The San Diego Chargers Made Themselves Contenders

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Dec 28, 2014; Kansas City, MO, USA; San Diego Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers (17) signals on the line of scrimmage during the first half against the Kansas City Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium. The Chiefs won 19-7. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

Bottom Line

The Chargers finally learned that if your quarterback is the toughest man on your team, that’s a problem. Rivers is about as tough as they come but there haven’t been enough tough guys in the trenches on both sides of the ball. But this offseason, they addressed that on the offensive side of the ball with Franklin and Barksdale.

They also haven’t had a great running back since LaDainian Tomlinson so the running game hasn’t done much. But Gordon will be running behind that huge offensive line to balance the Chargers offense. And when the inclement weather comes, the Chargers will be build for that.

Adding Perryman at inside linebacker is that regulator the Chargers have needed to stop opposing teams from running at will. It gives the Chargers a physical presence that removes the label of soft from the defense. So now, the Chargers are ready to contend, and if they either have a edge-rusher emerge or trade for one, they could be Super Bowl bound.

Being and Oakland Raiders fan, this makes me extremely nauseous but this is just how it looks. The Sun is setting on the great career of Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning so they won’t repeat as AFC West champs. That title will be won by the Chargers as they are now a legitamate Super Bowl contender with the moves they made.

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