Lightning Storm of Frustration: Why the Chargers Need To Rebuild and How

Garrett JamesContributor INovember 20, 2011

Norv looking at the exit door
Norv looking at the exit doorJonathan Daniel/Getty Images

 With the Chargers losing a fifth straight game, it seems like as every week goes by, the fire under AJ Smiths' seat is starting to burn up. Before the season started, the praise that Smith got for signing big-name free agents (well, not really) led up to the talk that once again the Chargers would win the upcoming Super Bowl.  

Now at 4-6 and in the cellar of the AFC West, most fans have become frustrated, disgruntled and have given up hope in their Chargers. Being a Charger fan myself, it is so FRUSTRATING knowing the damage this team could have done. But when your favorite football team is led by a moronic idiot who is called "an offensive genius" when his team can't even lead a two-minute drill, scoring minimal points becomes a common occurrence.  

Even Philip Rivers, one of last year's best passers, has thrown 16 interceptions. I know they have been riddled with injuries, but that shouldn't be used as an excuse to lose games. The problems with this team goes farther than the team itself, it goes into the management and ownership. Dean Spanos seems pretty content with the Chargers as long as they bring in revenue. It is time to rebuild.

Starting with re-signings: Re-sign Vincent Jackson, retain Mike Tolbert, release Patrick Crayton, retain Nick Hardwick and re-sign Antonio Garay

In free agency: (Wish List)

-Sign Carl Nicks/Ben Grubbs to go across Kris Dielman (Get well, soon)

Upshaw is an ideal 3-4 Outside Linebacker
Upshaw is an ideal 3-4 Outside LinebackerKevin C. Cox/Getty Images


- Sign Chris Hope/Jim Leonhard to go across Eric Weddle

- Sign Terrell Thomas


In the Draft: (numbers represent rounds)

1. Draft Courtney Upshaw, OLB to go opposite Shaun Phillips

2. Draft Dwayne Allen, TE as an heir apparent to Antonio Gates

3. Draft AJ Jenkins/Jeff Fuller/Nick Toon as a replacement for Malcom Floyd

4. Draft Cyrus Gray, RB

5. Draft Larry Parker, CB

6. Draft Chris Marve, ILB

7. Draft Chris Rainey as a kick returner



Replace them with Mike Zimmer and Bill Cowher.