Team Name: San Diego Chargers
Division: AFC West
Stadium: Qualcomm Stadium (San Diego, CA)
2013 Record: 9-7
Head Coach: Mike McCoy (2013 – present), currently the youngest active head coach in the league, previously coached for the Panthers and the Broncos
Quarterback: Philip Rivers (2004 – present), or as our mom calls him “Phillip ‘Cry Me a’ River”
3 Offensive Players You Should Know:
– Antonio Gates, Tight End (85) – Growing up as a basketball player, Gates never played football in college. After being told that he wouldn’t find success in the NBA, he held a private workout with the Chargers and the rest is history. This year (his 12th year with the team), he became the Chargers’ all-time leader in receiving yards. After a disappointing 2013 season, most people counted him out this year, but this 34-year-old had some monster games, proving naysayers wrong.
– Ryan Matthews, Running Back (24) – Selected at the 12th overall pick in the 2010 draft, Matthews has missed games because of injuries every year with the exception of 2013. He grew up as a Chargers fan – sometimes dreams do come true.
– Keenan Allen, Wide Receiver (13) – Drafted in 2013, Allen had a super impressive rookie year and was viewed as first-round talent, even though he was actually selected in the third round. He’s a fun toy for Phillip Rivers to have.
3 Defensive Players You Should Know:
– Eric Weddle, Safety (32) – I read an article that referred to him as one of the “most versatile and smartest” safeties in the league. He’s got a mohawk-type-hair-thing going on right now and a sick beard, and it’s all kinds of awesome. (Seriously, his Twitter handle is @weddlesbeard.) He’s known for his charitable efforts, including a jewelry line where portion of the proceeds go toward battered women charities.
– Corey Liuget, Defensive End (94) – He may not be the biggest name in the NFL, but he’s a huge part of the Chargers’ defense and usually leads the team in at least one defensive statistic category.
– Dwight Freeney, Outside Linebacker (93) – It’s still weird for me to see Freeney in a Chargers uniform after he spent 11 years in Indianapolis. A Hartford, Connecticut native, Freeney likes to sack quarterbacks. He’s a seven-time Pro-Bowler.
What Happened This Offseason:
– After Ken Whisenhunt (“Whiz”) was hired away to be the head coach of the Tennessee Titans, quarterbacks coach Frank Reich was promoted to the offensive coordinator position.
– Everyone was pretty high on the rookies from last year – Keenan Allen (WR) and Ladarius Green (TE).
– Dwight Freeney (OLB) was put on IR in 2013 after tearing his quad. He’s back this year.
– Qualcomm Stadium is one of the oldest stadiums in the league. The team has the right to leave San Diego starting February 1 of 2015 and have until May 30 to make that decision. This is interesting because the Raiders are also in a similar situation. Everyone is saying that Los Angeles wants to bring 2 NFL teams to town and the Chargers name is being thrown around with the Raiders and Rams. The team is staying mum on what their plans are. Should be an interesting situation to monitor in the upcoming offseason.
– Overall, it was kind of a boring offseason for them.
Why You Should Cheer for Them: Philip Rivers has 7 kids. (Seven!) If this interesting fact isn’t enough to get you to hop on the Chargers bandwagon, you should know that he’s also a pretty good quarterback. If that doesn’t do it for you, Weddle’s beard is a good reason to cheer for the Bolts.
2014 Theme Song: Middle of the Road (The Pretenders) – The Chargers’ records the last few years are as follows: 9-7 (2013), 7-9 (2012), 8-8 (2011), 9-7 (2010). They always seem to have potential to be great, but end up falling in the middle of the pack.
The Last Word: I used to work with a kid who was a huge Chargers fan. He left the job suddenly, resulting in a lot of extra work on my desk. Right now, I’m not a huge fan of the Chargers. Tried not to take this out on them in this post.
– Michelle and Val