San Diego Chargers: What Happens Now That They Will Miss the NFL Playoffs?

Mike WalkuskyContributor IDecember 3, 2012

DENVER, CO - NOVEMBER 18:  Head coach Norv Turner of the San Diego Chargers looks on from the sidelines against the Denver Broncos at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on November 18, 2012 in Denver, Colorado. The Broncos defeated the Chargers 30-23.  (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
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The San Diego Chargers are not a good team.

The above statement has become painfully obvious to the city of San Diego after their lackluster performance this season.

How are the Chargers going to move forward after being thought of as a perennial contender for the AFC title?

The stench of disappointment that emanates from the Chargers can only be matched by the Philadelphia Eagles.

This era of talent-rich Bolts was supposed to be a team that hoisted at least one Lombardi Trophy and contended for several other championships. Instead, they didn't reach the Super Bowl once.

NFL fans already know all about the mishaps the Spanos family and A.J. Smith have subjected San Diego to. There's no need to go into further detail. Delving deeper into the Chargers' poor decisions in the prior to the 2012 season would only serve to re-open past wounds for Chargers' fans.

Instead of dwelling on the past, let's take a look at what will happen now that the Chargers will miss the playoffs for the third consecutive year.

It may be strange to wish for losses, but that might be what Chargers fans will do as the season winds down. The team has no chance to reach the playoffs, so getting the highest pick in the 2013 NFL Draft would be huge for a team with a dearth of star players.

The Chargers should allow Ladarius Green, Brandon Taylor and Jonas Mouton to play as much as possible. Giving the trio increased playing time would allow the organization to evaluate them when they are plugged into meaningful situations. 

However, it might be difficult to convince Norv Turner to evaluate young talent when he knows that he won't be in San Diego next year.

Once the offseason starts, Turner will finally be given his walking papers due to his lack of success as the head coach of the Chargers.

After Turner is let go, Smith should be the next to get the boot. If the franchise keeps Smith, fans will know that the Spanos family is not serious about putting a winning product on the field.

By the time the draft comes around, the organization should have a new head coach and general manager in place to take the Chargers in a new direction. 

The draft and free agency will be huge considering how many holes the team has. 

If the Chargers are lucky, they will get star left tackle Luke Joeckel in the draft. On a team that features two disappointing offensive tackles, Joeckel would be a huge acquisition. 

In addition to offensive tackle, the Bolts should be looking to fill the following positions with youth and depth during the offseason: guard, cornerback, wide receiver, inside linebacker and quarterback. 

Keep in mind that the above list is not the extent of the Chargers' needs. It's simply what appears to be their most pressing needs at the moment.

After another disappointing season, it's quite clear that San Diego's run as a contending team is over. 

For the Chargers to become a playoff team, they will need to completely revamp the organization.