Gone are the days when the AFC Pro Bowl roster was littered with Chargers.
At this point in the season, there are only two players (possibly three) on the San Diego roster that deserve to go to the Pro Bowl, and you all can probably guess who those two are.
Philip Rivers is the most obvious choice. Rivers is a stat monster, leading the league in passing yards at 2,944 yards, which puts him on pace to beat Dan Marino's single season passing record. The best part: most of the time Rivers has been missing his best receivers.
The other obvious choice is Antonio Gates. Gates is the leading receiver in San Diego, and he is an athletic phenomenon. He blocks well, runs routes well, has hands like fly paper; there is nothing that he doesn't do well. I wonder every week whether he is a tight end or a wide receiver; he's just that athletic.
The third possibility, who is sort of a dark horse candidate, is Mike Tolbert, the running back-fullback hybrid. He has really helped keep the Chargers' running game on track, and watching him run the football is just plain fun. His physical style of running is something that is truly missing in the NFL these days.