NFL Update: The San Diego Chargers 2014 Schedule and Status Report Post-2014 NFL Draft
Will the Chargers Return to the Playoffs in 2014?
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2013 Recap: The San Diego Chargers won their last four games of the season, finished 9-7 and made the playoffs for the first time in three years. The Chargers beat the Cincinnati Bengals in the first round and then lost to the Denver Broncos in the divisional round. The Chargers had the fourth best passing offense behind Phillip Rivers and a defense that was ranked 12th against the run. Their downfall was that they were ranked 29th against the pass, often putting pressure on the offense to match teams in a shootout.
Key Losses: The Chargers may be the only team in the NFL that didn’t lose any key players during the offseason. This team returns all of its key guys and will enter the season with pretty much the same team that made an improbable run into the playoffs.
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Key Additions: The Chargers signed running back Donald Brown, who spent his first five seasons with the Indianapolis Colts. Brown has more than 2,000 rushing yards and 19 total touchdowns in his career. Again, other than that signing, the Chargers decided to keep last year’s squad intact and make another run at the playoffs.
Draft: The Chargers knew they had to get better on defense, which is why they spent their first two picks on defensive back Jason Verrett and outside linebacker Jeramiah Attaochu. Both players will see the field rather quickly and have the potential to have long careers in the NFL. The steal for the Chargers will come in running back Marion Grice. Grice is lightning in a bottle and reminds me a lot of Darren Sproles. He may not be as fast as Sproles, but he’s a versatile player and can make things happen.
2014 Outlook, So Far: The Chargers have all of the pieces in place to once again be a playoff team. A lot of it depends on the Chargers defense and if a bunch of unproven running backs can put together enough offensive production to take some of the pressure off Rivers. If the Chargers have a better pass defense and the offense is as consistent as last season, there’s no reason why they can’t sneak back into the playoffs and make some more noise in 2014.
Sept. 8 at Arizona Cardinals (Mon), 10:20
Sept. 14 Seattle Seahawks, 4:05
Sept. 21 at Buffalo Bills, 1
Sept. 28 Jacksonville Jaguars, 4:05
Oct. 5 New York Jets, 4:25
Oct. 12 at Oakland Raiders, 4:05
Oct. 19 Kansas City Chiefs, 4:05
Oct. 23 at Denver Broncos (Thu), 8:25
Nov. 2 at Miami Dolphins, 1
Nov. 9 BYE
Nov. 16 Oakland Raiders, 4:05
Nov. 23 St. Louis Rams, 4:05
Nov. 30 at Baltimore Ravens, 1
Dec. 7 New England Patriots, 8:30*
Dec. 14 Denver Broncos, 4:05
Dec. 20 at San Francisco 49ers (Sat), TBD
Dec. 28 at Kansas City Chiefs, 1