Despite statistics that suggested Pro Bowl-caliber talent on both sides of the ball, the San Diego Chargers finished the 2010 season at 9-7 and well under their expectations.
Often it would be special teams flubs or early turnovers that would create holes too deep for the Bolts to overcome, not to mention a slew of untimely injuries that at times left Phillip Rivers with a corps of wide receivers he wouldn't meet until game day.
While the Bolts still managed to finish strong, this was a testimony to an overall sound team effort that, with the exception of Philip Rivers, boasted no real All-Pro candidates. By now, we are well aware what we can expect from most players.
Then there are the other guys, those players who will need to rise to the occasion in 2011 if the Chargers are to rise themselves, in this case to the next level of Super Bowl glory.
Pictured here are players who might need Pro Bowl-type seasons if the Chargers are not only to win the AFC West, but make a run deep into the playoffs.