According to Curtis Crabtree of NBC Sports, Chargers QB Philip Rivers said:
“Our expectations are high, they are always high. I think all 32 teams have the goal of winning a championship, that goes without saying. We have to get back to winning the AFC West, a thing we have let get away from us the last three years.”
San Diego won the AFC West title five times in six years between 2004 and 2009, with the only time they came up short being in 2005 when they were third in the division with a 9-7 record. The team often blew leads in games, which led to six losses last season, four of which happened in the fourth quarter. The Lighting Bolts did not have a fourth-quarter comeback in 2012, and only had two come-from-behind wins.
If San Diego was able to hold on to most of their leads last year, they would have had a winning record and given themselves a shot at making the playoffs for the first time since 2009, when they were 13-3.
Most experts do not expect San Diego to be a playoff team this year, but Rivers said the right thing by expressing confidence because no player is supposed to say “we are not a playoff team.” If the players do not have hope for a successful season, it could start a domino effect with fans giving up and not showing up to games.