slamming offenses to the ground again, our defense will be back in action.
It's not just Merriman that was plagued by injury. Running back LaDainian Tomlinson suffered a groin injury, and he also will be returning healthy. I don't think I have to mention what kind of a force a healthy Tomlinson can be.
Quentin Jammer and Antonio Cromartie also suffered injury. Cromartie played all season with a broken hip and Antonio Gates had a dislocated toe.
Speaking of Gates, our old tight end coach Rob Chudzinsk is returning as assistant head coach and tight ends coach. During his two years in San Diego, Antonio Gates averaged 80 receptions and more than 1,000 yards per season.
Chudzinsk return should also help the development of third-year tight end Scott Chandler, a former fourth-round pick who has yet to log a reception during the regular season.
All in all, the San Diego Chargers future looks bright. As soon as that healthy Charger team comes running out, the sound of thunder will shake the ground.