San Diego Super Chargers…to the Super Bowl?


A look into how
Phillip Rivers can take us back to the top of the AFC WEST.

You read that right, going into
the 2013 season it is safe to consider the Chargers one of the many teams that
can contend for the Super Bowl. Now unless you have been asleep for the entire
off-season, I am sure you are aware of the overhaul the Chargers have gone
through. With a new GM in Tom Telesco, a new coach in Mike McCoy, and one hell
of a draft class (at least on paper) the Chargers seem to have flipped their
overall look from last year’s disaster of a team. However, this is still the
Chargers, so let’s take a step back and discuss everything that can go wrong
this season before we get excited.

Philip Rivers, who at one point
was a top 5 QB in the league, can continue to play as though he wants to pass
Brett Favre for most interceptions thrown. However, we can’t forget that Rivers
is a four-time Pro Bowler and has been a prolific passer since taking over as
the starting quarterback in 2006. He has compiled a .625 regular-season win
percentage by completing 63.6 percent of his passes and tallying a 189:93
touchdown-to-interception ratio. Rivers topped the 4,000-yard mark in four
straight seasons from 2008 to 2011, including a league-best 4,710 yards in ’10.
With a career passer rating of 94.5, Rivers unquestionably is one of the most
efficient passer in the NFL. Yet, the Chargers still claim a 3-4 postseason
record since Rivers took over. One thing almost all Super Bowl Champion
Quarterbacks have in common is they perform in the clutch. The reason the
Chargers have a chance to win a Super Bowl this year is because Philip Rivers
is the man in the clutch. The final weeks of the regular season and the
playoffs are the true test for a Quarterback. Many believe legacies are
established with key performances in critical situations, particularly with
playoff berths on the line. With Rivers under center the Charger boast a 44-14
regular-season record in the months of November, December and January,
including a 29-5 mark in December and January. Most importantly, Rivers has
tossed 61 touchdowns against 19 interceptions in December/January
regular-season games. Rivers gives the Chargers a chance to compete for a Super

There are still some holes at
running back with Ryan Mathews also injured, but maybe, just maybe Danny
Woodhead will be our savior. He is a scrappy, quick, fierce competitor that
knows what it is like to play on championship caliber team. It will take some
time for the team to adjust to the new system, but who are we kidding, the
Chargers never start off strong with Rivers playing quarterback. This is a
strong team that can make a run in January. If Joe Flacco and his unibrow can
win a Super Bowl, so can Philip Rivers.


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