The San Diego Chargers enter the 2009 season as pretenders to the throne. For the last three seasons, the Bolts have been everybody's lock pick to win the Super Bowl...and we all know how that turned out.
Preseason predictions are worthless in the cold reality of yet another playoff loss.
Last year's exciting stretch run showed what this team is capable of achieving, and yet it left all its fans frustrated as usual. By the time the Chargers had arrived in Pittsburgh for the divisional playoffs, they were battered and bruised.
Without LT, It was just a question of when and where they would finally go down. The Steelers effectively snuffed out most Charger threats, until they were safely out to a huge lead. Watching Pittsburgh win it all again was hardly comforting to Chargers' fans left standing at the door.
So the Chargers head into 2009 with few question marks, and many questions. Such as...
Does LT have anything left?
Will the return of Shawne Merriman bring the defense back to form?
Can anyone in the division challenge them?
Can WR Buster Davis contribute in his third season?
Can Norv Turner finally win the big game as a head coach?
Your guess is as good as mine...but it should be fun finding out.