Three And Out: January 05, 2010

The San Diego Chargers' playoff date is set, their 2010 opponents have been revealed, and their right tackle is entrenched...

(Photo Credit: Mike Nowak/San Diego Chargers)


In addition to playing the teams withing their division, the Chargers will also take on the NFC West, which on paper looks to be a very favorable draw. However, the Chargers also have to play the AFC South, a division that includes the always deadly Colts, the physical Titans, and the high-powered Texans:

Home: Denver Broncos, Kansas City Chiefs, Oakland Raiders, Jacksonville Jaguars, Tennessee Titans, Arizona Cardinals, San Francisco 49ers, New England Patriots

Away: Denver Broncos, Kansas City Chiefs, Oakland Raiders, Houston Texans, Indianapolis Colts, St. Louis Rams, Seattle Seahawks, Cincinnati Bengals

Briefly glancing at the opponents, I see at least 11 winnable games... if not more. Anyone care to guess the Chargers 2010 record?


Brandyn Dombrowski seems to have entrenched himself as the Chargers' starting right tackle, even with the veteran Jon Runyan healthy and available. Coach Turners says he's "very impressed" with the way Dombrowski has been playing. Runyan has been serving as a mentor to Dombrowski, and seems to have no qualms about being a reserve.

I'm not one to argue with the head coach about offensive linemen, but either Norv Turner is easily pleased or the Chargers have had some incredible depth at Right Tackle over the years; Shane Olivea in 2007, Jeromey Clary in 2008, and Brandyn Dombrowski in 2009.

I think Right Tackle is a position that can definitely be upgraded via the draft; am I off-base in that thinking? What do you guys think?


The league has announced the that Chargers will host their division round playoff game in San Diego against either the New England Patriots, Cincinnati Bengals, or the New York Jets.

I think the Jets would be the easiest team of the three, but don't tell that to Shaun Phillips. He tweets, "No one ask us what team do we wanna play Cin or the Jets. If we would rather play one team besides the other. Then we lost already. Bolts."

January 5, 2010

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Jenna said... Jan 5, 2010, 12:12:00 PM

Casie! I love her!

JakePeavy6734 said... Jan 5, 2010, 12:52:00 PM

I agree that we do have a favorable draw as far as schedule goes, especially since it will only take around ten wins to win the AFC west. The chargers tend to struggle against really good Run D teams, I'm thinking specifically the Steelers and Ravens, but I don't see too many tough physical defenses that we'll be facing. As far as right tackle goes, we have some more pressing needs in the draft (DT, RB), but I think we should draft a T in the 3rd-5th Round to push Dombroski and Clary if they bring him back, because we don't have a "Right T of the future" so to speak.

Anonymous said... Jan 5, 2010, 1:38:00 PM

You're on base alright. I love the way "Dark Horse" Dombrowski not only filled in, but proved so adaptable so quickly. For the former Aztec to do that shows both intelligence and true grit, for sure. But I've also seen him get absolutely blown-up on a few plays. I mean *launched*! So his raw strength may still be a question and/or Norv'v "whistling past the graveyard" by praising him in the press? But he's definitely a keeper, and we were very, very lucky to have him and Mooch this season.

Anonymous said... Jan 6, 2010, 4:49:00 PM

Our Cheerleader is as hot as we are for sure! The Colts, huh they are in for a rude awakening when we get to town. They have rested their ky players for way too long. The players will be soft and out of sync with no momentum to work off of. And of coarse they will have the fatal " we are so good we will just go ahead and win the Super Bowl" attitude before the even earn the right to get there. You can read it already in their comments and on their web site. Big Mistake, we should know we have fallen into that trap already the past couple years. But Norv has the Team grounded and focused, almost business like. Reminds me of how the Patriots acted a few years ago during their hot high powered professional with a job to do. Rivers and Norv are in sync, the Team is believing in the system, and the media is just now catching on. The way a Team wins is to behave as one, all of them, look at how many times a backup and then a backups backup have stepped in and not miss a beat. This is a true Team and Norv deserves the credit. Now, we need to continue and bring home the Trophy we have wanted forever to our about a party!
In all honesty though,Norv had me in question the first 3 weeks, odd play calling, too conservative and a lack of passion from the "D". But a Charger fan is a fan that is now used to these minor set backs, and yes Team Norv and Co. showed again just how it's done on the West Side. Rivers is and will become the QB of the next few years and this is the Year of The Big Game which we will win. Why, just listen to the players, they are in total sync with Norv's "one week only - no ups no downs - believe in my system" approach completely. He is now showing that he is a Leader and they are following...he has been hot on his play calls and time management and they are poised to be the most dangerous Team to play in the playoffs. What is great is that until only the last 2 weeks, the national media has all but ignored the Chargers playing up only the Saints and Colts stuff, great it keeps us focused like a fine tuned killing machine on the task at hand. Thanks Norv and his entire staff to get so far with such takes a Leader to lead a Team...MVP no question!

Anonymous said... Jan 8, 2010, 11:09:00 AM

Big honor!!!!!!!!!!!!!

USA Today announced Thursday that its 11-member NFL staff voted Turner the newspapers 2009 NFL Coach of the Year. Turner received five first-place votes and edged out Cincinnati’s Marvin Lewis for the honor.

“Like all our players when they get awards, this thing happens because we have a great staff and we have a great group of players,” Turner said. “Anything I receive like that I would point to them.”

The Associated Press will announce its NFL Coach of the Year selection next Saturday, and Turner is one of the candidates being mentioned for that award as well.

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