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2012 Preview: San Diego Chargers

The 2012 San Diego Chargers will start the season like normal: with Norv Turner on the hot seat.  It’s amazing that Norv still has a job after being at the helm of a team that has so much talent and nothing to show for it.  You have to admit that Turner has been very effective with offenses over the years, but he just can’t get the Chargers to cross the bridge to the Super Bowl.  And last season was sub par to say the least.  They struggled in just about every game.  There All Pro caliber quarterback was the biggest culprit in the struggle, since he developed a nasty habit of throwing interceptions.  Going into this year, they are down a couple of vital weapons to their past successes.  Vincent Jackson, who finally got his way by kicking and screaming his way into free agency, signed with Tampa Bay.  Jackson was a 1000 yard receiver who was a big target.  The Chargers also lost Mike Tolbert to the Panthers.  Tolbert was a goal line beast who was good for double-digit TDs.  They were still able to keep some important pieces, and they were also able to procure the services of other important players through free agency.  The Chargers will have a tall order to compete in the division.  Norv Turner will be in his normal position:  in the hot seat.

Fantasy Football Studs:   Philip Rivers had a bad season last year.  But a bad season for Rivers doesn’t equate to what other QBs might do.  He still had 4624 passing yards and 27 TDs.  Not bad, but not his usual.  Also included in the abnormality was the 20 INTs.  But you still have to consider Rivers a stud.  Another stud is TE Antonio Gates, who has been the forgotten man because of injuries.  Gates, however, is coming back healthy and revitalized.  Receivers Malcom Floyd and newly acquired Robert Meachem will play big roles as well in this revamped passing game.  Lastly, RB Ryan Mathews will play a huge role, especially after his 1000 yard season in 2011.  He will be the primary back, even with the presence of free agent Ronnie Brown.

Area of Strength:  Even with the struggles of Philip Rivers and the Charger offense last season, the passing game will still be the strength of the team.  Rivers will most likely throw for over 4000 yards.  He’s got good receivers that will stretch the field and move the chains.  Antonio Gates will re-emerge as a top tight end, as long as he stays healthy.  Malcom Floyd will be the main man, and Robert Meachem will finally have the kind of season that everyone expected from him when he was drafted by the Saints.  Also, running back Ryan Mathews will also be a big part of the passing game.  This passing game will rebound from last years woes.

 Area of Weakness:  The defense will be the part of the Chargers that will be a definite weakness.  It is an old unit and getting older by the minute.  LBs Takeo Spikes and Shaun Phillips are the leaders along with Quentin Jammer and Atari Bigby in the secondary.  These players were good in their day but they lack fresh legs.  Last season, the Chargers uncharacteristically jumped out to a 4-1 start before the bye.  After the bye, they lost 6 straight games, and their opponents racked up an average of 28 points.  That will not be good this year, especially with the arrival of Peyton Manning in the division.

2012 Marquee Matchups:  The Chargers have a tough schedule this season, highlighted by matchups with the Falcons in Week 3, and the Saints in Week 5.  After their Week 7 bye, they take on some division foes, but they have a tough 4 week stretch in Weeks 12 through 15, taking on the Ravens, Bengals, Steelers, and Panthers.

All Things San Diego Chargers: There are several ways to keep up with the  2012 San Diego Chargers.  Here are a few we like.

Blogs:  Bolts from the Blue http://www.boltsfromtheblue.com/ ; Bolt Hype http://www.bolthype.com/ ; Bolt Beat http://boltbeat.com/

Apps: San Diego Chargers for iPhone (by San Diego Chargers)  

Fan Clubs:   The official fan club for the San Diego Chargers can be found on www.chargers.com under fan zone. 


She Said: Lifting As We Climb

The Lifting As We Climb Foundation, Inc is a non-profit organization composed of Hampton University graduates.  LAWCF is a “youth to youth” mentoring organization geared toward uplifting disadvantaged youth.  Here is their mission statement: “To cultivate youth development in leadership, community service, health and physical fitness and career development.  Our aim is to provide this type of essential service to all children arising from disadvantaged backgrounds, while leveraging athletics as a vehicle to motivate our youth to succeed in life.”

Team sports, especially football, provide opportunities to teach young men invaluable lessons. For me the best element of  service is the opportunity to utilize the  gifts, talents, and resources we have to strengthen our communities.  LAWCF has partnered with both  NFL players, (Antonio Gates, Antwaan Randle El, Larry Foote, Felix Jones, and Anthony Adams); as well as various collegiate coaches and trainers.  I have a special passion about mentoring! I would not be where I am today without a variety of mentors that took a special interest in me.  LAWCF uses football to connect with and mentor young men through a couple of programs I love: Continue reading


He Said: How are you NOT watching “The League”?

FX has created one of the funniest shows ever regarding Football: “The League”.  This show is about childhood friends (now mid thirties men) who have been playing fantasy football for years.  It’s so relatable!  The show covers everything from the draft , making trades, questionable decisions, etc…all the way up to the awarding of the league trophy: The Shiva.   Last season, they even created a last place trophy called the Sacko.  Oh, the hilarity! Continue reading


LADIES VS FELLAS WEEK 2

Ladies, ladies, LADIES! We took care of business AGAIN! For the 2nd week in a row, the ladies have locked down the top two slots in the league. Shout out to Domin8 Trix for keeping her #1 status! For the 2nd week in a row she has scored the most overall points (this week with 161). Holding it down and close behind at #2 is Girl Behaving Badly with a convincing win in the…

HE SAID She SaidFantasy Football Match Up of the Week: Girl Behaving Badly took it to Team Bring It (who I noticed has since picked up MY Washington Redskin Defense on waivers). Looks like Jahvid did his BEST along with the rest of the Detriot Lions this weekend in that Kansas City game! Congratulations to Girl Behaving Badly for serving Team Bring It his second loss of the season!

Fellas!! We should be embarrassed!!!!! Not only are the WOMEN tied with us in overall records at 5-5, but they are outscoring the MEN 1138-1009!! AND, we let them even the score in head to head competition. I will give props to Girl Behaving Badly for handling her business, but I gotta call out Team Bring It: Bruh, how you gonna leave Steven Jackson in your lineup?!?!?!?!!!!!! EVERYBODY knew he wasn’t gonna play. Fellas we gotta do better! These Ladies are serious and they are coming to play every week. We have another chance this upcoming week with Ballers Unorthodoks taking on Domin8 Trix. Ballers, you gotta bring what Team Bring It couldn’t bring against GBB this past weekend. Now Ballers, I know you are feeling the sting of losing to me, AND watching your Niners get done up by my ‘Boys, but you need to MAN UP!! Shout out to Domin8 Trix. You are doing your thing! But you will eventually go down. The MEN will PREVAIL!! Continue reading


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