San Diego Chargers, Get Ready To Take Back The AFC West


Fresh off watching the rival Denver Broncos losing their playoff game on Sunday, the San Diego Chargers and their fans are almost rubbing their mitts together as the recent empire Denver had built begins to unravel. Granted both teams are in trouble going into the offseason, but at the least the Chargers are on way sturdier ground than what Denver is facing this offseason.

The first domino fell when the team and head coach John Fox “mutually parted ways” after just 4 years at the helm of one of the most dominating offenses in history. After Sunday’s underwhelming performance, Quarterback Peyton Manning is contemplating retirement as his arm strength was noticeably absent in their 24-13 playoff loss to the Indianapolis Colts. Not to mention he was reportedly playing with a torn quad the last month of the season. Some people might say that it doesn’t matter if it is only the lack of arm strength that is plaguing Manning, but on Sunday, almost everybody could tell that he just isn’t the same QB anymore. Manning was booed multiple times as well.

Other wild cards on that team is the fact that they have 7 or 8 major free agents that will hit the market, including Demaryius Thomas, Julius Thomas and Wes Welker. And to add insult to injury, Denver could be on the verge losing both coordinators too in Jack Del Rio and Adam Gase as the both of them explore other head coaching opportunities. All of that sounds like one big project that Manning might not be willing to be a part of.

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So next year could be the Chargers’ turn to take back the AFC West. Obviously there are concerns that span from our own top free agents, including Eddie Royal, King Dunlap and Brandon Flowers, to what to do to keep the offense from stalling midway through the season.

But the big picture is that the foundation is already in place and working the the Bolts. Many of the players and coaches brought attention to that fact as they start looking forward to next season. Our core players will be back in Phillip Rivers, Antonio Gates, Eric Weddle, and Co.

So Charger fans, the plans are in place to get back to the top as soon as next season. But ultimately it goes without being said that we have to take care of business on the field. And with any luck, we can start hosting some playoff games, instead settling for the Wild Card.

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