You must be wondering why do I have a picture of Drew Brees up as a Charger for this article. Well, this is basically a article about the analyst, the fans, and the haters. Many who doubt the Chargers ability to win without key players, coaching changes, and offensive/ defensive philosophical changes. Many analyst have said that the Chargers window is closing due to recently released players such as LaDainian Tomlinson and Jamal Williams. Also to include the loss of Cromartie in a trade. Hell, people even question the depth of the Chargers quarterbacks after Charlie Whitehurst was traded to the Seahawks. Whitehurst was a third string QB for crying out loud! So here is a article to all the idiots that says the Chargers window is closing.
Back in 2005, coming off a 12-4 season, the Chargers fell sorely to a 9-7 record with five of their games being winnable. Considering the Chargers only loss by four or less points, they just needed to finish their games. Also, with Drew Brees being injured towards the ending part of the season, the Chargers future was in the air.
I've heard people say that the Chargers are going down during the 2006 off-season. Such a speculation was due to what happened in the 2005 with Drew Brees out and putting in a untested Philip Rivers at QB for the first time. Questions were raised if Marcus McNeil, a 2006 draftee, could play tackle with his back health issues. Questions also were raised if Antonio Cromartie would be able to play after not playing the previous season in Florida State. There were also concerns at the safety position. There were many questions which made many doubt that the Chargers were ever going to be back at the top.
Look at how the Chargers came back and prove to everyone that their window is wide as hell. The Chargers responded by having one of their best seasons in their team's history with a 14-2 record. LaDainian Tomlinson broke numerous rushing records all the while having a questionable O-line that proved to be one of the best in the league. Marcus McNeil proved to be a elite tackle after all. Philip Rivers also proved to be a outstanding QB starting in his first full season ultimately leading him to a Pro Bowl.
Then came doubts again about the Chargers after the 2006 season. Head Coach Marty Schottenheimer got fired after a outstanding season but with the lack of succeeding in the play-offs, he was ultimately shown the door.
Enter Norv Turner. I have seen nothing but negative articles that Turner is a failure. He never succeeded with the Washington Redskins or the Oakland Raiders. He's only a good offensive coordinator. Blah blah blah blah blah. All negative reports on him. Analyst questioned whether Turner fit the Chargers offense seeing that he's a bit of a passing coach versus the rushing attack of Schottenheimer.
Those same analyst questioned whether the Chargers going to be the same team with a new head coach, new offensive coordinator, and a new defensive coordinator. Analyst also questioned if the Chargers defense can play just as good after Donnie Edwards and Randall Godfrey got cut.
So many doubts about the Chargers with so many drastic changes before the 2007 season. How did the Chargers respond? Turner help lead that Charger team to their first AFC Championship Game in 13 years. On top of that, he helped rip apart many analyst who said he's a passing oriented coach by having L.T. take his second rushing title home. Norv Turner also was directly responsible in coaching Rivers to become a better QB after being in a run oriented system in 2006.
Then came the 2009 off-season. Analyst and many AFC West rival fans kept up with the doubts predicting that the Chargers 2008 season was proof of the team's window winding down. They neglect to mention that the Chargers went through a lot of changes regarding coaching personnel and defensive philosophy half-way through the season. Those very same people fail to mention that the Chargers were the AFC West Champs in 2008. With a 8-8 record, they beat the 12-4 Colts in the playoffs.
Still though, coming off a 8-8 season in 2008 made a lot of opposing fans say the Chargers going down. With Rivers injury problem, a weak defense, and with L.T. becoming less effective, many said the Chargers aren't going to take the division again or have a chance at the playoffs. Analyst also point to the 8-8 Chargers playing with a tough schedule for the reason they're heading downward in 2009.
Guess what analysts, during the 2009 season, the Chargers had no running game and a average defense that can't play the run but yet, on the arm of Philip Rivers and the coaching of Norv Turner, the Chargers went on to a 13-3 record. Proving all the doubter wrong especially them AFC West fans and analyst.
So here we are now. Many of these idiot "analyst" and fans saying the Chargers days are down and will be declining in the coming years. They argue that LaDainian Tomlinson is gone. Jamal Williams is gone. Antonio Cromartie is gone. I would love to bash many of these so-call experts but I'd leave that for them to read my numerous comments on other articles on why the Chargers will be on top.
One thing is for sure and something that has never changed and why the Chargers will be on top of their game for a long time, that is current GM AJ Smith. AJ Smith and the late John Butler are the reasons the Chargers are at the top of their game. The late John Butler, God bless his soul, laid the Chargers foundation. Then his friend, assistant GM at the time, took over in the 2004 off-season. Those two men are the reasons why the Chargers are elite.
AJ Smith helped the Chargers have six winning seasons in nine seasons with the team. Funny how the three losing seasons the Chargers have had is during AJ Smith's first three years with the team from 2001-2003. Since then the Chargers have been just fine.
So, for all those idiots that believe the Chargers are going down, here is something for all you analyst, opposing fans, and experts, that think the Chargers window is closing. The Chargers window will NEVER close as long as the Chargers main weapon, GM AJ Smith, is leading the way and as of right now, he looks like he's going to stay for the long term. He's going to make sure he brings San Diego that trophy that all of us fans have longed for.