The San Diego Chargers had a miserable season in 2012 and look to turn that around this season. Last year was just the culmination of a number of years of bad decisions by management, namely A.J. Smith the general manager.
He succeeded in running players like Michael Turner, LaDainian Tomlinson, Vincent Jackson and Darren Sproles out of town in successive seasons.
These players, at the time they were pushed out of San Diego, had not shown any signs of playing lesser quality football.
Last season the team missed the postseason for the third straight year and the owners decided the team needed a new direction.
Mike McCoy is now the head coach and Tom Telesco the GM and hope has been renewed in San Diego.
Here are five predictions for the Chargers for 2013.
- The choice of Mike McCoy to be the head coach will pay off early with his creative skills on offense, which will help his quarterback Philip Rivers. The offense will be more up-tempo as the team’s receivers are used to a spread offense. It might take a while for Rivers and his receivers to mesh, but look for lots of scoring as the season progresses.
- This will be Rivers’ last season as a Charger. He has such a large contract against the cap that the team will have to unload him. Both he and the Chargers hope he has an excellent season, as it will help them get more for him in a trade for next season.
- The defense will rush the passer well this season with the improvements made to the defensive line. Corey Liuget has become a strong four down player and can move laterally very well. Kendall Reyes will have to become more consistent push rusher and overall lineman.
- The secondary for the Chargers will be their weakest link on the team. The secondary will have a great deal of inexperience with three quarters of the secondary from last season gone. Last season the team had to play zone to cover for the weak man-to-man abilities of the secondary. Shareece Wright and Derek Cox two of the new starters in the secondary are not considered elite corners, but can play man to man.
- One of Rivers’ receivers, Malcolm Floyd, will have a tough season. Floyd is not known for running precise patterns and the new spread offense relies on its receivers being precise with their patterns. His game is more vertical with his speed and jumping abilities but his season will not be as productive as it was last year.