Is this the greatest offseason the Chargers have ever had? Is San Diego primed to capture its first Super Bowl in franchise history?
After the team made an enormous splash by signing free agent Pro Bowl cornerback Brandon Flowers last month, many fans in San Diego are drinking the proverbial Kool-Aid.
Following a successful, overachieving season in 2013, the Chargers seem to have turned their greatest weakness into a strength and look to go further than any other Chargers team ever has.
Younger players like Keenan Allen, D.J. Fluker, Corey Liuget and Ladarius Green look to improve on their success from last season and help veterans Philip Rivers, Eric Weddle and Antonio Gates reach the promised land. The camaraderie of the team starts from the top with GM Tom Telesco and head coach Mike McCoy and trickles down to captains Rivers and Weddle.
This unity was proven when Flowers made his visit to San Diego and was warmly welcomed by the organization, especially the veteran leadership of the team. According to the UT's Michael Gehlken, Flowers "could tell the Chargers wanted him."
Kyle Posey of Bolts from the Blue lists Flowers' tackling and intuition as reasons why the signing will work out well for San Diego, as well as the positive impact he could have on some of the team's young cornerbacks. Not to mention, the organization didn't have to break the bank to sign the talented defensive back.
According to Eric D. Williams of ESPN, Rivers was recently voted the sixth best quarterback among a poll by Mike Sando of NFL coaches and executives, and fellow players voted him the 34th best player in the league, according to the NFL Network's Top 100 Players of 2014. The Pro Bowl quarterback will need to be even better this year than he was last year if the Chargers are to go all the way.
Telesco addressed the team's weaknesses at cornerback, outside linebacker, guard and nose tackle in the draft. If Jason Verrett, Jeremiah Attaochu, Chris Watt and Ryan Carrethers can contribute next season, the Chargers will be able to compete with Denver for the AFC West crown.
Luckily, Verrett won't have to make any throws as a cornerback.
A certain All-Pro pass-rusher is also being overlooked: Dwight Freeney.
The seven-time Pro Bowler will make his return after missing the majority of last season with a quadriceps injury. His services will absolutely be needed for the defense to improve on their ghastly inability to get off the field on third down. Eric D. Williams notes just how poor the Bolts' defense was on the "money down."
The Chargers are all-in on the 2014 NFL season after what very well may be the best offseason in franchise history.
They drafted quality players at positions of need, spent money on one of the biggest free-agent names available and they have a franchise quarterback in his prime and ready to lead his team to a Super Bowl.
There is nothing preventing this team from making it to Glendale, Arizona. All they have to do is compete.