Jan 1, 2012; Oakland, CA, USA; San Diego Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers (17) calls a play in the huddle against the Oakland Raiders during the fourth quarter at O.co Coliseum. San Diego defeated Oakland 38-26. Mandatory Credit: Jason O. Watson-US PRESSWIRE

Note to the Rest of the AFC WEST


Look out! Get off the tracks because the train known as The San Diego Super Chargers will be rolling right on to win the Superbowl this year!!

With the additions our team has made in free agency and the draft, I feel better about this year’s squad than I have about any of our other past teams.  I know it’s early.  I know we still have a long way to go until September.  I also know that this division will be as competitive as ever!  I, unlike many people, have always found the AFC West to be very competitive.  It seems to me that regardless of record or place in the division, when two AFC West teams meet it is going to be a dogfight to the end.

Go ahead and criticize me by saying that the games are only competitive because the teams in the division are all weak.  I had a guy tell me this recently.  There was no need for a reply from me due to the fact that his statement automatically discontinued any and all interest that I had in his opinion.  Not because it differed from mine.  But because the guy was a complete d-bag.  He also claimed that Rivers was a terrible QB and that we would only win three games this year.  Yup, D-BAG!

With that being said, I truly believe that barring a catastrophic injury to #17, this will be the year we win the AFC West AND the Superbowl.

I can’t wait to enjoy the ride and if I’m wrong, I’ll be back next year supporting my team the only way I know how……. 110%!!

Thanks for reading!

BoltUp!

BoogaP

  • RMainwaring

    Absolutely! I think I’m gonna go back and update the article I wrote about the prediction I made for the Chargers season record. I think the Broncos fans will be disappointed as they won’t be as good as everyone thought they would. I think we can already assume that the Chargers will have a potent offense (Norv always has them in the top 5) and now, after what they did in the draft, I feel way better about the defense. As long as Norv doesn’t screw it up, look out.

  • RMainwaring

    Absolutely! I think I’m gonna go back and update the article I wrote about the prediction I made for the Chargers season record. I think the Broncos fans will be disappointed as they won’t be as good as everyone thought they would. I think we can already assume that the Chargers will have a potent offense (Norv always has them in the top 5) and now, after what we did in the draft, I feel way better about the defense. As long as Norv doesn’t screw it up, look out.

    • BoogaP

       @RMainwaring
       There is always the “Norval Factor” for sure. Im not buying the “Peyton to Denver” sealing the division blabber. 

      • PeteSpinning1

         @BoogaP  I’m not sold on Denver taking the division, either. I think, when all is said and done… whatever team can stay healthy, and not make ridiculous mistakes (Eh hem… Philip in the KC game, and 20+ INT’s) will win the division. Three teams (SD, Oakland, and KC) were decimated by injuries. It was so bad with the injuries, that Denver was able to come out of the basement, with friggin’ Tim Tebow, and steal the division. That should never have happened.

  • BoogaP

    I also think that Philip is going to be super-motivated knowing that Manning had his choice on where to play and it seems like he thought the AFC West was where he could easily win it all. 
     
    Philip has to be taking that personally.  I would be.  Add that to coming off a down year, I think he will have his best season. 

  • biggsybolt

    I too am very excited for the season to start! And hopefully that “Norval Factor” isn’t present this season! I hope Coach Bisaccia is able to get a hold of time management and challenges (My main complaints about Norv). The 2 minute drill has also been a problem and should be addressed this season. That said, I haven’t been this hyped for a season to start this early in the year! I think with all the interaction with the players that we have had over the last few months on twitter they might feel that we have faith in them and will help the have even more in themselves.

  • BoogaP

    @biggsybolt Whats gd bro!

    • biggsybolt

      @BoogaP Might be headed to a local lumber mill for work, keeping fingers crossed

  • http://www.facebook.com/pages/San-Diego-Charger-Fans-in-Austin/141452695877591 Kenny

    I guess I am one of the few not excited by our roster full of number 2 WRs, or the fact that we have no solid back-up for Mathews when he gets injured.  Our WR1, I use the term lossely, Floyd and our RB1 Mathews are both very injury prone. So AJ goes out and signs a basket full of WR/PR. Why do we need all these returners? How about some good WRs.  I did like the defense oriented draft, but I am not buying into the over-hyped medicore players we acquired in free agency prior to.  There is a reason they were available cheap. There is some decent veteran RBs still available, hopefully we can get our hands on one. McClain is a not a a RB, he is a blocking FB. 
    Hopefully I will be proven wrong, but I fear I wont be…

    • RMainwaring

       @Kenny I understand you’re cynical, Kenny and for good reason. Just keep in mind that, although the Chargers have had their offensive woe’s, Norv Turner has always had his offense in the top 5 in the league. Your receivers are only gonna be as good as your QB. Philip Rivers always makes his receivers better. (Bet you Vincent Jackson has an average year with the Bucs this year). I wouldn’t describe Meachem or Royal as number 2 receivers. I also would characterize Jarrett Johnson as “mediocre”. Curtis Brinkley is very capable of taking over for Tolbert and Le’Ron McClain played RB in 2008. He rushed for nearly 1000 yards that also earned him a probowl selection, so he IS a running back AND a fullback.

      • biggsybolt

        @RMainwaring @Kenny Randy I couldn’t have said it better. I see Jackson being like John Jefferson, with a quality QB he was a monster with out he was out of the league in 3 years.
         
        Kenny, imagine a 4 WR set. M80 on one side, Meachum on the other, on the inside we have Gates and Royal running pick plays. They all cant be covered at the same time! Not to mention any of the backs coming out to the flats.
         
        I too expect Brinkley to be more involved this season but, nobody has mentioned Frank Summers in the back field yet. I am really high on him along with Vincent Brown in the WR corps. Both having a full off season to prepare they should shine. Brown has the potential of a #1 WR and the size.
         
         

        • RMainwaring

           @biggsybolt  @RMainwaring  @Kenny Sorry guys I had to edit my last comment so I deleted it and reposted it. 

        • http://boltbeat.com/ epadaon

           @biggsybolt  @RMainwaring  @Kenny frank summers is not on the roster at the moment.. he was a free agent and has not been picked back up. he is trying to find a job where he can get more playing time. dont know if he finds that anywhere though

        • http://www.facebook.com/pages/San-Diego-Charger-Fans-in-Austin/141452695877591 Kenny

           @epadaon  @biggsybolt  @RMainwaring
           
          @rmainwaring LT rushed for over 1100 yards in 2008, but that doesnt make him a good option in 2012 as Mathews back-up. 
          Why wouldnt you describe Meachem or Royal as number 2s?  They left their former teams as number 2s, and Meachem just got his knee scoped!  As for Royal he has always been a better KR than WR, his 155 reieving yards last season are evident of that.
          I am not cynical by any means.  I am very much a realist though.  Sometimes being fanatical, prevents us from being objective.  I truely wish I had as much faith in this roster full of number 2s as you do.  Then again you dont believe they are number 2s.  So we obviously will not see eye to eye on this issue.  As for Brinkley, neither you nor I know if he is capable. He had 30 carries for 101 yards, not exactly impressive.  However, he may prove himself valuable if given the chance. 
          I think that there are still veteran RBs available that would be an asset to the Chargers more so than McClain.  Even if we dont see eye to eye, I think we both want to see the best available talent brought into the organization.  In my opinion AJ has not  been able to acomplish doing that, yet.
           @biggsybolt I rember having those same thoughts last offseason. Jackson and M80 on the outside, Gates and Crayton in the slot.  Uncoverable, I thought.  Sadly we all remember how last season ended.  I do have high hope for Brown though, he has the size and potential to be a solid number 1.  Which will be needed when M80 goes down with injury. Thats when, not if.

        • biggsybolt

           @epadaon  DAMN IT!!! Lol sorry I forgot he was a FA, there goes my fact checking ….. wish he was though, turn him into a bruiser like Tolbert.

        • biggsybolt

           @Kenny  I’ve never had faith in Crayton. I too had high expectations for the offense last season but, hindsight being 20/20 I see that the offensive line being injured and young had a lot to do with it then you add the off season or lack there of to the picture and it explains a lot more.
           
          Who would you bring in as a back up to Mathews? Personally I like the bruiser style backs for 3rd and short.

        • BoogaP

           @Kenny  @rmainwaring  @biggsybolt
           Royal was playing in a Tebow QBd offense.  Last time he even had a decent QB, Cutler, he tore it up. Yes, I think he is a decent QB. Nothing more nothing less. 
           
          You were excited about any combo with Crayton in it?? Hmmm. 
           
          I’ve talked to Brinkley via Twitter and he is working harder than ever this offseason.  I think he’ll do well if given more opportunities.
           
          You’re thinking that there are still better options at RB than McClain is laughable.  But as you said earlier to Randy, not gonna see eye to eye on this one. 
           
          I am of the belief that this is the time for being “fanatical” as you put it.  You do know that is where the word Fan comes from right? Im sure you do. Remember there is no inflection in commenting.  I appreciate your opinion.

        • http://www.facebook.com/pages/San-Diego-Charger-Fans-in-Austin/141452695877591 Kenny

           @biggsybolt
           I personally like Ryan Grant alot, probably more than most. I know there was talk about Detriot being intersted, but I dont believe he has signed anything yet. 

        • http://www.facebook.com/pages/San-Diego-Charger-Fans-in-Austin/141452695877591 Kenny

           @BoogaP  @rmainwaring  @biggsybolt
           Yes I was looking forward to the “Crayton” combo in 2011 after his great 2010 season with the Bolts. Who wasnt?  Do you not recall him averaging 18.4 yards per reception in 2010.  I remember being pretty impressed that an old slot reciever  put up those numbers.  I dont understand how you can disregard that performance and at the same time think Meacham (18.6 last year) and Royal (8.2 last year) are WR1s.

        • BoogaP

           @Kenny
           Who wasn’t? I wasn’t. Slow your roll man.  We disagree.  LAST YEAR ROYAL WAS INJURED AND HAD TIM TEBOW AS A QB.  :) 
           
          Oh, by the way, Tebow was the QB in Denver last year. I’d rather have you throwing the rock than 46% accuracy Tim. 

        • RMainwaring

           @Kenny  My point with McClain rushing for nearly 1000 yards in 2008 was that you said he was strictly a fullback. While I understand that you are trying to be a realist, I’m trying to be an optimist. I do think that Eddie Royal and Robert Meachem, can be number 1 receivers. It’s the coaching I have reservations about. Norv Turner doesn’t seem to have the ability to bring out the best in his players. Could be because of his “Mr. Nice Guy” attitude with the players. You are correct, we may not see eye to eye so we can just agree to disagree. 

        • http://www.facebook.com/pages/San-Diego-Charger-Fans-in-Austin/141452695877591 Kenny

           @BoogaP@RMainwaring 
          @boogap It was a rhetorical question.  You already made it clear that you weren’t looking forward, however many were. 
          Slow my roll? I didnt know it needed to be slowed. I thought we were having a civil conversation on a topic we disagreed. I guess not. Consider my roll slowed.
          @rmainwaring Perhaps I should not have spoke in absolutes.  I feel McClain is more of a FB than  RB. 

        • RMainwaring

           @Kenny  I got ya’. I guess we will see. I’m just hoping for the best. 

        • BoogaP

           @Kenny  @boogap  @rmainwaring
           We’re cool.  On the slowing your roll….You addressed it in the speaking in “absolutes” comment.  Love your avi by the way. 
           
          My dad is here from AZ but he was born in San Antonio.  He saw that avi and went nuts!

        • http://www.facebook.com/pages/San-Diego-Charger-Fans-in-Austin/141452695877591 Kenny

           @BoogaP  @rmainwaring
           Thanks. I organized a facebook San Diego Charger Fans group here in Austin.  If you guys every make it back out this way come join us for game! We have a few San Antonio Charger fans that make the trip up here every Sunday for gameday.

        • BoogaP

           @Kenny  @RMainwaring  @boogap
           Oh yeah, rhetorical questions in the commenting section?  Hmmm.

        • PeteSpinning1

           @Kenny  @rmainwaring  @biggsybolt I dunno… to be honest… I really don’t like any of the free agent RB’s. They’re all beat up, aging, or were just “filler backs”. I have a feeling with the money that we get from releasing LaBoy, that we’ll probably get one… but, I’m sort of hopng they let Brinkley, Baker, or Summers (if retained) have a shot. They are younger, and quicker.
           
          Brinkley has a lot to offer, from what I’ve seen.. he just never got the carries because of Tolbert, and Mathews. But, when both of those guys DID go down (in that KC game), Brinkley ran hard, and put us in a position to win. Philip just effed it up. He ran so hard, he got a concussion.. has a lot of heart for a smaller guy, and I like his story.. if having bullets lodged in yer chest, and still playing football doesn’t say “toughness”, I don’t know what does.
           
          I’m not sold on Hightower, Grant, Addai, OR Benson. Those guys are also still on the market for a reason. Funny you keep bringing up number 2 receivers… I’d say the Free Agent RB’s you want SD to sign are bottom of the barrel injury prone backs… kind of like how Sanders looked attractive, but went down in two seconds. I realize he isn’t a RB, but I get that feeling that SD is done gambling on old players.. otherwise we might as well bring LT back. I think AJ knows that, and drafted Baker. And, BTW… who says McClain can’t run the ball? If SD knows anything… it’s how to pick an RB.  We just lost Tolbert, and everyone was crying… what round was he drafted in? Think about it.

        • http://www.facebook.com/pages/San-Diego-Charger-Fans-in-Austin/141452695877591 Kenny

           @PeteSpinning1  @rmainwaring  @biggsybolt
           I agree that the FA running backs are not cream of the crop, but they are meant to be a back-up to Mathews.  As for Baker, who knows.  He is alot lighter than Tolbert, but I am not a Michigan State fan so never watched him play. And everyone looks good on their youtube highlight reel. 
          Meachem and Royal are literally number 2s, unless you consider M80 to be the number 2.  Our 2011 WR2(FLoyd) is presumably the new WR1, and we brought in the Saints WR2 and the Broncos WR2 to fill the void made by the absence of VJ (WR1). I personally look forward to seeing Brown more than any of the WR free agents that we signed.  Meachem didnt get his knee scoped for fun, and recieverless Denver didnt feel Royal was enough of an asset to keep around. 
          Either way I am ready for the season to start, because I do think the Bolts will do significantly better in 2012.  I dont think RIvers will have a repeat of 2011, and our defense looks alot better.  I  am not buying into the offensive decisions right now.  I do think we will be better, mostly because of the other side of the ball. 

        • BoogaP

           @PeteSpinning1
           Addai is a Patriot.
           
          Other than that you stole EVERY other word out of my mouth….errr well out of my mind. lol.
           
          I have to say, when talking to @biggsybolt on the phone today I wouldn’t mind Benson in a limited carries spot on the team. 
           
          I’m excited to see what Brinkley can do with more touches

        • BoogaP

           @Kenny
           Thomas and Decker do not and will not leave the Broncos “receiverless.”  Darn it man! Check ur facts. Decker is a good, but not great receiver.  Thomas will flourish, except against us, with Peyton as his QB.
           
          Royal was a Shanahan pick.  You see that all the time.  Elway is trying to put HIS stamp on this team. Im not going to go into the 10,000 obvious reasons why.
           
          COME ON MAN!!

        • PeteSpinning1

           @BoogaP  Oops… musta missed the Pats / Addai pick up. Didn’t want him anyway… lol.

        • PeteSpinning1

          I hear ya… there is a lot of uncertainty on the offensive side. Lots of change… it’s a new offensive look, for sure. I guess the one thing we have that makes me feel like it’s all going to work out, is Philip Rivers. He will be playing with a chip on his shoulder from last year.
           
          Also, I am one of the few.. lol … that never thought V-Jax was the number one receiver he was supposed to be (I know that’s not a poular viewpoint in these parts). I never once thought he was a a “Charger Lifer” like Gates or Hardwick, nor did he ever show me he was. I agree with Jason LaCamfora from NFL Network… he never broke double digit TD’s, and Rivers was racking up 4,000+ yards a season. He basically implied that V-Jax was falling short of expectations, and I agree with him, to some extent. There was just something distracting about him being here. I always felt like he was going to jump ship for more money… and, he eventually did. Granted, AJ is a cheap bastard… but, I think that a desperate team (like the Bucs) would have paid for him JUST a little bit more than us, no matter what figure we threw out there. If it was Calvin Johnson, or Larry Fitzgerald… I would have said “Pay the Man… are you crazy?!!!” But, he wasn’t that kind of receiver, IMO.

        • PeteSpinning1

           @Kenny 
          I hear ya Kenny… there is a lot of uncertainty on the offensive side. Lots of change… it’s a new offensive look, for sure. I guess the one thing we have that makes me feel like it’s all going to work out, is Philip Rivers. He will be playing with a chip on his shoulder from last year.
           
          Also, I am one of the few.. lol … that never thought V-Jax was the number one receiver he was supposed to be (I know that’s not a poular viewpoint in these parts). I never once thought he was a a “Charger Lifer” like Gates or Hardwick, nor did he ever show me he was. I agree with Jason LaCamfora from NFL Network… he never broke double digit TD’s, and Rivers was racking up 4,000+ yards a season. He basically implied that V-Jax was falling short of expectations, and I agree with him, to some extent. There was just something distracting about him being here. I always felt like he was going to jump ship for more money… and, he eventually did. Granted, AJ is a cheap bastard… but, I think that a desperate team (like the Bucs) would have paid for him JUST a little bit more than us, no matter what figure we threw out there. If it was Calvin Johnson, or Larry Fitzgerald… I would have said “Pay the Man… are you crazy?!!!” But, he wasn’t that kind of receiver, IMO.

        • http://www.facebook.com/pages/San-Diego-Charger-Fans-in-Austin/141452695877591 Kenny

           @BoogaP
           I disagree. I dont think Decker is good.  I do believe Thomas has potential, but still remains unproven. I was not saying recieverless literally, of course they have recievers.  I was merely saying they had no solid recievers, and they  didnt feel Royal was worth keeping, even with their scrub WR corps. Essentially recieverless.  Making Peyton a mute point.  I agree with @PeteSpinning1  about not buying into the Broncos.

    • RMainwaring

       @Kenny  I understand you’re cynical, Kenny and for good reason. Just keep in mind that, although the Chargers have had their offensive woe’s, Norv Turner has always had his offense in the top 5 in the league. Your receivers are only gonna be as good as your QB. Philip Rivers always makes his receivers better. (Bet you Vincent Jackson has an average year with the Bucs this year). I wouldn’t describe Meachem or Royal as number 2 receivers. I also would not characterize Jarrett Johnson as “mediocre”. Curtis Brinkley is very capable of taking over for Tolbert and Le’Ron McClain played RB in 2008. He rushed for nearly 1000 yards that also earned him a probowl selection, so he IS a running back AND a fullback.

  • BoogaP

    @r_mainwaring Whats gd bro!

  • PeteSpinning1

    Wow.. I should go on a Raider site. I can find “Charger-Hating” on there too… lol. LOVE this post! Too bad SOME people have checked out before the season has even started. After being a Charger fan for 30+ years… I am as disappointed as most.. not a Lombardi in the case!!!. But, being a nay-sayer 24-7 must be a lot of fun (wink wink), and somewhat exhausting…
    I mean… why even tune in on Sundays in that case? Go be a Pats fan or something, so you can always be “winning”.
     
    Anyway… I have watched a lot of losing seasons in my time, and I don’t feel like this will be one of them. Let’s do it for Junior!!! Woot Woot!

  • FooMoDee

    @r_mainwaring Love the comments! I’m feeling good about this team too! #BOLTUP

    • BoogaP

      @FooMoDee @r_mainwaring Leave your thoughts man! #BoltUp

      • biggsybolt

        @BoogaP @FooMoDee @r_mainwaring had to leave my 2¢ catch ya tomorrow

        • BoogaP

          @biggsybolt @FooMoDee @r_mainwaring See ya bro!

        • r_mainwaring

          @BoogaP @biggsybolt @FooMoDee where ya going?!

        • FooMoDee

          @BoogaP take care…

        • BoogaP

          @FooMoDee Hilarious! Im not going any where! I was saying later to Paul!

        • biggsybolt

          @r_mainwaring start new job tomorrow .. swing shift at a mill.. gonna hang w/ wifey

        • r_mainwaring

          @biggsybolt Later dawg! Good luck tomorrow! Don’t lose any limbs at the mill!!

        • FooMoDee

          @BoogaP oh.

        • biggsybolt

          @r_mainwaring haha, limb-mill…. long fawking day, but good!