Oct 14, 2013; San Diego, CA, USA; General view as a ESPN camera looks in on a San Diego Chargers huddle during the first half against the Indianapolis Colts at Qualcomm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

Chargers Mid-Season Awards


Oct 14, 2013; San Diego, CA, USA; San Diego Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers (17) talks in the huddle during the second half against the Indianapolis Colts at Qualcomm Stadium. The Chargers won 19-9. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

I know that we have only played in 7 games, but we are coming off of the BYE week and this is the best time to write about the mid-season awards. Let’s review the “first half” of the season.

Team MVP: Philip Rivers

Oct 20, 2013; Jacksonville, FL, USA; San Diego Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers (17) takes the field before the game against the Jacksonville Jaguars at EverBank Field. Mandatory Credit: Melina Vastola-USA TODAY Sports

I don’t know who else you can list as the Team MVP of this team. Philip Rivers has done everything that is needed in order to make this team a contender. Philip is having one of the best seasons of his career. Without Philip Rivers on this team, we would be struggling to keep things together. He already has thrown for 2,132 yards and 15 touchdowns this season.

Offensive Player of the Year: Danny Woodhead

Oct 20, 2013; Jacksonville, FL, USA; San Diego Chargers running back Danny Woodhead (39) runs in open field in the second quarter of their game against the Jacksonville Jaguars at EverBank Field. Mandatory Credit: Phil Sears-USA TODAY Sports

This award was a toss-up. It came down to Antonio Gates and Danny Woodhead and I had to give props to the little man. He has been a huge boost on offense and has helped Philip get his groove back. He has been huge for the team’s success on 3rd down and has been huge for Philip. He already has 40 receptions this season to match a career high for 314 yards. He has scored 4 touchdowns this year also.

Defensive Player of the Year: Jarret Johnson

 

Aug 24, 2013; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald (11) runs the ball in the first half of a preseason game against San Diego Chargers line backer Jarret Johnson (96) at University of Phoenix Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jennifer Stewart-USA TODAY Sports

This was one of the tougher awards to give out. Johnson has not participated in the last couple of games, but he has been a force off of the edge when he has been able to play this season. In his second season with the Chargers, he has 3 sacks and 40 tackles in 5 games. Hopefully he can be healthy for the rest of the season.

Rookie of the Year: DJ Fluker

Sep 15, 2013; Philadelphia, PA, USA; San Diego Chargers offensive tackle D.J. Fluker (76) during the third quarter against the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field. The Chargers defeated the Eagles 33-30. Mandatory Credit: Howard Smith-USA TODAY Sports

It came down to D.J. Fluker and Keenan Allen, but I had to give the award to Fluker. He has contributed for the whole season, while Allen received his opportunity toward the back end of the first half. Both have been super productive and have helped the team turn things around.

 

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  • cameronmm

    I would have Weddle over JJ, but other than that I agree. Nice work.

    • Sean

      Weddle has been a shadow of his former self ths season. Emotions aside (because I love Eric too!) JJ is the best choice.

      • cameronmm

        Weddle started the season a little slow but he has been up to form the last 4 games. He plays everywhere and is the engine that runs the defense. The D can function without JJ, it can’t without Weddle.

  • bk

    Ernie – great insights. Thanks for the kudos about Woody. There is a sense of excitement when he is in there. He presents so many possibilities and has been doing very well. Matthews is becoming a beast, and we need his slam-bam running game big time. The two of them compliment each other tremendously in the run game. Both can and will improve, and that is why we should be very optimistic……What concerns me is that we are away Sunday at the Redskins. We were flat as pancakes in Oakland, and stunk it up on both sides of the ball away from home. That was the coaches’ failure as well, and to get the team ravenously hungry and to be a mean machine is of utmost priority. I want the team to come out on that field breathing fire and smoke out of their nostrils. I want more than smiles from our leader Rivers, I want thunder and lightning coming from his eyes and mouth….We have to get to RG III and rattle him. Get in his head, which right now is vulnerable. This could be make or break for him, and let’s do the latter all day…..GO BOLTS!