I know that every fanbase that doesn’t have a Lombardi Trophy in recent years (or in the Chargers’ case, ever) feels “this only happens to us.” But for Boltheads, it’s really the case. It’s as if the Chargers find new ways to aggravate their fanbase each year.
The New York Times’ excellent “Fifth Down” blog, in which I appeared a few years back, just posted their preview of this year’s club. It summed up our struggles thusly: “What’s being said about Smith’s team is, their window has closed; they’re too much of a tease; a lack of focus and 'want to' has squandered a fine collection of talent.”
Now, the Chargers are facing some possibly serious injuries to major parts of the team. These aren’t fringe guys. They are players that the Bolts absolutely need to step up if they are to do anything worthwhile in 2012. As much as it hurts to do so, let’s take a look at the “top” five.