Nov 1, 2012; San Diego, CA, USA; San Diego Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers (17) drops back to pass before throwing a touchdown during the first quarter against the Kansas City Chiefs at Qualcomm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports

Starting a new team, which one Chargers player would you want to take?

Imagine you are starting a new franchise. Which one San Diego Chargers player would you want to bring over to the new roster? There is a lot of young talent on the roster that you could choose from or you could take the best safety in the league, Eric Weddle.

If I could choose only one player, it would be Philip Rivers. It would be a tough call and it would come down to Rivers, Weddle and Corey Liuget, but at the end of the day would choose Philip.

Quarterbacks are so important in this league right now and I still believe that Philip can be one of the best. He has struggled the last couple of seasons, but when he is on his game, he can make the offense move. If you surround him with some decent players, he can do some great things.

It wasn’t that long ago he led players like Legedu Naanee and Patrick Crayton to the best offense in the league. It wasn’t that long ago that we were debating if he was a Hall of Fame quarterback.

He still will be playing in a few years at a high level. He is durable and will win games.

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  • Gunnar Martin

    Luiget, Weddle, or Butler. Any of these guys would be the start of a dominating defense. Which is good news for us.

    • Adam

      Why do you do this to us??? I feel like I’m betraying all the other players! The first person that popped into my head though was Philip Rivers. He is definitely still elite. But for this question it would also be nice to know our draft pick # as well. Like if we had the #1 pick it would be a factor in my decision.

      • Gunnar Martin

        Well, it said starting a NEW team, so I figured the team would start with its own new QB. Idk, that’s just how it kinda came off to me. Luiget, Weddle, and Butler are all younger and we don’t know exactly how high their ceilings are.

        But it’s a comforting feeling to know that this isn’t a real-life possibility so we won’t have to pick between our favorite players!

        • NativeSanDiegan

          Amen to that!

        • Adam

          Good point. The age factor is a big one. And If I had the first pick I could get a good QB. So I might take Liuget. Watch out J.J. Watt! Haha he has a ways to go to get to that level. But he can do it!

  • ECAVILLE/Ace of Spades

    I would have to go with El Capitan! But on that subject, I really like Mike Hermman #7. I hope he is retained as back up this year or even practice squad and backup next year. He has great resilience and skill. Under Philip Rivers he is the future for the Bolts.

    • Nick in PB

      I can’t wait to see what we have with the rookie QB’s once training camp starts. Hermman and Sorrenson. Remember Tolzien, how good he looked in camp? Then we played the Niners in a preseason game and they picked him up. We tried sneaking him through waivers, but the Niners were impressed enough to grab him. I don’t think either of those guys are as polished as Tolzien but I can’t wait to see what they can do.

      • ECAVILLE/Ace of Spades

        I was impressed with Tolzien too. He could have been a decent backup to Rivers and learned a lot. I believe The Bolts have just as good of program the 49ners have if not better. If there is anything to keep out of these new QB’s the coaches will not hesitate to retain them. Keep them in good shape “Fatigue makes fools of us all!”Jimmy Johnson.

        • Nick in PB

          I agree… I think this staff will do a much better job of developing talent than the last staff did! I thi9nk Tolzein would be backing up Rivers by now. If they see something they like in one of the new QB’s, they make the practice squad and maybe supplant Whitehurst next season. Too early for that now though.

  • Cgoodness13

    Weddle is the best safety in the league, so him

  • Peter Thompson

    Weddle. Good safeties are so hard to find, and he has been consistently good every year.

  • blackroseMD1

    The first name to pop in my head was actually Reyes, but I’d likely have to go with Weddle. He’s Mr. Consistent.

  • NativeSanDiegan

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  • NativeSanDiegan

    Yes, it works

  • NativeSanDiegan

    Has to be Weddle. Entering the prime of his career, qb of secondary, makes plays and doesn’t miss tackles, & age is a factor. Best Safety in league. Also has solid intangibles.

  • Mike DeWitt

    Rivers hands down

  • Alter Ego

    I’m going with Manti T’eo – if we are starting from scratch – I’m going with the guy that has a load of talent and a load of crap to prove. His play reminds me of Junior
    Seau. If it came down to Seau or Rivers – geez…I just want Rivers to throw the ball to guys wearing our jerseys…so its T’eo for me.

  • arnie

    Yeah i’m going with Nick Hardwick. if your going to build a team that can score points, i rather start with other smartest guy on the team. You know, the player responsible for calling out the blocking for the franchise QB. For me i’ve been a little old school about this and it all starts with the Five Fat guys up front. Build a team from “inside” out.

  • Nick in PB

    Tough call. The thing is, Weddle, Luiget, Butler, all good players, still young, not even in their prime yet. But you ain’t going anywhere without a QB. So many teams have been searching for a QB fit, year after year and never find it. I have to go with Rivers. I’m not saying that he is a better player than the others mentioned but the QB position, more often than not, makes or breaks your team. Look at Denver or even Indy when you added and subtracted Manning. Denver went from a little over 500 team to a Super Bowl contender. Indy just fell apart. Gotta go QB on this one.