The Pro Bowl itself could become a thing of the past shortly, which would be fine with me. The game has been emblematic of everything that has been wrong with the Chargers since 2004.
Remember how the Bolts sent nine players to Honolulu in 2006, the most in team history? Three of them were the players received in the Eli Manning deal. I’m a supporter of Philip Rivers, but Shawne Merriman and Nate Kaeding as Pro Bowlers seem like mirages from some distance age. Sadly, we still have Kaeding.
But as political as it seems, selection to the All-Pro squad is still a big deal. Usually, the amount of Pro Bowlers on the roster is a pretty good indication of how strong a team is. The exception would be the aforementioned 14-2 Charger team of 2006. Was that the Bolts’ best shot at a Super Bowl? They didn’t even get out of the first round on their own field. It’s still painful to think about. However, the Bolts finally brought in some new blood, and the players returning might benefit from the acquisitions as well.
Here are my humble predictions as to the probability of this year’s Chargers making it to Hawaii. I sincerely hope these guys are unable to play in the game due to other on-field commitments, however.