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For all the talent that the Chargers have had over the past five years or so, they have lacked one thing: Veteran leadership. Yes, they had L.T., but he was so used to a poor supporting cast that he always led on his own, with little help around him, especially on offense. This glaring fact has become evident in the past playoff debacles, where the team has flopped on its back against far less talented teams.
Now the Chargers finally have some veteran leadership on both sides of the ball. On offense the Chargers have Philip Rivers, the undisputed commander of this team (go back to the previous slide if you are confused), and Antonio Gates running the ship.
More importantly, on defense, the Chargers finally have a group of veterans that have “been there and done that." They have ex-Defensive Player of the Year and Super Bowl winner, Bob Sanders, who looks in “Pro-Bowl form”; if he can stay healthy paired up with the Chargers’ best defensive player Eric Weddle (see his new contract), the two form one of the best safety combinations in the league. They picked up seasoned vet Takeo Spikes who has been on a variety of teams and knows Greg Manusky’s Defense by heart. The best middle linebacker in the league, Patrick Willis, certainly seems to miss this guy:
“Takeo is like a brother to me. We spent some time here together and he’s a guy I looked up to even before I played with him. I certainly will miss him.”
That’s good enough for me.
Not to mention Pro-Bowl outside linebacker Shaun Phillips who is coming off the best year of his career.
Oh, and Quentin Jammer…The most underrated CB in the league. Like Norv Turner said: "The guys in the league (other CBs) that get a lot of attention are the guys that get a lot of interceptions. The guys that get a lot of interceptions are the guys that have the ball thrown at them a lot." Basically what Norv is saying is that interceptions = the most misleading statistic in the NFL.
The veterans must take the reins of the San Diego Chargers for them to succeed and, so far in the preseason, it seems like that is happening.