The San Diego Chargers failed to make the playoffs for the third season in a row which led to A.J. Smith being fired as general manager and led to Norv Turner being fired as the team’s head coach.
San Diego’s front office brought in Tom Telesco to replace Smith, and former Carolina Panthers quarterbacks coach Mike McCoy is the team’s new head coach. Former Pittsburgh Steelers offensive coordinator Ken Whisenhunt was brought in to be San Diego’s offensive coordinator, and former Indianapolis Colts quarterbacks coach Frank Reich is San Diego’s new quarterbacks coach.
These moves should help an offense that ranked 20th in points per game, 22nd in receiving yards, 30th in yards per reception, 30th in yards per play, 31st in yards per rushing attempt and last in rushing touchdowns.
The additions of McCoy, Whisenhunt and Reich were also hired to help San Diego QB Philip Rivers. Rivers led the NFL with 47 turnovers over the last two seasons, which includes 35 interceptions. San Diego’s offensive line ranked fourth in sacks allowed, but I believe this problem will be fixed in the 2013 NFL Draft.
Rivers will enter his eighth season as San Diego’s starting quarterback, and he has to play better than he has been over his tenure.
San Diego’s front office still has work to do because the offense lacks talent. The team has to add a big time receiver like Larry Fitzgerald, Wes Welker or Greg Jennings. If San Diego’s front office trades for Fitzgerald or signs Welker or Jennings, it will be a great off-season.
San Diego’s front office is on their way to proving that they are all in for the team and Rivers, but they are one more move away from making this a true statement.