I heard it last year, I'm hearing it again this year.
The San Diego Chargers are one of the favorites to make it to Arlington, Texas, the site of this season's Super Bowl. The biggest game in the industry.
The city of San Diego, the fans, and even the media are buzzing about the potential of the team that's about to embark on what could be the franchise's best run since they made it to the big game back in 1994—a run that ended with a blowout loss to the San Francisco 49ers, whom at the time, had not only more talent, but also more consistency.
If you look at 2010 San Diego Chargers, consistency will be the key for a legitimate run at the Super Bowl at Cowboys' Stadium.
They have a well above average quarterback in Philip Rivers, a running back that could be a star in the making in Ryan Mathews, an offensive line led by one of the best centers in the league in Nick Hardwick, and a wide receiving corps who, despite the absence of Vincent Jackson, still has a lot of talent and ability. They also have a defense that, despite their troubles in the secondary, was still giving ugave up less than 20 points per game last season.
The talent is there. It's what they do with it during the season that counts the most.
The Chargers play in a division that lacks any real threat at the division crown, so getting into the playoffs is merely a formality unless this team takes themselves far too seriously.
When you look at the first half of their schedule, there's no reason that the Chargers shouldn't at least be able to win seven of those nine games, if not eight.
They will have Jacksonville, Arizona, New England, and Tennessee at home, and will be on the road for Kansas City, Seattle, Oakland, St. Louis, and Houston. Those nine teams were a combined 59-85 in 2009, and three of which (Arizona, New England, Houston) finishing above .500 last year.
Their final seven games down the stretch, four at home against Denver, Oakland, Kansas City, and San Francisco, and three on the road against Indianapolis, Cincinnati, and Denver, will be the deciding factor on just how determined they are to get to the ultimate prize.
If there was ever a schedule set up for the Chargers to have home field advantage throughout the playoffs, this is the year to get it done.
This is the year where one-and-done isn't an option anymore. This is the year where they put it all together and make their biggest run since the Natron Means days.
Win the games they're supposed to win, take care of business, and let the rest work itself out. They have the talent, but consistency will be the name of the game for this 2010 team.