Back in January after that crushing lost to Pittsburgh, I wrote that we are alright and were only missing a few key players. And as I sit here in September one week away from opening day, I see that I was partially right. Particially right due to the season hasn't started and actually see the Chargers first string four quarters yet.
We're in the mix of a great run this year with the health of offensive players such as LT and defenseive players in Shawn Merriman. Then the drafted kids in English, Ellison, Johnson, Vaughn and Vasquez will plug in from time to time. This years preseason showed how potent the offense was and how much the defense missed S. Merriman. Finishing up at 2-2 doesn't mean a thing, especially like last weeks game the Chargers beat Matt Ryan and his Falcons by half time. It was the third string that lost that game but thats preseason for ya.
Now the team is looking to do their final cuts to make a 58 man roster, and where it will hard is at running back because the Chargers are so deep in that position. I have a hunch that G. Johnson will make the team cutting M. Bennett to free agency due to money and Johnson being a beast in his last two preseason games. I hate to Bennett to leave because he is a crafty veteran especially playoffs time. At wide reciever, the Chargers have the second hardest decision because a few pickups made an impression on Norv Turner. I still see them heading to the practice squad. The defense is for the most part already cut down, hopefully Cesaire and Bingham will get back on track from the IR and help make a great run. The late week pick up Travis Johnson is a question mark due to his injury, by looking at what he did with the Texans, he didn't get much play. If not, a very raw player with a lot of upside, Vaughn, will help the defensive line. Special teams with Knaeding and Scrifes are solid as usual.
Now boys and girls, get ready for a story telling season, a season that tells us dreams come true for a city that hasn't had a championship since the early 90's when the San Diego Soccers won the indoor soccer league. This could be the season that the Chargers can get the monkey off their back for not only this decades squad but for all the great Charger teams of the past. No pressure for this years Chargers team to win it all, just win enough to break the San Diego curse and bring home the Lombardi.
That is my quick run down of the 2009 season, what do you think is missing from this and do you believe?