For the second-straight season, the San Diego Chargers had high expectations entering the regular season, only to see their dreams fall short by missing out on the playoffs and division title thanks to the Denver Broncos. With the 31st ranked overall offense, the Chargers struggled to get anything consistent all season, but now that Ken Whisenhunt is on board as offensive coordinator, will they be able to turn things around in 2013?
Whisenhunt spent the last six seasons as head coach for the Arizona Cardinals and will be looking for a fresh start after Arizona finished with a disappointing 5-11 record in 2012–despite starting the year off winning their first four games. The former head coach has been praised for his ability to run an offense when given the right weapons and with the type of talent on San Diego’s roster, it should be interesting to see what type of production he can get out of Philip Rivers in 2013.
Normally, Rivers is considered one of the top quarterbacks in the NFL, but the former first-round pick has struggled over the last two seasons as he’s coming off a 2012 campaign in which he threw for 3,606 passing yards to go along with 26 touchdowns and 15 interceptions. The potential is certainly there for Whisenhunt and the Chargers’ offense, but whether or not they can bounce back in 2013 is a different story.
Even if they do bounce back, it certainly won’t be easy competing for the division title with the Broncos–who are coming off a 13-3 finish during the regular season.
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