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The San Diego Chargers are the most interesting team in the league to me. If you have read my previous articles you know that I think that San Diego will be a letdown this year. So how can I have them as letdowns and Super Bowl contenders? The answer is simply with some luck.
The Chargers have the talent, and have for the past six or seven years. The problem is, they have never done anything with it. San Diego has the luxury of playing in one of the weaker divisions in the NFL, so they are almost guaranteed a playoff spot without having played a game yet.
This is where the luck must start. If things fall the right way in the playoffs and the right teams get knocked off, San Diego could be primed to finally go back to the Super Bowl.
Phillip Rivers is one of the top five quarterbacks in the game right now, and Ryan Mathews is poised to have a big rookie season, as he replaces LaDainian Tomlinson as the feature back in San Diego.
Antonio Gates is still one of the players at his position, and the team has done a fantastic job of not letting Vincent Jackson become a distraction. So, it seems that offensively this team will not miss a beat, from being one of the top offenses as it has been for the past few seasons.
Defensively, I have accused this team of having a "bend but don't break" philosophy. And while I still believe that to be the case, it isn't necessarily a bad thing. They were midpack in total defense, and in the bottom third in takeaways. On the plus side, they were ranked eleventh in points allowed. So, like I said, "bend but don't break" isn't necessarily a bad thing.
So, as it relates to the Chargers, they always seem like a team that is on the brink of making a Super Bowl run, but for whatever reason it never happens. The talent is in place, now all they need is for the stars to align properly, and maybe this can finally be the year.