In 2008, the San Diego Chargers won the AFC West for the third straight year, and fourth time in five years. For the second straight year, they beat the Indianapolis Colts in the playoffs. Their quarterback, Phillip Rivers, led the league in passer rating and tied Drew Brees for the lead in touchdown passes.
But the Chargers were expected to contend for a Championship in '08. Instead, the team limped to the end of November with a 4-8 record, and their regular season record of 8-8 was their worst since going 4-12 in 2003. Their running game was inconsistent at best, and the defense struggled to stop opponents or get off the field.
The Chargers have been considered one of the most talented teams in football over the last five years, yet many players had sub-par seasons in '08. Again, the team enters the '09 season with high expectations. For the team to rebound, and perhaps finally live up to their vast potential, these five players will need to have bounce back seasons in '09.