The San Diego Chargers are a team that seems like they are heading down a bad path as they already lost their potential star pass rusher in Melvin Ingram for the season. Also the Chargers are a team that will only go as far as quarterback Philip Rivers takes them.
The best-case scenario for the Chargers is they can take advantage of the Denver Broncos and hope they start the season 3-3 or worse while Von Miller is on his six-game suspension from the league, and San Diego starts off at least 4-2. If Rivers can build a fire to burn hot enough and he can grow from that, he could give his team confidence that could lead them to an AFC West title.
Also, if rookie linebacker Manti Te’o proves that he is a should have been a top-10 draft pick instead of falling into the second round in this year’s NFL draft, that would greatly improve the team’s defense, especially after losing veterans Takeo Spikes and Shaun Phillips. If everything goes along swimmingly, the Chargers could eek out a 10-6 record in 2013.
That’s the best case, now for the worst. If Rivers gets hurt for the year, the Chargers will look like a boat without a rudder as they’d have no signs of offensive leadership outside an aging Antonio Gates at tight end. With Rivers out, they’d have to turn to Charlie Whitehurst, who has started in a grand total of four games and only thrown three touchdown passes. If this is the case for the, Chargers they will go 2-14 and have the second pick in the 2014 NFL Draft.