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Could The Chargers Be In Store For Another Slow Start?

By Ernie Padaon

May 29, 2012; San Diego, CA, USA; San Diego Chargers coach Norv Turner (center) watches as fullback Mohamed Marah (35) and quarterback Charlie Whitehurst (6) stretch at organized team activities at Chargers Park. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee/Image of Sport-US PRESSWIRE

Even though we didn’t start the season with a 2-3 record last season, we can still say that the team came out of the gate sluggish. It seems to be a staple with Norval Turner and the Chargers. Philip Rivers was handing out interceptions like candy on halloween. The team came out of the starting gate flat and they could not get things rolling in the right direction until it was too late.

Could we be in store for a another slow start?

There are a lot of new players that were brought into the system and they all need to get onto the same page.

The offense will be littered with new players on the field. Robert Meachem will be a new starter out wide. Eddie Royal also will get significant action. Both guys will need to develop a chemistry with Philip Rivers.

Tyronne Green will be entering his first season as the starter. Jared Gaither joined the squad in the middle of the year and filled in really well. We need him to continue being that stud that we saw last year. The left side of the line is completely different from what we saw at the start of the season last year. Both Pro Bowlers Marcus McNeill and Kris Dielman are gone.

The defense will be working in some new players too. Atari Bigby is the leading candidate to start at safety and he will have to get on the same page as Eric Weddle on defense. Jarret Johnson will also be a new starter on the outside. A couple of rookies, Melvin Ingram and Kendall Reyes, are expected to see a good amount of playing time also.

There are a lot of new pieces to this puzzle. The coaching staff will have to get thes guys on the same page. OTA’s, training camp and preseason will be huge to get this team moving in the right direction out of the starting gate.