In the weeks leading up to the draft (April 25 will be here before you know it), I hope to break down the Chargers' roster, position by position, and discuss their strengths and weaknesses, the good and the bad, the deepest positions and the roster holes. For the first part of the series, we'll review the Quarterback position.
You could say that Quarterback was the position in which the Chargers shined the brightest in 2008. Philip Rivers, following offseason knee surgery, had a year that set team records for TD's in a season (34) and Passer Rating (105.5). As the running game stalled with an injured RB and a weak offensive line, Rivers was forced to throw early and often and ended up with Pro Bowl caliber numbers.
2008 may be remembered as the year that the Chargers' offense became Rivers'. I certainly hope that the Chargers can regain the ball-control mentality that vanished for a number of reasons last season, but with the ball in River's hands I feel confidant that the offense will remain a potent one for years to come, assuming that a contract extension for Rivers is signed. Why an extension has taken this long is only due to some of the team's other offseason distractions.
Backing up Rivers in 2008 and returning in 2009 is Billy Volek. The man who led the 2007 Chargers on a game winning drive against Indy in the playoffs continues to provide big-game experience and performance off the bench. We only hope that we never have to use him.
One intriguing offseason move could involve third string QB Charlie Whitehurst. Whitehurst has impressed enough people to be thought of as a potential starting QB. It's believed that the Chargers could be outbid in contract negotiations when he becomes a free agent in 2010, thus there is a good chance he'll be traded this offseason. Don't be surprised to see him in a draft day package to help the Chargers obtain a second or high third round draft pick.
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