5 Players Who Need to Step Up in 2013

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5 Players Who Need to Step Up in 2013
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The draft has come and gone, and the Bolts still don't have a left tackle.  The San Diego Union-Tribune seems to offer up a possible solution every day.  A. J. Smith often spoke of trying to get the Chargers into "the tournament" each year with the hope that one year they'd break through and win the Super Bowl.

After two straight seasons of missing the playoffs with the man he referred to as "Coach Turner" every chance he got, he broke with his own tradition and tried to make a splash in free agency.  That brought disastrous results, including the first losing record since 2003 and an entirely new regime.

So now Tom Telesco is the one trying to build—rebuild would be the more accurate description—a team that will create a window of success for itself.  Boltheads can only hope that this one won't get stuck in the window as has every other Charger team.

So what should we expect this season?  According to the experts, not very much.  Although no one wants to concede a fourth consecutive season without a playoff berth, fans would be more likely to accept a team that seems to be moving towards a title.

As for 2013, here are five Bolts that will need to elevate their performances for the sake of themselves, the team and the fans.

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