Every year the Chargers play and they don’t end it with a super bowl victory, I think to myself that it was another lost opportunity and another lost season. Every year, I expect the Chargers to make the playoffs, win some playoff games, and hopefully make it to the Super Bowl. This year that will not happen as the Chargers were officially eliminated from playoff contention on Sunday. The easy thing for a Charger fan like me to say right now is, there is always next year. Fortunately for us as a Chargers fan we can really say that and mean it, because the Chargers have proven lately they are a very competitive franchise year end and year out. Also any team that has Philip Rivers at QB would feel confident they could win it all at any time. Frankly I’m getting a little tired of saying that. I thought this year was the perfect opportunity for the Chargers to get their Super Bowl victory. As no team has looked all that great to me this year, the Chargers could have beaten any and everyone. If the Chargers would have gotten on the same page as a team early in the season, and avoided a few key injuries, they could have really made some noise this year. The defense that showed up most of the weeks was the best defense we have had since Donnie Edwards was let go. Our defense was the caliber of defense our team needed to win a Super Bowl along with the offense. This season really comes down to inconsistent play on both sides of the ball. I can’t figure out if the O-line needs to make some changes or not but, sometimes they look down right awful. Also on defense, one week we can shut down a team entirely and another week we get torched by average teams like the Raiders and Bengals. All in all if your team looses to the Seahawks, Rams, Bengals, and Raiders twice! They don’t deserve to make it into the playoffs. Every team in the AFC is very happy today as they will get to play the Chiefs instead of the Chargers in the playoffs as the representative of the AFC West.
There is a lot to look forward to next year. Although it was a hard game to watch this week, there is two very good things I took away from it. First thing is I can’t wait to see what Ryan Mathews can do in a full season when healthy and with one year under his belt. Mathews had his first chance to get a good amount of action after the horrible injury to Tolbert. Mathews had only 55 yards rushing on the day but on only 12 carries for an impressive 4.6 yards per carry. Mathews had some runs this year that I don’t see any other back in the league make. He has the ability to make every run a positive one and stays on his feet moving forward at all times. Mathews right now doesn’t look like he has the vision like L.T. did with the ability to break off the 30 or 40 yard runs, but the thing I like about Mathews is if you give him the ball 20 times you can count on him to give you 100 yards. Which is exactly what the Chargers passing offense needs from the running game. The other thing I really liked to see in the game and all season long is our new pro bowl worthy nose tackle Antonio Garay. He gives the Chargers a load to block upfront and can single handily stop the run at points in a game. Benson a solid back that has ran for over 1,000 yards the past two seasons and he was held to 52 yards rushing and a 2.2 avg. this week, in large part to Garay.
About the Author
Written by Jeff Burke
I am 25 years old living in sunny San Diego. I am married to my beautiful wife Kara. I have been a Chargers and Padres fan through the good times and the bad. I played baseball at Poway high school and Monterey Peninsula college. I have won eight fantasy championships on yahoo since 2001.