Will everything click for the San Diego Chargers in 2012?

By Kenny Gardner

The San Diego Chargers looked like Super Bowl contenders during the 2006, 2007 and 2009 seasons.  San Diego finished the 2006 NFL season with a 14-2 record, but lost their only playoff game to the New England Patriots. LaDainian Tomlinson looked like a man on a mission that game as he had 23 carries for 123 yards and two touchdowns.  The defense forced Tom Brady into three interceptions, but Philip Rivers was 14-32 with no touchdowns, an interception and a fumble against the Patriots.  After knocking off the Tennessee Titans in round one and the Indianapolis Colts in round two during the 2007 season, San Diego had a shot at revenge against New England in the AFC Championship game.  Rivers went 19-37 with no touchdowns and two interceptions, but played that game with a torn ACL. Tomlinson left the game with an injury and did not return as the Chargers fell 21-12.  San Diego had chances in that game as Brady threw three interceptions, but the offense was limited due to injuries.

The Chargers finished 2009 at 13-3, but lost their only playoff game to the New York Jets.  Rivers completed 68 percent of his passes for 298 yards, but also threw one touchdown and two interceptions.  Tomlinson was a non factor as he had 12 carries for 24 yards. The defense held Mark Sanchez to a 52 percent completion percentage, 100 yards, one touchdown and one interception, but they gave up a 53 yard touchdown run to Shonn Greene with 7:26 left in the fourth to put New York up 17-7 after the extra point, and would eventually lose 17-14.

San Diego had the NFL’s number one defense and offense during the 2010 season, but failed to make the playoffs. San Diego also failed to make the playoffs last season after a 4-1 start.  San Diego needed to add another pass rusher in the off-season because they were tied for 23rd in sacks last season.  They may have done with first round pick Melvin Ingram.  San Diego ranked 20th against the run, so they added veteran outside linebacker Jarret Johnson as well as drafted defensive tackle Kendall Reyes and strong safety Brandon Taylor. San Diego was tied for 25th in punt return yards, so they signed veteran return man Roscoe Parrish.  San Diego may have solved most of their needs in the off-season, and hopefully it will translate into success.








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