The San Diego Chargers, a team that plays in the West Division of the American Football Conference (AFC) alongside the Denver Broncos, Kansas City Chiefs, and Oakland Raiders and has a top-tier franchise quarterback, Philip Rivers, finds itself in last place with a Won-Loss record of 3-8.
It has no chance to win its division or one of two available Wild Cards. With five games remaining on the schedule, the team from southern California is already “playing out the string.”
The problem has not been its offense. The Chargers, with Philip Rivers calling signals and throwing passes downfield, can reach an opponent’s end zone with regularity. But, San Diego has trouble — make that a lot of trouble –keeping an opposing offense from scoring points which is surprising speaking that San Diego features great players on defense like Eric Weddle and Brandon Flowers.
Consider, if you will, that San Diego gives up a whopping 27.9 points per game, a number that places it in the bottom five in the National Football League (NFL) in points allowed per game. Add to that the fact that league foes average over three hundred seventy-seven yards per game in total offense and it is easy to understand why the Chargers have been losing the majority of the games they have played this season.
But, there is even more bad news for this squad and its struggling, underperforming defense. Teams that line up against San Diego are able to produce an average of nearly two hundred fifty-five passing yards and a crushing one hundred twenty-three yards “on the ground” per game.
That means that San Diego’s “defenseless” defense spends too much time on the field while quarterback Philip Rivers and a potent offense watch from the sidelines. With a defense this porous, one that allows league foes to average more than six yards per play, it is no wonder that the Chargers have won just three games in three months.
There is room for improvement, actually a dire need for improvement, when the squad’s defense is on the field. Until management finds, signs and utilizes better players, opposing teams will continue to “score at will” and San Diego will continue to disappoint fans and finish at the bottom of its division.
Of course, Philip Rivers is still in his prime, a fact that virtually guarantees the team’s offense will play well into the distant future. If this squad’s general manager can sign quality free agents and draft wisely, there is no reason why the San Diego Chargers can’t rise in the standings and become competitive as early as the 2016-2017 Season.
Yes, the Chargers can be a playoff contender next year because many of the pieces needed to succeed are already in place. If the front office does its job, there is every reason to believe that the players will do their jobs and that the squad from eternally sunny San Diego will become dominant and a true force in the NFL.
Courtesy of Rant Sports