Is Anything Wrong with the Chargers?

6 08 2008

We have a secret about Vincent Jackson you will want to know about.

We have a secret about Vincent Jackson you will want to know about.

One of the best regular season teams over the past few seasons has been the San Diego Chargers.  Unfortunately, that regular season success has not translated into much post-season success.  After talking to Chargers beat reporter Kevin Acee, from the San Diego Union-Tribune, this could be the season that doesn’t end prematurely.  “I’d be foolish not to pick the Chargers to be in the Super Bowl,” said Acee in an interview on the Mike Gill Show on ESPN Radio 1450.

It’s no secret that the Chargers have a ton of talent at their Chargers Park training site.  Running back LaDainian Tomlinson is thought by many to be the leagues best, as is tight end Antonio Gates.  “In my opinion, the most irreplaceable player is Gates,” said Acee.  “His talent is unprecedented right now in the NFL.” 

Many people know about Tomlinson and Gates but aren’t aware of the other talent that surrounds them on the field.  Former Dolphin Chris Chambers is now in his first full season with the Bolts. “The biggest single reason they made the playoffs is Chris Chambers,” said Acee.  He predicts a 60-70 catch season for Chambers. who produced 35 receptions, 555 yards, and 4 touchdowns, in addition to another 16 catches for 268 yards, and one more score in their three playoff games that year.  The real guy to watch this season according to Acee could be wide receiver Vincent Jackson.  ” Vincent Jackson will be T.O. (Dallas wideout Terrell Owens) without the drops this season.”  That’s some high praise for a guy who caught 41 balls for 623 yards and just three touchdowns in 2007.

On defense, the Chargers are loaded with top level talent with Shawne Merriman and Antonio Cromartie leading the way but time could be running out to lift that Lombardi trophy.  “The Urgency is now,” says Acee.  “The Fan base is getting more demanding in San Diego, but some of these guys are going to want to be paid soon enough.”

Acee urged that even at 29 years of age that Tomlinson has looked stronger then ever and that he has never seen quarterback Phillip Rivers, now in his third year as the top signal-caller, look better. 

Sounds as if Chargers fans don’t have a whole lot to worry about in 2008.  ” There are some problems on the right side of the o-line,” said Acee.  “And if you want to get real particular, the center spot is a weak spot.” The center spot was being manned by Nick Hardwick but he has been lost to injury and replaced by veteran Jeremy Newberry who started 14 games with Oakland in 2007.

The time is now for the Chargers and it looks like they have the talent to get it done.  But like Acee said, the urgency is now and there aren’t a lot of holes on this team that was just one game away from the Super Bowl one season ago.

Up Next : Houston Texans

This is a series called “2-A-Days” that will preview two teams per day every day this month, where Mike Gill will interview a beat writer or radio personality who covers the team on “The Mike Gill Show” on ESPN Radio 1450 , weekdays from 3-6pm.




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