About San Diego Chargers
San Diego Charger came to the league in 1960 season as Los Angeles Chargers, year later the team moved to San Diego. They have won one league championship in 1963 and have been to one Super Bowl in 1995 where they lost to 49ers.
The team is a member of AFC West division which they share with the Broncos, Chiefs and Raiders and remarkably all of the teams have an all-time winning records.
Chargers’ colours are Navy Blue, Powder Blue, White and Gold and they haven’t got an official mascot although there’s one rather famous fan dressed as a creepy lightning bolt and goes by the name Boltman.
Mike McCoy joined the franchise in 2013 as a head coach after many years in different assistant positions mainly when working with the Panthers.
The Chargers are led by their very experienced quarterback, Philip Rivers who was picked by the team in first round of 2004 draft and since then have established himself as one of the best passers in the league, leading the NFL in passing yards in 2010 and passer rating in 2008. He also holds many of the franchise’s records.
Rivers enjoyed a fruitful cooperation with tight end, Antonio Gates who joined the team year before Rivers did. He became second tight end in NFL history to catch 100 receiving touchdowns. He belongs to 10000 Receiving Yards Club (list consisting of 45 names of players who reached that mark), his excellent play earned him 8 trips to Pro Bowls.
Keenan Allen has been bolstering the passing game since 2013 when he was drafted in third round. Allen quickly caught eyes of media and was named Rookie of the Year by Sporting News and Pepsi in their yearly award nominations.
The team’s defensive strength rests in capable bodies of their defensive backs, Eric Weddle and Brandon Flowers. Weddle considered as one of the best free safeties in NFL has played for Chargers since 2007 when the team selected him in second round of draft. He led the league with interceptions in 2011 and made the Top 100 NFL Players lists in last two seasons.
Flowers, joined the Chargers in 2014 after he was released by the Chiefs the same year. The cornerback’s decision to join the Chargers was influenced by opportunity to play against his former team that Chargers would face twice each season as divisional foes.
Perhaps lacking in multitude of big names, Chargers can be overlooked quite often but can’t be discounted as with Rivers driving the offense, upsets are more than possible.