Shortly after the draft in someone else's fanpost, I had said that I think the Chargers are on the decline, and even if they win the division this year, they will still struggle. Several people told me I was naive as the Chargers are still fielding a pretty good team.
The Chargers have 3 key holdouts in V. Jackson, S. Merriman and McNeill. McNeill has been protecting Rivers' blindside, and does a great job at it. Instead of resigning a key man on the line, they went out through free agency and brought in another left tackle. Says a lot about how they view McNeill
Jackson has been one of the best wideouts in the league, yet they opted not to give him an extension either. And Merriman just claims he wants to know he wont be on the chopping block 3 weeks into the season. Obviously is wanting an extension as well.
They also traded away a key defensive back to New York, let their nose tackle go to none other than our beloved Broncos, and let L.T. go as well.
It appears that they have decided to rebuild, or retool their team while they still have a tool leading their offense in Rivers. Rivers is a tool. Take that how you would like it. lol
Yet the MSM and many others are still saying that the division is theirs. While it appears initially that Denver, Kansas City and Oakland all drafted well, it is only a matter of time when we know how the draft will pan out. Players don't always transition to the pro's. Some of the biggest names fail. Look at Jabba the Hut for a prime example, or Ryan Leaf.
Our schedule on paper is not as hard this year as it was this time last year. Last year we had a horrible schedule, probably one of toughest in the league, and we did great out of the starting gate. We have gotten veterans through the free agency, and picked many players through the draft that I have heard people called "steals". In fact, almost every player we picked in the draft was called "the steal of the draft".
All in all, I see the Chargers going down this year and continuing to follow that path giving the Broncos, Kansas City and the Raiders.... well.... maybe not the Raiders, emerging in the AFC West.