Comparing where the Chargers are at to last preseason

By Ernie Padaon

Aug 7, 2014; San Diego, CA, USA; San Diego Chargers quarterback Philip  Rivers (17) looks to pass during the first quarter against the Dallas Cowboys at Qualcomm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports

Preseason has everyone tripping out. We win a game and we overreact and think that we are winning the Super Bowl. We lose a game and everyone is out thinking that we are going to get the top draft pick next year.


I know it says preseason GAME, but everyone knows that we are talking about practice. This time of year is about finding the top 53 players on the roster. Just think about how far this team has come from last season’s preseason.


Last year, we had no idea who would be starting on the offensive line. We knew that D.J. Fluker would be at right tackle and Nick Hardwick would be the starting center. After those two, it could have been anyone’s guess.

We had no idea what the offense was going to look like going into the year. Ryan Mathews was a fumbling mess in our eyes and we had no depth behind him and Danny Woodhead.

The defense had Melvin Ingram just go down at this time last year and we scrambled to pick up Dwight Freeney. Now we have both of those guys on the defensive side of the ball.

The defense had just moved to Cam Thomas to take over the nose tackle position and there were some question marks about that. We still are in the same boat with the decision in the middle and there are options in free agency that the team could go with, but have not stepped up to make.

The group of receivers had lots of hope in Vincent Brown and Keenan Allen was way down the list on the depth chart. Now we have Malcom Floyd and Keenan Allen the rising star.

We didn’t know what Philip Rivers was going to do in the year and the expectations for him this year are through the roof.

This team has come a long way. The expectations should be greater. Don’t let the results in preseason throw things off.