5 Reasons San Diego Chargers Fans Should Be Happy About Team’s Future
5 Reasons San Diego Chargers Fans Should Be Happy About Team's Future
This year has been a rough for the San Diego Chargers. They're sitting at 5-6 after gaining a little momentum earlier in the NFL season. One bright spot for the Bolts has been the reincarnation of quarterback Philip Rivers. The quarterback position is the most important position on any team. If you have a good foundation, which the Chargers do, then you have a reason to be hopeful.
I know that 5-6 isn't good, but the Chargers have played their butts off this season. They've lost some very competitive games that came down to poor execution and bad defense. Their win against a 9-1 Kansas City Chiefs team in Week 12 showed us just how good this team can be when they're playing their best football.
The Chargers have a shot to make the playoffs, but it won't be any easy thing to accomplish. They still have to play division games against the Denver Broncos and the Chiefs. I have no doubt that the Chargers can win both of those games, but it won't be easy.
Even if this team fails to make it into the postseason, I believe that fans in San Diego have every reason to be excited about the direction their team is headed in. Most NFL fans would disagree given their record, but sometimes it just doesn't come down to numbers. Expect the Chargers to finish off the year on a positive note rather than falling apart. With that being said, I'm here to list five reasons Chargers fans should be excited about the future of their team.
5. Mike McCoy
In Mike McCoy's first year as a NFL head coach he has been through plenty of ups and downs. Still, McCoy has made it clear that he's confident in bringing a winning culture back to the city of San Diego. He's a fiery young coach that brings a little attitude to a team that's in need of some toughness -- especially after going soft under the direction of former head coach Norv Turner. He may also deserve a little a credit for "fixing" Philip Rivers after the quarterback produced a few unproductive seasons.
4. Keenan Allen
Keenan Allen has burst onto the scene as one of the best young receivers in the entire NFL. The Chargers needed someone to step up in a major way after the loss of Malcom Floyd earlier this season. Allen has done that and more, leading the Chargers in receiving with 737 yards while also pulling down three touchdowns. He'll make it tough for the McCoy to manage the depth chart at the wide receiver position when Floyd and Danario Alexander get healthy.
3. Key Injuries
The Chargers were dealing with a few key injuries before the season got started and even more after a few games. Players like Melvin Ingram, Malcom Floyd, Dwight Freeney and Danario Alexander are all on the IR. These guys should be healthy and ready to shine at the start of the 2014 season.
2. Team Production
At 5-6 the Chargers have been playing better than their record indicates. They've endured their share of bad luck this season. Three of their six loses were by four points or less -- two of which came down to late fourth quarter scores. The Bolts' biggest problem has been poor defensive play, and injuries to key players aren't helping their case. Big things were expected from this defense prior to this season, but it looks like we'll have to reserve that hope until next year.
1. Philip Rivers
Philip Rivers would be making a solid case for MVP if it weren't for the outstanding play of Peyton Manning. Rivers has thrown for 3381 yards, 22 touchdowns and only eight interceptions. The biggest question surrounding the Chargers has been been answered. Rivers has restored all faith in the quarterback position.