Maybe I’m crazy, but it seems like there is a path between Chicago and San Diego when it comes to football and I don’t just mean head-to-head match-ups.
Consider this: Since 2000, there have been three quarterbacks who played for the Bears before coming to the Chargers (Jim Harbaugh and Moses Moreno (1999-2000) followed by Doug Flutie (2001-2004). There was also a defensive tackle in 2011 named Tommie Harris. The year 2000 brought a wide receiver named Curtis Conway, now a studio analyst for the Bolts, who was catching what they threw at him until his 2002 release. Don’t forget that the Chargers had Ron Rivera as their linebackers coach/defensive coordinator during the 2007-2010 seasons. (Yes, that would be the same Rivera who is going to the Super Bowl as head coach of the Carolina Panthers). Ah, what could have been!
The Bears and Chargers have met five times since 1999, with the Monsters of the Midway leading the match-ups 4-1. That sole win, a 14-7 final score, was played in September 2007 at Qualcomm Stadium.
Chicago’s defense sacked Philip Rivers three times and racked up 70 tackles in that game. Do you remember who was the defensive coordinator for Da Bears that day? None other than the Bolts’ new linebackers coach, Bob Babich.
Babich has 33 years of coaching experience, with his first eight having been at the college level. He entered the professional ranks in 2003 as linebackers coach for the St. Louis Rams. The next year, Rams defensive coordinator Lovie Smith was named head coach of the Chicago Bears and took Babich with him. After coaching linebackers during his first three years, he took over the role of defensive coordinator in February 2007, when the Bears decided not to renew the contract of Ron Rivera. Babich spent three seasons in that capacity, until he was returned to his prior position of linebackers coach from 2010-2012. He then moved on to serve as the Jacksonville Jaguars defensive coordinator from 2013 until earlier this month.
Chris Harris recently joined the Bolts defensive staff as an assistant defensive backs coach. Harris is a former safety who played most notably for the Chicago Bears and Carolina Panthers. In Chicago, Harris was coached by Babich for three seasons (’05-06 and 2010). Chargers coach Mike McCoy was on the offensive side of the ball while Harris was in Carolina.
Harris played for eight years as a safety in the NFL after being selected in the second round (#181) of the 2005 draft by the Bears. His career statistics: 439 tackles (352 solo), 13 forced fumbles, 16 interceptions and one sack. Also known as “Hitman” during his playing days, Harris will most likely be coaching the Bolts’ own “hitman”, Jahleel Adddae.
Harris was an integral part of the Chicago Bears defense which participated in the 2007 Super Bowl against Peyton Manning and the Indianapolis Colts. He intercepted a deep, third-down pass from Manning, and returned it 6 yards to the Bears’ 35-yard line. Unfortunately Chicago could not convert the pick into points. The campaign saw the Bears defense collect 87 tackles, a sack, defended 14 passes, two fumble recoveries and forcing one. That defense was pretty stout that year with guys like Harris, Brian Urlacher, Lance Briggs, Mike Brown, Jerry Azumah and Nathan Vasher implementing Babich’s playbook.
I like these two hires on the defensive side of the ball. I like the experience Babich and Harris both bring. With the teaching that will take place when OTA’s and mini-camp arrive, the Chargers 2016 defense can be what we would all like to see: getting after the passer, stuffing the run, making picks, forcing fumbles – you know, stuff we have seen them do in the past.
I can’t wait to see how the DB’s progress! Bring it on!
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The Chargers have lost four of their first six games. The last two losses came at the very end of the game. The Bolts did what they needed to win three of the four games just to end up losing.
Before getting into this season, let’s look at another season that they were really good at losing.
The 2000 season!
Yes, that was the year that the Chargers went 1-15. San Diego had a horrible offense and a solid defense. The offense was “led” by Ryan Leaf, Jim Harbaugh and Moses Moreno (oh yeah, that guy). Not exactly a high-quality trio of quarterbacks. They were unable to secure wins, partially due to 30 interceptions, 53 sacks of the team’s quarterbacks, eight missed field goals and only 31 touchdowns scored.
The defense, led by the great Junior Seau and Rodney Harrison, kept them in the games with a total of 16 interceptions, 39 sacks and four touchdowns.
The Bolts had three blowouts that year, but they were never shut out. In fact, nine of their 15 losses were by 10 points or less. An even crazier stat, six of their losses were by three points or less. Let that sink in!
So here we are in 2015, and the Bolts are pretty much the exact opposite of the 2000 Chargers. They have a great passing offense, which is ranked 1st in the NFL, led by Philip Rivers and his 2,116 passing yards. While it is great that the Chargers rank first in total offense and in passing yards, they are ranked 29th in rushing. The offense is just not balanced with the lack of a good running game. Being balanced is more important than passing for a lot of yards.
The defense is also unbalanced. They have shown some good plays but also some stuff that has Chargers fans throwing their arms in the air in anger. They are ranked 14th overall thanks to their pass defense, which is ranked 7th. The rush defense, on the other hand, is ranked 29th.
So as you can see, they can’t run the ball on offense, and they can’t stop the run on defense.
The second game of the season against the Bengals was the first game of the year that the Chargers “did a good job of losing.” Keenan Allen muffed the punt return on the Bolts’ first drive which lead to a Bengals’ touchdown. Down 7-3 in the 1st quarter, the Chargers recover a fumble by running back Jeremy Hill just to have Rivers fumble the ball on 3rd and 2.
Two more opportunities were given to the Chargers with a missed field goal by Bengals’ kicker Mike Nugent and another fumble by Hill. San Diego answered those opportunities with a field goal and a missed field goal. In typical Rivers’ fashion, Philip threw 20 straight completions in an attempt to take the lead and the win. Down 19 to 24 and 1:09 left on the clock, No. 17 threw an interception to end the game in a loss.
The Chargers got beat fair and square by the Vikings, so there is no need to look at that game as a missed opportunity to secure a win. They deserved every second of that beating in Week 3.
In Week 5, the Chargers hosted the Pittsburgh Steelers at home. Steelers’ quarterback Ben Roethlisberger was out with a knee injury and Chargers’ tight end Antonio Gates was back after a four-game suspension. The Bolts came out strong, scoring a touchdown to No. 85 on their first drive in under three minutes.
The first half ended up being a little boring, as the Chargers kept a small lead of 7-3.
The pass defense kept back-up quarterback Michael Vick one-dimensional and the rush defense was able to keep them out of the end zone in the first three quarters.
A pick-six by Antwon Blake put the Steelers ahead and the home team answered with a field goal to tie the game. The 4th quarter came and the Bolts took at an early lead with another touchdown to Gates.
Vick was having a terrible passing game until his 72-yard touchdown pass to Markus Wheaton once again tied up the contest.
The Chargers then took the lead with a finger-crossing 54-yard field goal by Josh Lambo. The game was put in the hands of the defense with just a little over two minutes left. The defense then allowed them to drive 80 yards. Fans watched is utter disbelief as Le’Veon Bell got the tip of the ball to cross the plane just as the time ran out, giving the Steelers the victory.
Another game that the Bolts should have won but somehow found a way to lose.
The team from America’s finest city traveled to Green Bay in Week 6, making the trip as the underdogs to a 5-0 team led by quarterback Aaron Rodgers.
The first quarter was ugly. The Packers were leading the 17-3 after a 65-yard run by running back James Starks. Rookie running back Melvin Gordon fumbled the ball in that quarter, but the offense was able to recover it and get a field goal.
On the next drive they got into the red zone and went for it on 4th and 3 on the Green Bay 12-yard line; a gutsy move by a usually conservative Mike McCoy. They were unable to score.
A second fumble by Gordon in the second quarter, recovered by Green Bay, put a stop to the Chargers’ running game.
The Air Coryell days were back with Rivers taking to the air, trying to win the game. The Packers had no answers for Rivers’ passing game even with a sketchy offensive line. The Chargers defense did alright, allowing the offense to have 38 minutes of possession and forcing a Packers field goal to make the score 27-20. San Diego’s signal caller was having a hell of a game, carrying the team on his back and once again found the red zone.
The upset of the year was in the making with the Chargers with a first and goal on the Packers three-yard line with only 33 seconds on the clock. The Packers defense that had allowed Rivers to pass for 503 yards without an interception, stopped the Bolts from getting into the end zone on four downs.
A defeated Rivers laid on the field in disbelief. We would never know if the Chargers could have won the game in overtime. San Diego once again had shown most of the country how to lose in the final seconds of an NFL game.
There are a lot of factors that lead the Chargers to lose games that they could/should have won. Interceptions and fumbles by the offense never help in securing a win, and neither is not gaining points when the defense causes a turnover. Missed field goals, missed tackles and missed opportunities from the defense leave a lotto be desired, negating any positive work done by the offensive side of the ball.
The season is still early, and the Chargers have the easier part of their schedule coming up. If the Bolts can eliminate stupid penalties, turnovers, cause turnovers and find some semblance of a running game, they could win their next five games.
The hearts of the fans are always beating at such a rapid pace at the end of these games. Save our hearts and secure these wins early.
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One of the hot-button issues all over social media these days is whether or not
the Chargers should keep Philip Rivers. “You can’t win with that guy.” What has
he ever done?” Even when he had a great offensive line and LT at running back he
couldn’t win in the post-season!” Yes, you see it all on social media.
Personally, I do not believe that the Chargers cannot win with Rivers at the
helm. In my humble opinion, he needs a better line in front of him so that he
has time to throw and the help of a running game to keep the defense honest.
That, however, is not the angle I want to take with this article. I want to go
back in Chargers history and see how well transitioning at the quarterback
position has gone. After looking at the stats, I think Chargers fans need to be
careful what they wish for.
Remember a San Diego quarterback by the name of Dan Fouts? I’m sure you do. He
was the Hall of Fame QB that led the Chargers from obscurity in the early ‘70’s
to one of the most exciting teams in the NFL by the late ‘70’s. He never made it
to a Super Bowl, but he sure was fun to watch. Most Chargers fans give Fouts a
hall pass on his lack of championship rings because of the weak defense the team
had during those years.
When Fouts retired, it was time to replace him. Shouldn’t be a problem to draft
an exciting, young QB and take up right where we left off. In fact, it took four
years and six quarterbacks before the Bolts landed Stan Humphries. Not only
that, but the Bolts recorded a less than stellar 22-42 record over that time.
Here is a list of starting QB’s over the four year stretch without a true field
Billie Joe Tolliver
Are you ready for a string of guys like that to take over the Chargers next
season? Okay, Malone and McMahon had decent careers. The problem was that their
careers had peaked before joining San Diego.
Think that was a fluke? Sorry. Let’s look at what happened when Humphries had to
hang up the old cleats. You guessed it! The Chargers went on a four year, eight
quarterback losing streak. Just a few short years after appearing in their first
Super Bowl, Humphries was gone and it was time to replace him. Again, shouldn’t
be a problem… WRONG!
Over the next seven years, the Chargers tallied an embarrassing 35-77 record.
They could not get out of their own way. Even receiving the second pick in the
draft didn’t help them find the answer. Here is the list of QB’s that tried to
get the Chargers train headed in the right direction:
Jim Harbaugh (yes, that Jim Harbaugh)
Ryan Leaf (yes, that Ryan Leaf)
I know what you are thinking. “Why did he add Brees to the list? He was a stud!”
Fair question. The answer that I will give you is that it took a couple of years
before Brees looked like he may be the answer. In fact, his first two seasons
were so unimpressive that the Chargers decided to draft a QB in the first round
of the 2004 draft! Eli Manning to the rescue! Oh wait, after further review, the
Chargers decide to trade Manning and in return they receive several players with
one Philip Rivers as the cornerstone of the trade.
Fortunately for Brees, Rivers holds out for the first few weeks of camp. By the
time he arrived, it was too late for him to learn the offense in time to start.
Brees would be the starting quarterback for the 2004 season. This result was not
considered to be a lock, or even probable, after the draft. One positive that
came out of Rivers’ decision to hold out was that Drew Brees played inspired
football that season. He played with a chip on his shoulder and led the team to
a 12-4 record. Now he was almost sure to start in 2005 as you can’t bench a QB
who just took you to the playoffs.
Well, the next season wasn’t as impressive and it ended with Brees getting
injured in the final game. Exit Brees and enter Philip Rivers. Ever since then,
it has been Rivers and Rivers alone. His body of work has not been the most
consistent, but he does not miss games and he wins more than he loses (88-56).
That is a lot more than most of his predecessors can say.
So, Charger fan, do you really want to start what history says will be a four to
seven year search for a quarterback and take your lumps until one pans out? Or,
do you agree with me that Rivers has a few years left in him and just needs to
protection and maybe a couple more weapons to get the ball too? Give me your
answer in the comment section below.
Thanks for the read and Go Chargers!
At the beginning of the season, everyone knew that the Chargers had one of the toughest schedules and had match-ups with some of the league’s top teams. The combined coaching record of the Chargers opponents (not including the Oakland Raiders due to coaching changes) has a record of 543-344, five Super Bowl wins, and nine Super Bowl appearances. The Harbaugh Brothers alone, John and Jim, have 114 of those wins. Most recently, John Harbaugh and the Baltimore Ravens won a Super Bowl title over his brother’s team, San Francisco 49ers, just two seasons ago; labeling it the Harbaugh Bowl. If I had told you in September that the Chargers were to sweep the Harbaugh Brothers this season, you probably would have laughed. Turns out, they pulled off the unthinkable.
It all started when San Diego marched into Baltimore and defeated the Ravens on their own turf; something that has never been accomplished by any west coast team. After a miraculous win, the Chargers hit a two-game losing streak at home against the New England Patriots and division rivals, the Denver Broncos. Even after an eventful win in Baltimore, the Chargers found themselves needing another win in week 16 against the San Francisco 49ers to keep their playoff dreams alive.
After a 21 point rally, the Chargers defeated Jim Harbaugh and the 49ers in a Saturday Night Football thriller in Santa Clara. No one crashed and burned as bad as the 49ers did that night; at least in a while. Can we say the NFL’s top 5 games of the year? In that moment, almost speechless from the incredible overtime win, I realized the Chargers defeated and swept the infamous Harbaugh Brothers in a single season. That’s right, it hasn’t ever been done before. For the record, the Chargers also defeated the Manning Brothers, Eli and Peyton, last year in similar fashion. Somehow, the football God’s spoke on Sunday and the much-needed Ravens loss occurred; leaving the Chargers in control of their own destiny. As Quincy, a long time Charger fan would say, “yeah dat”.
When it comes to the San Diego Chargers, they seem to always accomplish the improbable every season; giving Chargers fans constant anxiety attacks. I forgot to mention that I woke up Sunday morning with no fingernails left and parts of my hair ripped out. Almost everyone, including some Charger fans, doubted the team when they traveled to Baltimore. There wasn’t much difference in Santa Clara this time either. Someone, please let the NFL know that the Chargers are making their distinctive December run and that all future Chargers opponents should take caution.
The Harbaugh Brothers have had some great success as head coaches in the NFL, but Philip Rivers and the Chargers have something on them no other team has; the Harbaugh Sweep. Something about it just brings music to my ears. I almost want to hashtag it and start a social media trend. Moving on, the season isn’t over just yet and the playoffs look closer than ever. However, if the Chargers season were to end next Sunday, there is plenty to look back on. This season, history was made, records were broken, and of course there was the Harbaugh sweep.
If you have been paying attention, you very well understand the importance of this game against the Niners. Let’s be honest, if the Chargers lose, they can start planning vacations, hunting trips, and tee times. If they win, they are still very much in the playoff race and will be fortunate enough to have an extra day to prepare for Kansas City.
Honestly, Head Coach Mike McCoy should not even have to talk to his Bolts this week, other than to implement the game plan. If they can’t get up for this game, they are dead in the figurative sense, if not the literal. That being said, coaches like to put their stamp on games and Coach McCoy is no exception. I’m sure he will try to get the troops even more fired up as game day approaches.
As for Coach Jim Harbaugh of the Forty-Niners, his job is a bit more challenging. After dropping three straight games and being officially knocked out of the playoff race, he has to find a way to keep his team from quitting. He also has to prove to them that even though rumors are running rampant about this being the last two games that Harbaugh will coach for San Francisco, he is still fired up to lead his team on to the field of battle.
Here is what I would say if I were in the shoes of the two head coaches for this game. Remember that these quotes are not true but simply my interpretation of what a coach may say to his team in this situation. After you read what I have to say, please comment below and let me know how you would handle this game as a head coach of either, or both teams. Now let’s get started.
San Francisco – Jim Harbaugh
- Three Straight Losses: Ok, so we lost three straight games and we are out of the playoffs. I get it; that sucks. You hate it. I hate it. Our fans hate it. So what do we do about it? I’ll tell you what I am doing. I am moving forward. I am acting like a professional and I am doing my job to the best of my ability. I am trying to prepare for the San Diego Chargers as if it were the Super Bowl! I need you to do the same.
- Professionalism: Men, when all of the crazy math equations finally rule you out of the post-season, there are still reasons to go out there and give it your all. There are still reasons to risk injury and play as hard as you ever have. Right off the top of my head, I can think of four different reasons to keep playing hard. Let me run them by you and see if you agree. It all starts with professionalism. Every player in this room is a professional athlete. Everyone here is making very good money to go out and play a kids game for a living. We must be professionals and do our job, no matter what the circumstances. There is no time to pout. There is no time to feel sorry for ourselves. There is plenty of time to prepare for the off-season, when the season is done. It comes down to earning our money by doing our jobs.
- Pride: Next, we have personal pride. You have to be able to look yourself in the mirror. You have to be able to look into your loved ones eyes and know that you did your best. If you quit, you need to live with that decision for an entire off-season and just pray that next year comes and you are able to restore your wounded pride. I don’t know about you, but I have no interest in spending my time ashamed of what I have done. Win or lose, I will always give it 100%. I’m asking you to do the same. I believe you will.
- Fans: How about the fans? The San Francisco Forty-Niner fans are some of the best fans in the league. They support us win or lose. They are so loyal that we were able to get a nice new stadium approved. Do you see a new stadium across the bay in Oakland? How about down south in San Diego? I don’t! That is because our fans think we are worth it. Our fans do not want us to leave, no matter what our record is. Our fans deserve to be rewarded.
- Spoilers: If none of those reasons get you pumped, try this one. We have the opportunity to be spoilers. We do not want the Chargers to get what we can’t have. If the Chargers beat us, they are still in the playoff hunt with just one week to go. The road to the playoffs should not pass through San Francisco. If they try to roll through us to get to their destination, we need to throw a monkey wrench into their plans and welcome then to the pack that is outside looking in. The Niners were the team that shot down the Chargers dream of getting a ring back in the ‘90’s. We want them to think of us as a team that they never want to face. They are not better than us. Let’s spoil their season and show them that they do not match up with the San Francisco Forty-Niners!
San Diego – Mike McCoy
- Moving On: Men, I’m not going to sugar coat this. We had our destiny in our hands and we let it slip through our fingers. We lost to two very good football teams, but the way we lost was rather disappointing. We are good enough to beat those teams. We did not execute. We had some very untimely penalties. We had unfortunate injuries. Some of the play calling could have been more aggressive and so on and so on. They were team losses that we need to learn from. We can’t afford to get depressed. We have work to do. Unlike our opponent, we still have life. We can still make it to the tournament. We must move on from our losses and understand that we can no longer make the mistakes that we made in the past. We must play passionate, focused football. That is all there is to it. We have to move on.
- Must Win: I don’t often use the term, “must win”, but there is no avoiding it here. If we want to make it to the post-season, we must win in San Francisco and then win again in Kansas City. Is it possible? If you ask the talking heads and “experts” you would think not. If you ask me, absolutely! The Niners have lost three straight and they have inner turmoil. The Chiefs are a good football team, and it is difficult to play in KC, but they are certainly beatable. If and when we beat those two teams, all it will take is a Baltimore loss, or two losses by either Cincinnati or Pittsburgh. I know you think that is a long-shot. It’s not as crazy as it sounds. The Ravens play on the road this week, the Bengals play the Broncos and the Steelers play the Chiefs! The following week, Cincinnati and Pittsburgh play each other. One of them will lose one there for sure! It is obtainable men. But none of that matters if we don’t take care of business.
- Don’t Sleep on These Guys: Although the Niners are down, they are still very dangerous. They are ranked above us is rushing offense, rushing defense and pass defense. Don’t think we can just show up and they will lie down. They are professional athletes, playing for their jobs right now. Yes, there are issues with their coaching situation, but they still have a lot of talent on the field.
- Protect Our QB: Offense, you have got to do a gut-check this week. We have been struggling to move the ball and that is not acceptable. Now we are dealing with an injured quarterback. I believe that Philip still gives us the best chance to win, so he will be out there. Offensive line, you must make your blocks. You must keep Philip upright. Running backs, you must not miss the blitzing backers or safeties. I don’t want any grass stains on Philip’s jersey tomorrow. Now, there are other ways to protect the QB than just pass blocking. Being able to run the ball protects the quarterback. We need holes to run through and we need backs that can either make someone miss, or break tackles for first downs. If we can get them to respect the run, that buys Philip time to throw and slows down their pass rush. Believe it or not, wide receivers can help with protection as well. It cannot take five or six seconds for you to get open. You need to shake your man fast and get open right now! Allow Philip to get rid of the ball in three seconds or less and that will keep him clean and open up deep balls later in the game.
- Dig Deep: Men, sometimes we forget why we are here. We get all wrapped up in the money and the glamour of being a professional football player; we forget what it is all about. I for one am not in this for the money. Don’t get me wrong, I like to get paid, but that is not what pushed me through the hard times that lead to where I am today. I also do not do this for the media attention. God knows that is true. Do you know why I am standing in front you today? Hopefully the same reason that you are here as well. I love football! It was all about the love of the game back then, and it should be now. Take the field Saturday night like team possessed. Go out there and have fun like when you were a kid. Play smart, but play hard. We have all off-season to rest and recover. Let’s leave it on the field and see if we can make next week just as meaningful as this week. If we play the way I know we can, I truly believe we will punch our ticket to the post-season. Now that is fun stuff. Let’s go out and have some fun! Winning is fun!!!
There you have it! My work is done! I really appreciate you taking the time to read this article and visiting BoltBlitz.com. Please leave your comment below; I will surely get back to you. Enjoy the game and Go Chargers !!!!
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It looks like the San Diego Chargers will have an additional challenge to deal with along with tackling and lack of defensive front seven depth. San Francisco’s KTVU Channel 2 reported today (Friday) that crews at Levi’s Stadium, the brand new $1.2 billion stadium in Santa Clara, have to replace the natural grass surface but are confident the newly sodded field will be ready in time for Sunday’s tilt with the Chargers.
The same report quoted Chargers Coach Mike McCoy as saying that the team will thoroughly inspect the turf before playing the 49ers on Sunday.
As reported by Pro Football Talk on Thursday, Forty-Niners Coach Jim Harbaugh cut short a public practice on Wednesday after players were slipping on the heavily damaged turf. Apparently the new turf has failed to take hold after only three events (one of which was the Broncos-Niners tilt). Bandera Bermuda grass, a heavier turf that is ideal for heavier traffic events like football was being installed today.
Comcast Sports Net Bay Area’s Matt Maiocco reported that while stadiums replace natural grass during the season, doing the deed in the middle of August isn’t normal. Yet, this instance isn’t the first time turf has been replaced on short. Maiocco cited last year’s BCS Championship game were new turf was put on the Rose Bowl in Pasadena just five days after a college bowl game was played there. Other activities to include a high school double-header featuring powerhouse Concord De La Salle may be in jeopardy.
A spokesman for the Forty-Niners has assured everyone that the field will be ready in time for today’s game.
While Chargers fans and players should be ready for some football on Sunday (rosters need to be reduced to 75 by Aug. 26), depending on the field condition, look out for slipping and ripping (ah, turf-wise).
When questioning a group of Charger fans regarding who their favorite San Diego quarterback of all-time is you receive varied responses. Depending on which era you began watching the Bolts play, there are about 5 or 6 names that continually seem to pop up and dominate the conversation.
Below is a chart from footballdb.com.
|Billy Joe Tolliver||1989-1990||2||595||305||51.3||3,671||6.17||21||24||49||65.5|
Needless to say that the last four names are not going to be a part of the poll. I am going to throw in Jack Kemp for some of our more “seasoned” Charger fans. Despite not totaling 6,000 yards passing, Kemp did finish with a 22-6 record. Doug Flutie was one of my favorite quarterbacks but he didn’t really spend enough time as a starter to be in the running. John Friesz, Jim Harbaugh and Billy Joe Tolliver, well, they are just here to complete the list of the top-ten statistical signal callers.
Although Drew Brees has gone on to win a Super bowl, and have a fantastic career, with the New Orleans Saints, his time with the Chargers is a bit overrated. Some like to talk about the decision to move on from Brees to Philip Rivers was a huge mistake. Those that believed that only did so in hindsight. San Diego, Miami and New Orleans were the only teams interested in signing Brees. The shoulder injury he suffered in the last week of the regular season in a meaningless game made the decision a bit easier for the Bolts. Having Rivers waiting in the wings contributed to the ease of that decision as well.
Stan “The Man” Humphries is the only quarterback on this list to lead San Diego to a Super bowl. Many fans claim him as their favorite signal caller. Humphries was ultra-tough and he kind of seemed like of the fans. He didn’t exactly look like a great athlete. His leadership and toughness make him a fan favorite.
Though John Hadl’s days were before my time, I have the utmost respect for what he did while slinging the ball in the powder blues. As you can see from the chart above, he put up some very impressive numbers. My issue with Hadl is that he finished his career with more interceptions than touchdowns.
That brings us to my favorite, Philip Rivers. His time as a Charger has made him one of my favorite players of all-time, not just a favorite quarterback. Rivers has at least 4 more years to build on his impressive stats. Everyone remembers him playing through a torn ACL during the playoffs. His passer rating is higher than that of Dan Fouts; who we’ll get to in a moment. Philip has over twice as many touchdowns as interceptions. Despite consecutive seasons of poor numbers in 2011 and 2012, he has been a steady force since taking over the starting job in America’s finest city. Rivers will be getting my vote without a doubt.
Last, but not least, is Dan Fouts. The bearded-Hall of Famer was a part of one of the most prolific offenses of all-time. And like Rivers, he was incredibly tough. The stats that Fouts has under his belt earned him the nod to Canton. I already mentioned that Rivers will get my vote, but it was a terribly hard decision. Fouts finished with 254 touchdown passes and the former Oregon Duck never played for another NFL franchise other than the Chargers. He was the real deal.
Now its your turn. Place your vote on the poll below and then justify your choice by leaving a comment as well.
Thanks a lot for reading and voting.