The San Diego Chargers missed the playoffs for the third season in a row following a 7-9 record which was the franchise’s first losing record in a season after 2003.
According to Michael Gehlken, San Diego linebacker Takeo Spikes said “I still think it’s possible. I really do. Not like I’m hoping, I believe that. You’ve got new blood in the building, and anytime you’ve got new blood in the building, you never know.”
Spikes has one year left on his contract. The Cincinnati Bengals, the Buffalo Bills, the Philadelphia Eagles and the San Francisco 49ers did not make the playoffs when Spikes was a member of these franchises.
The only time that one of Spikes’ teams had a winning record in his 15 NFL seasons was in 2004 when he was an All-Pro linebacker for the Bills. Buffalo finished with a 9-7 record which was a game behind both wild card teams.
Spikes continued by saying “The offensive line needs to be addressed. I see horrible things written and said about Philip Rivers – I believe Philip is a great quarterback in this league. Regardless what your intangibles are you can’t throw the ball if you’re on your back or looking at your side.”
San Diego’s front office has to improve an the offensive line, which gave up 49 sacks and only three teams allowed more than them. I expect this issue to be addressed in the 2013 NFL Draft.
The 36-year-old Spikes ranked third and fourth on San Diego’s roster in tackles in 2011 and 2012. Spikes was ejected in San Diego’s final regular season game during the 2012 season. It would be a shame if Spikes’ last game with San Diego ended this way.
Spikes has been dependable for San Diego during his time with the team because he started in all 32 games from 2011-12. I believe that San Diego is one player away on offense from making it to the playoffs.