Feb 3, 2012; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Vince Lombardi Trophy is seen at a press conference in preparation for Super Bowl XLVI between the New York Giants and the New England Patriots at the J.W. Marriott. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-US PRESSWIRE

Why This Is a Special Year for The Bolts


Now that we are only 76 days away from the opening game of the 2012 season, the number of storylines for our Chargers is growing by the minute.

Today is the last day of a three day mini camp for the Bolts.  Needless to say, the season is sneaking up quicker than I think any of us even realize.

This offseason has been a complete success in my opinion.  I really like the way that free agency was handled and I absolutely love the draftees that the team brought in this year.

I still can not believe that we were able to pick Melvin Ingram.  It makes absolutely no sense to me.  He was touted before, during, and after the draft as the best pass rusher available in this draft class.  And by some miracle he happens to fall into our laps at #18 in the draft.  For those of you that even try to bring up the short arm “issue”, go ahead and exit stage left.

The more this offseason progresses the more things seem to give me this feeling that there is something special about this season.  I’ve been saying it for a while now and, in this article, I will highlight some of the things that stand out to me.  The points I have already noted are just the tip of the iceberg.

Any of you that have read my articles are aware of the fact that I believe that this is the year that our Chargers finally break through and bring the Lombardi trophy home to San Diego for the first time.

The story started to be written at the end of last year when the Chargers failed to make the playoffs for the second consecutive season.  All we can hope for, and believe in, for that matter, is that this story has that “NFL” fairy tale ending.  An ending which includes Philip and company hoisting that ever so popular trophy with that gleam that some have spoken about in the past.

Here are some of the things that lead me to believe that this indeed will be a special year for our San Diego Super Chargers.

Rivers has so many motivations this season which include: Manning thinking this is easiest way to get another ring, way too many turnovers last year, great supporting cast, although he has plenty of years left in him, the time is slowly slipping away, etc.

-  No head shaking draft picks! This is my opinion but I was really happy with our draft. 

-  Seems like we no longer have any malcontents on the roster.

No arrests up to this point. Fingers crossed.

-  No holdouts.

-  Draft picks were all signed early on.  We were the fifth team in the NFL to have all draft picks signed.  I know the rookie wage scale helped with this but I was very pleased and a bit surprised.  There are plenty of players on other squads that are still unsigned as of today.

- Needs seem to have been filled through both the draft and F.A. Let’s be honest, we haven’t exactly been able to say that the last couple years.  I wouldn’t mind seeing another CB brought in for depth, but overall I’m very happy.

-  We were very aggressive in F.A. in comparison to years past.  I really like the WRs we brought in and Jarret Johnson. Plus, McClain was a great pickup amongst others.

- We actually have quality depth at almost all positions.  As our BoltBeat editor Ernie has so astutely pointed out, the camp battles this year are very, very interesting.  ;)Wink. wink ;).  I couldn’t be happier with the fact that people are fighting for their respective positions.  Fierce competition breeds excellence.  All players get better when they are forced to compete at the highest level.

-  Our second year studs actually have an offseason.  We have some great young talent.  I’m really excited to see what they can do after getting a full offseason under their belts.

-  When you add that young talent to the already established veteran experience and leadership, this is how Championship teams are built.

-  AJ and Norv are fighting for their jobs.  Unfortunately, for the AJ haters, AJ might have done enough this offseason to buy him a future past next year.  In my opinion, even if ,by some nightmare, we don’t make the playoffs again, I believe he is still the G.M.  Norv on the other hand? He’s canned if this year isn’t a success.

-  Mathews is in his third year and many of us believe that this will be his breakout year.  The guy looks like huge.  He came into camp in great shape unlike last year. 

-  Our coaching staff is littered with ex-coordinators.  The better leadership we have surrounding Norv the less he’ll have to do. Plain and simple.  Norv should be taking “How to Delegate” classes.  We have the staff to spread the responsibilties out.

-  Two years without the playoffs.  If you look back in the last 10 years, or so, teams like Pittsburgh and Indianapolis went two “playoff-less” seasons and then brought home the Lombardi. 

-  We’re completely under the radar for the first time in years.  If you have seen any of the power rankings ( which are hilarious this time of year) we are ranked lower than all three other teams in our division.  Really? Anyway, my point is that we are playing the role of underdog this season.  I love it! Take us for granted.  Don’t crown us Paper Champs.  Nobody has ever won a Championship on paper.

-  We’re healthy! Shhh, I don’t want to jinx anyone.

-  The threats/talks of a relocation to Los Angeles.  I have already mentioned that I will be a Chargers fan even if they play on the moon.  I hope to never have to be put in a situation to have to make that decision.  They belong in San Diego.  The true Chargers Fans deserve for them to stay in San Diego.

-  The AFC West is a very tough division.  I never bought into the “haters” saying that this a weak division.  It has only gotten better with the addition of Manning, the health of the Chiefs, and the overall remodeling by GM Reggie McKenzie of the Raiders.

-  The organization just seems to be more focused in terms of adding up a lot of what I have already stated.

LaDainian Tomlinson retired a Charger.  I get goosebumps even saying that in my head. This happens even more so when typing it out.

-  It’s our damn time people!!

-  And lastly, but certainly not least, one of the greatest players to have ever played a professional sport has got our backs from way up top.  #55 Junior Seau.  Let’s do it for him.  Let’s get him and L.T. a ring with the San Diego Chargers, so to speak.  I know what the haters and some of the other “fans” will have to say about that statement.  You all know where you can go.  Don’t let the door hit ya where the good lord split ya!


These are the things that stand out in my mind right now.  I’m sure to have forgotten some things.  I am sure to be reminded by some of you via email or in the comments section below.

I love all the emails and comments that I get because it shows that people are reading my articles.  It shows that people are supporting both BoltBeat.com and our Chargers.

Not even I could complain about either of those things.  There is something special about this year and I can’t help but feel proud that I’m calling it now before the season even starts.

What flavor kool-aid is this, you ask?  The kind that will taste even better if you start drinking it now and don’t stop until that parade is marching down the streets of the finest city in the world.  What city is that?  San Diego, of course.












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  • dedubb4

    @BoogaP @fansided @BB_Chargers WOW!! SO TRUE! ONE AFTER ANOTHER! R.I.P SEAU…we humans have no control over anyone only the lord does.

  • boltsfan1972

    I going to ride this wagon till the wheels fall off Chargers 4 life agreed the stars are aligned for a SB Win in SD #BoltUp!!!

  • BoJackRusso

    Absofriggingloutely!! Spot on and spoken from the heart, and it is worn on your sleeve; and many of your comrades feel the same as you do. There is something special brewing this year due to many emotional factors and others.
    Believe it.
    I do.

  • tedipe1

    @BoogaP The ‘Special Year’ feeling is starting to catch on. We need to send all the positive energy the team’s way! #BoltUp

    • dedubb4

      @tedipe1 @BoogaP I TRY EVERYDAY TO TWEET ALL THE @chargers

  • RMainwaring

    I can add at least one more thing. We have a new, solid defensive coordinator. The only really downside I can see is, and I hate to say it, when it comes time to trim our roster down to 53, we’ll be losing a lot of damn good players. When it comes to that I say this to Norv Turner and his staff…. In the famous words of the Grail Knight to Indiana Jones in Raiders of the Lost Ark, choose wisely, for while the true Grail will bring you life, the false Grail will take it from you.

    • BoogaP

       Did you really just go Harrison Ford on me? lol j/k
      Being forced to lose good players means you are keeping great players.  Its a good problem to have.  I do agree though, we will be losing some good players.  AJ and co must choose wisely.

    • http://@theroyallace JRoy16

      @RMainwaring This too is my fear… We will lose many players who get cut due to circumstance rather than performance or value… My biggest concern Is losing Hayes/Baker

  • Bigvin

    “@BoogaP Great piece http://t.co/2w45jGo5 #BoltUp!! #BoltFam4Life”

    • BoogaP

      @Bigvin Thx a lot bro. I really appreciate it! #ThisIsOurYear! #BoltUp!!

  • biggsybolt

    #SuperBowlBoundBoltz time to get it trending!

    Btw nice job on putting that jinx on Hester Booga!!

  • chargerrocket

    I’m very excited of our team. Besides getting a CB, we are SOLID in all areas of our team including the coaching staff. Can’t wait to see RB Hayes, LB Mouton, WR Royal and DE Ingram contribute to our success. #ThisIsOurYear! We are winning the Super Bowl! Great article, Booga! #BoltUp

  • CallyUlrich

    Yeeeaaah you nailed it again on all accounts! We are in the perfect position to take it ALL THE WAY the Lombardi trophy belongs in San Diego.

  • MarkGarvin

    Amen, Amen, and Amen!!  A very special year!  New veteran blood, hungry youngsters, and our solid core from Rivers to Hardwick are out to show THEMSELVES how good they really are.  Do it for the team and the fans!  Forget about the rest of the chatter about Peyton and the Ponies!  Chargers are gonna rock 2012! 

  • c0dykn0x72

    You are so right man. This is the year! No one thinks we can do it and this is a great thing! Rookies and the vets is how you win!! Ryan could get over 1500 yards, Rivers over 4500 to 5000 yards, Gates 2 to 3 5$ a game this year and the McClain and Royal are gonna hook up w/Rivers great! I will be so happy when we win it…….I might just run around town naked and drunk. Ok that might be wrong!

    • MarkGarvin

       @c0dykn0x72 At least people would understand in SD if you did!  I live in South Carolina and they just might not go for that – I could see headlines of our local paper about the crazy Charger fan who lost his mind.  But  I have lived and died with some VERY good teams over 35 years!

  • SandyPeisner

    I agree, however while AJ gets a bad rap. I remember the Chargers before Butler and AJ. It wasn’t pretty.

  • 619chargers4life

    If L. James can get a ring. We can to

  • Bolts_NFL_music

    First of it´s great how you keep that “This is our Year”-thing alive. It´s good to keep BoltFans stay dedicated and to believe in it after all those years with great expectations but disappointing results. And yes I definitely think that underdog role is just great for us – Most people think we ain´t gonna make, that´s our chance to start our attack from behind, rise to the top and leave them in disbelief. BOLT UP!!

  • BoogaP

    @Bolts_NFL_music U totally kik azz just in case u didnt know that! Thx a lot bro! Got that #BoltFollow #BoltBack tonight at 7:00 pacific.

    • Bolts_NFL_music

      @BoogaP thanx bro, same to you. You’re doin’ an awesome job on uniting #boltheads! #boltup #BoltFam4Life

  • davie726

    @Bolts_NFL_music damn rite! #yearofthebolts Les Go Baby! #BoltUp #BoltFam

  • MikeTuck

    For a Charger Fan every year has had the promise of being special because we get to watch our Boltz in action. But this year is special because we’ve reloaded the talent level and fate tells us that with the offseason the Chargers have had we should win it. I’m all behind you Booga and ready to go, my abs don’t look to good but that’s from the pounding I’ve taken for 40 years. I can take anything now. But I’m worried about our Oline. Everything is looking cherry except we didn’t upgrade our line or add depth. Troutman will be nice to have back, but lets hope that with all that’s been good we have upgrading our Oline in next years matters. free agency or draft we have to get better up front to give Rivers the luxery of playing longer and better. And Mathews would benefit too! The better we show this year the more likely Oline players will want to join. Smith did a bang-up job, but he’s been blind to the fact that you only play as well as the Oline.

    • Bleu

      @MikeTuck I agree bro I strongly suggest that next year we focus on 2 things in the draft improving our oline and finding a shutdown corner. we need atleast ones shutdown cornee thst can survive on an island….. but I can say that it is very much possible that we excel with the guys we already have.

  • street

    this team plays better as an underdog.. it always has. they look solid everywhere except that o line…. if they struggle expect the eddie royal pick up to be huge.
    he makes us so much better in the 3 step passing game.

    • SandyPeisner

       @street No argument here. I agree with you.

  • MikeTuck

     @Bleu Couldn’t have said it better, lets hope Gilchrist and Wright show some really good coverage. I think Gilchrist is going to be aok but Wright I’m waiting to see. The Oline really is a no brainer but the secoundary has always been a concern, but if they play like a team with a great sack attack these corners will get it done.

  • elliottBolts

    @BoogaP @fansided @bb_chargers @skinnyduzit great article! Only quite missing was the unbelievable explosion of #BoltNation on twitter!!!

    • SkinnyDuzIt

      @elliottBolts @boogap http://t.co/KQTVwlmj .. Let me know what you think.

      • davie726

        @SkinnyDuzIt I’ll be reading from now on! Goodshit bro! #GOBOLTS

        • SkinnyDuzIt

          #Shoutout to @davie726 .. I really appreciate the follow. #Chargers

        • davie726

          @SkinnyDuzIt no doubt pimp! Love reading dudes that can flat out write! Keep doing ur thing! Same goes to my @BoogaP #BoltFollow these 2!

        • SkinnyDuzIt

          @davie726 @boogap thank you my man. You have no idea how much that means to me. Stay up, family.

  • SkinnyDuzIt

    @BoogaP Good read, big homie. Peep this when you get a chance and be honest .. http://t.co/KQTVwlmj

    • BoogaP

      @SkinnyDuzIt U ready big dawg?

    • BoogaP

      @SkinnyDuzIt Lets roll, GREAT job, Ur right Manuskys Vanilla soft zone is gone. Better not be replicated in anyway. Prevent ‘D’ prevents Ws

      • SkinnyDuzIt

        @BoogaP Thank you. And I totally agree.

    • BoogaP

      @SkinnyDuzIt If we continue to give up 122 rush yds a gm, same result as last 2 yrs. No playoffs. Ur right again.

      • SkinnyDuzIt

        @BoogaP exactly.

    • BoogaP

      @SkinnyDuzIt Inlike Liuget, Reyes will have a full offseason so I expect Reyes to have better rookie campaign than Corey. BUT I really like>

    • BoogaP

      @SkinnyDuzIt (cont) Liuget. like other 2nd yr plyrs, will benefit HUUGE from an offseason so to speak. I like Taylors leadership role &>>>

    • BoogaP

      @SkinnyDuzIt (cont) fact that he did so while wearing that #18 for a great LSU ‘D.’ He’ll see some time, imo. But ur right. Not an impact>>>

    • BoogaP

      @SkinnyDuzIt (cont)plyr this yr. Here’s only thing I strongly disagree on. Ingram. Best passrusher in the 2011 draft class. And he fell>>>

      • SkinnyDuzIt

        @BoogaP understandable. His best games were the ones where he caught centers off guard in middle, I like him going vs Cs, Gs vs LTs.

        • BoogaP

          @SkinnyDuzIt I hear ya. Im not worried abt the ‘short armed’ stuff. U can either get to the QB or U can’t. Its up to Pagano to put him in>>

        • BoogaP

          @SkinnyDuzIt (cont) position to succeed. He’s so athletic. ‘Fake punt’ I like his motor over lots of Tackles especially in our Division.

        • SkinnyDuzIt

          @BoogaP very good point.

    • BoogaP

      @SkinnyDuzIt (cont) to us. I get the thought of moving him inside, but as u stated, he can play all over. I like him outside w/ the crazy>>>

    • BoogaP

      @SkinnyDuzIt (cont)motor goin full speed. eventually D-coordinators will have to “pick their poison” on who to double team. I like this ‘D’

    • BoogaP

      @SkinnyDuzIt Ur a damn good writer and ur ‘rollercoaster flow’ is something Im still working on. I keep em high like Snoop would. lmao.

      • SkinnyDuzIt

        @BoogaP Thank you, OG. It is seriously appreciated. You are a fine writer yourself. Believe me.

    • BoogaP

      @SkinnyDuzIt U do a great job of taking ppl up and down and back up at the end. U finishing off tat article w/ 11-5 or 12-4 shows u believe.

      • SkinnyDuzIt

        @BoogaP I believe in us as much as anyone but I’m also realistic. There will be learning curves for those 3 but as a whole, I love theroster

        • BoogaP

          @SkinnyDuzIt for sure. This year just seems to have too many things falling into place. Ur article touched on them. Ur right abt the roster.

        • BoogaP

          @SkinnyDuzIt havent had depth like this for a minute 4 sure. And that rotation in the front 7?? Wooo. O-coordinators are already losin sleep

        • SkinnyDuzIt

          @BoogaP Lol. Preachhhhh.

    • BoogaP

      @SkinnyDuzIt We’re cool. we’re really cool. Dont stop keepin ppl on that ride. Im learnin. #BoltUp my dude #BoltUp

      • SkinnyDuzIt

        @BoogaP keep working. You got it. You are confident in your ability, you already have Half the battle won.

        • BoogaP

          @SkinnyDuzIt Thx. appreciate that man. Confident not cocky. We both have that in common. U either know or u dont. Opinions r supposd 2 dffr

        • SkinnyDuzIt

          @BoogaP no problem. Love conversing w/ aspiring writers like myself. I support them all, a common passion we all share.

        • BoogaP

          @SkinnyDuzIt agreed. Read my next tweet. *cracks two brews* ROTFLMAO!! #BoltUp!