No One Should Be Safe on the San Diego Chargers Roster

By Kenny Gardner
San Diego Chargers
Jake Roth-US Presswire

There were high expectations for the San Diego Chargers heading into the 2011 NFL season.

Vincent Jackson led San Diego in receiving yards and TD receptions in 2009, but did not play in 11 games during the 2010 season. San Diego had a 5-6 record without him while they were 4-1 with him.

Philip Rivers led the NFL with 4,710 passing yards to go along with 30 touchdowns and 13 interceptions in 2010.

San Diego appeared to be on their way to making the playoffs last season after a 4-1 start, but they went on a six game losing streak and fell to 4-7.

Rivers finished the season with 4,624 passing yards and 27 touchdowns, but was tied for third in the NFL with 20 interceptions.

Jackson led San Diego in receiving yards and TD receptions last season, but San Diego lost him in free agency.

The Chargers got off to a 3-1 start this season, but have a 1-6 record in their last seven games and their playoff chances are close to being over.

San Diego has a 4-7 record while the Pittsburgh Steelers currently hold the second wild card spot with a 6-5 record.  San Diego will play the Steelers next week in Pittsburgh.

San Diego also has to surpass the 6-5 Cincinnati Bengals and the 5-6 Miami Dolphins who are ahead of them in the wild card standings.

The Lightning Bolts will play Cincinnati in San Diego on Sunday.

If San Diego wins all of their remaining games, they would have a 9-7 record.  Nine wins appears to be the magic number for the final wild card spot in the AFC.

If San Diego does not make the playoffs, this will be the third season in a row that this happens.  San Diego has not won a playoff game since the 2008 season.

Rivers ranks second in the NFL with 14 interceptions while San Diego ranks 24th in team sacks, 24th in yards per rushing attempt, 27th in fewest sacks allowed and 30th in yards per punt return.

San Diego general manager A.J. Smith is in his 10th year with the team in this position and Norv Turner is in his sixth season as head coach.  Smith and Turner should have been fired after last season.

There are only four teams with less salary cap space than San Diego this season.  If San Diego does not make the playoffs, no one should be guaranteed to come back next season.





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