Re: 2009 version of the San Diego Chargers
posted at 7/27/2009 2:01 AM EDT
In Response to Re: 2009 version of the San Diego Chargers
[QUOTE]The Chargers roster, overall, is better than the Patriots. Considering the Chargers have encountered more injuries the past two years, I'd say with a healthy squad they will handle New England in the playoffs, providing the Patriots actually make it this year. The NE secondary is not championship caliber at all, the Oline can be pushed around, and coaching changes will ultimately prove what I'm expressing. On top of that the 1st & 2nd year players with no post season experience will quell any late season rally they can muster up. The Patriots should win the division though.
Posted by jbolted[/QUOTE]
On paper, before any football is played, I would agree that the Chargers defense is probably in better shape. I expect our D to be improved this year, but to what extent is anyone's guess. As Mike Reiss alludes to; it doesn't take much to improve upon last year. We could get lucky and have some guys really step up on D this year, but I'll only count on a decent, but not substantial improvement. Losing Harrison and Vrabel will not be without any cost.
If Brady returns to form at least fairly early in the season, there is no way on God's earth I would take the Chargers' offensive roster over the Pats. As always, injuries can change your world in a hurry. Barring more than the usual injuries, the Pats could be exceptional this year. You will need a "great" D to stop them.
You talk about the Chargers having encountered more injuries the last two years. I challenge that assertion, but have too much of a life to go through all of the games and know for sure. The Pats have regularly been decimated by injuries. If it appears as if we don't show many players on the injury report near the end of the season it is only because most of the players are on IR. I mean really, the Pats get killed by injuries year after year.
I'll take BB as the one and only coach without any assistants over Norv with a hundred assistants. I think us Pats fans are also asking how many assistants we can lose before the pain just gets too severe and we pay a price. I'd argue though, that no year can top when we lost both Weiss and Romeo. I could also argue we paid a big price when we lost them. I don't consider Josh Mac's departure anywhere near as significant as when we lost those two assistants. Pioli didn't help BB put together game plans.