Five Reasons Why San Diego Chargers Don’t Have What It Takes
Five Reasons Why Chargers Won't Win It All
The San Diego Chargers couldn’t have asked for a better entrance to the postseason.
San Diego needed some results to go their way in the final week of the regular season and they also needed to beat the Kansas City Chiefs in order to advance to the playoffs. And now that they have conquered those objectives, lots of people are classifying them as dark horses to make a deep playoff run.
The truth, however, is that the Chargers will have a tough time in the postseason, and a Wild Card exit is not far-fetched at all.
While the team has a lot of dynamic players on the offensive side of the ball like QB Philip Rivers, RB Ryan Mathews and rookie WR Keenan Allen, it’s hard to see them going toe to toe against the best teams in the NFL. The Chargers defeated the Denver Broncos during the regular season and also beat the Chiefs in the final week, but those scenarios aren’t likely to be repeated.
The first stop against the Cincinnati Bengals is quite complicated, and while the Chargers will surely compete and give their all it’s hard to see them advancing deep in the postseason. Simply put, this team doesn’t have enough talent to make it happen against the best teams in the NFL. While they could make a lot of noise in a few more years, 2014 won’t be the year the Chargers win the Vince Lombardi Trophy.
Without further ado, please join me through this slideshow as we check out five reasons why the San Diego Chargers don’t have what it takes to win it all this year.
When compared to teams like the New England Patriots and the Denver Broncos in the AFC, the Chargers don’t have as much as experience as their probable opponents. That could end up being a factor in crunch time this postseason.
4. Young Offensive Weapons
Aside from Antonio Gates, all the other offensive weapons that QB Philip Rivers has are very young. Rookie WR Keenan Allen is the team's biggest threat in the passing game, and Danny Woodhead is a dual option that can either run from the backfield or catch screen passes. Ryan Mathews is also a solid veteran, but it’s unclear yet how he will perform against top opposition despite closing the year strongly.
3. Below Average Defense
The Chargers' defensive unit ranked 29th in total yards allowed through the air and 21st in total rushing yards. Despite not allowing many TD passes (23, good for 12th in the NFL) they still struggle to stop any offense, something that could be problematic against teams like the Broncos or the Patriots.
2. Top Opposition
The Chargers will have also to play against the Cincinnati Bengals – a very dangerous team – in the Wild Card round, and with squads like the Broncos, the Patriots and the Kansas City Chiefs probably on the horizon, the road looks to be quite steep for the Chargers who entered the playoff after an OT win in Week 17.
1. Philip Rivers
The team’s leader on the offensive side of the ball might also be the guy that can prevent the Chargers from making a deep playoff run. Some have questioned his decision making in the closing minutes of games, and even though he had a stellar season leading San Diego to the playoffs it's unclear how he will perform when a possible elimination is on the line.