San Diego Chargers - 2009 AFC West Champs

The San Diego Chargers won a game against the Cincinnati Bengals that they didn't really need - already clinching a playoff berth via key losses to teams in the AFC, the Chargers nonetheless played with poise and pride, emerging victorious and claiming the another AFC West division title.

The Chargers have a championship look to them; a seasoned group that is getting contributions from everyone, the Bolts are looking more dangerous each week. Nine wins in a row and counting, the Chargers should not be taken lightly.

Philip Rivers doesn't get nearly the amount of credit he is due, but as someone who follows the San Diego Chargers as much as I do, I can frankly say that the key to the Chargers' success has been the play of their Quarterback. The Chargers would not be in the position they are in without having Philip Rivers play at the elite level he operates at.

While the Chargers still aren't a team that will run the ball to generate consistent offense, they still get explosive runs out of Ladainian Tomlinson which forces defenses to account for him.

The Offensive Line is preforming at a high level in pass protection, and when they get out in front on screens they can be pretty effective.

On the defensive side of the ball, the Chargers have a defensive line that shuffles, moves, and rotates around keeping guys fresh and putting them in positions to make plays. The same can be said of the Chargers linebacker group; Tim Dobbins makes the most of his opportunities week in and week out, Shaun Phillips continues to be the Chargers most dangerous pass rusher, and Stephen Cooper is solid and steady. An immense amount of credit goes to Ron Rivera and his staff, working on gameplans and situational packages that maximize his personnel.

Two months ago, the Chargers were full of question marks and the fans had their doubts. But winning cures all, and the San Diego Chargers are rolling through December and are coming in to January with a head full of steam. Assured of a playoff berth, the Chargers have an opportunity to make history this year. Good luck, and Go Chargers!


Are the San Diego Chargers a Super Bowl team? Do they have what it takes to be Champions? Vote on the poll, and drop a comment below!

December 21, 2009

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Anonymous said... Dec 21, 2009, 12:44:00 AM

As a true Bolts fan, naturally I voted to the affirmative that the Chargers are a Super Bowl-caliber team, and I mean it. But that only addresses potential, and not the ultra-crucial question of not only having them reach the Super Bowl, but WINNING it.
For them to do that, their defense must improve. It's just that simple, and specifically the penetration and pass rush from the D-line has to get much better, or else. Somebody..., Everybody up there has to step it up from here on in. No excuses, no turning back.

Anonymous said... Dec 21, 2009, 9:31:00 AM

Of course we're a Superbowl caliber team. Never for one minute think we aren't.

The Bolts put out a great effort yesterday, and it showed in every play. This year, its full speed ahead and we're going all the way.

Anonymous said... Dec 21, 2009, 2:24:00 PM

The Titans have been getting some love since their unexpected win against Miami. They're shooting for a home-town win this Saturday against the Chargers. Would be a total upset. Any predictions??

yourmom said... Dec 21, 2009, 6:51:00 PM

Next up: AFC Conference Champions! One step at a time, guys, one step at a time!

Rocco said... Dec 22, 2009, 12:18:00 AM

I really like the trio we have of Dobbins, Siler, and Burnett. Ron Rivera is really maximizing their abilities. Siler is extremely stout and clogs the middle, you've got Burnett moving really well in space, and Dobbins has straight-line downhill speed and arrives with tremendous force. Who would have thought that it would be the inside linebackers making more big plays than the heavily touted OLBs on this team?

Anonymous said... Dec 22, 2009, 12:59:00 AM

*Offensively, in what may prove to be an extraordinarily “bad break”; is if Mooch is out long-term, and Nick can't play at his truly healthiest abilities, or worse, at all. If this scenario happens the Titans will probably beat our beloved Bolts by dominating the middle pass rush and clogging the nearest running lanes. Then also, Rivers won't have much time to throw (God love him, but he is still not very quick of foot), greatly shrinking the size of the field the Titans have to defend and making turnovers and big returns that much more likely. That's a killer formula, and the worst case possible is it may even result in Rivers getting injured. That’s when the wheels could come off for real.
*Defensively: The Chargers are still not getting enough penetration from the D-line, and that has a lot to do with other teams having a high-percentage of success with their 3rd-down conversions. However, I’m still happy with the work ethic and team spirit of the entire defense (with the exception of, again, Cromartie). Dobbins and Siler looked pretty good again last week, but there’s a big drop against the short passing game. Even so, it’s easy to imagine the Titan backs running them ragged, not to mention a monster QB that goes through weak arm tackles like finish-line tape. The Titans will probably be playing to prove a point, to validate their credibility, and to keep up local season ticket sales; any one a good enough reason to kick some foreigner’s ass real good. Watch out Bolts!
IMO this is the most dangerous game on the Charger schedule, and I hope they substitute liberally, using every man on the roster, and win it with cleverness, guile, and keep developing the teamwork that, I’m hoping, will put them over the top in both this game AND the play-offs, and winning the Super Bowl too.
Our Chargers will win by 4-points or less, but could lose big. Still, I’ll keep my crow fork close by.

Anonymous said... Dec 26, 2009, 6:31:00 AM

42 - 17! = Crow-licious!!! Merry Christmas indeed! An AWESOME game.

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