San Diego Chargers: The Gang Back, Super Team in Striking Distance?

OliviaCorrespondent IMay 14, 2009

SAN DIEGO - SEPTEMBER 07:  Linebacker Shawne Merriman #56 of the San Diego Chargers fights the block of running back DeAngelo Williams #34 of the Carolina Panthers on September 7, 2008 at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego, California. The Panthers won 26-24.  (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)

With what seems to be like all of the gang back, will the San Diego Chargers come out on top this season?

Although this 2009 schedule doesn't seem the easiest for the team, the Chargers are known for bringing upsets to exciting and thrilling games.

Even though they made it to the playoffs last year, let's hope this season isn't as bumpy as the last. With almost no injuries at the moment, the Chargers should be at their full potential and hopefully climb their way to the top.

With Philip Rivers' (QB) health at 100 percent, LaDainian Tomlinson (RB) back to his normal self, and Shawn Merriman's (DE) return, this talented team is definitely looking to strike their way to the top.

One of the most important players the Chargers will have back this year is Merriman. Last season showed that the defense was nothing without him.

You may have thought that one player couldn't make much of a difference, I know I did, but apparently it did. I'm sure the defense, and the rest of the team, will be happy to have him back. 

Not only do they get Rivers, LT, and Merriman back, they get Darren Sproles (RB), and the whole rest of the gang back, not to mention the talented rookies.

The Chargers also return 10 of their offensive starters this year and many of their valuable reserves.

Larry English (DE), the Chargers first round draft pick, is definitely overlooked. He has great talent and will show it this 2009 season. With English and Merriman rushing and putting tremendous pressure on the passer, Antonio Cromartie(CB), Quentin Jammer(CB), and all the other cornerbacks, they will hopefully take advantage of this situation.

Rivers said it himself: "The fact that we’re so healthy, it helps in many different ways.”

The past two years starters and backups have been injured at the start and it shows in the first few weeks of the regular season. With now nearly all players healthy, who knows what to expect from this talented team.

The Chargers are still looking for a Super Bowl win and this year just might be their year. Again, with Rivers, LT, Merriman, and the rest of the team healthy, they're almost unstoppable.

Another thing that could have either a negative or a positive effect for this team is the shake up of the wild, wacky AFC West division this offseason.

With Jay Cutler gone and Matt Castle here, what is there to expect from these divisional teams? The Chargers are bursting with talent and will show it on the field this upcoming season to all their opponents.

The Chargers hope to stay on top of their division this season. I personally think they have a great chance of staying the leader. Even so much that I think this is finally the year they make it to the big game at the end of the season: Super Bowl.