Monday Night Football has finally arrived!! The debut of the new San Diego Chargers will be here in no time and the long lists of questions will finally be answered. Is Mike McCoy’s vision really the answer we’ve been searching for or has it all been an illusion? Did the team really find the best 53 players? The first team defense played superb during the preseason, will this be the same team to show up during tonight’s game against the Houston Texans?
Philip Rivers has had to deal with a lot of criticism over the past few years and it should be clear to everyone as to why. The preseason was no indication that things are going to be any different. Perhaps it was just preseason and Rivers wasn’t looking to play hard, but rather play smart and invest in Mike McCoy’s quest to find this team’s image and direction. Tonight we should see better focus and stride from Rivers, and a West Coast offense tailored to the strength of the players. The combination of McCoy and Ken Whisenhunt’s offensive genius should be overwhelming and with a gifted quarterback like Rivers, this will be the show you wouldn’t want to miss.
The offensive line, are these the five best options available to protect our quarterback? The realistic goal should be to cut down on the sacks by half and if Rivers was sacked 49 times last season we should only see 24 or 25. The starting five appears to be Fluker, Clary, Hardwick, Rinehart and Dunlap. Regardless of how they play throughout the year, there should be no doubt the management will be interested in drafting a lineman early in the 2014 draft. Whether it be a permanent left tackle or a new right guard. The truth is Dunlap was originally signed as insurance, and when the top three tackles in the draft were gone and Max Stark didn’t work out, Dunlap became the man. Clary needs to prove he’s a starting guard in this league; he was already demoted from right tackle, but was kept on board for his stability and experience with the team. How the offensive line play, tonight will be their first test?
The defense finished the preseason as the fifth best defense allowing 280 yards per game, that’s only 4.2 yards more than the Houston Texans. Keeping in mind this included the thrashing received from the San Francisco 49ers. This includes a 3 rd place standing in pass defense, which can be the defenses forte going into the season. Many experts and fans alike are looking forward to seeing what Shareece Wright is capable of, tagging along side more established players such as Eric Weddle and Derek Cox, the secondary can be steaming with potential. Is this a top tier defensive unit? Will the Chargers be storming through the NFL with the reputation of a solid backfield?
All these questions and more will be answered tonight! Are there any thoughts you’ve had waiting for this moment? Will this team be ready and determined for 16 games?