Since there isn’t really such a thing as “winter” in Southern California, here’s a list of the best gifts to give a Chargers fan to enjoy this time of year:
1. Navy Franchise Fitted Hat
The best way to keep the sun out of your face is with a hat! Give the gift of being able to show off their favorite team while keeping the sun out to someone! Also available in different styles and designs.
2. Tanks & Tees
Give any Chargers fan a top that will allow them to stay cool on those hot winter days! Also available in other styles and designs.
3. 26oz Stainless Steel Water Bottle with Pop-Up Stout
Make sure you’re beloved Charger’s fan is able to stay hydrated with this stainless steel water bottle! Check out all the other types of drink ware including mugs, plastic cups, and glasses.
Keep the sun out of their eyes by giving them a pair of Charger themed sunglasses! Also available in other styles.
5. Coleman Quad Chair
Tailgate, BBQ, or attend a bonfire in comfort with one of our Charger themed quad chair!
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For years the Chargers were a talented team that underachieved. While the team is still not having great success, it is now because the talent is just not there. Antonio Gates and Phillip Rivers seem to be digressing, Ryan Matthews cannot stay healthy, the offensive line is poor and their defense is very average. This Chargers team is headed in the wrong direction and very few personal changes were made in the off-season. Expect a 6-10 season from the Chargers.
Rivers has the ability to be a top 7-10 quarterback, but he needs help to throw. His best target, Vincent Jackson, left in the off-season. No other top-10 (possible) quarterback has weaker throwing targets than Rivers.
The Chargers were 8-8 last year and will go 8-8 this year. And they will continue to be mediocre.
The 2010 season in San Diego was one to forget. Things got off to a rocky start from the get go with one of their biggest offensive weapons, Vincent Jackson, getting locked in a contract dispute with the front office. Coming off a Pro Bowl year in 2009, Jackson sat out through the first 10 weeks of the season, the maximum allowed before a player loses a year towards free agency. First round pick, running back Ryan Matthews, was shaken up by injuries throughout the season and never was much of a factor. Pro Bowl tight end Antonio Gates missed extended time tearing the plantar fascia in his foot. Special teams debacles made headlines many weeks. Field goals and punts were blocked at alarming rate. Penalties and fumbles on run backs killed momentum. Long-time special teams coach Steven Crosby was let go after the season as a result. A 2-5 start doomed San Diego and they missed the playoffs with a 9-7 record.
One of the brightest spots in a disappointing season was the play of quarterback. Despite the absence of several of his weapons, Philip Rivers made San Diego the top ranked offense and amassed over 4,000 yards passing and 30 touchdowns. The play of Mike Tolbert was a pleasant surprise. A short, thick running back, Tolbert gained over 700 yards, scored 11 touchdowns, and even caught 25 passes. Malcolm Floyd filled the void left by Vincent Jackson as big play receiver nearly averaged 20 yards per reception to go along with 6 TDs. The return of Vincent Jackson, better health for Gates and Matthews, along with the guys who filled in for them last year could make the San Diego offense even more explosive in 2011 if they can cut down on the mental errors.
As much credit as the Charger offense gets, the defense was vastly overlooked last year. San Diego finished first in passing yards allowed (177.8 yards/game) and fourth in rushing yards allowed (93.8 yards/game). It is unlikely they will be able to repeat this performance with defensive coordinator Ron Rivera leaving to become the head coach of the Carolina Panthers. San Diego is hoping to offset the loss of Rivera with an impressive safety tandem. Hard hitting and injury prone Bob Sanders was signed right before the lockout went into place. Many thought this insured the departure of free agent Eric Weddle, but he returned to the team some months later. A major blow came during training camp when middle linebacker Stephen Cooper suffered a torn bicep. Cooper will try to play through the injury, but with the physicality required to play the linebacker position, especially in a 3-4, it is unlikely he will make it through the season and will require surgery. Veteran Takeo Spikes will likely take Cooper’s spot in the lineup if he is unable to go. If the defense would like to continue the stellar play exhibited last year, young players LB Larry English and CB Antoine Cason need to continue to progress.
Although the defense should take a few steps back this year, the San Diego Chargers will still complete for the AFC West division title this year. The offense is too explosive and has too many weapons for many teams to match up with them. After their poor start last year, the Chargers came on down the stretch finishing 7-2 in the last 9 games. This was a team that simply shot themselves in the foot way too many times and had several bad breaks. By limiting their mistakes and taking better care of the football, expect San Diego to be the class of their division and return to the playoffs.
The Chargers are a team that every year has potential and expectations but every year fall short of both of those. They did away with Tomlinson, so that opens the door for little man Darren Sproles as the main back. Many have questioned his ability to be an every down back. Ryan Matthews will help out with the load, but if Sproles gets hurt, their running game will be almost completely useless. They were dead last in running last year and it looks like that trend will contine this year.
Philip Rivers is still their quarterback, which is definitely a plus. Vincent Jackson, Rivers’ top target last year is gone. Antonio Gates will still be there to provide Rivers with a tall set of hands.
The AFC West is an unbelievably weak division and for that reason alone I will pick the Chargers to win it with a record of 11-5, maybe even one less win. They just don’t impress me. History reinforces my feelings towards them as well.
By Josh Delp of the Sports Fan Blog Network
Painful foot tendinitis that forced him from the past three games and other “nagging” injuries could keep Shawne Merriman from playing Sunday in Cleveland and perhaps beyond.
The Chargers have gone to the lengths of bringing back Marques Harris for depth in their thin outside linebackers corps.
Harris, who spent the 2005-08 seasons with the club before being released in February, signed yesterday. He played six games with the San Francisco 49ers this season but suffered a hamstring injury and was released Oct. 27.
The Chargers had Harris in for a physical Nov. 11 but did not sign him. However, they have continued monitoring Merriman’s health while losing two other outside linebackers, Jyles Tucker and Antwan Applewhite, to injured reserve in the past six weeks.
Click here to read the full article – By San Diego Union-Tribune
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