After missing out on playoff berths in consecutive campaigns, the pressure to return to form is mounting in San Diego. As a Chargers fan, it is hard to deny the pressing issue that the Chargers are trekking in the wrong direction.
To say there have been problems would be putting it lightly. But those problems that aren't strictly limited to player personnel.
Yes, A.J. and Norv, I am talking to you.
Tossing Rivers' uncharacteristic 20 interceptions aside, last season the offensive front struggled miserably. Rivers was getting all too comfortable with the feeling of the turf shoved into his lid.
Without the security blanket of Marcus McNeill locked on his blind side, Rivers was unable to relax in the pocket. It was just a figment of his imagination.
One man's trash is another man's treasure. Once the Chiefs tossed Jared Gaither to the curb, the Bolts reluctantly found a solidified body to shield Rivers. Gaither proved to be the missing ingredient that helped resurrect the lifeless offensive line for the remainder of the season—so much that he helped the Chargers make one last stab at the playoff picture.
Despite the unfamiliar territory the Chargers faced in 2011, they showed signs of hope toward the tail end of the season.
Reeling in an impressive draft class was just the cherry on top for the Bolts this offseason.
Although the Bolts assessed their terminal cancers within the clubhouse, there are still a few remaining speed bumps that need to be straightened out.
Who is starting material? Who is on the hot seat? The battles for playing time are heating up at the Chargers' park. Now let's take a deeper look.