State Of The League: San Diego Chargers

Brian LumpkinContributor IMarch 30, 2009

PITTSBURGH - JANUARY 11:  Philip Rivers #17 of the San Diego Chargers celebrates after he threw a 41-yard touchdown pass to Vincent Jackson #83 in the first quarter against the Pittsburgh Steelers during their AFC Divisional Playoff Game on January 11, 2009 at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Steelers won 35-24. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

The Chargers have once again failed to make anything of their season.  LaDanian Tomlinson sure looks like he is at the near end with his now constant injuries, and they put the Franchise Tag on Darren Sproles. 


Don’t get me wrong, Sproles had a couple of pretty good games, but he’s no franchise player, definitely not a starter, not even if L.T. goes elsewhere soon. 

They lost Goff to the Chiefs and Olshansky to the Cowboys.  They did get Kevin Burnett from the Cowboys, but I think they have bigger problems than that. 


How bout picking up some Corners and/or safeties?  Next to last in pass coverage doesn’t really say, “Hey let’s go nab a LB.” 


I feel bad for Philip Rivers, because they have all this get to the playoffs talent, but they lack the win in the playoffs talent. He is a damn good QB and he deserves to have the talent to win some games. He and LaDanian can’t do it all. 


The Chargers will probably continue to make the playoffs for the next three or four years, but they will lose in the first round every time, until they decide to get some more talent to catch the passes from Rivers. 


Grab some in the Draft or guess who is still available in free agency, Torry Holt, Marvin Harrison, Ike Hilliard, Joe Jurevicious, etc… They may be down in their productivity as of late, but their veteran presence could be what they need for training purposes and who knows they could have just needed a change. 


Look at Jerry Rice, his last two years in San Fran were barely 800 yd seasons, then he went to Oakland and had over 1,000 yds in his first two.  He may have just needed the change of venue, maybe that’s what Marvin, Torry, and/or Ike need. 


I say someone with a QB (San Diego) should grab at least one of these guys up for a single year contract and see if they can actually still produce.  If no then you have to say, “Peace out homie”.