San Diego Chargers 2013 NFL Preseason Preview

By Daniel Chi
San Diego Chargers
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After a disappointing 2012 season, the San Diego Chargers are still trying to figure out what happened as they mustered up a 7-9 record. It is safe to say that not only have the Chargers lost their thunder, but they have just lost their electricity in general with no backup generator yet to be seen.

As the Chargers will host their first preseason game Thursday against the Seattle Seahawks, a team who may have a chance to going to the Super Bowl, we will get a chance to see if the Chargers have found any spark to their game.

From their franchise quarterback Philip Rivers‘ 15 interceptions, the lack of an overall offense that ranked outside of the top 10 after being one of the top offenses in the NFL just a couple years back has Chargers’ fans dismayed with the lack of heart their team is showing.

During this preseason, however, the Chargers will try to take a step forward and focus on their running back Ryan Mathews to see if the will ever turn out to be the running back they envisioned.

Ever since the Chargers let go one of the greatest runners in the history of the NFL in LaDainian Tomlinson and his backup Michael Turner, who turned out to be a great back for the Atlanta Falcons for a couple of years, the Bolts have gotten literally nothing from their runners in the past few years.

Mathews rushed for 707 yards and one touchdown. In 2011, Mathews had a great year after rushing for 1,091 yards and bolted in six rushing touchdowns, but is lacking consistency that is the difference between good and great.

When the Chargers let go of Tomlinson, Mathews was the guy who was supposed to take his place. All Mathews have done is take that place, run around in circles and sit back down on the bench as the Chargers are the true definition of what it means to be underachievers.

As the Chargers will try to strike up some lightening against the Seahawks in Qualcomm Stadium, let’s hope Mathews can get some voltage and revive him from his slumber as an underachiever.

It is time for Mathews to “suit up” and put on those big-boy pants and show his team that he can be the answer at running back. The Chargers have issues all over the field, but just like anything, in order to be great everyone has to take baby steps at first.

For the Chargers sake, let’s hope the lightening god Thor assists them from up above because they can use all the help they can get.

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