The San Diego Chargers Must Hold on to Leads in 2013

By Kenny Gardner
San Diego Chargers
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The San Diego Chargers finished their 2012 season with a 7-9 record which was the first time they finished a season with a losing record since 2003 when they were 4-12.

San Diego had numerous amounts of issues during the 2012 NFL season and one of them was an inability to hold a lead. San Diego led at some point in a game in six of their nine losses last season.  The finger should not be pointed solely at the defense or the offense because both struggled at times.

The Lightning Bolts had a 24-0 halftime lead at home against the Denver Broncos, but six turnovers by quarterback Philip Rivers, two of which were returned for touchdowns, led to a 35-24 loss.

San Diego had a 13-10 lead at home against the Baltimore Ravens with 1:59 left in the fourth quarter, but Baltimore QB Joe Flacco and RB Ray Rice combined to turn a 4th and 29 play into a first down.  The Chargers would go on to lose this game in overtime by a final score of 16-13.

There will be eight new coaches on San Diego’s staff this season including new head coach Mike McCoy.  Four of these eight coaches will be on offense and includes offensive coordinator Ken Whisenhunt, quarterbacks coach Frank Reich and offensive line coach Joe D’Alessandris.  Former Carolina Panthers wide receivers coach Fred Graves will take over in the same position on San Diego for the 2013 season.

Ron Milus is the only new coach on defense and he will be responsible for coaching the secondary.  The new coaching staff will try to help the players be more mentally tough because San Diego had a lead in the fourth quarter four out of the six times that they blew a lead in 2012.

Seven of San Diego’s 11 starters on defense will enter the season as such for the first time with San Diego. Four of the 11 starters on offense will be new as well and all of these changes will be on the offensive line.

San Diego cannot afford to give away games, but only time will tell if the changes on the coaching staff and with the players are enough to get the job done this season.

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