Entering Week 17, we are coming to the end of the 2013 calendar year. This is a simple look into the past, present and future of the San Diego Chargers that Ebenezer Scrooge would admire.
The Chargers have one game left in the 2013 season, and it’s up to them to be 8-8 or 9-7. The latter doesn’t guarantee you a spot in the playoffs, but the chance does exist, whereas the other results in a season of high expectations in the following years of new Chargers head coach Mike McCoy. Let’s first visit the past and take a look at how the Chargers got here.
The team started a mediocrity spiral from an AFC Championship game in 2007, to not making the playoffs since 2009. Philip Rivers’ age in question and a team begging to be rebuilt, Tom Telesco and McCoy were brought to turn this ship around. Their first draft highlighted a strong offensive right tackle, trading for a controversial Notre Dame product and a potential Rookie of the Year.
For the future, the Chargers’ have a 10-year veteran quarterback in a game that favors young men out of college. Rivers’ 32 years of life sound elderly when hearing that he’s a 10-year NFL veteran, but the keyword for the Chargers is promise.
Ryan Mathews is maturing along with a receiver corps that is anchored by Keenan Allen. The defense has a core group of guys who need some lockdown cornerbacks to help Eric Weddle in the secondary. In the immediate future, the Chargers have picks in all seven rounds, and are currently hovering around the late teens in the first round.
Now, back to the present. Right now, the Chargers enter Week 17 already earning at least a .500 record. Wining one more game earns McCoy his first winning season and gets the Chargers back on track. The team has brought praise and attention to Ken Wisenhunt’s work with Rivers’ comeback season. Their murky situation for the sixth seed is why losing out is never an option. You play to win games, not for No. 1 picks.
The playoffs will come to this team under this front office, but when it comes depends on Sunday’s early games and how much the Chargers want to repeat the past.